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SOUTHERN SECTION BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS : Oenning Makes Her Mark in Final : Division II-AA girls: Woodbridge senior envisions a great game and she produces one, a 59-47 victory over Hemet to remain undefeated.


POMONA — Jamie Oenning daydreamed about Saturday's championship and visualized the ball in her hands when the clock ticked down to zero.

Before the game, she thought about her coach, Eric Bangs, sitting in the stands the last time Woodbridge won a title--it was 1991, the year Bangs took a one-year sabbatical.

Before the game, Oenning went to a blackboard and wrote for her teammates to see: "Play like a champion today."

And at tip-off, Oenning--the only senior starter--really got busy. She scored all of her seven points in the first quarter--prompting a box-and-one defense that opened up the middle against Hemet's zone defense--and had five steals as Woodbridge won for the 29th time without a loss, 59-47, over Hemet (21-6) in the Southern Section Division II-AA girls' championship Saturday in front of 1,300 at Cal Poly Pomona.

Brea-Olinda (29-0) is the only team in the Southern Section that can claim as many victories without a loss. The question: What's this team's legacy?

Bangs, with a 260-67 career record, considered it long and hard.

"This is a classic team of components working together, having people with different skills that blend together," he said. "It just amazes me to be 29-0. There's a lot of good teams out there that can beat you on a given night. I guess it's just a team that wouldn't lose."

Said Oenning, the team's most valuable quote: "There is no better legacy than going undefeated and winning (the Southern Section)."

This victory was not without a challenge, though. Woodbridge made six of its first nine shots--and led, 16-11, after one quarter. Erin Stovall's 17-footer preceded Hemet's 10-0 run. Trailing, 21-18, Woodbridge answered with nine in a row as part of a 12-2 run. At halftime, shooting 52% from the field (13 of 25), Woodbridge's lead remained five, 30-25.

Hemet's 6-0 run to open the third quarter gave the Bulldogs a 31-30 lead and was the first of eight consecutive lead changes. The third quarter ended with Woodbridge exploiting the inside in a 10-1 run--four points by Melanie Pearson (16 points in the game) and Lisa Weaver (13 points) and two free throws by Angela Burgess (six points).

Stovall (13 points) banked in a drive from four feet to make it 48-38; the closest Hemet got after that was seven points.

Lisa Weaver had 13 points, mostly inside, in a reserve role. Woodbridge's reserves scored 17 points, and the Warriors got a terrific defensive performance from freshman Carly Moss against 5-foot-10 point guard Michelle Marshall (nine points, 4.5 off her average).

"They don't make a lot of mistakes and don't turn the ball over much," Hemet Coach Gregory Veatch said. "They'll be back next year, probably."

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