Troy's Briana Roberson goes to the hoop around Santiago of Corona's Monique Billings during Tuesday's game.

Troy title hopes crushed in semifinals loss


LA HABRA – Troy girls basketball coach Roger Anderson said he knew he had to find a way to slow down Oregon-bound Chrishae Rowe and 6-foot-3 junior center Monique Billings if his team was going to have any chance at getting past Santiago of Corona.

But he wasn't counting on Shiana Carrington, who scored 16 of her 24 points in the second half, to help the third-seeded Sharks defeat the second-seeded Warriors, 53-41, in the CIF-SS Division 1AA semifinals on Tuesday night at La Habra High.

"Disappointing," Anderson said. "We've played very well as a group, and we broke down and didn't play well as a group. We hit that 30 (points) mark and we got stuck on it. Bad shots. Shots didn't fall for us. In doing that we get out of position and we give up quick layups. That hurts you against a great team.

Carrington also had 10 rebounds and played excellent defense for the Sharks, who have eliminated Troy from the playoffs three of the past four seasons.

"That's the thing that was frustrating," Anderson said of Carrington's performance. "We knew the third person we needed to pay attention to was her. We held Rowe to (13 points). We should win. You got a girl who scored 40 last game and we hold her. We should be in good position to win."

Santiago (28-2), ranked No. 6 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, plays the Mater Dei-Etiwanda winner for the title on Friday at 8:45 p.m. at Anaheim Convention Center.

Troy (25-4), ranked No. 7 in the state, is expected to get a berth in the CIF Southern California Division 1 regionals when pairings are announced Sunday.

"I'll give the girls a day or two off and then will get back at it," Anderson said.

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