New Mission senior guard Jazsala Laracuente became the third Titan in as many days to eclipse the 1,000-point mark as she scored a game-high 15 points Friday to lead her team to a 43-36 win over City League rival Fenway in the Division 4 North final at Emmanuel College.
“It means a lot to me,” Laracuente said. “I’m so glad I got to score my 1,000th point and I got to do it here and I’m glad I’m going to the Garden now, because that’s all that counts.”
Senior forward De’Andra Humphries, who finished with 14 points Friday, scored her 1,000th in Wednesday’s semifinal, and Fred Rivers, a senior forward on New Mission’s boys’ team, reached the milestone Thursday.
“When I first got the 1,000, we were like, Jazz is next, and we couldn’t wait until she got hers,” Humphries said. “When I heard that she was 1 point away everything was like, ‘get her the ball, get her the ball.’ ”
Laracuente kicked off the title game with a jumper to put New Mission on the board first, but Fenway sophomore guard Takora McIntyre responded with a 3-pointer.
After a back-and-forth first quarter, Fenway led, 9-8.
The second quarter was another tight battle, but New Mission came out on top and took an 18-14 lead at halftime.
“We knew Fenway’s a fast-paced team and that they really wanted to run the floor and they transition really well,” Titans coach Brianna Forde said. “So we knew defensively it was really, really key to get back on defense and make sure we helped each other.”
Fenway cut New Mission’s lead to 1 early in the third quarter, but constant pressure from Humphries, Laracuente, and sophomore center Denia Stewart allowed the Titans to maintain the slim advantage.
New Mission closed the quarter with consecutive threes from Laracuente and Humphries to take a 33-26 lead into the final eight minutes.
With 5:20 to play, Laracuente made the milestone layup to extend New Mission’s lead to 9. The Titans’ defense continued to frustrate Fenway’s shooters until the final buzzer and New Mission held on.
McIntyre finished with 15 points and sophomore guard Jaqualah Holliman chipped in 11 for the Panthers.
New Mission will play Greater New Bedford on Monday at TD Garden in the state semifinals.
“All we gotta do is work on our defense,” Laracuente said. “Defense wins everything. Defense wins games. We’ll work on our defense and our offense will just come to us. We play defense, we’ll be set.”