The Mary Star girls basketball team isn’t a stranger to success in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
The Stars have made the semifinals in three of the last four seasons, but the dream season has always ended right there.
This season, the fourth-seeded Stars have made it over their obstacle and into tonight’s Division 4AA final, where they will host No. 2 seed Agoura at 7 p.m.
The Stars opened the playoffs with a 48-36 win over Temple City and followed that wins against La Quinta/W (62-53), Calabasas (78-64) and Immaculate Heart (57-40).
“This has been really special,” Mary Star coach Victor Tuberosi said. “The girls play all out, all of the time … it has been a true pleasure. We’ve been waiting for this. The pandemic took away what I loved to do and that’s coaching and this team has been special.”
You can also call the Stars undefeated. The Stars are 19-0, a far cry from when Tuberosi first took over in 2013.
“I had never coached girls in my life and they were coming off a 1-15 season and had 36 straight league losses,” he said. “The first goal was to win a league game and the next mark was to put a star on the wall for winning a league championship, something they hadn’t done since 1984.”
The Stars won a share of the league Santa Fe League title last season and outright title this season.
This year’s team had a good mix of senior leadership, led by Isabella Marconi, who Tuberosi describes as the “heart and soul,” Christina Camacho and Kaitlyn Oasay. Sophomore Isabella Marconi has also played a big role, as have freshmen standouts Madison Watts and Andrea Lopez.
Watts is averaging 20 points per game during the playoffs. Lopez led the Stars in the scoring in their quarterfinal win.
Getting all of the pieces to fit was the first opponent this season.
“I was worried how they would get along,” Tuberosi said. “They have blended so well and jelled together. The key has been Serrano, she’s the motor and leader and I consider her a magician with the ball. They’ve formed something really special.”