The Mills High School girls’ basketball team came out sluggish, but rebounded and used an 18-2 third-quarter run to beat Seaside 68-40 in the second round of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs on Thursday.
“We knew that they were going to be a tough team in the third quarter,” Mills coach Dave Matsu said. “We don’t start very good in the third quarter, so we told them we have to come out with more energy, more defensive stops and we accomplished that.”
The Vikings (16-10), who led by 10 at the half, turned up the pressure on Seaside and got out on the break, converting five layups.
The key for Mills, according to Matsu, was limiting the touches for Seaside guard Victoria Dorn.
“We had a lot of ball pressure. That created a lot of havoc,” Matsu said. “We took her out of the game by putting a lot of ball pressure on her, which made everyone else handle the ball and that’s how we were able to get more turnovers.”
Dorn finished with 11 points, with six coming in the fourth quarter.
Mills forward Priscilla Sui finished with a game-high 16 points for the Vikings.
Following a layup from Seaside’s Aleia Lopez and with the score 34-20, Taylor Cormier came off the bench to deliver the knockout blow.
Cormier scored eight of her 10 points during the 18-2 run, including sinking a pair of 3-pointers.
Seaside (15-13) held an early 10-9 lead in the first quarter and converted on four layups of its own.
“We had five days off, six days off ... so we came out a little sluggish,” Matsu said. “We knew they were going to be a good team, but you can’t come out flat and you can’t let these good teams stick around.”
Mills will take on Santa Cruz (23-3) in the CCS quarterfinals on Saturday at Santa Clara High School.