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Mission Hills still rules the region

03/05/2016, 9:40pm PST
By Terry Monahan

Grizzlies defeat La Jolla Country Day for San Diego Section Open Division championship


Mission Hills' Madison Adams had 15 points and four rebounds in the Grizzlies' win over La Jolla Country Day on Saturday night.

The T-shirts were ordered late, just before the start of the postseason. But they arrived just in time.

On the shirts were two words — Titles Matter.

At Mission Hills, nothing else does for the girls basketball team, especially after the No. 3-seeded Grizzlies edged top seed and defending state Division V champion La Jolla Country Day 68-64 to win the San Diego Section Open Division title Saturday night at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Mission Hills (28-3) won its third straight championship with its 18th consecutive win this season.

The last time a team three-peated was in 2003-04-05, when Mount Miguel and Santa Fe Christian both did it.

“This is my favorite win,” said Mission Hills senior Madison Adams, who claimed her third title with 15 points and four rebounds. “I knew we were the better team. My teammates worked harder than they did.

“They talked a lot about us. We did not have to say much. We just showed them who is better.”

In the first half, the score was tied three times and there were nine lead changes before the Grizzlies took a 41-40 halftime lead.

Every time the Torreys (24-5) closed in, Mission Hills responded with free throws or a 3-pointer to stave off the charge.

Senior Monica Todd, who came over from Escondido, scored 13 points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who also got 11 points from Nikki Mayoral and nine points from Olivia Perez in addition to 13 points and seven rebounds from Khayla Rooks.

“This group knows how to win,” Grizzlies coach Chris Kroesch said. “Some of them it’s all they know how to do.”

Kiera Oakry led the Torreys with 18 points. Alaysia Styles added 16 points and 11 points from Jayda Villareal.

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