Los Angeles Preps: Mar-Jana Phillips

Mission Prep takes Div. V regional title

March, 17, 2012

ONTARIO -- Mission Prep’s Jenna Dunbar started with the hot hand in the CIF Southern California Regional final against Rolling Hills Prep.

Her teammates, Kaylee Williams and Bri Harvey finished strong in Mission Prep’s 62-41 win over Rolling Hills in the Division V girls final at Colony High School on Saturday.

Dunbar scored 13 of her team-high 21 points in the first half. She scored in the lane and hit three 3-pointers in the first half.

Williams scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half and Harvey scored 13 points in Mission Prep’s first CIF Southern California Regional Division V championship since 2008.

“It’s a special group,” Mission Prep coach John Krossa said. “This is such a great group of girls.”

Krossa won his second CIF Southern California Regional championship with San Luis Obispo's Mission Prep (32-1). Mission Prep won back-to-back Division V championships in 2003 and 2004. The Royals went to three Division V championship games in a row in 2006-2008.

Dunbar scored 10 points in the first quarter and led her team to an 18-13 lead. She was 5-for-9 from the field in the first half and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the game. She also had seven assists and five rebounds.

Mission Prep led, 30-24, at halftime. Mar-Jana Phillips led Rolling Hills (21-5) with 15 points in the first half and scored 11 of her team’s 13 points in the first quarter.

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Rolling Hills Prep girls easily win 5A title

March, 3, 2012

SANTA ANA -- As fast or as slow as point guard Bridgette Adams goes, Rolling Hills Prep coach Joe Jackson likes to say, his Huskies will follow.

Well, Adams went pretty fast Saturday, and Rolling Hills Prep followed.

The lightning-quick 5-foot-1 sophomore had 15 points and a game-high five assists for Rolling Hills in Saturday's CIF-SS Division 5A championship game against Avalon High, leading the Huskies to a blowout 65-32 win over the Lancers at Mater Dei High.

"She took us where we needed to go," Jackson said of Adams, who played the entire game.

Rolling Hills, playing a fierce 2-2-1 press for much of the game, led 17-10 after one period and 36-17 at the half, and Avalon scored only 15 total points in the second half as the outcome was never in doubt.

The Huskies had rolled through opponents in the CIF-SS Division 5-A playoffs by an average of almost 32 points per game, and they repeated their efforts on Saturday with the 33-point win. 6-foot sophomore Peyton Langston led all scorers with 25 points and added a game-high 10 rebounds, and junior Mar-Jana Phillips had 14 points and two blocks.

Avalon was led by senior guard Elizabeth Chavoya, who had 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting but struggled from the free-throw line, shooting just 3-of-11 from the stripe. Guard Tori Hoefs added six points and four other players had at least four.

Adams, who had a game-high six steals said the key to Rolling Hills' success is "pushing the ball all the time," and Jackson agreed, even though he said he wished Adams would have pushed it even more on Saturday.

He credited the opposing Lancers for testing his team's speed and putting his players "into some situations that I never want to see again."

"The thing is, we didn't even really get out of third gear," he said. "We just did not. But our tempo wasn't quite what they were used to."

Rolling Hills (18-4) won its second-straight division title, although the Huskies played in Division 6A a season ago.