It has been a dynasty of sorts for the Seton Catholic girls and head coach Karen Self. Self, one of the elite girl's coaches in the country, would win her 7th career state title, while the Seton Catholic girls would win their third state title in 4 years on Saturday, after a come-from-behind 37-30 victory over Cienega High School at Jobing.com Arena.
Seton Catholic (32-3) lost in the state semi-finals last season after losing star guard Anne Marie Holter to a mid-season injury. If Holter had not gone down, then Seton Catholic could have been looking at their fourth consecutive state championship on Saturday.
For skilled Seton Catholic 5-foot-10 senior post Julia Barcello, who signed earlier this season with Colgate Uniyersity, it would be the third state title of her high school career. Barcello would finish the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the championship win.
Seton Catholic 5-foot-10 senior post Heather Heild would also win her third state championship of her high school career. Barcello and Heild were the only two seniors for Seton Catholic, who will return almost ever player next season for another state title run.
Both teams would shoot miserably from the field in the game, as Seton Catholic would shoot 32% from the field and Cienega would only shoot 21%.
Seton Catholic would outscore Cienega (26-2) 10-0 in the third period to gain the lead and eventually win the Division-II state title.