El Capitan defeated San Ysidro, which reached the final despite being a No. 13 seed.
Valerie Renfrow scored just three points in the fourth quarter.
It didn’t matter, though, because the El Capitan junior forward did enough in the first three periods to lead the Vaqueros past San Ysidro 55-41 Friday afternoon at Jenny Craig Pavilion to secure the San Diego Section Division IV basketball championship.
“I was on my game today,” Renfrow said. “Playing here at USD was such an amazing feeling.”
With only six players on the El Capitan roster, Renfrow played all 32 minutes, scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds — seven of those offensive — to lead both teams.
She also had three assists, blocked two shots and had two steals.
She was 9 of 12 shooting, made four of her six 3-point attempts and was 3 of 4 from the free-throw line.
“Valerie had a great game,” said El Capitan coach Ross Furrow. “She has been our most consistent scorer and rebounder all year.”
San Ysidro (9-17), seeded No. 13, hung with the No. 2 Vaqueros (19-9), who have now won 14 games in a row. But a five-point halftime deficit quickly turned into a 16-point El Capitan advantage as Renfrow scored 10 points in the third quarter.
“We made it to the semifinals last year and had most of our players back, so I felt we had a chance to be competitive,” Furrow said. “And when we landed back in Division IV, I thought we had a chance to win this.
“Then we went undefeated in our league (Grossmont Valley). Any time you go unbeaten in league play you’ve done something right.”
Brandy Cabrera led San Ysidro with 15 points while Destiny Zamudio added 10.
San Ysidro was just 17 of 60 (28.3 percent) from the floor and made only one of its 13 3-point attempts.
El Capitan shot 30.9 percent from the floor (17 of 55), and made only 17 of 33 free throws.
“To win this championship as a junior is really amazing,” Renfrow said. “We lose three seniors (Cierra Cutler, Kassidy Kygar and MacKenzie Mead), but we have two sophomores (Grace Burkett and Marie Cook) back.
“So I hope we can do this again because it was a great experience.”