CHULA VISTA It’s said you can’t teach speed. Add height to that list.
The Bishop’s School had three girls standing 6-1 or taller while Mater Dei Catholic had just one player over 6 feet. Bishop’s took full advantage to score a mild upset of the host Crusaders, 61-53, in the section Division IV semifinals Tuesday night.
In the fourth quarter, the Knights (19-11) outscored Mater Dei 20-13 and all but two came from players 6-feet-3. Those points were from Sierra Ducey, who is 6-1. In the second half, Bishop’s outscored the Crusaders 35-24, all but five points coming from 6-3 towers Imani Littleton and Devon Roeper.
“Our height was a big advantage,” said Littleton, who finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds. “We were able to score most of our points in the post.”
Roeper added 20 points, of which 10 came at the free-throw line as Mater Dei’s lone 6-footer, USD-bound Alexandria Young, collected her fourth foul less than a minute into the fourth quarter, finishing with 12 points.
It was Bishop’s fourth straight semifinal victory over Mater Dei and the fifth in six years, sending the Knights into Friday’s championship at SDSU’s Viejas Arena against Coastal League nemesis La Jolla Country Day.
“I wish I had that height,” said Mater Dei coach David Monroe.