California City won its Friday night boys basketball game at Frazier Mountain of Lebec by the whopping score of 165-38. That is a new state record for most points in a single game. As usual with single game records, however, questions about running up the score have to be asked. The answers may not be known until later in the upcoming week.
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Prep editor Trevor Horn of the Bakersfield California took an incoming call on Friday night that he knew required immediate notification to Cal-Hi Sports regarding a possible state record.
The call came in from Frazier Mountain boys basketball coach Nicole Powell (more on her later) who reported the score of her team’s game against visiting California City. The Ravens had won 165-38. Horn double-checked the score and then began looking up records with his deadline approaching.
“She called it in herself and I thought that was a classy thing for her to do,” Horn said.
California City had a 122-53 win earlier this season against Vasquez of Action and had gone over 100 points five times earlier in the season. Head coach Ronald Fleming’s team loves to press continuously and likes to shoot 3-pointers, but based on its stats on MaxPreps it appears to be more about the press forcing steals than burying 3-pointers that accounts for the high scoring.
On Friday night, the Ravens only scored 30 points in the first quarter, but in the second they set their first state record of the night with 60 and they led 90-19 at halftime. They already had 142 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Although the team eased up in the fourth quarter (margin was 23-7) that was plenty to break the previous state record of 156 set in January of 1993 by Balboa of San Francisco in a 156-82 win against O’Connell of San Francisco.
California City’s MaxPreps page also had more stats from the game inputted. The Ravens shot 14 of 42 on 3-pointers, made 54 of 92 shots for two points and were credited with 50 steals.
For most points in a quarter, the previous reported state record of 55 was set in January of 2006 by King-Drew of Los Angeles in a 101-50 triumph vs. Los Angeles Elizabeth. Obviously in that game, the frenetic scoring was halted after halftime.
For most points in a half, the Ravens now have a tie for that state record as well. Their 90-point mark tied the record reported for a 1996 game when St. John’s of Whitewater (Riverside County) beat Long Beach Youth Home 143-25.
For a game with the widest winning margin, that is another state record for California City. The 127-point margin surpasses the previous record of 125 set in January of 2002 when Stoneridge Prep of Tarzana defeated Bridges Academy of Sherman Oaks 148-23.
Leading scorers in the game for the Ravens were Raymond Powell and Hubert Johnson with 28 points each. Three other players all scored 24 or more. It also doesn’t appear that the team is limited by a small roster. There are 14 listed on the team’s MaxPreps page.
Nicole Powell coaches a myriad of sports at Frazier Mountain and is listed as a physical education teacher at the school. While her status as a woman coaching a boys basketball team is rare it has happened a few times at California high schools in recent years.
For many years, the single game state record sat at 150 points by Geyserville from a 1967 game. That record was surpassed in 1992 by Mission of San Francisco with 151. Then the next season Balboa went after that record and broke it with its 156-point night. Balboa’s record lasted for just over 25 years until Friday night.
Most Points (Game)
165 – California City vs. Lebec Frazier Mountain (38), Feb. 2018
156 – San Francisco Balboa vs. San Francisco O’Connell (82), Jan. 1993
151 – San Francisco Mission vs. San Francisco International Studies (38), Feb. 1992
151 – San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret’s vs. South Gate Southeast Lutheran (35), Feb. 1994
150 – Geyserville vs. Middletown (81), Feb. 1967
149 – Los Angeles Crenshaw vs. Los Angeles Murphy (64), Dec. 1987
148 – Tarzana Stoneridge Prep vs. Sherman Oaks Bridges Academy (23), Dec. 2002
147 – Los Angeles Jefferson vs. Los Angeles Washington (87), Jan. 1966
146 – San Francisco Balboa vs. Gridley (62), Dec. 1995
146 – Chino Hills vs. Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos (123), Feb. 2017
145 – Oakland Patton vs. San Jose Christian Community, 1991