SAN MARINO — The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball team hadn't reached the championship game of the South Pasadena Tournament in seven years.
So when the Tologs heard the final buzzer sound in Saturday night's championship game versus El Segundo, there was no surprise at the reaction of joy and excitement the girls showed when the trophy was finally theirs.
"This just shows how far we've come and how hard we've worked," Tologs Coach Gino Pacella said after his squad's title-clinching 55-50 victory at San Marino High. "To be able to pull out a victory like this says a lot."
Pacella showed patience through the early jitters that caused turnovers, lackadaisical defense, and missed open shots leading to an uphill climb.
But in the end, the Tologs prevailed despite the mishaps and El Segundo guard Lauren Sato's 32 points, which paved the way for the Eagles to maintain a lead throughout nearly the entirety of the first three quarters.