Turnovers and missed free throws turned Louisville High's dream of a Southern Section 3-A girls basketball title into a nightmare Tuesday night at Thousand Oaks High.
Mission Viejo came from behind to record a 72-56 win over Louisville in the semifinal round of the playoffs. In Friday's championship game, Mission Viejo plays Katella, a 59-56 winner over Brea on Tuesday.
"Our missed free throws and all of the turnovers will give us nightmares for a while," Louisville Coach Brian O'Hara said. "We were forcing the ball and Mission Viejo was very quick at anticipating us tonight."
Louisville committed 26 turnovers and missed several key free throws late in the game, while out-rebounding Mission Viejo, 33-23.
O'Hara wanted to break Mission Viejo's tough full court defensive game and stop its fast break. But Louisville (23-4) the San Fernando Valley League champions, could not handle Mission Viejo's full-court pressure as the Diablos took the lead midway in the third quarter and never trailed.