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Torrey Pines point guard fires away

02/07/2015, 5:07pm PST
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Falcons senior hits eight 3-pointers in Coaches vs. Cancer Showdown

Madison Lombard (3) and Sierra Campisano (52) combined to score 69 points for Torrey Pines on Saturday.

Madison Lombard arrived at the gym with a song in her head — “Cocoa Butter Kisses.”

By the time Lombard was finished playing for No. 9-ranked Torrey Pines in the Coaches vs. Cancer Showdown on Saturday at Bishop’s, the song was deafening.

That’s because the 5-foot-2 senior point guard enjoyed her best game this season. It wasn’t just Lombard’s 33 points but more the eight 3-pointers that helped the Falcons claim an 88-67 victory over Santa Fe Christian.

Lombard, whose last big game was a 34-point effort against Channel Islands that also included eight 3s, netted a pair of 3-pointers in each quarter.

“When she is comfortable and letting the game come to her, she elevates her game,” Falcons coach Denise Bennett said. “Teams can’t be so set on stopping one or two girls when she’s on like this.”

Sierra Campisano, the 6-3 junior center for the Falcons, benefitted the most from Lombard’s outburst. She scored 36 points, including 15 of 16 from the line.

Campisano also collected 13 rebounds, matching teammate Christina Ellis, who tallied 11 points.

“I normally have a passing mentality out there, but when I’m on like this I adopt a shooter’s mentality,” Lombard said. “I was really hyped for this one because I’ve played against most of those girls since middle school.

“Sierra kept telling me to shoot. Normally, my job is to get the ball to her. She knew I was on fire.”

Santa Fe Christian was led by junior California Cubel’s 20 points and nine rebounds.

Torrey Pines (17-7) had a slim 34-32 lead when another 3-pointer by Lombard ignited a 7-0 run in the final 35 seconds of the first half. Suddenly, the lead was 41-32, the largest to that point.

By the end of the third quarter, Lombard and Campisano had combined for 50 points, more than Santa Fe Christian (15-7) had scored in trailing 62-47 with one quarter left.

“I know I can do this now,” added Lombard. “I have to keep scoring to make us better.

“I feel like I let the team down when my shot is off. It’s frustrating when I can’t shoot like this. Once the first shot goes in, I get going.”

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