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Matadors freshman a boost from bench

02/28/2014, 10:56pm PST
By Kevin J. Farmer, Special to the U-T

Ninth-grader helps second-seeded Mount Miguel overcome nine-point deficit to beat Poway

— Based on her performance Friday night, Mount Miguel’s Taylor Young is going to have a great high school career.

The freshman came off the bench and shot lights out in the third quarter to rally the second-seeded Matadors from a nine-point deficit to a 62-50 victory over visiting Poway in the San Diego Section Open Division girls basketball quarterfinals.

Mount Miguel will host Mater Dei Catholic in the semifinals Wednesday.

Trailing the Titans (17-11) 33-24 just after halftime, Young came in and calmly drained four 3-pointers to propel the Matadors (25-4) to a 49-39 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“I didn’t have any reason why I didn’t use her sooner, but when she came in, she changed the entire complexion of the game,” Mount Miguel coach Robbie Sandoval said.

Young finished with 14 points.

“Coach told me not to worry and just keep shooting,” she said. “This is the best game I’ve had.”

Deijah Blanks scored a game-high 21 points for the Matadors.

It wasn’t just Young who turned the game around. Mount Miguel’s defense, which 15 times this year held teams to under 40 points and nine times under 30, caused nine turnovers. Many of those either led to Blanks layups or Young 3-pointers.

“You survive and go on,” Sandoval said.

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