March 23, 2013
Lynwood wins defensive slugest in D-II girls state final

Jazmine Johnson had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals; Amber Blockmon eight points and 13 rebounds; and Nijala Johnson eight points and seven steals as Lynwood won a defensive duel with St. Francis of Mountain View 39-26 in today's CIF State Division II girls basketball championship game at Sleep Train Arena.

It was the lowest combined point total in girls state history.

Lauren Johnson led St. Francis with 10 points and nine rebounds and Jennifer Lucian had seven points and 14 rebounds as both teams struggled to score points.

St. Francis shot 26 percent from the field; Lynwood 25 percent. But Lynwood's quickness forced St. Francis into 23 turnovers.

Coach Ellis Barfield of Lynwood (29-5) credited St. Francis, which led 10-7 early in the second quarter, for putting his team on its heels.

"We really had to elevate our game, especially defensively," Barfield said.

For Barfield it was his fourth state championship team, the other three coming in D-I. He joins St. Francis coach Brian Harrigan as a four-time state winner, though Harrigan's titles came at Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco.

This is his second season at St. Francis, which had five consecutive losing seasons before he arrived. The Troubadours were 18-10 last season and finish 24-9 this season in making the school's first girls state title game.

"It's a pretty amazing step," he said of the program reaching a state final. "It's been an incredible journey, a fantastic journey."




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