Oxnard Santa Clara, the Southern Section 1-A champion, knew it would have to play its best game to have a chance of beating 2-A winner Chino in the Girls' Division II Southern Regional basketball final Saturday.
Trailing, 14-2, after the first quarter, it looked as if Santa Clara would be stampeded by the Chino Cowgirls.
"We were doing everything we wanted to early," Chino Coach Joe Murillo said. "I thought we were going to crush them."
But the Santa Clara Saints marched back to send the game into overtime, only to come up empty in a 49-44 loss at the Sports Arena.
Down by 10 points going into the fourth quarter, Santa Clara's plan was to go to Kathy Torres inside. They did just that, as Torres had 12 points in the quarter, including two three-point plays to lead the uphill battle.