Michigan-bound Siera Thompson had 26 points and Oregon-bound Deandrea Toler added 20 points and eight rebounds to counteract a state-record performance by Mariya Moore in leading Serra of Gardena to a 62-60 win over Salesian of Richmond in today's CIF State Division IV girls championship game at Sleep Train Arena.
Moore, one of the nation's top juniors, had 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Salesian (29-7).
Moore, one of the nation's top juniors, had 35 points 10 rebounds and five assists. In making 17 of 20 free throws, she set two new state tournament girls records. The previous high for free throws made was 13 set by Candice Wiggins of La Jolla Country Day in 2002. The previous high for attempts was 17 by Morningside of Inglewood's Lisa Leslie in 1990.
Moore's point total was fifth all-time, tied with Leslie's 35-point effort that same year. It was second all-time in D-IV to Courtney Paris' 37 for Piedmont in 2004.
Zoe Correal added eight points and 10 rebounds for Salesian.
For Serra (30-5), Caila Hailey had eight rebounds and three points and Seattle-bound post Titana Howard had seven rebounds and three points.
It was Serra's first girls basketball title in its first state appearance. Salesian lost for the second year in a row after falling last season to La Jolla Country Day.