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No sweat for La Jolla Country Day

03/12/2014, 10:56pm PDT
By Steve Brand, Special to the U-T

Torreys' opponent no comparison to team's rugged schedule this season

La Jolla Country Day's Mai-loni Henson (shown in a game earlier this season) had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Torreys' win Wednesday night.

Playing arguably the toughest schedule in the San Diego Section, La Jolla Country Day’s girls basketball team gave up a sparkling record to toughen itself up for the Southern California Regional playoffs.

Facing their first Division V team from outside the section, the third-seeded Torreys went on a 30-0 run Wednesday en route to burying visiting Shalhevet of West Los Angeles 62-19, advancing to Saturday’s second round, also at LJCD.

“We have kids who can shoot, we play tough defense and we have a little size,” said coach Terri Bamford, whose team had not played in two weeks after a frustrating loss to La Costa Canyon but still was seeded high for its return to Division V after a long stretch in Division IV.

“I can’t remember the last time we had a 30-0 run and it has been at least three years since we’ve allowed only 19 points. It took us a while to get going, but defense leads to offense.”

The Torreys forced 33 turnovers.

Shalhevet (pronounced “shall have it”) closed to 30-17 on a pair of 3-point field goals early in the second quarter.

The next time the Firebirds (19-5) scored, LJCD had built a 60-17 lead and a running clock was in order most of the fourth quarter.

Mai-loni Henson led LJCD (17-11) with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and guard Mariana Ecija added 12 points.

“I think us and Horizon just might meet in the regional finals,” Bamford said of the fellow Coastal League school. “I’ve seen some of the other schools and we’re just both as athletic as any of them.”

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