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Girls Hoops: Cajon’s Energy Too Much for Monarchs

San Bernardino Cajon celebrates its win over Mater Dei in the CIF So Cal Division 2 Regionals finals on Saturday, March 19. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

San Bernardino Cajon celebrates its win over Mater Dei in the CIF So Cal Division 2 Regionals finals on Saturday, March 19. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

San Bernardino Cajon had to wake up at 4 in the morning for the 9 a.m. game on Saturday at the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State, but that didn’t stop the Cowbgirls from bringing loads energy and overwhelming Mater Dei, 50-31, in the CIF So Cal Division 2 Regional finals.

Washington State-bound Kayla Washington led the Cowgirls (26-6) with 20 points and 12 boards as they ran a zone that Mater Dei had no answer for.

“Congratulations to Cajon. They played really great today,” Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan said. “We didn’t shoot the ball really well. That is one of the weaknesses of our team. We aren’t a great shooting team and that showed up this morning.”

Sophomore Emma Torbert led the Monarchs with seven points and five rebounds, while UCLA-bound Ally Rosenblum had six points and six rebounds.

“I’m really proud of our girls,” Cajon coach Mark Lehman said. “They did a great job of executing the game plan. Even though I have had great teams in the past, no one has executed better than this team has. They did it for the whole game. They had no letdowns at all. I’m really proud of our starters, all seniors. They really stepped up. Our guards were super, Tyra and Tyla Turner. Our bigs, Kayla Washington, Taylor Goldsberry and Dezarae Embry, did a great job on both ends of the court and on the boards as well.”

Tyla, who has signed with Long Beach State, added 12 points and four assists in her debut at The Pyramid. Her sister, Tyra, had eight points. Cajon had the lead for almost the entire game as they were up by as much as 24 points. The Cowgirls take on Elk Grove, which defeated Sacramento 46-45, for the CIF Division 2 state championship next Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

“I want to scream right now,” Washington said with a smile. “We have played hard these last four years, so for our senior year to get that opportunity and play in Sacramento, we are so thankful and we are just going to keep our eyes on the prize. We will enjoy the win today.”

Mater Dei ends their season at 27-6 will say goodbye to four seniors, including Rosenblum, who will move on to UCLA next year.

“My experience at Mater Dei has been great,” Rosenblum said. “We have had great teams and a great coach. I have been here all four years and I have grown as a player. It was hard my freshman year because I was out and that was hard, but I still had a great experience. I think I have grown so much as a player since I got here. Coach Kiernan has taught me a lot and I have had great teammates. I have loved it.”

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