Fri, Feb 15 2013 03:35 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The fervor in which the fans of the Chula Vista High School girls basketball team celebrated each basket made by the home team, regardless of how lopsided the score became in Tuesday’s game against the Montgomery Aztecs, can be excused.
After all, it had been 19 years since the Spartans last won a league title.
But no more.
Chula Vista’s emphatic 66-33 victory officially clinched this year’s South Bay League championship in favor of the Spartans.
Senior Anessa Wolfblack, the school’s homecoming queen and leading scorer on the girls hoops team, received congratulatory hugs from well-wishers at center court following the game with tears streaming down her cheeks.
“It means everything,” she said. “The last time this school won a league title was in 1994 — that was a year before I was born.”
The proverbial once-in-a-generation team left little doubt about its worthiness to hoist the 2012-13 SBL championship banner.
The Spartans bounded out to a 12-0 lead amid thunderous cheers.
“The crowd really pumped us up,” Wolfblack said.
Tuesday’s game was the regular season finale for Chula Vista, which now advances to next week’s San Diego Section playoffs as an automatic qualifier after winning the South Bay League title.
(Mater Dei will represent the Mesa League in post-season play as a league champion.)
The Spartans closed out regular season play 11-1 in league, 17-8 overall. Chula Vista’s lone blemish in league play was a 67-60 loss at Sweetwater on Jan. 30. The Spartans closed out the season with four victories — none of them close.
Chula Vista topped Mar Vista by a score of 49-18 on Feb. 1, defeated San Ysidro by a score of 56-42 on Feb. 6 and toppled Southwest by a score of 59-22 on Feb. 8.
Montgomery entered Tuesday’s game in second place in the league standings and had an outside chance to tie the Spartans by winning its final two games.
Previously, Chula Vista emerged victorious by a 54-44 count in a game at the Otay Mesa school on Jan. 16.
The Aztecs (8-3 in league, 17-7 overall) came alive with inspired play in the latter stages of the game but by then the result had already been decided. The Spartans led 22-4 at the end of the first quarter, 41-16 at halftime and 55-25 entering the final quarter.
Sierra Thomas led CV scorers in Tuesday’s game with 18 points while Wolfblack, who paces her team with 13.5 points per game, dropped in 16 points and Maria Tinajero added 13 points.
Wolfblack and her court didn’t hold back their emotions in the postgame celebration.
“This was the goal for four years — it’s been our goal forever,” said Wolfblack, who also has represents CVHS in track and field, girls volleyball and field hockey. “We just want to do the best we can now (in CIF).”
Post-season play tips off for girls teams Tuesday. Quarterfinal playoffs are scheduled next Friday.
Mesa League champions
Mater Dei Catholic’s Crusaders entered the week ranked sixth in the section, second among Division IV teams, and made quick work of host Hilltop in Tuesday’s Mesa League match-up, winning 62-27. The Crusaders improved to 9-0 in league play, 18-5 overall.
Alexandria Young led MDC with 18 points while teammates Brittani Lusain and Kandiss Barber each contributed 11 points.
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