2007 CIF State Basketball
March 23-24, ARCO Arena, Sacramento
Division V Boys:
Branson Makes it Two in a Row With Overtime Thriller
McNally took over late in the fourth quarter and during overtime to
lead Branson of Ross past View Park Prep of Los Angeles, 57-48, in the
boys’ Division V state title game.
who finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the
Bulls (33-2), had a hand in all but one of Branson’s points during a
13-2 run that decided the game. Chris Martin added 11, on nine of 11
Jason Pruitt topped the
Knights (23-12) with 20 points. Cory Hyde had a double-double, with 10
points and 10 rebounds, and Dante Mitchell added 12 points before
View Park looked to be
in control of what had been a close game, going into the fourth quarter
up seven, 37-30. With 2:40 remaining, the Knights led 41-36 when
McNally took charge. He had three assists and eight points in the next
3:08, and in the last 1:17 of regulation, he had two assists and a
basket, the last assist coming with 13.7 seconds to set up Martin for
the tying basket. View Park had three shots on its next possession, but
none dropped and the game went into overtime.
dished to Martin again to start the overtime, and Branson had the lead
for the first time since the score was 21-20, late in the first
quarter. After two McNally free throws with 57.1 seconds left -- the
Bulls were 13 of 13 from the line -- it was 53-43, and the issue had
This was Branson’s
second straight Division V boys’ championship, and its third straight
appearance in the title game. View Park Prep, a new school which will
have its first graduating class in June, was making its first trip to
Sportsmanship Award Winners: Cory
Hyde, View Park Prep; Morgan Livermore, Branson
Division V Girls:
Branson Girls Win in First Finals Showing
Bilney had 14 points, five assists and five rebounds to lead Branson of
Ross past Pacific Hill of West Hollywood, 51-36, in the Division V
girls’ state championship.
Samantha Bilney, Rachael’s twin, had 12
points and eight rebounds for the Bulls (33-3), who have now won 31 in
Dale led Pacific Hills (30-6) with 11 points, and Bree Richardson, the
daughter of former NBA player Pooh Richardson, had 10.
Hills took a 3-0 lead, but would make only two more baskets in the
first half, and trailed 20-11 at the break. The Bulls put the game out
of reach in a 19-8 third quarter, and led by as many as 22 in the final
win gave Branson a sweep of the Division V titles, as the boys won
earlier in the day. It was the first time since 2001 that the same
school won both the boys’ and girls’ championships (Bishop Montgomery
With the victory,
Branson tied a record for most combined wins by girls’ and boys’ teams
in a single season, with 66. Ripon Christian matched that total in 1994.
Sportsmanship Award Winners:
Susy Rascon, Pacific Hills; Jenny Lloyd, Branson
Girls: Archbishop Mitty Second-Half Comeback Proves the Difference
Robinson scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Archbishop
Mitty of San Jose defeated Brea-Olinda, 54-49, to win the girls’
Division II championship.
Anderson had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Monarchs (31-4), who
overcame a nine-point first half deficit, and Kassandra McCalister
Jeanette Pohlen, who will
go to Stanford in the fall, finished with 21 points for Brea Olinda
(33-2), which was ranked sixth in the nation by Sports Illustrated/Full
Court Press coming into the game.
game, however, was decided early in the third quarter when a flurry of
fouls was called on Brea Olinda. Pohlen, Kelsey Harris and Lauren Bell
all picked up their third fouls in the first 55 seconds, and all three
had four fouls with four minutes to go. Mitty outscored the Ladycats
17-5 in the third period, and held on for the win.
a point guard who will join the Paris twins at Oklahoma next year, was
nine of 18 from the field and had three assists. Linsday Leo grabbed 12
The title was the third
for Mitty, and its first since 1999. Brea Olinda played in its 10th
championship game, and has won a record eight California crowns.
shot just nine of 34 in the first half, which helped explain the 28-22
Brea Olinda lead. During the salvo of third-quarter whistles, however,
the Monarchs managed to take the lead for good, 31-30, and eventually
led by as many as seven. Brea Olinda cut the lead to three with 22
seconds left, but McCalister hit two free throws to seal the win.
Sportsmanship Award Winners: Jonae
Ervin, Brea Olinda; Danielle Robinson, Archbishop Mitty
Division II Boys:
Mater Dei Takes the Battle of Monarchs in OT
King scored 29 points and had 15 rebounds as Mater Dei of Santa Ana
overcame two years of frustration to beat Archbishop Mitty of San Jose
for the boys’ Division II state title, 69-64 in overtime.
David Wear added 10 points for Mater Dei
(33-4), which had lost in the state championship game for the past two
Chiverton led Mitty (29-6) with 20 points and Drew Gordon added 17. But
Mitty was just 14 of 29 from the free throw line, while Mater Dei was
21 of 33, and that proved to be the difference in the game.
so, Mitty had a 53-49 lead late in the fourth quarter, but went
scoreless for 5:40, including the first 2:47 of overtime, to open the
door for Mater Dei.
King tied the score with a free throw with 47.3
seconds left, but he missed the second -- in fact, King missed four of
six free throws in the last 2:40 -- and neither team scored the rest of
Dei had the better of the play in the first half, and led by five,
32-27, at the break. But an 11-0 Mitty run turned the game around in
the third quarter, and the two went back and forth until Mitty ran off
nine unanswered points to take a 50-46 lead. But after Greg Justice hit
a three-pointer with 2:53 remaining, the well went dry for Mitty, and
Mater Dei took over. The Southern California champ scored the first six
points of overtime and Mitty could never get closer than three.
It was Mater Dei’s sixth state title, and
its first since 2003.
Sportsmanship Award Winners: Blake
Arnet, Mater Dei; Justin Sweat, Archbishop Mitty
Girls: Marlborough Uses Huge Second Half Run For First State Title
Speed scored 25 points and had five steals as Marlborough of Los
Angeles overcame a 16-point second-half deficit against St. Patrick/St.
Vincent of Vallejo to win the girls’ Division IV state title, 67-52.
The Mustangs (27-7) outscored the Bruins
41-12 in the second half, as Speed scored 20 of her points in the final
Cowling led St. Patrick/St. Vincent (30-4) with 32 points, though 24
came in the first half, which the Bruins dominated. They led 40-26 at
the break and scored first in the third period, but after that it was
all Marlborough. The Mustangs ran off 20 straight points in slightly
more than six minutes and then, spurred by Speed’s scoring and steals,
outscored the Bruins 13-3 early in the fourth quarter to take control
of an electric, up-and-down game.
Both teams are very young, with only one
senior starter and just two seniors on each roster. Both Speed and
Cowling are juniors.
The title was the first for Marlborough,
which was making its debut in the state championship game.
Sportsmanship Award Winners: Stefanie
Corgel, Marlborough; Alex Cowling, St. Patrick/St. Vincent
Division IV Boys: Campbell Hall Rolls to
Second Crown in Three Years
Holiday scored 20 points as Campbell Hall of North Hollywood defeated
Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa, 70-34, to win its second boys’ Division
IV state title in the past three years.
also had seven rebounds and four assists for the Vikings (33-1), who
are ranked 13th in the nation by Sports Illustrated. Justin Holiday and
Robert Ford had had 15 points each and Keegan Hornbuckle added 10.
Campbell Hall’s only loss came at the hands of St. Andrew’s of Rhode
Island, by two points. The Vikings defeated St. Mary’s of Berkeley in
2005 for its first state championship.
led Cardinal Newman (27-8) with 10 points. This was the Cardinals’
third appearance in the state championship game, but they have yet to
one slipped away early, as Campbell Hall jumped out to an 11-2 lead and
never looked back. It was 43-19 at the half, and never got closer. In
fact, the Vikings went ahead 67-27 in the fourth quarter, which
triggered the California mercy rule, which means the clock only stops
for timeouts. It was the first time the mercy rule, which was
instituted prior to the 2005-06 season, has been invoked in a state
Sportsmanship Award Winners: James
Johnson, Campbell Hall; Eddie Curzon, Cardinal Newman
III Girls: Sacred Heart Cathedral Rallies For Win
Jackson scored 25 points as Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco
pulled off another miracle finish to beat Bishop Amat of La Puente,
60-54 in overtime, to win the girls’ Division III state championship
Irish (32-2) trailed by three with time running out in regulation, and
Tierra Rogers drove to the basket for a two-point layup -- but was
fouled with three seconds left.
had no time outs left, and had Rogers scored without being fouled,
under high school rules, the clock would have run out before Bishop
Amat would have had to inbound the ball. But Rogers then made the free
throw to tie the game, and in overtime, the Lancers made just two of
nine free throws and the Irish pulled away.
McCarthy topped Bishop Amat (27-6), the two-time defending Division III
champions, with 17 points, and Ashley Adams added 11. Amanda Alvarez
added 10, but the Lancers turned the ball over 30 times, and made just
15 of 30 free throws.
Moore had 16 and Rogers 10 for Sacred Heart, which won the game despite
getting outrebounded 54-37, and making just 19 of 29 free throws.
the NorCal finals March 17, the Irish trailed by three with 19 seconds
left in regulation, and Rogers came up with a basket, a steal and an
assist to put them up one -- and Sacramento missed a seven-footer at
the buzzer to give SHC the win.
Amat took charge early against SHC, which came into the game ranked
16th nationally by Sports Illustrated. The Lancers were ahead 14-4 with
20 seconds left in the first quarter before the Irish began chipping
away at the lead. A Jackson 12-foot bank shot off an inbounds play game
Sacred Heart its first lead at 23-22 with 2:13 left in the half, but
Bishop Amat promptly scored the final seven points on the second period
to take a 29-23 lead into the locker room.
Lancers led by as many as eight in the second half, and forced three
straight Irish turnovers down the stretch to build a 50-47 lead with
8.8 seconds to go. But then Rogers took the ball to the basket, drew
the touch foul and sent the game into overtime.
Award Winners: Michelle Franco, Bishop Amat; Tierra
Rogers, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Boys: Artesia Sets Division Scoring Record in Defense of State Crown
Harden had 24 points and topped five players in double figures as
Artesia of Lakewood beat Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, 91-64, to win its
second straight Division III boys state championship.
double-figure scorers for the Pioneers (33-2) were Renardo Sidney (18),
Malik Story (14), A.J. Gasporra (13) and Lorenzo McCloud (13), as
Artesia won its fifth California state championship. The Pioneers set a
Division III record for most points in a title game, and the teams’
combined total was also a record. The previous records were 83 by
Crossroads of Santa Monica in 1983 and 154 by Estancia (82) and
Washington of Fremont (72) in 1991, respectively.
Walker had 24 points for Bishop O’Dowd (26-7), which has won one
previous state championship in 1981. Shawn Lewis added 18.
took over the game early, jumping out to a 40-15 lead, but the gritty
Dragons refused to buckle. Backed by an emotional crowd, O’Dowd
eventually cut the lead to six in the third period, 55-49, but
Artesia’s talent -- the Pioneers are ranked seventh in the nation by
Sports Illustrated -- was just too much for the Dragons to overcome.
Artesia shot 51.7 percent from the field,
outrebounded O’Dowd 49-34 and blocked eight shots.
Sportsmanship Award Winners: A.J.
Gasporra, Artesia; Shawn Lewis, Bishop O'Dowd
Division I Girls:
Long Beach Poly Picks Up Second Crown in As Many Years
Dixon had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Long Beach Poly won its second
straight girls’ Division I state championship by beating Berkeley,
Candice Nichols added 17
points and eight rebounds for the Jackrabbits (36-1), who are ranked
number two in the nation by Sports Illustrated.
Mitchell had 19 points for Berkeley (27-7), which lost to Long Beach
Poly in the state finals for the second straight season. Jennifer Gross
had a double-double, with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
first quarter went back and forth, with Poly leading 17-15 after eight
minutes. But after the Yellowjackets tied the score at 15, Long Beach
Poly went on a 15-2 run that decided the game. Dixon had nine points in
that burst and 12 in the second period. At the half, it was 35-23 Poly,
and though Berkeley cut it to six in the final 30 seconds, the issue
was never in doubt.
The game was the
final one in Berkeley coach Gene Nakamura’s 24-year career, which
included two California titles, the last in 1997, and five other trips
to the state championship game.
Sportsmanship Award Winners: Taja
Edwards, Long Beach Poly; Aleah Bridges, Berkeley
Division I Boys: Team Effort Leads Fairfax to Win
Hampton had 14 points to lead Fairfax of Los Angeles past McClymonds of
Oakland, 54-29 in a low-scoring Division I boys NorCal championship.
Stanback, Chris Soloman and Ron Singleton each added 10 for the
Pioneers (28-5), who tied the modern record for fewest points allowed
in a state championship game. Branson held Santa Fe Christian to 29
points the Division V title game last year. This game also tied a
record for fewest total points for both teams in a Divison I
championship game, tying the 83 points scored in 2006 by De La Salle
and Clovis West.
William Cherry led
McClymonds (28-4) with 11 points, all but three in the first quarter.
The Warriors didn’t help their cause by going three for 14 from the
After a relatively
tight first period, McClymonds went scoreless for the entire second
quarter, missing all eight of its shots, which allowed Fairfax to take
an 18-12 lead.
The Pioneers extended their lead in the
third period and led by 24 midway through the fourth period.
was a David versus Goliath angle to the game, though Goliath got the
better of it this time. The Division I title game is supposed to match
schools with the largest student population, but due to the Oakland
Section’s small size -- it has only six schools -- all of its teams are
considered Division I, regardless of enrollment. McClymonds has just
650 students, which would put it in Division IV by classification, but
the Warriors were entered in the Northern California Division I
playoffs. Fairfax, on the other hand, has 3,174 students, and is ranked
25th in the nation by Sports Illustrated. McClymonds is unranked.
nonetheless, has a rich basketball history. It is the alma mater of NBA
great Bill Russell, as well as Paul Silas and baseball Hall of Famer
Frank Robinson. From 1957 to 1963 (after Russell had graduated), the
Warriors won 110 of 111 games.
was making its second trip to the state championships. The Lions beat
De La Salle in 2004 to win the Division I crown and set a Division I
record for fewest points allowed by only giving up 35 in that one.
Sportsmanship Award Winners: Rod Singleton, Fairfax; Frank Otis, McClymonds
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