Holy Rosary saved its best for last, taking the CYO title by thrashing opponents on the way to the Diocese of Oakland Championship. The Trojans’ high-octane press and fast break smoked St. Perpetua of Lafayette 41-15. In the semis, the Trojans had difficulty putting away pesky Santa Maria team from Orinda, but held on for a 43-41 win and trip to the finals.
In the championship game, Holy Rosary’s trapping defense put the squeeze on St. Mary’s of Pleasant Hill from the outset, posting a 21-12 first-period lead. The shooting exhibition continued in the second half off precision plays set up for Monique Cardenas, who chipped in 10 of her 17 points. The final score: Holy Rosary 52, St. Mary’s 35.
“These girls worked real hard all year long, with the goal of winning Diocese tops on their list,” said Cast. “Even though my fifth- and eighth-grade teams won the championship this year, it was a sad day for me knowing this would be the last time I get to coach my daughter and these wonderful young ladies as they move onto high school next year.”