LOS ALTOS HILLS -- Pinewood will be looking for its sixth state championship in school history Friday when it plays La Jolla Country Day for the girls Division V title in a 10 a.m. start at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

Virtually the entire team remembers the state championship experience a year ago when the Panthers lost to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth 47-33.

"Last year was a heartbreaker,'' senior forward Leeana Bade said.

As the one senior in the starting lineup, Bade also has memories of the state championship win the team experienced her freshman season, a 67-56 victory over St. Bernard of Playa del Rey.

"This is my last game ever in high school,'' Bade said. "I want to end it with a bang.''

Pinewood (29-3) is coming off an impressive 61-38 win over No. 1 seed Brookside Christian-Stockton in the Northern California championship game.

"My confidence has jumped out after the way we played Saturday," Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler said. "I thought we'd have a lot of trouble with that team, and we didn't.''

La Jolla Country Day won the state championship two years ago with a juggernaut squad that went 32-1 and beat Salesian by 31 points in the state final. That team was led by junior Kelsey Plum, who earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors this season playing for Washington. Candice Wiggins, the former Stanford star, also played at La Jolla Country Day.

The team Pinewood will face Friday is not quite as imposing as Country Day teams of the past. The Torreys are 20-11. They went into the Southern California Division V playoffs just 16-11, but won four games by an average margin of close to 30 points.

"Their schedule was very difficult,'' Scheppler said. "There are a lot more great teams down south.''

Mai-loni Henson, a 6-foot sophomore, leads Country Day at 15.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Senior Sabrina Callahan averages 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Sophomore Mariana Ecija, the team's primary 3-point shooter, averages 10.8 points.

"They don't have a lot of depth,'' Scheppler said of the nine-player Country Day squad. "They have an overall size advantage on us, but who doesn't? Their tall players are more skilled than Brookside Christian.

"It's not like we're playing the Heat. If we play our game, follow our plan, stay poised and confident we can have a good outcome.''

With a 10 a.m. game on a Friday, Pinewood is going to Sacramento on Thursday and staying overnight.

"They've worked so hard to get there, now they're going to have some fun,'' Scheppler said. "Miss a half day of school.''

And once the game starts, Scheppler is hoping for a pro-Pinewood atmosphere.

"We expect about 40 percent of our school to be there for the game,'' he said. "I don't think there will be a lot of people making the trip from La Jolla."