Bishop’s players cheer their Open Division title, despite some shaky shooting by the Knights.
This was supposed to be the year Bishop’s broke through without the shadow of La Jolla Country Day hanging over the Knights.
Nine times in the last 11 girls basketball seasons, Bishop’s dropped the Division IV finals to the Torreys.
On Saturday, Bishop’s was once again in the finals, but this time against Mater Dei Catholic. Despite playing a ragged game, the top-seeded Knights outlasted the No. 3 Crusaders 53-47 to win the San Diego Section Open Division crown at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.
“I know it was an ugly, ugly game,” said Bishop’s coach Marlon Wells. “I’ll take it all day long.”
Both teams struggled to score early in the game. Bishop’s (27-5) was 4 of 32 from the field in the first half and finished 17 of 58 for 29.3 percent.
Mater Dei (23-7) was about the same, hitting 7 of 32 in the first half and 12 of 69 for the game for 17.4 percent.
The teams combined to go 3 of 35 from 3-point range.
“We had a great game plan and it worked in the first half,” Mater Dei coach David Monroe said. “When we got smaller in the third quarter, they took advantage.”
Freshman Destiny Littleton scored nine of her 17 points in the third period to trigger a 19-6 outburst that wiped out an eight-point deficit.
“We were too excited and I was more so since it was my first one,” Destiny said. “But we won it. Down by eight at half, we got it for the seniors.
“My team needed me in the third and I had to provide a spark.”
Senior Imani Littleton, no relation, helped with that, finishing with 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Knights.
“We played about the worst first half ever,” said St. John’s-bound Imani. “It’s really exciting to finally win one. No words can describe how I feel now.”
Kandiss Barber (26 points) and Kristine Sellona (12) combined for all but nine of Mater Dei’s points.