The No. 1 seeded Cougars (26-3) dominated the second-seeded Eagles (22-7) at Dublin High to win the North Coast Section Division II championship game 84-56 and claim their second straight NCS Division II title and their fifth in the past six years.

The Cougars forced the pace with its pressure defense and up-tempo offense.

"We usually run like that every game," said Natalie Romeo, who paced Carondelet in scoring with 18 points and had a game-high nine assists. "Our coaches just told us to play like we always play."

Clayton Valley took an early 3-2 lead on a free throw by Kayla Taylor, but a layup by Romeo started a 13-1 run for the Cougars. Carondelet held a 47-31 halftime lead and led by double figures throughout the second half. Cougars coach Margaret Gartner emptied her bench with 6:24 left in the game and a 73-46 lead.

Clayton Valley Charter's Ashley Allen led all scorers with 25 points, including 15 in the first half.

Carondelet is eligible to be selected for the new CIF Northern regional open division.

"We'll go wherever they put us," Gartner said.

Amy Harioka and Christina Chenault both had 14 points for Carondelet. Chenault also grabbed eight rebounds.



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