SACRAMENTO -- The Archbishop Mitty girls basketball team arrived at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday looking to win the program's sixth state championship.

Instead, the Monarchs got an up-close look at Chaminade star Devin Stanback and her cast of talented teammates.

Chaminade built a 17-point lead after one quarter, widened the advantage to 30 early in the third and withstood a stronger showing from Mitty in the second half en route to an 80-51 victory in the Division II championship game.

Stanback, a 6-foot-3 center bound for Pepperdine, led Chaminade with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Valerie Higgins and Natalie Valenzuela scored 15 points apiece as the West Hills school won its first state title.

When it was over, Mitty coach Sue Phillips congratulated Chaminade (29-4) on its performance, noting the Eagles' extraordinary shooting efficiency.

Chaminade shot 70 percent (19 of 27) in the first half and nearly 67 percent (32 of 48) for the game.

"Some of that they just flat-out shot the ball incredibly well, and some of that we weren't quite up to the challenge defensively," Phillips said. "With Stanback, we did give her varied looks, and she adjusted each time."

Mitty trailed 46-21 at halftime, and Valenzuela's 3-pointer early in the third quarter deepened the Monarchs' hole to 51-21.

But Mitty responded with a 9-0 run and pulled to within 19 with still 3:03 left in the quarter.


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"We got knocked down early, and we didn't really start to fight back until the third quarter, which is unfortunate," Phillips said. "But it does not diminish the amount of pride and affinity I have for this group. We've come so far, and I just love coaching every day."

Kelli Hayes had 13 points, three steals and three assists in her final game for Mitty. She will play for UCLA next season. Taylor Todd added 10 rebounds, and Madeline Holland scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting.

"It was tough," Hayes said of the early deficit. "But none of us put our heads down. We've been down before. We fought until the end and regardless of the score, I am proud of our team.

"The scoreboard is just a number. We've come this far and ending our game at a state championship, I think that's a win in itself."

Two years earlier, Hayes was a star sophomore on a Mitty team that won the program's fifth state title.

But Saturday, the Monarchs (20-12) ran into an opponent determined to make the most of its first appearance in a state final. Chaminade also wanted to follow the lead of the school's boys team, which won a state title on the same court Friday. Stanback's younger brother is on the boys team.

Before the game Saturday, Stanback told her coach: "I'm not nervous. I'm ready to win."

Mitty, playing in its 10th state final, soon found out that the entire Chaminade team was ready for the moment.

"This is the best team that I've ever had, and I've been here for 17 years," Chaminade coach Kelli DiMuro said. "By far, execution and just the determination of the leaders on the floor was what completely pushed us over the top."

Chaminade 80, Archbishop Mitty 51

Chaminade          26"‚20"‚19"‚15--80

Archbishop Mitty          9"‚12"‚23"‚ 7--51

Chaminade (29-4) -- Valenzuela 6-1-15, Fandino 3-4-12, Higgins 7-1-15, Stanback 12-3-27, Newman 2-1-6, Fecske 2-0-5. Totals 32-10-80.

Archbishop Mitty (20-12) -- Chi 2-1-5, Mewes 3-0-7, Hayes 5-3-13, Todd 1-3-6, Hill 2-0-4, Holland 5-0-11, Bennett 0-1-1, Griffin 2-0-4. Totals 20-8-51.

Three-point goals -- Valenzuela 2, Fandino 2, Newman, Fecske; Mewes, Todd, Holland.

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