Lady Mats Undefeated Run Ends, Falling to Chaminade in State Title Game

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Miramonte’s Keana Delos santos fights to wrestle the ball away from Chaminade’s Melissa Wright in the second half of the CIF State Open Division girls basketball game. Chaminade went on to defeats the Lady Mats 80-71 to claim the state title. Miramonte finished 32-1 on the season, a school record.

Jacob Thomas, Staff Writer

As senior guard Sabrina Ionescu knocked down a momentum-changing three to go into halftime, the Lady Mats looked to charge out of the locker rooms in the third quarter, after trailing by double digits in the first half.

But in Miramonte’s first appearance in the state championship on March 26 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, the Lady Mats fell short, resulting in their first loss of the season to the Chaminade Eagles, 80-71.

Ionescu led all Miramonte scorers with 24 points, and seniors Uriah Howard and Keana De Los Santos scored a combined 25 points as well. The Lady Mats also had the hot hand from beyond the arc, hitting seven three-pointers overall. The outstanding shooting performance by Miramonte was a key factor in its ferocious comeback late in the second quarter, eventually erasing the 17-point deficit in the third quarter.

Despite the superb offensive outing from the Lady Mats, however, Chaminade All-American Leana Odom could not be stopped. Odom had a game high of 35 points in the Chaminade win. Behind Odom, the Eagles started to pull away in the fourth quarter.

“It’s tough to go out like we did, but looking back on the season we had, I am proud about what we accomplished this year,” said Miramonte’s De Los Santos.

The magical 32-1 season for the Lady Mats has come to an end, tallying only one loss, which came from the hands of the eventual state champions. The question now is how much can this team accomplish in the years to come with the loss of four impactful seniors.