Country Day earns state championship

For the first time since 2002, the La Jolla County Day girls basketball team can once more call themselves the best in California. The Torreys — with only one loss all season long — topped Salesian High School last weekend to win the California Interscholastic Federation’s Division IV state championship.

And they did it with ease, throttling Salesian (Richmond), 72-41, at the Power Balance Pavillion in Sacramento.

The Torreys were ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation by USA Today, losing only once, to Long Beach Poly, way back on Dec. 30.

In the title game last Friday, the Torreys got off to fast start in large part by Kelsey Plum, who knocked down two 3-pointers in the early stages of the contest to set the pace. Plum, a junior, led all scorers with 32 points.

The game was all but over by halftime as Country Day led 33-10. The Torreys led by at least 20 points the rest of the game en route to the 31-point victory.

Sisters Maya and Malina Hood also had huge games as Maya went for 19 points and 13 rebounds while Malina added 10 points. The duo, who will graduate later this year, will head to the University of San Diego to begin their college basketball careers.

The finals appearance for the Torreys was the team’s first since 2008, but the championship is the first since the 2002 season when they were led by current WNBA standout Candice Wiggins.