The Paloma Valley High School Lady Wildcats have won the school’s third CIF Southern Section title, a title that encompasses girls’ soccer and girls’ wrestling. It is the third CIF-SS title since opening in 1995. The top-seeded Lady Wildcats took on the second-seeded Ontario Christian High School Knights Saturday, Feb. 29, at Colony High School, and with a 64-47 win, claimed the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA girls’ basketball championship game.
Mya Pierfax had center stage for the Lady Wildcats. The junior guard, scored a career-high 37 points, shooting 10 of 20 from the field, hitting four 3-pointers and sinking 13 free throws. While Pierfax countered freshman Chloe Briggs, the Knights (29-3) couldn’t counter the Wildcats in the paint. Paloma Valley outrebounded Ontario Christian, 54-28, including 25-10 on offensive rebounds. That meant a 22-7 advantage in second-chance points.
The Lady Wildcats built a 29-19 halftime edge and kept the lead to 10 in the third quarter, before rolling over in the final frame. Ontario Christian (29-3) had twelve 40-point-plus games from Briggs, listed as No. 3 in scoring in the nation by MaxPreps with a 34.9 points-per-game average.
“I’ve never been in this situation, so I just really wanted to win,” Pierfax said.
The 5-foot-11 Briggs answered with an impressive 24 points and shot 10 of 26 from the field and had 11 rebounds.
“Chloe Briggs is unbelievable,” Dale said. “We worked really hard to make (today) tough for her. But at the same time, we didn’t discount ourselves. I think we knew that we had a good team coming in, too, and that they were going to have to stop us, too.”
“The better team won today,” Ontario Christian coach Matt Tumambing said. “We couldn’t hit some shots; they killed us on the glass and we shot ourselves in the foot a lot of the time.”
The Wildcats answered, as Pierfax scored 21 of their final 27 points. Junior Trinitee Bradley added nine points and nine rebounds, sophomore Breeann Willich added 10 points and Woodley finished with eight points and nine rebounds. Senior Isabella Villegas added 11 rebounds. Paloma Valley will now face No. 13 Lincoln High School in the State Regional Division III playoffs this week.
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