Ontario Christian’s Chloe Briggs continues hunt for part title

She heard the shrill screech of the buzzer, and Ontario Christian’s Chloe Briggs plopped on the hardwood, staring up on the gymnasium ceiling as if trying to find solutions that weren’t there.

Three years in a row.

Her freshman 12 months, it was in Division 4-AA, the place her Knights fell to Menifee Paloma Valley within the Southern Part championship recreation. Her sophomore 12 months, it was Division 3-AA, the place Ontario Christian misplaced by seven to Newport Seaside Sage Hill in one other title recreation. And her junior 12 months, it was Division 2-A, shedding out on one other Southern Part title with a gut-wrenching four-point loss to Corona Santiago.

And that final 12 months stung essentially the most, Briggs in shock after the clock hit zeroes, the College of Washington commit unable to fathom that she had come oh-so-tantalizingly-close once more. For an additional end-of-season letdown. She stayed at residence for a few weeks, nursing her wounds.

Once more.

“It’s just the worst feeling in the whole world,” Briggs stated.

Briggs is a expertise like few others in Southern Part women’ basketball. As a freshman, she scored 1,216 factors, breaking Cheryl Miller’s Southern Part report whereas at Riverside Poly for many factors in a season. Briggs entered this season about 800 factors away, in response to coach Matt Tumambing, from changing into the all-time main scorer in part women’ basketball historical past.

But the factor she desires, the factor she craves, is that second of championship-game celebration that has escaped her in an in any other case star-studded profession at Ontario Christian.

“Just the heartache she’s experienced over the last three years,” Tumambing stated, “I don’t know if any high school girl has ever experienced what she has.”

Virtually each day, the moments replay themselves in her head. Tormenting her.

That sophomore-year loss to Sage Hill, she struggled in the course of the fourth quarter, lacking a few pictures.

What if these had fallen?

That junior-year loss to Santiago, she went two for 10 from three-point vary, she remembered.

What if she had made simply two extra pictures?

And so, after the disappointment waned, she received herself again within the health club. So far as a senior, she has pushed Ontario Christian to a 6-2 report, the figurehead of a Knights workforce that likes to swing the ball and bomb away from lengthy distance.

She is backed by Dejah Saldivar, a junior whom Tumambing known as “one of the best shooters in the country,” and Anaheim Esperanza switch and ball-hawk Julia Lavigne.

“We’re a lot more well-rounded than we have been in the past,” Briggs stated.