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Mater Dei shooter heats up in clutch

02/28/2014, 10:49pm PST
By Steve Brand, Special to the U-T

Crusaders junior finishes with 12 points from beyond the arc

Mater Dei Catholic's Kristine Sellona (shown in a game from last season) had 16 points in the Crusaders' playoff win over Serra on Friday night.

— In clutch situations, there are certain players you want to have the ball.

Mater Dei Catholic junior Kristine Sellona is one of them.

After visiting Serra took the lead late in the third quarter, 42-41, it appeared the Crusaders, seeded No. 3 in the San Diego Section Open Division, were in trouble.

Instead, Sellona buried a 3-point field goal, and, when Mater Dei stole the ball, it went straight to the 5-foot-5 guard who fearlessly fired up another rocket that got nothing but net.

A one-point deficit just that quickly became a five-point lead the Crusaders (22-6) would build to a 60-49 girls basketball victory Friday night, earning a semifinal berth Wednesday at No. 2 Mount Miguel.

“That’s my shooter,” said Mater Dei Catholic coach David Monroe. “She has the green light to shoot the three any time.”

By game’s end, Sellona had 16 points, 12 on field goals from beyond the arc.

“I knew when Kandiss (Barber) picked up her fourth foul, we all had to step up,” said Sellona. “I really didn’t think, I just shot.

“At the beginning of the game we were nervous, and once they took the lead, we started playing harder.”


After Alijah Kennedy’s two free throws gave the No. 6 Conquistadors (18-10) the lead, Mater Dei outscored Serra 19-7, including limiting the Q’s to three points in the fourth quarter.

Even when Barber fouled out with 1:47 to play after scoring 18 points, Mater Dei was up by 11 and showing no signs of slowing down.

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