SANTA ANA -- After scoring a 42-point victory in the Southern Section 2A finals, it would seem Mater Dei would be hard-pressed to top that performance.
Somehow, it did. The second-seeded Monarchs scored a 74-35 victory Thursday over Villa Park with a solid game defensively and a brilliant game offensively.
It spelled an easy victory for Mater Dei (29-1), ranked No. 4 in the nation by ESPN Rise as it made another step toward an apparent showdown in the Southern California Regional Finals with No. 3 Brea Olinda, the only team to beat the Monarchs the past two seasons.
With Jordan Adams and Alexas Williamson leading the way, a 25-4 run in the first half put the game out of reach as everything the Monarchs put in the air seemed to land inside the rim. The made 18 of 30 shots in the first half, yet the most impressive thing about it: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Mater Dei's best player and leading scorer, had only two points at halftime, yet the Monarchs held a 49-20 lead.
Adams, a sophomore scored 11 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and three blocked shots. She is considered one of the top sophomores in the country, and for good reason by the way she played against the Spartans.
"If there's anybody who thinks Jordan Adams is overrated, I'd like to meet them," said Kevin Kiernan, Mater Dei's coach. "Jordan had a heck of a game. Everything we scored in the first half was because Jordan had a hand in it. She's a really amazing player."
The lead reached 41 points late in the third quarter, 67-26, and the game's final 4:33 was played with a running clock.
Lewis finished with 14 points, but Jessica Duarte led all scorers with 21 points, 15 in the first half. Williamson, a sophomore, scored 10, eight in the first half.
After having lost to top-seeded Brea Olinda on Saturday in the 2AA finals, 63-38, Villa Park (25-8) was hoping to restore its reputation. Instead, it had the distinction of playing two of the nation's best teams in six days, and taking it hard on the chin against both.
Nicole Ballestero scored 14 for the Spartans, and Brianna Salvatore 11.