Orange County: Mater Dei blows out Woodbridge to win girls' Division 2A title

LONG BEACH -- Mater Dei beat Woodbridge, 71-29, in the championship game of the girls' basketball Southern Section Division 2A playoffs, posting its largest margins of victory in the playoffs.

Mater Dei was up 62-23 at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

“You usually don’t see that very often,” Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan said.

Mater Dei beat Culver City by 30 points in the second round of the playoffs. The Monarchs are no strangers to blowouts. They opened the season with a 103-18 win over Chaparral in December. The last time Mater Dei beat a team by more than 40 points was on Jan. 28, a 74-30 win over Rosary.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a game-high 22 points for Mater Dei. Jordan Adams added 15 points and eight rebounds.

“I think they are the two best players in the country,” Kiernan said. “It’s really satisfying. We’re down three starters. It’s a testament to them.”

Jessica Duarte scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds for Mater Dei.

Mater Dei took control of the game early and built a 38-14 lead at halftime. The team scored 22 points off turnovers and had 17 second-chance points.

“Woodbridge is a great team. I say that will all sincerity,” Kiernan said. “They’re on an emotional high. We’re not always that focused. It’s just incredible.”

Sara McCutchan led Woodbridge in scoring with nine points. Teammate Ashley Ward scored eight.

Kiernan said the death of classmate Nadia Brianne “Bri” Matthews on Feb. 25 was weighing on the minds and hearts of his basketball players. Matthews was a pitcher on the Mater Dei softball team. The Orange County coroner ruled Matthews' death a suicide last week.

The basketball team wore the No. 10 -- Matthews' softball number -- on its jerseys for the championships game. The team also had a No. 10 displayed on the bench during the game as a memorial to Matthews.

“The girls have been emotional, just really focused this week,” Kiernan said.