SAN DIEGO — The members of the Calipatria High School basketball team had played quite a few games together before Saturday's San Diego Section 1-A boys' final in the Sports Arena.
So, it was fitting that Coach Terry Taylor and his team culminated six seasons of hard work with a 63-53 victory over La Jolla Country Day for the championship.
"I started coaching most of these kids in the seventh grade, " Taylor said. "When they went on to high school, I went with them."
A year ago, Calipatria lost to Army-Navy in the 1-A final.
"The experience difference definitely showed this year," Taylor said.
Calipatria also held an edge in quickness. The Hornets ran to a 30-22 halftime lead.
La Jolla Country Day wanted to slow Calipatria by controlling the boards. La Jolla's smallest front-line starter is 6-foot 4-inch Brad Moores; Calipatria's tallest is 6-2 Sean Taylor.