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Torrey Pines to play for a tournament title

12/28/2013, 9:51pm PST
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Sophomore Sierra Campisano gets birthday wish with Falcons victory.

Sierra Campisano had 32 points and 10 rebounds for Torrey Pines in Saturday's win.

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Sierra Campisano had a very short list for her 16th birthday.

She does not have her driver’s license, so asking for a car was out of the question.

“All I wanted was a win,” the 6-foot-3 sophomore center on the Torrey Pines girls basketball team said Saturday. “I’m pretty easy to shop for.”

Campisano, who celebrated her 15th birthday in the hospital following an emergency appendectomy and a subsequent infection, made sure this year’s birthday wish came true.

She scored 32 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Falcons routed Ramona 69-41 in the final pool-play game of the annual SoCal Holiday Prep Classic at Del Norte High.

The victory sends Torrey Pines (8-4) into Monday’s NCAA Division championship game at 5 p.m. at Westview.

“This is very big, exciting for Torrey Pines,” first-year coach Denise Bennett said. “We have to take things game by game.”

Once Campisano hit the game’s first basket, the Falcons never trailed as they built a lead that expanded to 32 at 61-29 after three quarters.

Campisano had already scored all of her 32 points by then against the Bulldogs (4-6).

“I look up at the ceiling and see just two banners for league titles and one banner for CIF,” Campisano said. “Once we get past this championship game, which will give us so much confidence for (Palomar) league play, we can really focus on league.

“Then doing well in league helps get us ready for playoffs.”

Christina Ellis tallied 12 points and 6-3 freshman Chiara Spain collected nine rebounds for the Falcons.

Ramona was led by Katherine Mauldin with 14 points and seven rebounds.

As long as Campisano stays healthy and shows up for games, the Falcons will be just fine the rest of the way.

“I don’t care who we play in the finals Monday,” she said. “I’m just grateful I’m not celebrating another birthday in the hospital like last year.”

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