SACRAMENTO -- Pinewood became the first Central Coast Section girls basketball team to win six state championships with a 60-42 victory over La Jolla Country Day on Friday in the CIF Division V final at Sleep Train Arena.

The Panthers jumped all over Country Day at the game's outset, forcing 18 first-half turnovers and racing to a 39-13 lead at intermission.

Point guard Marissa Hing led Pinewood (30-3) with 17 points. The Bade sisters, Leeana and Gabi, had 13 points apiece, and Chloe Eackles added 10.

"That was an awesome performance, playing your best game in the biggest game of the season," Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler said. "We got off to a good start, hit some threes, got rolling, played with confidence and swagger."

Pinewood's performance in the first half was simply textbook basketball. The Panthers ran their offense with precision, hitting cutters for layups and knocking down 3-pointers.

"The execution of our sets was flawless," Scheppler said.

The adage about depth perception at NBA arenas being a problem for high school kids did not apply to the Panthers.

They made 4-of-9 3-pointers during the first-half blitz of the Southern California champions.

"Pinewood is a high IQ basketball team," Country Day coach Terri Bamford said. "Those kids know exactly where to pass. They run their motion, go back door and kick it out to shooters."


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Pinewood extended its lead to 30 points on several occasions in the second half before Scheppler called off the attack, substituting in the fourth quarter and allowing Country Day to make the final score a bit more respectable.

Pinewood held the Torreys to 32 percent shooting and was plus-17 on turnovers (11 to 28 for Country Day).

"This is the best team I'll probably ever play on,'' said Hing, who went 13 of 16 at the foul line. "I'm just so glad we were able to capitalize on it."

Leeana Bade, the one senior in Pinewood's six-player rotation, wanted to go out with a bang. She got her wish as the team erased the memories of the loss to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in the 2013 Division V final.

"Last year we were nervous," Bade said. "We weren't confident."

After a 61-38 dismantling of top seed Brookside Christian in the Northern California final. Pinewood was full of confidence this time around.

"I knew they were going to be prepared," Scheppler said. "The stars were aligned. I felt good about this team."

It was the sixth state championship (in eight state-final appearances) for Pinewood, breaking a tie with Archbishop Mitty and Sacred Heart Prep for most by a CCS girls team. Mitty will get a chance for its sixth Saturday in the Division II final.

It was also the sixth for Scheppler, which ties him for the most among any California girls coach.

Heady stuff. And five of the top six players return.

The stars may be aligned for Pinewood in the future, as well.