Sabrina Ionescu didn't know how many points she had scored in the Miramonte High girls basketball team's 84-63 victory over host Campbell County-Gillette (Wyo.) until she returned to the team's hotel after the game.
That's where teammate Breanna Alford told her the news.
"I didn't believe it at first, because it didn't seem like I scored that many points," Ionescu said.
Ionescu, a sophomore point guard, broke an Energy Classic Tournament girls record for points in a game Saturday with 40. She was 14 for 20 from the field, including 3 for 6 from 3-point range, and 9 for 9 from the free-throw line in the championship-game win.
"I had my mind on just winning the game," Ionescu said. "I played as I would against any team, and it ended up well."
Miramonte coach Kelly Sopak had a feeling early in the game that Ionescu would have a big performance.
"To start the game, she scored on a layup, then hit a three that was beyond NBA-range. It was right in front of their student section," Sopak said. "As soon as she did that, I had a pretty good idea that she was ready to go."
Sopak said that the 5-foot-11 Ionescu scored the 40 points in a normal rotation for his squad.
"She plays about 24 minutes a game. She didn't stay on the floor the entire game," he said.
Ionescu, who was a member of the USA women's under-16 national team last year, also broke the Energy Classic girls scoring record for one tournament with 92 points in three games. She started with 19 points in the Matadors' 79-40 win over Natrona County-Casper (Wyo.) in a unique way, Sopak said.
"Each basket was different, from a 3-pointer, to a pull-up jumper, to a baseline floater," Sopak said.
Then Ionescu had 33 points in the Matadors' 90-65 victory over Bismarck-N.D. in the semifinals, a game in which she sat the last seven minutes, Sopak said. Ionescu, Alford and teammate Megan Reid were named all-tournament.
Miramonte has shot out to a 12-0 record this season, averaging 78.8 points per game.
"I think we're just jelling," said Sopak about his team's success this season. "We rely on 11 players to contribute. To do that, we have to build continuity."
Miramonte, which has won the past two Diablo Foothill Athletic League titles, opens its league season Friday at Dublin.
READY FOR LEAGUE: The El Cerrito boys entered the week with a 14-0 record, marking the program's best start in at least 30 seasons. Now the Gauchos are getting ready for what should be a grueling Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division schedule.
As TCAL-Rock Division play began Wednesday, the six teams in the league had a combined record of 65-15. El Cerrito opened its league schedule with a home game against St. Joseph Notre Dame, the defending Division V Northern California champion.
El Cerrito coach Michael Booker believes his team is well-prepared for league play. The Gauchos won two tournaments in December, including the Holiday Hardwood Invitational at Westlake High in Westlake Village, where they defeated Sacramento 57-53 in the final.
El Cerrito also has nine players back from last season's team that advanced to the North Coast Section Division III title game. Booker said the team had a productive summer, bought in to the team concept and is an unselfish as any Gauchos team he's coached.
As a result, four players are averaging double-figures in scoring, with junior guard Tyrell Alcorn, a three-year starter, leading the way with 17.5 points per game.
Alcorn is back to full strength after he had his appendix removed less than three months ago. He missed school for about a month and dropped 25 pounds.
"He did an incredible job with his rehabilitation," Booker said of Alcorn, adding that this season, "he controls the floor a lot more. He knows when to get other guys involved, and he knows when to take a game over."
After Wednesday, El Cerrito plays at St. Patrick-St. Vincent, hosts Salesian on Jan. 14 and St. Mary's on Jan. 17. Those three teams were a combined 33-7 entering this week.
"It's going to be a challenge every night," Booker said.
Staff writer Curtis Pashelka contributed to this notebook. Follow Phil Jensen on Twitter at twitter.com/JensenPhil.