In a classic California Open Division girls basketball title game, No. 2 St. Mary’s of Stockton beat No. 11 Mater Dei of Santa Ana 76-69 on Saturday night.
St. Mary’s made 12 three-pointers on the way to winning its 29th consecutive game and eighth state title (first in the Open Division).
The score was tied at 63 with four minutes remaining, but St. Mary’s took its biggest lead of the game at 73-67 with 1:14 to go. Kat Tudor’s fourth three-pointer of the second half pushed the lead to six.
Ally Rosenblum cut the lead to four with a bank shot with 58.7 seconds left, but the Monarchs would get no closer.
Mater Dei’s 19 turnovers were part of its undoing. The Monarchs shot 50 percent (29 of 58) and held a 41-27 rebounding advantage.
For Mater Dei, Andee Velasco and Rosenblum scored 20 points each and All-American Katie Lou Samuelson added 19.