Like diving after balls no matter who else wants them or how hard the floor is. After Saturday’s victory, she talked of having a high tolerance for pain and the collisions that cause it. She explained she only knows one way to play. “I see my role as to pump my teammates up,” she said. “My energy is the only thing that gets me in there. “I’m not a great shooter, I never check my points. I’m not out there to finish the play, to make the shot. I just go out there with a tough attitude.” Calzada began the season as a starter. Midway through the schedule, she suffered a fractured nose in a collision with an opponent going for a loose ball. By the time she was healthy again, Kristen Schaefer was solidly entrenched in her spot in the lineup and gave the Heralds a front line that averages 6-0. Calzada’s response to being relegated to the bench typically was team-oriented. “Kristen has been playing so well,” she said. “It really wasn’t a big deal.” That never was more evident than Saturday morning. [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! LONG BEACH – Watching Annelise Calzada come onto the basketball court whirring and wheeling and dealing like a Tazmanian devil, it is difficult to envision her sitting quietly on the bench. Or maybe it’s just the calm before the storm. As Whittier Christian High School struggled to get its offense untracked in the first half of Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA girls basketball championship game, it was Calzada’s energized performance that helped ignite the Heralds in the second half en route to beating Village Christian, 40-28, and winning the team’s first CIF title. She made all five of her shot attempts, most of them from close in, and eight of her 10 points came in the second half. But her real contributions don’t necessarily show up on the statistics sheet. It was her attitude that lit the fires that produced triumph. Like jumping in front of Jessie Allen and causing her to switching from shooting to passing off – in mid-air. Like coming out of nowhere when the only two players going for a loose ball or rebound were Crusaders, and crashing into the party to steal possession or at least get a piece of it to cause a jump ball. Like leading the transition game or making a slick pass and getting the ball back for an easy layup. Like doing her share on defense, whether it was harassing the player she was guarding or quickly picking up someone who’s loose with the ball.