Mar 4, 2010 12:29 AM by Andrew Masuda

Knights ready to go for second straight CIF title

The St.Joseph High girl's basketball team is just three days away from going for their second straight CIF Division title.

The Knights will battle Windward on Saturday for the Division 4A championship."I'm really excited. This is what we've been really hoping for, looking for, this is what we've been really working for all season. So to finally get that chance, this is the big moment," said sophomore sensation Aly Beebe.

Last year, Saint Joe beat Serra for the D-5AA crown, the school's first in 18 years. This year under head coach Ed Torres, the Knights have won their first three playoff games by an average of 41 points, including an 80 point thumping in the second round.

Saint Joe will have to deal with Windward's top scorer, freshman guard Courtney Jaco, who averages nearly 16 points per game. The Wildcats, who knocked off top seeded Bell-Jeff in the semis, also feature 6'6 Imani Staffer. She averages 14 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks per game.

However, after winning 25 of their 29 games including many during a challenging preseason, the Knights say they will be ready.

"We know it's not going to be an easy game. So we're just going to go in and play hard," said junior guard Kelsi English. "Being there last year too really helps, because we know what to expect and how to handle things."

KSBY will be there at 2:45 pm on Saturday when the Knights go for the title at the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State.

Check back here or tune in to KSBY News on Thursday to hear from the North County Christian girls. The Crusaders will go for their first ever CIF title on Friday in the Division 6A final against Calvary Baptist.


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