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.
The annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade took place over the weekend and was themed for ‘Honoring Our Heroes’, and there were plenty who attended the event, as well as many who participated.
JSerra was a proud sponsor of the annual parade and had Julie Swail-Ertel, JSerra Aquatics Director and two-time Olympian participate in the parade.
“Being involved in the Laguna Niguel Parade was great to see the community out supporting the city and our hero’s,” said Swail-Ertel. “It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season.”
Also in attendance were the JSerra Tennis and Swim CIF Champions, along with the three-time Trinity League, CIF, and State Championship Cross Country team.
The day was filled with excitement as the pep squad accompanied JSerra athletes as they walked through the largest parade in Southern California adorned by medals and banners displaying all the hard work each team has put into their sport.
JSerra was proud to be a part of the annual parade and sends a special thank you to The City of Laguna Niguel.
The JSerra girls cross country team has done what no school in Orange County, in any sport, has every accomplished; Three-peat. They won their third straight State Championship Saturday, with the added highlight of sophomore Brooke Kunzelman being named to the All-State team. In addition, the Running Lions won their third straight CIF Championship one week earlier, to go along with their third consecutive Trinity League Championship. Congratulations to all of the Running Lions, on both the boys and girls teams, for an incredible season and a continuing commitment to excellence.
OC Varsity covers the State Championship winners below.
The season-long journey of JSerra wasn’t always perfect or without challenges. But once again, that journey came to an end with the Lions celebrating another CIF state title.
JSerra placed five scoring runners in the top 30 to win its third consecutive Division 4 state title at the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park.
The Lions are the first county program in the 26-year history of the state championships to win three consecutive state titles.
“The girls came together, worked as a unit, and played their roles,” Lions coach Marty Dugard said. “It’s humbling because of the sacrifice that the girls go through. These girls have bought into this tradition of excellence that we have tried to build.”