It was fitting that Gunnís leading scorer for the year, Jasmine Evans, would also lead the team in Fridayís 55-22 victory over Palo Altoís Vikings, securing Gunnís first ever girlsí De Anza league title. The Titans take a school-best 25-0 record into the final week of the regular season and are 11-0 in league.
Gunn scored the first six points of the game and was ahead 14-4 by the end of the first period in the face of numerous Palo Alto fouls that put the Titans in the bonus by halfway through the period, and in the double bonus by the end of the quarter.
Shooting for both teams went cold in the second, as Jackie Evansís jumper turned out to be the only two points for either team for over four minutes into the quarter. Palo Alto scored on a free throw, and that opened the floodgates as Gunn scored ten straight points in the last two minutes of the half. The teams went to halftime with Gunn leading 26-5.
That run at the end of the first half was the longest run of the game, but Gunn built its lead to 44-13 by the end of the third on the strength of short runs of three to seven points at a time. Palo Alto tried to open up the game with three-point shots in the final period, sinking two in a row before Gunn went on its final run of the night, scoring nine points before allowing Palo Alto the last three points of the game.
Jasmine Evans led all scorers with 22 points, and Jackie Evans and Sophie Shevick also scored in double digits with 12 and 11, respectively. Also scoring were Rachael Clark with four, Taylor McAdam with three, Rimona Cartun with two, and Tamar Cartun with one.
This game represented the twelfth time Gunn has held an opponent under 30 points (the eighteenth time under 35); the Titans have only allowed as much as 45 points once all season. The Gunn girls also collected over 30 turnovers from an opponent for the sixteenth time, led by Jasmine Evans with six steals, and Jackie Evans and Tamar Cartun with five each.
The Titans will honor the teamís seven seniors in their last league game Wednesday against third place Lynbrook.