The majority of Mitty’s six girls basketball state championship trophies are displayed inside a glass case down the gym hallway. Those that didn’t fit are randomly positioned in the office of coach Sue Phillips.
The most prominent piece of hardware, the only one that sits on top of her desk, is the runner-up trophy from last year’s CIF State Open Division title game, an excruciating 44-40 loss to Clovis West.
“It’s to remind me how important it is to cherish every single day and not to put so much emphasis on the destination,” she said. “We’re enjoying the process to the fullest — every day, every practice and every game.”
The Monarchs (19-0), led by perhaps the country’s best player in junior Haley Jones, have been the consensus No. 1 team in the nation since winning the Nike Tournament of Champions in late December.
Ranked No. 4 before the event, Mitty defeated the three teams ranked ahead of it on consecutive nights, including longtime rival St. Mary’s-Stockton 57-50 in the final.
Jones, a 6-foot-2 wing, had 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to earn her the tourney MVP, making her a strong national Player of the Year contender.
She’s averaging 20.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game and every prominent head coach in America is appearing at Mitty games — or is scheduled to do so — including UConn’s Geno Auriemma and Dawn Staley of South Carolina.
“She’s put in the time to make herself one of the most versatile players in the country,” Phillips said. “She can…Read More