Lady Mats Trounce Tamalpais to Advance to NCS Championship for Fifth Straight Year

All-american senior Sabrina Ionescu takes it strong to the basket. She once again led the Matadors into a blowout victory, defeating Tamalpais by 50. She and her fellow Lady Mats will compete in their fifth straight NCS Championship game Saturday at 2:30 at St. Mary's College.

All-american senior Sabrina Ionescu takes it strong to the basket. She once again led the Matadors into a blowout victory, defeating Tamalpais by 50. She and her fellow Lady Mats will compete in their fifth straight NCS Championship game Saturday at 2:30 at St. Mary’s College.

Jacob Thomas, Staff Writer

After the affirming home crowd eased the tensions of the semifinal contest against the Tamalpais Red Tailed Hawks, the Lady Mats were able to control the pace of the game all night. The Lady Mats continued right where they left off, taking yet another easy victory by defeating Tamalpais 87-32.

The three seniors: Sabrina Ionescu, Keana De Los Santos and Uriah Howard completely dominated the game by combining for a total of 59 points. Tamalpais fought hard over the course of the game, but in the end couldn’t compete with one of the most high powered offenses in the nation.

With the Red Tailed Hawks within striking distance of the Lady Mats after the first quarter 20-9, Miramonte wanted to get them out of the picture. To respond, the Lady Mats went on a 26-4 run in the second quarter, going into the locker room at halftime with a comfortable lead.

“We just wanted to get them out of it. We felt like we weren’t shooting that well in the first quarter and we didn’t want to give them any life,” said Howard.

After coming out of halftime, the Lady Mats were not done. They put up a total of 33 points compared to Tamalpais’ 12. The quarter marked the highest scoring total this postseason for the Lady Mats.

With the win against Tamalpais, the Lady Mats will move on to the championship game for the fifth straight time. They will clash with an athletic Bishop O’Dowd team that has also been cruising through opponents in NCS.

“It’s going to be another great opportunity just to get back to the championship game again. I think this is our best all-around team we have had in awhile, and hopefully we can cap off a great season with a win,” said Ionescu.

Bishop O’ Dowd is led by an athletic starting five that will look to take the ball to the basket and get offensive rebounds. It should be a great matchup that will feature two of the most dynamic teams in the Northern California area.