Three-peats galore in California

Repeats and three-peats were the theme early Saturday at the CIF state championships. Bishop Montgomery girls and Price boys won their third straight titles and La Jolla Country Day repeated as Division V state champions.

Boys Division III: Riordan (San Francisco) 47, Centennial (Compton) 43

The Crusaders became the first boys team from the city of San Francisco to win a boys basketball state title since 1926. Riordan did it behind senior forward Marquise Kately, who scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Kately's layup with 23 seconds left put Riordan ahead 45-43 and his free throw with three seconds left capped the win.

With three minutes remaining, however, it was unsure if Kately even would be able to stay in the game. He collided with Centennial's Darius Sanders while scrambling for a loose ball and suffered a twisted right knee.

"I was in a lot of pain, but I wasn't about to let this slip by," Kately said. Added coach Rich Forslund: "He was laying there saying, ‘don't take me out coach. I'm not coming out of this game.'"

Riordan had only two other players who scored: John Tofi with 15 points and Josh Vergara with eight.

Centennial, which lost for only the second time this season, received 16 points from Sanders and 12 from Sterling Byrd. The Apaches were ranked 47 in the Student Sports FAB 50.

The last champion from San Francisco was St. Ignatius.

Girls Division III: Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 60, Miramonte (Orinda) 55

In a matchup of 1-2 combos, the difference between the Knights and Matadors was execution in the clutch.

Miramonte had three more turnovers and shot only 46 percent on free throws as Bishop Montgomery won its third straight title. The Knights became the third girls program in state history to accomplish the three-peat, and junior forward Noelle Quinn has been a standout on all three teams. Quinn led the Knights with 20 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals.

"This was very important to get this title for the eight seniors on this team," Quinn said. "This team became so much closer during the season, and we didn't want to go out on a bad note." Sophomore guard Nykia Peace, the other part of Bishop Montgomery's dynamite duo, was the team's high scorer with 24 points. Miramonte's 1-2 combo of senior center Tory Markey and junior guard Molly Nohr combined for even more points than Peace and Quinn. Markey led all scorers with 28 points and had 11 rebounds. Nohr finished with 18 points.

Boys Division V: Price (Los Angeles) 72, University (San Francisco) 65

Just call Oscar Edwards the "Stick-back king." Edwards' offensive rebounding helped spark the Knights past the Red Devils for their third straight title. Edwards, a muscular 6-4 junior, had 24 points and 10 rebounds to led Price, but his teammates were solid, too.

Sophomore guard Darren Morrison had 14 points, senior guard Frank Peace had 12 and senior forward Kalief Washington had 11. John Casnocha kept University close by going 5-of-10 on three-pointers and scoring 28 points.

An 11-0 run in the third quarter by Price turned a 38-34 deficit into a 45-38 lead.

So how does it feel to three-peat?

"Wow," said coach Michael Lynch, whose team joined Compton Dominguez (1999-2001) as the only boys teams in state history to win three in a row.

"We again came together as a group," Lynch said. "We said at the start of the season that anything that was not a state title would not be a great season, and this is what we were shooting for."

Girls Division V: La Jolla Country Day 53, Modesto Christian 49

All-American sophomore Candice Wiggins took over in the game's last two minutes and led La Jolla Country Day to its second straight title. The Torres trailed 49-44 before Wiggins connected on a three-pointer and then tied it at 49 on a 10-foot banker with 1:22 remaining.

With 1:04 left, Wiggins, a 5-9 guard, was fouled on a drive to the bucket and made two free throws for a 51-49 lead. Modesto Christian had two possessions to tie it, but Wiggins came up with two steals. She iced the win by making two free throws with 9.5 seconds left. Wiggins finished with 38 points, the second-most ever in a CIF girls final behind only the 41 scored by Cheryl Miller of Riverside Poly in the 1982 Division I title game.

Modesto Christian trailed 31-24, but rallied in the third quarter when Wiggins picked up her fourth foul and went to the bench. The Crusaders had success inside with 6-2 Courtney Paris and 6-1 Ashley Paris, both freshmen. Courtney had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Ashley had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

NOTE: Cal-Hi sports corrected predicted the outcomes on the first eight CIF state title games, and hit the spread on two of the contests.

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