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Girls Hoops: LCC Gets Valuable Experience at San Diego Classic (7/2/17)

La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad’s Kaylee Berry (No. 25) takes it to the basket in traffic. Photo/LCC Athletics.

By TERRY MONAHAN

The regular-season goal is always the same at La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad, at least it’s that way for the girls basketball team. Winning a league title is what the Mavericks play for and they have captured a league crown the past nine seasons.

“No one wants to be the class that breaks that streak,” senior center Kaylee Berry said. “We want to play well as a team and if we do that, everything will fall into place by the end of the season.”

The Mavericks concluded play in the 31st annual San Diego Classic on Sunday at Alliant University with a hard-fought 40-39 loss to Sierra Linda of Phoenix, Ariz., in the 3A Pool 2 Division.

A 5-0 run gave the Mavericks a 38-36 lead with 1:56 to play, but the Bulldogs got a layup from Haily Clay with 1:36 to go, giving her 11 points, and two free throws by Tatiyana Ponce for a 40-38 lead with 14.7 seconds left. Ponce’s 14th and 15th points prove to be the game-winner.

“We had the lead there at the end, but we didn’t control the ball,” Mavericks coach Mario Flores said. “Our age showed up. I believe we made progress this weekend. Knowing what we have to do against tough teams is something we need to work on. I was impressed with how far we came in the last few days.”

The score was tied five times and the lead changed hands 10 times.

“This is the time we get the feel of how far we need to go to play together,” said Berry, who led the Mavs with 11 points. “The older players have to set the example because the newer players don’t know how LCC finishes games.

“I am competitive, so I always want to win. Coach told us that we’re still 0-0 for the season because records don’t count in the summer.”

The Mavericks also got nine points from senior Colleen Haggerty and seven points from junior Carolina Sanchez. La Costa Canyon opened the second half with a 9-2 run to erase a four-point halftime deficit to take a 29-26 lead. The Mavs still held a slight lead at 33-30, lost it at 34-33, got it back at 38-36 on Berry’s layup but fell short down the stretch.

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