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Clovis West girls are D-I hoops champs

While Katie Ogdon exploded, Stockdale deflated.

The Clovis West guard scored 11 third-quarter points to lead a game-changing charge as the Clovis West girls basketball team won its sixth Division I Central Section championship since 2001 on Saturday night, beating Stockdale 66-38 in the fourth straight finals matchup between the teams.

Headed into halftime, Ogdon was scoreless and 0 of 5 on 3-pointers.

"I told her, 'You're going to get hot in the second half,' " Clovis West coach Craig Campbell said. "She's a great shooter. ... I just had to have her believe in herself."

The junior responded by hitting 3 of 5 3s and 4 of 6 shots in the third.

"I was in amazement," Ogdon said. "I couldn't have done it without my teammates. They made amazing passes and I was glad I could finish them."

Added Campbell: "She's just scratching the surface of her potential. She's going to be a superstar for us next year. She's just playing with three Division I [college] girls right now."

Ogdon's spurt was part of a 19-5 Eagles run that spanned the third quarter. And while she finished with 14 points, two of those future college players -- seniors Brianna Orlich (Columbia) and Janae Coffee (Long Beach State) -- packed the biggest punch. Orlich finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Coffee recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, senior Se'nyce Parrish (Sacramento State) tallied seven points and seven rebounds.

Orlich actually had a box-and-one defense focused on her for much of the first half and still got her points. Clovis West expected the defense, practiced for it and was prepared.

"Bri did a great job keeping her composure," Campbell said.

After a close first quarter, Clovis West began to take control in the second but missed 13 of 16 3s overall in the first half, which helped keep the score close.

The Eagles finally blew it open in the third quarter, seized a 53-32 lead and closed the game by holding Stockdale to six points in the fourth quarter.

Stockdale has appeared in the last six championship games and has two Division I college players of its own in Melissa Sweat (San Diego State) and Jalei Kinder (Fresno State.)

"We shaded Sweat and Kinder everywhere," Campbell said. "We don't like to zone. We did our version of the triangle-and-2. We manned on them and sagged off everyone else."

It worked. Sweat finished with eight points and Kinder led the Mustangs with 12. That was 10 points below Campbell's goal of 30 for the game. In last year's 70-60 Golden Eagles finals loss, the pair scored 37, which Campbell said was an issue.

That loss added motivation not to just defend those players. Or- lich said it motivated her team to play hard the entire season.

"We are so ecstatic, so happy," she said. "We've honestly been waiting for this moment since last year when we lost. We've built from there just to get here."