Anyone who thinks Torrey Pines High is a one-player girls basketball team should take a second look.
On a night when 6-foot-3 sophomore center Sierra Campisano was held under her scoring average, junior Christina Ellis stepped into the breach with a 19-point effort to help the No. 7-ranked Falcons to a 53-41 victory at No. 9 Mt. Carmel on Friday.
Ellis scored nine of her points in the fourth quarter, adding a layup with 16 seconds left as Torrey Pines (13-5, 2-0) remained atop the Palomar League by winning its third straight game and seventh in the last eight.
“Coach always says I should shoot more,” said Ellis, whose best night was 23 against Vista. “But I like sharing the ball more.”
Campisano, who averages 25.4 points a game, scored 15 and grabbed 16 rebounds with two blocks. Chiara Spain, a 6-2 freshman, added four points but had 11 rebounds and seven blocks.
“If you don’t guard all of us, we’ll score,” said Campisano. “She and Chiara are gaining confidence.
“Chiara is a machine inside. Having her will force teams to shoot jumpers and I’m fine with that.”
Mt. Carmel (15-6, 1-1), which was 13-for-54 from the field, was led by sophomore guard Casey McWilliam, who tallied 12.
“It’s huge to beat them here,” Falcons coach Denise Bennett said. “We ran our defense perfectly. Defense definitely won this game.”