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Kareem Jamar scored 16 points as Westchester of Los Angeles defeated Newark Memorial, 63-56, to win the boys' Division I state championship at the Rabobank Arena Saturday. Denzel Douglas added 12 for Westchester (32-3), and Jordin Mayes scored 11.
The Comets won their sixth California title. Khion Stanley led Newark (30-5) with 25 points and 10 rebounds and Kendal Andrews had 12 and nine. In the end, however, the Cougars simply couldn't generate enough consistent offense to hang with Westchester, which is ranked No. 6 in the nation by ESPN RISE.
Westchester never trailed, though Newark was within two, 13-11, at the end of first quarter. The Comets steadily pulled away in the second quarter, and led by 10 after a thunderous Dwayne Polee, Jr., dunk with less than a minute to go in the half. But after Westchester jumped out to a 34-18 lead early in the third quarter, Newark ran off 10 straight points to get within six.
The Cougars stayed close the rest of the way, but their struggles at the free-throw line – they were 13 of 28 – hampered their comeback. Westchester claimed its sixth state championship and moved in a fourth-place tie with Dominguez of Compton (boys) for most state titles in boys championship history.
Crenshaw of Los Angeles is first with eight and
the Mater Dei of Santa Ana is second with seven. Westchester's
win gave Southern California seven of the ten 2010 titles, and all five
of the boys' championships, only the second time that's happened. The
all-time count is now 150 wins for Southern California teams and 115
for Northern California schools.
(El Dorado Hills) def.
Stanford-bound Sara James led Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills to one of the most stunning upsets in girls' state championship history at the Rabobank Arena Saturday, as the Trojans stunned four-time defending California Division I titlist Long Beach Poly, 55-42.
James finished with 26 points for Oak Ridge (32-3), but the key stretch of the game came when James, the unquestioned star of the team, picked up her fourth foul with 7:50 left in the game and the Trojans up 38-34.
When she returned four minutes later, Oak Ridge still led by two, and with her back on the court, the Trojans ran off nine straight points to seal the win. Tajanae Winston led Long Beach Poly (33-2) with 13 points, but the Jackrabbits, who were seeking a record-breaking fifth consecutive state title, couldn't solve the Oak Ridge zone, turned the ball over 19 times, and shot just 29 percent.
Poly, the No. 5 team in the nation according to ESPN RISE, had beaten state champions from Illinois, Oregon and New York, but never led in the second half against the Trojans, who had not played well in postseason, and lost to Hanford by 29 at the end of January. Dakota McLarnan had 12 points for Oak Ridge, all on three-pointers, but only she and James had more than one basket.
Still, the Trojans made 20 of 26 free throws and shot
50 percent from the field. On the other side, Poly's three top scorers
– Ariya Crook-Williams, Brittany Wilson and Sheila Boykin – combined to
go five of 29 from the field.
LINCOLN (San Diego)
Victor Dean and Norman Powell each scored 24 points to lead Lincoln of San Diego past St. Francis of Mountain View, 74-59, in the boys' Division II state championship game Friday at Rabobank Arena.
Tyree Robinson added 11 for Lincoln (29-2), which won its first state title since 1994, and is the first San Diego team to win a Division I or Division II California boys' championship. The Hornets were just four of 14 from three-point distance, but made up for the lack of long-range accuracy with a series of spectacular dunks.
Patrick Crowley and Tim Wang each had 13
points for St. Francis (30-4), which fell behind 9-0 and 15-2 in the
first quarter, and never got closer than 10 thereafter. Spencer
Britschgi scored 12 points for St. Francis and Tyler Johnson had 10
before fouling out. The win made it four in a row for Southern
California teams on the first day of the state championships, and none
of the games were closer than 14 points.
MATER DEI (Santa Ana) def.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, already committed to UConn as a junior, scored 21 points to lead Mater Dei of Santa past Carondelet of Concord, 58-43, in the girls' Division II championship game at Rabobank Arena Friday.
Jessica Duarte had 19 for Mater Dei (32-1) and Jordan Adams scored 12. Mosqueda-Lewis had seven points in the first 2:40 to propel the Monarchs to an early 11-2 lead, but she fouled out with 5:15 remaining. Hannah Huffman had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Carondelet (27-6), and Erin Boettcher had 12 points and 16 rebounds.
The Cougars battled back from a 20-point deficit late in the first half to cut the margin to six in the fourth quarter, and did so without Erica Payne, who had seven points and 10 rebounds and is perhaps the Cougars' best player.
Payne picked up three fouls in a 48-second span in the third quarter and fouled out after only 18 minutes. This was Mater Dei's second California championship – it won its first in 1996, as a Division I school. Carondelet won a state title in 2004, and was the runner up in 2006 and 2009.
The victory helped Mater Dei finish No. 1 in the ESPN
Rise Girls Fab 50 and USA Today Girls’ Super 25 national rankings over
No. 2 St Mary’s of Stockton. The Rams, who were ranked No.1 the
majority of the regular season, won the D-III girls title over Bishop
Amat of La Puente, but fell to the Monarchs 66-60 in the regular
season. The Rams, however, finished No. 1 in MaxPreps Xcellent 25
Girl Basketball Writers’ poll.
Serra of Gardena forced 29 turnovers and outlasted Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland in overtime, 63-59, to win the boys' Division III state championship at the Rabobank Arena Saturday. Keith Shamburger led Serra (35-2) with 14 points, but he made just five of 18 shots and three of seven free throws.
Steven Archibald came off the bench to score 12 for the Cavaliers, who shot just 31 percent. Brandon Ashley had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Bishop O'Dowd (30-4), and Nick Capiti scored 12, but the Dragons missed 13 free throws and were just two of seven from beyond the arc.
Serra looked to be in control of the game when the Cavaliers built an 11-point lead with 47 seconds left in the third quarter, but Bishop O'Dowd battled back to tie the score on a Jordan Barton free throw with 5.5 seconds left in regulation. But before his second attempt, teammate Richard Longrus, Jr. committed a lane violation and Barton was denied the opportunity to give the Dragons the lead.
In overtime, Craig Carter hit a three-pointer on Serra's first possession, and the Cavaliers used their depth – nine different players scored – to hang on for the win.The victory moved to Serra to 2-0 in state championship games: The Cavaliers won the Division IV title in 1994. Serra also became the first school in state history to win a state title in basketball and football in the same year.
Bishop O'Dowd, on the other hand, has now lost six
straight title games after winning the first modern championship back
in 1981, and four of those losses have been by one point or in overtime.
Duke-bound senior Chelsea Gray led St. Mary's to a record-breaking 89-41 win over Bishop Amat in the girls' Division III state championship at the Rabobank Arena Saturday. The 89 points were the most ever in a girls' title game, regardless of division, breaking the record of 82 set by Piedmont in 2005 and Willows in 1988, and the 48-point margin of victory was the largest in California championship history, for boys or girls.
Gray finished with 20 points and eight assists, and three other players were in double figures for St. Mary's (34-1): Afure Jemerigbe added 19 points, and Ali Gibson and Kendall Kenyon had 13 each for the Rams.
The Rams came into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN RISE and they justified that ranking by jumping out to an 8-0 lead and leading 52-22 at halftime. By the start of the fourth quarter, St. Mary's was up by 43, and the final eight minutes were played with a running clock.
Arielle Wideman led Bishop Amat (27-8) with 11 points, but the Lancers simply couldn't deal with the intensity of the St. Mary's press, which forced 24 turnovers. St. Mary's shot 61 percent from the field and 55 percent from three-point distance, and had only seven turnovers. The Division III title, and the records set in the final game, capped a remarkable three-year run for the Rams.
They won California championships in 2008 and 2009, and lost by one point to eventual state and national champion Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco in the NorCal Regional finals in 2007. Their overall record in the past three seasons was 95-7. The sixth state title ties St. Mary's with Bishop Montgomery of Torrance for the second most in California girls' history, behind Brea-Olinda's nine.
The Rams have won titles at the Division II (2002),
Division III (2004, 2009, 2010) and Division IV (2000, 2003) levels.
They have lost twice, including once to Bishop Amat, in the 2005
Division III championship game. The victory helped St.
Mary’s finish No. 1 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National
Girls Basketball Writer’s poll.
DIVISION IV BOYS
PRICE (Los Angeles)
Allen Crabbe had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Price of Los Angeles past St. Mary's of Berkeley, 69-51, for the boys' Division IV state championship at Rabobank Arena Friday.
Crabbe may have been the leading scorer, but Richard Solomon supplied the highlights, including a spectacular dunk that put the exclamation point on a 13-0 first-Price run that all but decided the game. Solomon finished with 22 points on nine of 11 shooting, and will join Crabbe at Cal next fall.
Justin Pollard topped St. Mary's (26-10)
with 18 points and Glenn Baral added 13. The Panthers, though, could
not compete with Price on the boards, and were outrebounded 43-21. The
state title was the sixth for Price, but the first at the Division IV
level. Their last championship came in 2005, which was their fourth in
five years, all in Division V. St. Mary's has appeared in four state
title games, winning in 2001, and losing in 2005 and 2008.
Sydney Haydel scored 20 points as Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood won its first state championship, downing St. Mary's of Berkeley 58-44 in the girls' Division IV title at Rabobank Arena Friday.
Nicole Hung added 16 for Harvard-Westlake (34-1), which entered the game ranked No. 31 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50, and Nicole Nesbit scored 15. The Knights were behind 12-11 at the end of the first quarter, but then ran off nine straight points and never trailed thereafter. Danielle Mauldin led St. Mary's (31-4) with 14 points, but the Panthers struggled with their shooting, making just 29 percent from the field.
Harvard-Westlake had made only one other appearance in
the state championship game, losing to Acalanes of Lafayette in 1999.
This was St. Mary's first shot at a California title.
LUTHERAN (La Verne)
Bruce English had 10 points to lead a balanced attack for Lutheran of La Verne, which defeated Branson of Ross, 35-32, to win the boys' Division V state championship at the Rabobank Arena Saturday.
Lutheran (28-8) was averaging 75 points a game coming into the state championship but Branson's solid defense and methodical style held the Trojans to their lowest point total of the season. Grant Jerrett finished with nine points and nine rebounds, and Carl Cooper had eight, including the basket that put the Trojans ahead with a minute to go.
Tyler Gaffaney topped all scorers with 16 for Branson (25-7), but the Bulls, frustrated by turnovers and Lutheran's defense, managed just nine points in the second half. Still, Branson had built a nine-point lead with 6:54 remaining in the third quarter after Jerrett was hit with a technical for hanging on the rim – but the Trojans used their defense to get back in it, eventually taking going ahead 28-27 with 6:27 left in the game.
Branson managed to take the lead back at 32-31 but
Carl Cooper's 12-foot floater put Lutheran ahead for good, 33-32.
Branson has dominated the Division V boys' bracket since 2005, winning
three titles in that span and finishing second twice. This was
Lutheran's first trip to the state championship game.
Altos Hills) def.
Miranda Seto scored 17 points to lead Pinewood of Los Altos Hills to its fourth girls' Division V state championship, as the Panthers beat St. Anthony of Long Beach, 62-44.
Hailie Eackles, a junior like Seto, added 16 points for Pinewood (27-6), and Jenna McLoughlin, another junior who missed most of the season recuperating from a torn ACL, had 13 rebounds. Jordan Jackson led St. Anthony (26-10) with 11 points.
The Saints outrebounded the Panthers 41-25, but turned the ball over 20 times and were just 1 of 10 from three-point distance. Pinewood lost in the state finals in 2009, but had won in 1999, 2005 and 2006.
Though St. Anthony had never appeared in a state title
game before, coach James Anderson had won two girls' Division I
championships with Narbonne of Harbor City, in 2000 and 2001.
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