Scots’ fast start is overcome in CIF loss

Vincent Memorial's Alexandria Swift takes one to the rack during the second half of the Scots' 63-61 loss to the Hoover Cardinals in the CIF-SDS Division V championship game at Carlsbad High on Thursday. Swift had 30 points to lead all Scots. PHOTO AARON BODUS

CARSLBAD — The CIF-SDS Division V girls’ basketball crown has left the Valley. The Vincent Memorial Scots, potential heirs to Southwest’s 2019 title, were stopped short of the summit during Thursday’s finals, falling to the Cardinals of Hoover High, 63-61.

So ends a storybook campaign, one which saw the Scots shoot the moon with an undefeated regular season and dominant quarter- and semifinal playoff wins prior to their championship game loss. Their final record of 25-1 beats on as a testament to the asymptotic unreachability of perfection. Robert Frost said it best, “Nothing gold can stay.”

Sports Editor Aaron Bodus can be reached at or 760-337-3434.

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