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Campolindo girls fall to Rosary Academy in Division 3 title game

The public-address announcer had just told the Golden 1 Center crowd that Van Dyke had broken a Division 3 state title-game rebound record as the Cougars collected a trophy. [...] the hardware was for second place, and the tears Thoms and Van Dyke shared were those of disappointment after the Cougars lost Friday’s state championship game 62-45 to Rosary Academy-Fullerton. Katherine Goostrey, a 5-foot-7 freshman guard, drilled a D3-record six three-pointers and scored 26 points, and 6-1 junior center Rebekah Obinma recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks in leading Rosary Academy (30-5) to a title in its first championship game appearance. The Cougars (27-7), pursuing their first state crown in 20 years, missed their first 12 shots, finished 17-of-72 (23.6 percent) and never looked comfortable in the Royals’ wire-to-wire victory. Coach Art Thoms III said much of that had to do with the Royals, who made 9 of 20 three-point attempts. Van Dyke, who came in averaging 23.9 points and 15.4 rebounds per game, didn’t promise a return trip next season, but the Cougars will lose only one senior to graduation. MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The San Francisco Chronicle.

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