March 25, 2011
St. Mary's girls lead NorCal sweep of tonight's CIF state basketball championships

Here are recaps provided by Clay Kallam of the Associated Press of tonight's CIF state boys and girls basketball championship games at Power Balance Arena.

Division II Girls: St. Mary's (Stockton) 64, Rialto 48
Courtney Range had 17 points as St. Mary's of Stockton won its third straight state championship and seventh overall by defeating Rialto.

Ali Gibson and Onome Jemerigbe each had 12 for the Rams (29-2), who have now won seven state championships. Kendall Kenyon added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Brittani Walker led Rialto (33-4) with 17 points, and Denae Williams added 13. Janae Sharpe, who was averaging 22.9 points a game, was held to just eight.

The game was close for the first quarter, but St. Mary's continual pressure wore down the Knights, who committed 33 turnovers in their first appearance in a state championship game.

Division V Boys: St. Joseph Notre Dame 47, St. Bernard 44
Jacari Whitfield had 15 points and the game-winning three-pointer as the Pilots defeated St. Bernard of Playa del Rey. It was the Pilots fourth state title since 1991.

Brendan Keane had 10 points for the Pilots (27-8) and Garret Rich had 14 rebounds.

Brandon Randolph had 14 points for the Vikings (26-9), and Thurman Thomas had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

St. Bernard was just 4-23 in 2009-10, but new coach Reggie Morris turned the program around in a hurry.

No team led by more than five, and it was a one-point game going into the fourth quarter, with St. Bernard holding a 36-35 lead.

With 58 seconds left and the score tied at 42, Whitfield hit his fifth three-pointer, and after surviving some anxious moments down the stretch, St. Joseph Notre Dame hung on for the win.

Division V Girls: Pinewood 67, St. Bernard 56
Hailie Eackles had 31 points and nine rebounds to lead Pinewood of Los Altos Hills past St. Bernard of Playa del Rey.

Miranda Seto scored 21 points for Pinewood (28-5), which won its fifth state title and second in a row.

Lajahna Drummer had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for St. Bernard (24-15), which won three California championships in the 1990s and seven overall. Kacy Swain also had a double-double with 13 and 10, and Destini French added 10 points.

The Panthers broke open a close game with a 14-3 run at the end of the second quarter, and led by as many as 16 before settling for the final 11-point margin.

Division II Boys: Archbishop Mitty 53, Summit 50
Aaron Gordon had 17 points and 21 rebounds as Archbishop Mitty of San Jose slipped past Summit of Fontana.

Brent Younger had 12 points for the Monarchs (32-2) and Kyle Toth added 10. Mitty won its first boys state title after losing in two previous attempts.

Dorian Carson had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Summit (28-8) and Montigo Alford had 14 points.

Though Mitty led by seven, 48-41, midway through the fourth quarter, Summit battled back to tie it at 50 with 28 seconds left on a Quinton Lilley layup.

But Brandon White then banked in a free throw for the Monarchs for a 51-50 lead, and, after a Summit turnover, scored the game's final basket to seal the win.



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