La Jolla Country Day gets sweep of Bishop’s
By Phil Dailey
La Jolla Country Day made it a clean sweep Friday night as both the boys and girls basketball teams won their respective games.
For the Torrey boys, they put on an impressive second-half performance, outscoring the Knights 32-10 during the final 13 minutes of the game to secure a 67-45 win.
The motivation for the spirited effort was simple for the Torreys (11-6 overall, 2-1 Coastal League).
“We wanted to get back at Bishop’s, they have been embarrassing us the past few years,” junior Frank Bamford said. “We really wanted to get them back this year and we showed it (Friday night).”
And nobody was more red-hot than Bamford, a 6-foot-5-inch post player who torched the Knights (7-11, 0-3) for 27 points, including three 3-pointers in the final quarter.
“He’s a special kid. When he plays well, we are a very, very good basketball team,” Torrey head coach Ryan Meier said. “I always tell him— I hate to put pressure on the kid — but it’s a matter of well, Frankie, if you play well, we’re good. If you don’t we suffer a little bit.”
On Friday night they were more than good with the effort Bamford gave. His teammates Sage Burmeister and Max Hersfield were also key, both netting 12 points in the win.
“I hate to say it, they pushed us around,” Bishop’s head coach Matt Niehues said. “What we had done to them in the last couple years, they did to us tonight.”
At the break, the game looked anything like the final score as the teams were tied at 29 after the first 16 minutes of play. Bishop’s nearly took a three-point lead at the break, but LJCD senior Ryan Watt hit a 3 with 37 seconds to play in the first half even up the score.
The second half was a much different story as the Torreys went on a 12-3 run to end the third quarter.
“We told them to keep shooting the ball,” Meier said. “We had good looks in the first half they just weren’t falling. Our guys came out with a ton of energy and we just knew it was a matter of hitting shots. We knew we could defend, it was just whether or not we could hit shots.”
Fittingly, Bamford made the final five points of the game, including a 3-pointer with less than 40 seconds to play.
“We wanted it more, we just came out and showed it,” he said.
Dominique Love led the Knights with 12 points while Micha Seau added nine points in the loss.
Torrey girls squeeze out another win
It wasn’t their most impressive win of the season, but a win against a rival is never easy. Despite a 15-point advantage at the half, the La Jolla Country Day girls allowed Bishop’s to get back into the game in the second half as the Knights closed the gap to only six points early in the third quarter.
The Torreys, however, started making shot and cruised to a 68-56 win.
“I don’t think our decision-making was very good and we had easy baskets that we were missing and we didn’t rebound,” LJCD head coach Terri Bamford said of the team’s lull to start the second half.
With the game in the Torreys’ favor 50-44, La Jolla Country Day pounded the rim, outscoring the Knights 16-6 during the next 8 minutes of action.
“They are a very good team and I think controlling the tempo is the key. When you’re good you got to push it, but when things aren’t going for you, you got to slow down and run your sets. I think when we did that we got some easy baskets and we took control of that game again,” Bamford added.
The Torreys (16-3 overall, 2-0 Coastal South) were led by Kelsey Plum and Malina Hood, each of whom had 14 points in the win. The Knights (10-8, 1-1) got 24 points from Alissa Campanero and 17 points from Bryn Stark in the loss.
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