In the other boys’ Division I semifinal:
Poway 52, Mt. Carmel 46--After a two-year layoff, Poway returned to the section championship game with a big fourth-quarter rally at Mira Mesa High. The Titans trailed, 36-33, after three quarters but missed only one field goal and one free throw the rest of the way. Adam Jones, Gabby Awbrey, Jay Blankenbeckler and John Culbertson scored four points apiece during Poway’s fourth-quarter run.
The Titans (22-4) won section 3-A championships in 1984, 1985 and 1986 with a lineup that featured several all-county performers, including current University of Arizona star Jud Buechler.
“This year’s team has some talent but nothing like the team that won three in a row,” Poway Coach Neville Saner said. “It feels to be back in the finals without the big-time players.”
Mt. Carmel (18-9) didn’t make it easy, though. The Sundevils made 18 of 21 free throws and led most of the way. But, ultimately, Poway’s rebound edge (20-10) took its toll, and the Titans rallied.
Division I semifinals
Point Loma 48, Poway 29--Monica Filer scored 19 points and had seven assists for Point Loma. Filer now has 357 assists this season. Tyeast Brown led Point Loma with 17 rebounds and scored 13 points.
Point Loma will play Mira Mesa for the title at 6:30 Saturday at the Sports Arena.
“We played very good defense they only got 11 points the second half,” Point Loma Coach lee Trapanier said.
Mira Mesa 63, Santana 38--Carrie Carambas, who finished with a game-high 18, hit five three-pointers to break her personal record and lead Mira Mesa to an easy victory at Serra High. Leanora Lambert added 16 and Tweet Castillo had 15 for Mira Mesa (21-7). Rebecca Aase led Mira Mesa with 13. Santana finished 23-3.