Westchester of Los Angeles (33-3) def. Oakland Tech (23-6), 73-63: Westchester used a 20-2 run that started in the second quarter and lasted into the third quarter to dig itself out of an 11-point deficit on its way to a second straight state title victory over Oakland Tech. Westchester trailed 30-19 before the decisive run, which saw Oakland Tech star Leon Powe get into serious foul trouble. "Maybe it's me or maybe it's deja vu, but all three times we've played Westchester, every single time, Leon's had three first-half fouls," Oakland Tech coach Hodari McGavock said. Powe and junior Quinton Thomas each scored 16 points for Oakland Tech. Trevor Ariza led Westchester with 30 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Bobby Brown added 13 points and sophomore standout Marcus Johnson had 10 points. Ariza was passed over for the McDonald's All-America game while Powe made the roster. When asked if the All-America snub motivated him, Ariza said: "All I wanted was to win my last game. It was the only thing on my mind." Oakland Tech appeared on its way to the upset win with a 22-14 lead after the first quarter and an 11-point advantage in the second quarter. Then the tide changed. "We just decided to stop throwing the ball away," Westchester coach Ed Azzam said. "We got into our offensive sets better and on defense we didn't give them as many easy shots." As a side note, the last loss suffered by both Division I champion Westchester and Division 2 champion Mater Dei was to St. Vincent/St. Mary (Ohio), the top-ranked team in the FAB 50.
Girls Division I
Lynwood (32-1) def. Mitty of San Jose (31-3), 55-40: For the second straight year, Lynwood wins a state title and finished No. 1 in the state. Lynwood is No. 2 in the FAB 50. However, a win by top-ranked Murry Bergtraum (N.Y.) on Saturday will lock Lynwood out of the national No. 1 spot. Sade Wiley-Gatewood led Lynwood with 14 points and eight rebounds. Kameca Simmons added nine points and 13 rebounds. Mitty, which hit a 3-pointer to start the second quarter, led 14-10 at the time, but failed to score the rest of the half as Lynwood went on a 14-0 run for a 24-14 halftime lead. Mitty was led by Khalilah Daniels' 15 points and 18 rebounds.
Boys Division II
Mater Dei of Santa Ana (35-2) def. Woodcreek of Roseville (27-6), 70-49: FAB 50 No. 4 Mater Dei used an 11-0 run to end the third quarter, turning a 39-34 contest into a one-sided affair for the program's fifth state title. "This was a team that was supposed to win and that is a lot tougher then when you're not," Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight said. "The boys really fought through some challenges tonight. (Woodcreek) kept cutting our lead and the boys answered the call." Appropriately, Mater Dei had a balanced scoring attack in the final, led by Wesley Washington's 12 points. D.J. Strawberry added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Trevante Nelson scored 10 points. Jeff Flores led Woodcreek with 16 points. Juston Willis scored 11.
Girls Division II
Troy of Fullerton (31-2) def. Vacaville (33-3), 53-40: Meghan McGuire and Amanda Livingston each scored a basket to spark a 16-5 fourth quarter run that allowed Troy to pull away for its first state title. UCLA signee Livingston had a sub-par game with eight points, but McGuire, a 6-1 junior, delivered with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Tamar Gruwell and Cassie Palmer each scored 11 points for Vacaville. Gruwell had nine rebounds and five steals.
Boys Division III
Foothill of Sacramento (34-2) def. Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood (29-7), 66-62: Ed White's 3-pointer with five seconds left pulled Harvard-Westlake within 65-62, but Foothill's Sam Kirby hit a game-clinched foul shot, capping his 22-point performance, leading Foothill to the program's second state title. Kirby hit on 5-of-7 3-pointers. Chris Walker added 15 points. Vincent Rivera added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Rivera scored all but four points from the foul line on 11-of-18 free throw shooting. The team's combined for 66 foul shots in the game, Foothill ending 19-of-37 and H-W hitting on 21-of-29. Bryace Taylor led harvard-Westlake with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Harris Church had 17 points and seven rebounds.
Girls Division III
Bishop Montgomery of Torrance (27-7) def. Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco (25-10), 49-43: Bishop Montgomery became the first school to win four straight basketball titles in the same division. UCLA signee Noelle Quinn had 27 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Trisha Alaha had 11 points for Sacred Heart Cathedral and Georgia Onyemem added 10 points and seven rebounds. Lisa Cooper, the coach, and Quinn have been at the school four years, coming home as state champs every time. "Right now I'm just enjoying the moment," Quinn said. "We had a long drive to get here and I got to think about this being my last game." "We all had to work a lot harder this year than last year," Cooper said. "We had some chemistry problems early in the season, but it helps to have a nucleus of seniors who know how to get you through the roughest times." Quinn finishes her high school career with six state titles and one runner-up finish. In addition to four basketball titles, she was part of two state championship and one runner-up volleyball team.
Boys Division IV
Horizon of San Diego (32-1) def. Hercules (25-9), 77-62: Horizon jumped out to an early double-digit lead and won a second straight state title. Jared Dudley and Ryan Reed each scored 16 points. Dudley had 14 rebounds. Franklin Williams had 12 points. dewese hughes led Hercules with 18 points. Hercules was a surprise state finalist considering the team started the season 3-7.
Girls Division IV
St. Mary's of Stockton (32-3) def. La Jolla Country Day (27-5), 56-51: Dominique Banks had 31 points, 17 rebounds and five steals leading St. Mary's to its third state title in four years. LJCD star Candice Wiggins, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, fouled out with 3:33 left in the third quarter. Despite her absence, LJCD hung tough, closing the gap to three points twice in the fourth quarter. With less than a minute left and the score at 54-51, St. Mary's Tiffany Ducker blocked a shot by LJCD's Ashley Rentz. St. Mary's hit a pair of free throws for the final margin. Renee Roberts had 16 points for St. Mary's. Marissa Rivera had 12 points and 10 rebounds for LJCD.
Boys Division V
Price of Los Angeles (33-2) def. Modesto Christian (25-9), 80-72: Price became the first school in California to win four straight state titles. Price led 10-12 points throughout the contest until Modesto Christian cut the margin to 67-66 in the fourth quarter. Price's Schuyler McKay hit a foul shot, blocked a shot, then made two more foul shots to help Price open a 70-66 lead. Oscar Edwards, a member of all four state titles, had a key basket and two foul shots in the final two minutes to seal the win. Edwards finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Billy Grayson added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Harry Powell had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Modesto Christian. Adrian Oliver had 15 points. Andray Glenn had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Girls Division V
Convent of the Sacred Heart of San Francisco (29-3) def. Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo (24-6), 68-59: Convent's guard combo of freshman Jen Hun-Traverso (21 points) and senior Liz Brown (17 points) carried the team to victory. Convent led 60-42 before Mission Prep put together a 15-0 run. Down the stretch, Convent hit its foul shots to seal the win. Andie Yamagami added 13 points for Convent. Katherine Suderman had 20 points, 16 rebounds for Mission Prep and Lauren Tiejte added 16 points and 13 rebounds.