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MISSION HILLS – The final buzzer sounded and the celebration ensued as the Alemany girls basketball team jumped up and down in unison knowing they were champions.
But for junior Success Prysock the victory was vindication.
“I feel like we’ve been overlooked all year,” she said. “We got put in the Sunshine League, like we weren’t good enough for the Mission League. Well, look at us now.”
Prysock took the relegation to the Sunshine League personal, but now, she’ll getting fitted for a personal CIF championship ring after Alemany topped Cajon 57-48 in the Southern Section Division 2AA final at home Thursday night.
Prysock had 14 points and senior Jordyn Jiron scored a team-high 16, including three 3s to claim the program’s first CIF title since 2013.
“We’ve had a chip on our shoulder all year,” Jiron said. “This feels good.”
Cajon came into the final unbeaten at 15-0 with just seven players. The Cowgirls stuck with Alemany for three and a half quarters before running out of gas.
“Fatigue,” Cajon coach Leon Washington said. “We broke down a little when things go tough. But I can’t as for much more out of seven girls. I’m proud.”
The gap for each team never got larger than four points until midway through the fourth quarter when Cajon’s Talia Washington fouled out while fouling Jiron attempting a 3. Jiron made all three free throws, then Prysock converted a layup on the ensuing possession after a Cajon turnover. In the blink of an eye, Alemany’s lead ballooned to 53-44.
It was the dagger.
“I saw their body language,” Jiron said. “I just felt like at that point we had to keep it going.”
Alemany (16-2) won the Sunshine League by going 8-0 before Oxnard, Crean Lutheran and Leuzinger en route to the title game.
FINAL – Girls hoop
Alemany 57, Cajon 48
Jordyn Jiron led the Warriors with 16 points. Success Prysock added 14.
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Cajon returns its whole team except one, senior Sanaisha Morgan, who led the team with 13 points. Freshman Mykelle Richards (11 points), junior Talia Washington (10 points) and sophomore Ayana Campbell (8 points) are the core that return.
“We’re young,” Leon Washington said. “We’ll be back.”
Both teams will await their seeding in Sunday’s CIF State regional drawing.