The Real State Title Games?

In some divisions, you can make the case that the real state championships in boys and girls basketball will take place in Saturday's regional finals.

Not long into last year's Div. IV boys basketball state title game between Horizon of San Diego and Valley Christian of San Jose, it was obvious that Valley Christian was painfully overmatched. Horizon went on to post a 79-45 victory for its first state crown.

One week earlier, though, Horizon was in a much different game against Garces of Bakersfield in the Southern Regional final. The Panthers prevailed, but it was only by 68-65. It's therefore easy to make the assertion that the "real" state final was not the game played in Sacramento.

Horizon and Garces will meet this week in the Southern Regional Div. IV final once again. And based on the two teams' impressive showing in the semifinals -- Horizon won by 79-62 over Verbum Dei of Los Angeles and Garces blew out Lincoln of San Diego by 118-68 -- it would be easy to once again say it will be the "real" state final.

A Northern California Div. IV team on a major roll, though, is Hercules. The Titans have won 19 in a row and won twice in their league over Berkeley, a Div. I team that just pushed defending NorCal Div. I champ Oakland Tech into overtime. If Hercules gets past Monte Vista Christian of Watsonville in the Northern Regional final, the Titans don't figure to be quite exactly the same caliber of competition that Horizon faced last year.

Of the other regional finals on Saturday, the only other game in which you could make the claim that it was for "the real" state championship would be in girls Div. III where three-time defending state champ Bishop Montgomery of Torrance may face a tougher challenge that it might in Sacramento. The Knights have ratcheted up their level of play in the postseason, but their game against Mission Bay of San Diego might be different. Mission Bay's only loss to a California team so far this year was by one point to Redondo of Redondo Beach.

In the north, the Div. III girls final has boiled down to a matchup between the second and third best teams from the West Catholic Athletic League, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Presentation. Neither one would figure to be that difficult an obstacle for Bishop Montgomery, but Sacred Heart Cathedral lost by just seven points in the WCAL playoffs the last time it played Mitty of San Jose, the state's second-ranked squad.

Here are the scores of Thursday's regional semifinals:

Boys Division I

Westchester (Los Angeles) 71, Eisenhower (Rialto) 57

Fairfax (Los Angeles) 62, El Camino (Oceanside) 61

Oakland Tech 74, Berkeley 64 (OT)

Valley (Sacramento) 64, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 60

Girls Division I

Lynwood 51, Poly (Long Beach) 44

Narbonne (Harbor City) 53, San Clemente 52 (OT)

Mitty (San Jose) 50, Kennedy (Sacramento) 41

Laguna Creek (Elk Grove) 64, Berkeley 40

Boys Division II

Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 70, Mayfair (Lakewood) 59

Inglewood 61, St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 58

Woodcreek (Roseville) 58, Pleasant Valley (Chico) 55 (OT)

Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 62, Sacramento 48

Girls Division II Troy (Fullerton) 58, Redondo (Redondo Beach) 46

Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 66, North Bakersfield 57

Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 48, Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 47

Vacaville 65, Carondelet (Concord) 64

Boys Division III

Artesia (Lakewood) 49, La Jolla 48

Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 74, Centennial (Compton) 62

Foothill (Sacramento) 82, El Cerrito 55

Mitty (San Jose) 47, Enterprise (Redding) 46

Girls Division III

Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 54, Santa Margarita 48

Mission Bay (San Diego) 65, Artesia (Lakewood) 60

Presentation (San Jose) 56, Acalanes (Lafayette) 43

Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 48, Moreau (Hayward) 38

Boys Division IV

Horizon (San Diego) 79, Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 62

Garces (Bakersfield) 118, Lincoln (San Diego) 68

Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 50, Amador (Sutter Creek) 38

Hercules 80, Oceana (Pacifica) 68

Girls Division IV

La Jolla Country Day 69, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 39

Marlborough (L.A.) 54, St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 35

Piedmont 61, Notre Dame (Salinas) 48

St. Mary's (Stockton) 68, Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 55

Boys Division V

Price (Los Angeles) 76, Rolling Hills Prep (RH Estates) 58

Immanuel (Reedley) 70, Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 39

Modesto Christian 75, Branson (Ross) 63

Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 61, Hoopa Valley (Hoopa) 52

Girls Division V

Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 65, La Sierra Academy 26

Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 56, Hesperia Christian 53

Convent of the Sacred Heart (SF) 59, Ripon Christian 51

Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 65, Forest Lake Christian (Auburn) 60

Top Individual Scorers of the Night

39 -- Dominique Banks, Stockton St. Mary's
36 -- Leon Powe, Oakland Tech
34 -- Byce Taylor, North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake
34 -- Candice Wiggins, La Jolla Country Day
32 -- Johnny Bryant, Oakland Bishop O'Dowd
31 -- Arron Afflalo, Compton Centennial
29 -- Curtis Allen, R.H. Estates Rolling Hills Prep
28 -- Courtney Paris, Piedmont
27 -- Kyle Shiloh, Bakersfield Garces
27 -- Lindsey Pluimer, San Clemente
26 -- Jennifer Hun-Traverso, S.F. Convent of the Sacred Heart
25 -- Kyle Jeffers, Santa Rosa Montgomery
25 -- Harry Brown, Hercules
25 -- Tamar Gruwell, Vacaville
25 -- Zach Ryan, Bakersfield Garces
The Real State Title Games?

Deck: In some divisions, you can make the case that the real state championships in boys and girls basketball will take place in Saturday's regional finals. Not long into last year's Div. IV boys basketball state title game between Horizon of San Diego and Valley Christian of San Jose, it was obvious that Valley Christian was painfully overmatched. Horizon went on to post a 79-45 victory for its first state crown.

One week earlier, though, Horizon was in a much different game against Garces of Bakersfield in the Southern Regional final. The Panthers prevailed, but it was only by 68-65. It's therefore easy to make the assertion that the "real" state final was not the game played in Sacramento.

Horizon and Garces will meet this week in the Southern Regional Div. IV final once again. And based on the two teams' impressive showing in the semifinals -- Horizon won by 79-62 over Verbum Dei of Los Angeles and Garces blew out Lincoln of San Diego by 118-68 -- it would be easy to once again say it will be the "real" state final.

A Northern California Div. IV team on a major roll, though, is Hercules. The Titans have won 19 in a row and won twice in their league over Berkeley, a Div. I team that just pushed defending NorCal Div. I champ Oakland Tech into overtime. If Hercules gets past Monte Vista Christian of Watsonville in the Northern Regional final, the Titans don't figure to be quite exactly the same caliber of competition that Horizon faced last year.

Of the other regional finals on Saturday, the only other game in which you could make the claim that it was for "the real" state championship would be in girls Div. III where three-time defending state champ Bishop Montgomery of Torrance may face a tougher challenge that it might in Sacramento. The Knights have ratcheted up their level of play in the postseason, but their game against Mission Bay of San Diego might be different. Mission Bay's only loss to a California team so far this year was by one point to Redondo of Redondo Beach.

In the north, the Div. III girls final has boiled down to a matchup between the second and third best teams from the West Catholic Athletic League, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Presentation. Neither one would figure to be that difficult an obstacle for Bishop Montgomery, but Sacred Heart Cathedral lost by just seven points in the WCAL playoffs the last time it played Mitty of San Jose, the state's second-ranked squad.

Here are the scores of Thursday's regional semifinals:

Boys Division I

Westchester (Los Angeles) 71, Eisenhower (Rialto) 57

Fairfax (Los Angeles) 62, El Camino (Oceanside) 61

Oakland Tech 74, Berkeley 64 (OT)

Valley (Sacramento) 64, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 60

Girls Division I

Lynwood 51, Poly (Long Beach) 44

Narbonne (Harbor City) 53, San Clemente 52 (OT)

Mitty (San Jose) 50, Kennedy (Sacramento) 41

Laguna Creek (Elk Grove) 64, Berkeley 40

Boys Division II

Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 70, Mayfair (Lakewood) 59

Inglewood 61, St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 58

Woodcreek (Roseville) 58, Pleasant Valley (Chico) 55 (OT)

Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 62, Sacramento 48

Girls Division II Troy (Fullerton) 58, Redondo (Redondo Beach) 46

Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 66, North Bakersfield 57

Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 48, Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 47

Vacaville 65, Carondelet (Concord) 64

Boys Division III

Artesia (Lakewood) 49, La Jolla 48

Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 74, Centennial (Compton) 62

Foothill (Sacramento) 82, El Cerrito 55

Mitty (San Jose) 47, Enterprise (Redding) 46

Girls Division III

Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 54, Santa Margarita 48

Mission Bay (San Diego) 65, Artesia (Lakewood) 60

Presentation (San Jose) 56, Acalanes (Lafayette) 43

Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 48, Moreau (Hayward) 38

Boys Division IV

Horizon (San Diego) 79, Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 62

Garces (Bakersfield) 118, Lincoln (San Diego) 68

Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 50, Amador (Sutter Creek) 38

Hercules 80, Oceana (Pacifica) 68

Girls Division IV

La Jolla Country Day 69, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 39

Marlborough (L.A.) 54, St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 35

Piedmont 61, Notre Dame (Salinas) 48

St. Mary's (Stockton) 68, Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 55

Boys Division V

Price (Los Angeles) 76, Rolling Hills Prep (RH Estates) 58

Immanuel (Reedley) 70, Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 39

Modesto Christian 75, Branson (Ross) 63

Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 61, Hoopa Valley (Hoopa) 52

Girls Division V

Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 65, La Sierra Academy 26

Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 56, Hesperia Christian 53

Convent of the Sacred Heart (SF) 59, Ripon Christian 51

Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 65, Forest Lake Christian (Auburn) 60

Top Individual Scorers of the Night

39 -- Dominique Banks, Stockton St. Mary's
36 -- Leon Powe, Oakland Tech
34 -- Byce Taylor, North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake
34 -- Candice Wiggins, La Jolla Country Day
32 -- Johnny Bryant, Oakland Bishop O'Dowd
31 -- Arron Afflalo, Compton Centennial
29 -- Curtis Allen, R.H. Estates Rolling Hills Prep
28 -- Courtney Paris, Piedmont
27 -- Kyle Shiloh, Bakersfield Garces
27 -- Lindsey Pluimer, San Clemente
26 -- Jennifer Hun-Traverso, S.F. Convent of the Sacred Heart
25 -- Kyle Jeffers, Santa Rosa Montgomery
25 -- Harry Brown, Hercules
25 -- Tamar Gruwell, Vacaville
25 -- Zach Ryan, Bakersfield Garces


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