Mater Dei of Chula Vista coach David Monroe kept screaming from the sideline, “Somebody get on that shooter.”
That shooter he was referring to was JSerra sophomore Coco Miller, and nobody from the Crusaders was able to stop her.
Miller finished with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, five rebounds and four assists, to help the Lions defeat Mater Dei, 60-52, in the opening round of the CIF Southern California Division 4 Regionals on Wednesday night at JSerra.
JSerra (24-7) avenged a 69-66 overtime loss to the Crusaders (20-7) earlier this season.
“We played them earlier in the season over Christmas and we lost to them in a tough overtime game,” Miller said, “so coming into tonight we had to give it all we had and play with our hearts.”
The first half went back and forth, but the Crusaders had a 28-27 lead at halftime after Kandiss Barber’s breakaway layup at the buzzer.
JSerra was able to build a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, and Miller sealed the victory with seven points in the final quarter.
JSerra point guard August Touchard turned in a gutsy effort. She injured her head and her ankle but never came out of the game, and she .
“I knew I had to step up especially when August got hurt,” Miller said.
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