Mater Dei edges Rosary Academy 64-62 in exciting Trinity League showdown

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Posted by Erik Boal on January 23, 2020 at 20:51:30:

Junior Brooke Demetre, a Stanford commit, scored on a rebound putback with 2 seconds remaining to lift visiting Mater Dei to a 64-62 Trinity League victory Thursday over Rosary Academy at Karcher Center.

Demetre finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Mater Dei (21-2, 5-1), ranked No. 4 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports. The Monarchs kept alive their pursuit of at least a share of a 13th consecutive league championship.

San Diego State signee Asia Avinger led No. 9 Rosary Academy (16-9, 4-1) with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Rosary Academy took a 62-60 lead on a layup by Kaylee Byon with 1:16 remaining. Byon finished with 13 points, all in the second half, for the Royals, who trailed by eight at halftime.

Soleil Montrose, who had 11 points and four assists for the Monarchs, tied the score at 62-62 with 1:04 left on a pair of free throws.

Rosary Academy had a chance to regain the advantage, but Bryn Boznanski missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw situation with 30 seconds remaining.

On Mater Dei's final possession, freshman Caia Elisaldez drove for the potential go-ahead basket, but the shot missed and Demetre gathered the rebound on the right block and followed with a layup to help the Monarchs complete their rally from a 60-56 deficit with 3:40 remaining.

Anna Bradley added 12 points and Alyssa Frescas scored 11 points for Mater Dei, which had its 90-game league winning streak snapped Jan. 7 by Rosary Academy in a 65-55 setback. It was the first victory for the Royals in the rivalry since 2006, ending a run of 29 straight losses against Mater Dei.

Nicole Rodriguez contributed 15 points for Rosary Academy, which was seeking its first season sweep against the Monarchs since 2005. The Royals are still in contention for their first league title since capturing the Serra League championship in 2005.

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