Go inside here for all Monday scores and highlights from annual Stockton St. Mary’s MLK Showcase, including wins by state-ranked Pinewood over state-ranked Alemany and state-ranked La Jolla Country Day over state-ranked Bishop O’Dowd. State No. 1 St. Mary’s also improves to 17-0.
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Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 59, Vanden (Fairfield) 49
The Lions (12-5) followed up their 59-49 win over McClatchy of Sacramento on Saturday with a win over the Vikings (9-8) by the same score. Roxy Barahman and Katie Campbell showed they are a big-time backcourt as Barahman had 18 points and Campbell 12. They needed to be too since Utah-bound Kiara Moore of Vanden had 13 points in the first half and finished with 20. Also playing strongly for Oaks Christian was sophomore forward Camryn Davis, who scored 12, and junior forward junior forward Sydney Boyer with 12. Look for head coach Kristy Hopkins’ team to perhaps move up a position or two from No. 18 in this week’s State Top 20 rankings.
La Jolla Country Day 56, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 46
In the first of two marquee games featuring both teams ranked inside our Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20, it was the No. 11 Torreys who made sure they would leave Stockton with at least one win after losing to Salesian of Richmond 50-49 on Saturday.
La Jolla Country Day knocked off the No. 9 Dragons despite falling behind by double digits in the first quarter. Facing an early 12-1 deficit, the Torreys, behind Mai-Loni Henson and Alaysia Styles, responded with a 12-0 run on the way to taking a 23-20 lead into halftime.
At times playing two freshman guards, Bianca Shaw and Jada Holland, on the court at the same time, the Dragons were able to cut a deficit that was nine down to five entering the fourth quarter. Salihah Bey, who finished with a game-high 16 points, then hit a layup to cut the lead down to just four points with 3:20 remaining before back-to-back buckets by Styles and a basket by Henson stretched the lead out back to 10 with just two minutes to play which remained the final margin.
Henson scored a team-high 15 points while Styles finished with a double-double scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jayda Villareal and Kiera Oakry also finished in double-digits with 10 points each while Myah Pace had 10 points for the Dragons.
Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 63, Alemany (Mission Hills) 56
It was a battle of the hills and despite entering the matchup as the higher ranked team it looked like the No. 8 Panthers were going to have a hard time getting past the No. 16 Warriors but they kept battling and going on runs to close the gap and finally caught fire from behind the arc in the fourth quarter to get the win.
Akayla Hackson quickly made herself known late in the first quarter as she came in off the bench and scored a quick seven points and finished with a team-high 15 points. She also helped Pinewood close the down to just one after the first quarter.
Continuing their run from the first quarter, the Panthers took the lead to start the second quarter before another Warriors’ run stretched the lead out to 29-21 but five points in the final 30 seconds of the half made it just a 29-26 lead for the Warriors at the half behind 10 first half points from Ayana Khalfani.
Once again the third quarter started with the feel of the previous two as the Warriors went on a 6-0 run that included Pinewood head coach Doc Scheppler getting a technical foul for voicing his displeasure to the officials. Perhaps motivating his team to once again rally, the Panthers followed up the technical foul with a 6-0 run on their way to tying the game before late baskets had them once again trailing entering the fourth quarter by a 41-37 score.
Trailing 45-42, the Panthers had one more big run in them as Hackson hit from behind the arc to tie it 45 before four straight points by Chloe Eackles ,which had her older sister, former Panthers’ standout and current University of the Pacific standout Hailie Eackles and the Panther fans jumping like crazy as they would go on a 10-0 run to take a 52-45 lead which they would never surrender.
Eackles finished with 13 points while the Warriors in defeat were led by Anaya McDavid who scored 14 points.
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 94, Palisades (Pacific Palisades) 76
With the unbeaten and No. 1 in the state/nation Rams starting to get healthy, this game expected to be one of the biggest blowouts on Monday, but the Rams came out slow and the Dolphins battled tough before falling by 18 points.
Taking more than two minutes to get on the scoreboard, the Dolphins led for over four minutes before the Rams, behind Aquira DeCosta, finally got going and opened up a 20-9 lead with an 11-0 run only to see Palisades score the final five points of the period to trail 20-14 with standout Chelsey Gipson scoring half of its points in the first eight minutes.
Gipson still had half of the Dolphins’ points at the halftime break but the Rams, behind DeCosta, who had a double-double before the second quarter was three minutes old, had runs of 15-0 and 10-0 in the second quarter and built a 57-34 at halftime.
While it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss, the Dolphins won the fourth quarter. Gipson also ended with the highest scoring performance of the day with 28 points. DeCosta finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds with five other teammates finishing with at least 10 points.
Clovis West (Fresno) 57, Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 48
In a matchup between two teams that didn’t come to Stockton on Saturday, it was the No. 15 state-ranked Golden Eagles who got the win over the Cardinals, who are on the bubble but not before they tested Clovis West and led until the fourth quarter.
After a first quarter that saw 10 lead changes and the Cardinals in front 14-11, the second quarter saw no lead changes as the Cardinals led by as many as six behind 12 points from 6-foot-5 junior Lauren Walker and they took a 31-27 lead into halftime.
Finally able to break through and retake the lead in the final minute of the third quarter, the Golden Eagles led 41-39 entering the fourth quarter and their pressure worked to keep them in front the rest of the way. Sarah Bates scored 21 points in the win while Walker finished with 18 points in a losing effort that had us, and likely many of the coaches in attendance, talking about the 6-foot-5 junior who ran the floor like a much smaller player.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 81, Salesian (Richmond) 70
After their big win on Saturday over La Jolla Country Day, the Pride (13-5) fell behind 26-13 after the first quarter against Nevada’s No. 2 team (nationally ranked Centennial of Las Vegas is that state’s No. 1 team) and never recovered. Minyon Moore still had another strong outing for Salesian with 26 points, 10 assists and seven steals. She showed all weekend in the debate to see who should be considered the No. 2 player in Northern California behind Miramonte’s Sabrina Ionescu that she’s clearly one of those squarely in the discussion. Freshman post Angel Jackson also had a solid performance with 13 points and six blocks.
Lincoln (Stockton) 56, St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 49
With the lengthy day and weekend nearing an end, this game started out slow but it was the Trojans who as the home team on their local rivals’ floor started to look like St. Mary’s of Stockton as they led by as many as 23 points before winning by a final margin that would make you think the outcome was in doubt.
With both teams struggling to find the basket for the first seven minutes, the game was tied at 8-8 before a half-court 3-pointer from Zahria Hendrix at the buzzer gave Lincoln a 12-8 lead.
With the home crowd and momentum, the Trojans went on to lead 27-15 at halftime and led 44-21 with three minutes remaining in the third quarter before being outscored 28-12 the rest of the way.
Hendrix and Lianna Tillman both scored a team-high 12 points for the Trojans while Carolyn Gill scored a game-high 16 points for the Panthers.
McClatchy (Sacramento) 63 Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 57
Two more state-ranked bubble teams concluded the busy weekend of basketball and it ended up being an entertaining game to watch as the Lions took the lead late in the first quarter and never trailed over the final three.
Junior guard Sara Shimizu had 11 of her 18 points in the first quarter as McClatchy scored nine straight to end the first quarter with a 23-14 lead. Two fairly even quarters followed as the Lions led 40-32 at halftime and 49-39 after three quarters but the Fightin Irish would not go down without a fight and went on a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 56-54 with 2:06 remaining after a three-point play by Iimari’i Thomas, who finished with a team-high 17 points. The Lions, who hope to get back standout Jordan Cruz in a week for two, held on from there.
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