By Bill Paterson
Behind senior leaders and four-year varsity starters Lauren Beyer, Jordie Smith and Fernandi Espinosa, top-seeded Bradshaw Christian defeated second-seeded Brookside Christian 44-32 tonight at Power Balance Pavilion to win its fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls championship.
Smith scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds, Beyer added 14 points and 13 rebounds and Espinosa was all over the floor in helping the South Sacramento school clamp down on a Stockton team that was averaging 70.5 points a game, sixth best in California.
Pride sophomore Ashlee Jones also played outstanding defense in holding section scoring leader Tiara Tucker to 11 points. She made just three of 15 shots from the field.
The freshman, No. 2 in California and No. 8 nationally, came in averaging 31.6 points.
It was Bradshaw Christian's 16th consecutive section playoff win, fourth longest in section history.
Bradshaw Christian (22-9) and Brookside Christian (25-6) will advance to next week's CIF Northern California Regional playoffs. Teams will be determined Sunday.