Country Day’s Lady Torreys get past Bishop’s Knights, 62-45
By Michael Ragovin
The game played Friday, Feb. 1 between the girls varsity basketball teams at La Jolla Country Day and The Bishop’s School was a lot closer than the final score, indicates: Torreys 62, Knights 45. The Country Day Torreys got off to a peak 19-3 lead in the first quarter. To their credit, the Bishop’s Knights never quit and eventually got within five points.
Country Day met the challenge and pulled away at the end. The Torreys just had too many guns and an extraordinary gunner … with a pigtail.
At the 3:39 mark of the first period, Country Day led Bishop’s, 12-2. A jumper by Melanie Quijano put the Torreys ahead 14-2 with 3:18 left. Bishop’s made a free throw, the Torreys couldn’t convert a lay in opportunity and Kelsey Plum hit one from behind the arc to make the score 17-3, giving Country Day a 14-point lead with time winding down in the first period.
Now came one of the most creative plays ever seen. Plum threw the ball in from out-of-bounds bouncing it off a Bishop’s player, caught it, and then scored on a lay in, increasing the Torreys lead to 19-3. The first period ended with Country Day ahead, 19-7.
Sabrina Callahan started the Torrey scoring in the second period with 15-foot jump shot and Country Day was ahead, 21-7. Bishop’s made two free throws and Brianne Yasukouci answered with a 3-pointer bringing the score to 24-9 at the 5:34 mark of the second period. Bishop’s drove hard to the hoop missing the lay in, but converted two free throws with 5:28 left in the second period with the score 24-11.
Both teams missed on offensive rebound opportunities and then Bishop’s made a three, closing the gap to 24-14. Yasukouci buried a 3-pointer from way behind the arc, hit on jumper for two points and with 2:18 left in the second, the Torreys were ahead 29-16. With 45 seconds left in the period and the score 32-21, Country Day missed on another lay in opportunity off a beautiful pass from Plum. Bishop’s scored on a three pointer and Plum put back on offensive rebound to end the first half with the Torreys leading, 34-24.
Plum hit a jumper from the left side of the key to start Country Day off in the third period and then stole the inbound pass, missed the lay in and made two free throws. Mai-Loni Henson made two free throws to bring the score to 40-26. With 4 minutes left in the period, the score, 44-27, was a result of a two- point putback under the boards by Cydney Collins, Plum drove the length of the floor with a rebound and put it in and Bishop’s made a free throw. Bishop’s made a three-point basket and scored on a fast break and the score was 44-32. Plum made a free throw, Bishop’s made two, and Bishop’s drove the length of the court with a rebound, ending the third period, 45-36.
Yasukouci scored under the basket on a great pass from Quijano to start the fourth period. With 4:15 seconds remaining, Plum literally took over the game and scored 11 of the final 13 points for the Torreys.
At the end of the game coach Terri Bamford remarked,” We had some good moments and we had some bad moments. We missed a lot of easy layups. Bishop’s had a lot of height that alters the way you look at it. We normally don’t shoot layups that poorly and it was the big in difference letting them back into the game.”
The teams will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at Bishop’s.
Boys Game: The second part of the double-header matched the boy’s varsity teams from Country Day and Bishop’s at Country Day. It was really a blowout with the Knights winning, 77-38. Bishop’s played a very disciplined offensive game running their patterns and waiting for opportunities to score. Their intensity, especially on defense, created a lot of Torrey turnovers and frustration. These teams meet again at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Bishop’s.
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