Poway girls basketball team eliminated from CIF playoffs
By José A. López
The Poway High girls basketball team was eliminated from the playoffs after losing 72-58 at San Diego High School on Tuesday evening.
The semifinal match was a rematch between the two teams that met at the San Diego Section Division I championships last year.
San Diego led 32-30 at the half, but the Titans couldn’t hold up to the defensive pressure that the Cavers put up in the third period. The Titans turned the ball over multiple times, and San Diego was able to convert those turnovers into a comfortable double-digit lead.
A telling statistic from the game was that Poway only scored three times in the third, not counting three points that came as a result of free throws.
Katie Kuklok had 21 points for Poway, including four three-pointers (out of a total of nine scored by the Titans during the game). Taylor Carter scored 14 for the Titans and Alexa Brunansky had 10.
For San Diego, Tia Dixon had 28 points, Amie Callaway had 16 and Jade Taylor had 10.
Poway Coach Jay Trousdale said after the game that the keys to the game were the turnovers in the second half.
“We were right there where we wanted to be at the half,” he said. “We just had to come back and do it again in the second half.”
Trousdale said he’s proud of the effort his team made throughout the season and noted that the final score did not reflect how well Poway played for most of the game, especially considering how many new faces the Titans had on their squad this year.
“(San Diego High) is pretty much the same team we played in the finals last year,” Trousdale said. “We lost six of our top seven kids from last year. These girls have worked so hard and improved so much. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
This is the first time in three seasons that the Titans don’t advance to the CIF San Diego Section championship game. Poway won the CIF title in 2008.
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