Bishop O'Dowd 51, Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 40: The host Monarchs (0-1) gave the Dragons all they could handle for the first 20 minutes of this nonleague game between two defending state champions, but O'Dowd then pulled away, led by an impressive performance from Oderah Chidom.
The Duke-bound Chidom scored 13 of her game-high 20 points and grabbed eight of her 16 rebounds in the final 12 minutes, as the Dragons (2-0) increased a two-point lead to a high of 15 before winning by 11.
"We were still a little rusty. We are so used to playing against each other," said Chidom about her and her team in the first half. "We have to play like we have a huge target on our backs."
O'Dowd is ranked No. 1 in the country in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 preseason poll.
"We were dominated on the glass," Monarchs coach Sue Phillips said. "They are a very, very talented team."
The Dragons bolted out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter behind five points from Asha Thomas. But Mitty went on an 11-4 run and tied it on a 3-pointer by Jahnay Anderson with 3:41 left in the first half.
Two free throws by Mitty's Kelli Hayes narrowed O'Dowd's lead at halftime to 21-20.
O'Dowd, which never trailed, held a slim 27-25 advantage with 4:46 left in the third quarter. But Chidom's inside basket started an 11-3 O'Dowd run to end the quarter, and the Dragons led by double-digits throughout the fourth quarter.
Anderson scored 17
Dragons coach Malik McCord gave his team a grade of D-plus regarding the game.
"They totally agree," McCord said about his team. "We played sloppy, we rushed things."
-- Phil Jensen