Senior Night is typically an occasion for student athletes to reflect on their athletic careers and cherish moments with teammates and family members, but Justine Katz seized the opportunity to claim multiple school records.
Katz broke the Dos Pueblos High School girls’ basketball records for points, with 38, and three-pointers, with eleven, in a 79-60 victory over rival Santa Barbara on Tuesday night at Sovine Gym.
The third quarter was one of the better stretches of the season for Santa Barbara as the Dons slowly climbed their way back into the game. Dayzia Mendoza led the charge with ten points in the period, including two three-pointers, but Santa Barbara did the majority of its damage on the interior.
A basket inside by Chloe Adams with just under a minute remaining in the third quarter cut the Santa Barbara deficit to 48-41.
“A month ago we wouldn’t have even thought that we could compete with one of the better teams in the Channel League,” said Santa Barbara High coach Andrew Butcher. “I’m really proud of how far we’ve come.”
The Dos Pueblos lead dwindled to 51-43 with time running down in the third quarter and Robles connected on a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give the Chargers a 54-43 lead going in the final stanza.
Freshman Taylor Grant takes the shot. Dos Pueblos connected on 19 three-pointers as a team against Santa Barbara.
From there, Katz put the game away with three consecutive three-pointers to open the fourth quarter, the last of which gave Dos Pueblos a 62-43 lead with 6:20 remaining in the game.
Overall, Katz converted six three-pointers in the fourth quarter as Dos Pueblos scored 25 points in the period to pull away.
Mendoza led Santa Barbara with 23 points, including five three-pointers. Padilla chipped in 13 points.
Dos Pueblos (16-7 overall, 7-3 Channel League) will travel to San Marcos on Thursday. Santa Barbara (5-14 overall, 2-8 Channel League) will host Oxnard.