SAN JOSE -- For one half Wednesday night, Wilcox gave reigning state champion Archbishop Mitty all it could handle, causing fits for the Monarchs with a very active zone anchored by Joeseta Fatuesi in the middle.
But Mitty found a long-distance shooter in the second half and advanced to the Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball final with a 52-37 victory at Oak Grove High.
Mitty will play St. Francis in the title game Saturday at 6 p.m. at Santa Clara University.
Jahnay Anderson came off the bench for Mitty on Wednesday to score 18 points -- 12 in the second half — and Mitty's defense eventually wore down Wilcox's scoring tandem of Fatuesi and D'airrien Jackson.
"Jahnay is a phenomenal player," teammate Kelli Hayes said. "When we need her to come out and shoot, she will shoot. She's not only good at shooting, she's good at defending."
Mitty needed a shooter after Wilcox forced turnover after turnover in the first half and took a 16-14 lead into the locker room after Fatuesi impressed the crowd with a spin move on the baseline and layup as the half was about to end.
But the Monarchs took charge in the third as Anderson made three 3-pointers in the opening minutes to give Mitty a 26-20 lead.
Anderson credited her teammates for passing the ball to her.
"They were looking for me, and we were working as a team," she said. "Their zone was really active."
The Monarchs widened the lead to
Mitty coach Sue Phillips said her message at halftime was to defend Fatuesi and Jackson because they had combined for all but two of Wilcox's first-half points.
"I said we were losing the rebound battle, Joeseta and No. 25 have 14 of their 16 points, we have to limit those two touches, we have to have our defense create offense and we have to push tempo," Phillips said. "I think we did that."
Fatuesi finished with 14 points, and Jackson had 13.
Hayes had 11 points for Mitty.
St. Francis 37, Lynbrook 27: Eighth-seeded Lynbrook led St. Francis after each of the first three quarters. But once the momentum swung in the Lancers' favor, Lynbrook's bid to stun a second consecutive WCAL opponent faded.
Lynbrook reached the semifinals by beating top-seeded Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday.
In the game Wednesday, St. Francis picked it up defensively in the second half and started to make shots after a miserable first half to set up another game against league rival Mitty.
"The kids kept playing hard, and we just kept hanging in there and hanging in there and finally a little offense got going for
Shelbi Aimonetti scored 10 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter for St. Francis, which trailed 7-4 after one quarter, 14-11 at halftime and 22-21 entering the fourth quarter.
"The first half, we just weren't creating shots for ourselves," Aimonetti said. "They were playing back in a zone. So second half we had to create shots for ourselves, getting the ball inside. When we get it inside, they collapse, and we were hitting our outside shots."
Jackie Hudepohl led Lynbrook with 11 points.
Gunn played stifling defense en route to a 42-18 semifinal victory over Piedmont Hills. The Titans will play San Benito, which beat Evergreen Valley 58-38, for the title Saturday at 1 p.m. at Santa Clara High.
Branham reached the final with a 58-34 victory over Notre Dame-San Jose and will play Burlingame, a 42-28 winner over Valley Christian, for the championship Saturday at 1 p.m. at Foothill College.