After playoff eliminations in the last three years, the Torreys (32-1) won the Div. IV California State Championship with a resounding 72-41 victory over Richmond Salesian (31-5) at the capital’s Power Balance Pavilion on March 23. It was the third state crown for the Torreys, the last two coming in 2001 and 2002 when they were in Div. V.
Junior Kelsey Plum set the tone with a game-high 32 points, including five three-pointers, and played solid defense on Richmond’s star player, Mariya Moore, when LJCD raced out to a big early lead.
“We were ready,” said Plum after the game. “With the tough schedule we’ve played, we were battle tested.”
Plum’s quintet of treys tied former-LJCD star and eventual WNBA player Candice Wiggins for the most in a Div. IV title match.
Torreys’ coach Terri Bamford, who has been there for all three titles, was impressed with Plum’s play.
“She is as competitive as they come and had an amazing game,” Bamford said.
Senior twin sisters Maya and Malina Hood displayed their usual consistent efforts with 19 points with 13 rebounds and 10 points, respectively. Maya Hood said they were determined to go all the way after a loss in last year’s So-Cal Regional Final.
“Our team wasn’t going to let it happen again,” she said.
With the USD-bound Hood sisters being the only graduating seniors on the team and the experience gained by the younger players this banner year, the future looks bright again for next season’s Torrey squad.