Whittier Christian High School girls basketball coach Bill Crammer admits there was doubt at the start of the season about how far his team could go. “But in the back of my mind, I always believed we had the potential to be here,” Crammer said. “Here” is the CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA championship game. Nearly five months later, the Heralds are here. They will face fellow Alpha League foe Village Christian for the title this morning at The Pyramid at Long Beach State. Game time is scheduled for 9:30. “I knew we had the talent,” Crammer said. “The biggest issue was that we’re so young and whether we could accomplish enough in one year to get here.” With a front line averaging 6-foot, the Heralds posted a 23-6 record that earned them the division’s No. 1 seed. They’ve scored playoff victories over Mojave (54-31), Lancaster Desert Christian (56-37) and Maranatha (51-41). The front line of 5-10 Whitley Brown (12.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg), 6-2 Jacko Joseph (7.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and 6-0 Kristen Schaefer (5.7 rpg) gives the Heralds a distinct advantage inside over the Crusaders (24-6), whose tallest players are 5-9 guard Alex Dill (11.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and 5-8 center Becky Quintana (8 ppg, 6.2 rpg). The Crusaders rely more on an aggressive, pressure defense to create turnovers and start their transition game, but they get most of their scoring from perimeter shooting, led by guard Jesse Allen (9.5 ppg), who has 37 3-point baskets, and Dill, who has 18. “They don’t match up with us inside,” Crammer said, “but the key for us will be in handling their press. We can’t afford turnovers that feed their transition game.” Another key for the Heralds might be Amy Woodward off the bench. “She shoots very well, and if they pack it in with a tight zone defense, she’ll come in for us quickly,” Crammer said. Whittier Christian won both of the league games between the two teams, defeating the host Crusaders 46-44 and then breezing to a 46-28 decision at home. Village Christian finished second (8-2) in league. The Crusaders are the No. 2 seed. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!