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Girls basketball championship preview

03/06/2014, 7:00pm PST
By U-T San Diego

San Diego Section finals

Shirah Hancock has been a key player for Helix, which will face San Marcos for the Division II championship.

Where: USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion


(1) Bishop’s (26-5) vs. (3) Mater Dei Catholic (23-6)

When: Saturday, 6 p.m. Radio: 1700-AM.

Outlook: Bishop’s took down La Costa Canyon 62-54 in the semifinals as Imani Littleton and Destiny Littleton (no relation) combined for 48 points to clinch the Knights’ seventh straight victory. Imani Littleton averages 22.1 points and 12.4 rebounds while Destiny Littleton, a freshman, averages 20.4 points and 8.3 rebounds. Mater Dei Catholic downed Mount Miguel 51-41 in the semifinals. The Crusaders are led by senior Kandiss Barber (19.6 points, 7.2 rebounds), junior Kristine Sellona (10.9 points) and junior Onjalise Carley-Hillard (9.9 points). Sellona tops the team with 56 3-pointers.


(1) Mission Hills (22-8) vs. (3) Mt. Carmel (24-7)

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Outlook: Even though they aren’t in the same league, they’ve met three times, with Mission Hills winning the first two. The Sundevils, behind 6-foot junior Ali Engelhardt (25.1), stunned No. 2 Torrey Pines in the semis. Mission Hills, with Madison Adams (14.6) and 6-1 freshman Khayla Rooks (14.5) leading the way, was taking care of business against Cathedral Catholic.


(3) Helix (26-7) vs. (5) San Marcos (22-8)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Outlook: San Marcos has a balanced attack led by sophomore Janicia Garrett, freshman Alaysia Styles (11.7, 9.8 rebounds), junior Brenna Clark (11.5) and freshman Olivia Perez (10.8). Helix got 17 points from Briajunae Shepard in a semifinal win over University City while Destini Anderson had 12 points and 12 rebounds, Shirah Hancock had 10 and 5-foot-11 Irma Ealy pulled down 14 rebounds. San Marcos has won seven of its past nine, with the only losses coming to Mission Hills.


(5) La Jolla (19-11) vs. (2) Central (22-5)

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Outlook: Riding a four-game winning streak, the Vikings make their first championship appearance since winning in 1987. This is a first title visit for Central. La Jolla is led by senior Sophia Sowers (13.9) while junior standout Nettie Williams (15) paces the Spartans.


(6) Point Loma (17-8) vs. (5) Hoover (13-11)

When: Friday, 11 a.m. TV: Time Warner 825.

Outlook: Having Hoover in the finals is nothing new, except this time it’s the Hoover girls, and that’s a first. Junior Hope Ward leads the aggressive Cardinals against Point Loma, making its first finals appearance since 1990.

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