Haley Jones gathered a defensive rebound, dribbled the length of the court, made a pretty pivot and knocked down a short jumper.
That was the first points of the game for the nation’s top-rated player though Mitty had already piled up 17, en route to a 66-45 throttling of fourth-ranked Salesian-Richmond on Saturday in the premier game of the Elite is Earned New Year Classic at Miramonte-Orinda.
“Just shows we’re deeper than ever and I can be a facilitator,” Jones said.
Jones, a 6-foot-2wing who has committed to Stanford, got things going in the second half, scoring 17 of her game-high 24 points.
She added 15 rebounds, four steals and three assists as the top-ranked Monarchs (13-2) led wire to wire, jumping to leads of 12-4, 30-11 and 40-16 by halftime.
Kate Conaway, a 5-11 center, set the tone with a fastbreak layup and three-pointer to open the game. Anita McNicholas, a point guard, added eight points, five assists and six rebounds.
“We have more kids this season ready to score, and I think that showed tonight,” Mitty coach Sue Phillips said.
It was an impressive week for the Monarchs, who beat No. 19 Presentation 81-32 and No. 15 St. Ignatius (69-50), the latter Friday night in San Francisco.
Mitty was fresh against a team, led by USC-bound 6-5 center Angel Jackson, that allows 43 points per game.
Jackson finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. Silvia Fonongaloa, a 6-1 freshman, led the Pride (10-6) with 10 points.
“Salesian is a great team, but I thought we did a great job holding them down in the first half,” Jones said. Jackson “is really tough down low. I look forward playing against her in the Pac (12) next year.”
In other games at the Elite is Earned event at Miramonte:
#5 Carondelet-Concord 49, #8 St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda 46: Washington-bound Ali Bamberger had 23 points and 14 points, but it was a steal with 11.9 seconds to play that helped seal the deal for the Cougars (15-2), who trailed most of the night. Six straight points by Alex Brown helped Carondelet tie the score 40-40 before the game see-sawed. A layup by Makena Mastora gave St. Joseph (11-4) a 46-44 lead with 1:51 left before Tatyana Medawar (nine points, 14 rebounds) made two free throws to tie the game. A free throw by Bamberber then gave the Cougars their first lead since 13-12. After a couple of possessions, St. Joseph went for the win, but Bamberger poked the ball out of the hands of Andrea Rogers. The ball went into the backcourt, where Rogers knocked it out. Two free throws by Emily Howie closed the scoring. Malia Mastora had 17 points and Zhane Duckett 13 for the Pilots.
#3 Miramonte-Orinda 53, Folsom 42: Rebecca Welsh drilled five 3-pointers and had 24 points and Mia Mastrov added 13 for the Matadors (18-2). Parker Gordon had 12 points for Folsom (15-3).
#6 Heritage-Brentwood 70, McClatchy-Sacramento 41: Idaho State signee Jordan Sweeney had 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Abigail Muse added 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Patriots (13-2) cruised past McClatchy (16-3).
#10 Bishop O’Dowd 63, #12 Sacred Heart Cathedral 50: The Dragons (7-7) hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter, two by Skylar Tyson-Stockey, en route to a wire-to-wire win over the Irish (7-7), who lost a late West Catholic Athletic League game to St. Francis on Friday. O’Dowd, led by 12 points from Kayla Hankins and nine from Amaya Bonner, jumped to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter and maintained it despite 14 points by Da’Myiah Lewis and 11 from Talo Li-Upersa.
#2 Riordan 67, St. Ignatius 51: Bryce Monroe had 28 points, Justice Turner 16 points and Je’Lani Clark 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Crusaders (11-4, 4-1 WCAL) beat the host Wildcats (7-8, 3-2), who got 16 points and nine rebounds from Neal Begovich.
Other WCAL games: Cade Reese had 21 points and Parker McDonald added 14 leading No. 10 Serra (12-3, 4-1) to a 67-55 at No. 16 Sacred Heart Cathedral (8-7, 1-4). … No. 14 Mitty defeated Valley Christian 71-54 and No. 11 Bellarmine knocked off No. 20 St. Francis 51-40.
MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The San Francisco Chronicle.
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