PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / Bee file, 2012

Sacramento High's Allie Green and the top-ranked Dragons will visit sixth-ranked Florin in a Metro Conference showdown Friday.

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High school girls basketball: Sacramento, Florin gear for conference showdown

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Top-ranked Sacramento and No. 6 Florin tuned up for their Metro Conference girls basketball showdown Friday by playing in different divisions at the 120-team West Coast Jamboree Thursday through Monday in the East Bay.

Sacramento finished 3-1 in the top-level 16-team Platinum Division at Deer Valley High School in Antioch.

The Dragons beat Berkeley 65-57 in overtime in Monday's third-place game and also downed Kinkaid of Houston 41-40 and Central Section power Hanford 70-68, also in overtime.

The Dragons lost to NorCal No. 3 Carondelet of Concord 90-58.

Senior standout Allie Green and emerging junior star Chaya Durr (averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds) were all-tournament.

Florin edged Foothill of Pleasanton 38-37 and Armijo of Fairfield 43-42 before falling 57-54 to unbeaten McNair of Stockton in the Gold Division final at Valley Christian High School in Dublin.

Junior Dalayna Sampton had 42 points, 43 rebounds and nine steals and senior Daijah Joe-Smith 37 points, 36 rebounds and 12 steals for the Panthers in the tournament.

Fast start for Pride – No. 9 Bradshaw Christian's record is traditionally so-so this time of the season because the Division IV team plays such a demanding schedule.

Last season, Bradshaw Christian started 2-8 but went on to finish as 11-1 co-champions of the Sierra Delta League. Two seasons ago, when the Pride won the D-V section title and reached the CIF NorCal Regional semifinals, it started 2-6 en route to a 24-10 finish.

But this season's Pride is 9-2 after winning the Jade Division championship at the West Coast Jamboree at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill.

Bradshaw Christian walloped Madera 52-29 in Saturday's final, previously beating Davis of Modesto 73-35 and Grant 56-46.

Coach Mike Ruble's team, led by seniors Ashlee Jones (a Nevada signee) and Briana Barnes and sophomores Erika Bean, Jordyn Bell and Macy Ketterling, still plays a strong schedule.

Bradshaw Christian's two losses are to state power St. Mary's of Stockton and Southern California power San Clemente, the latter coming in the recent Nike TOC in Phoenix.

Young Lions – No. 8 McClatchy, which plays host to Elk Grove tonight in a nonleague game, maintained its unbeaten run by breezing through the Lady Bulldog Winter Classic tournament over the weekend at Folsom High School.

Coach Jessica Kunisaki's Lions topped Capital Christian 51-35 in Saturday's championship game.

McClatchy's leaders in scoring (sophomore Destiney Lee, 12.3 points per game and freshman Gigi Garcia, 10.1) and assists (sophomore Lauren Nubla, 5.4 and freshmen Kelsey Wong, 3.2, and Kristi Wong, 2.4) are all underclassmen.

The Lions enter the tough Metro Conference on Friday against visiting Valley, then travel to No. 3 Kennedy next Monday.

Raiders are rolling – No. 14 Rio Americano handed No. 15 Bear River its first loss of the season en route to winning the 22nd annual Lincoln Invitational at Lincoln High School.

Coach Jeff Hart's Raiders held off Bear River 44-37 in a Friday semifinal, and then topped Granite Bay 41-23 for the championship Saturday.

The Raiders also edged River Valley 51-49 in the tourney opener Thursday, thanks to Daizy Wilson's buzzer-beating layup.

Wilson, a junior, scored 39 points, had 15 rebounds and 13 steals in the three wins. Senior Elizabeth Moulton scored 50 points and had eight assists.


Records through Monday;

PR-previous ranking

1. Sacramento9-21
2. Oak Ridge11-22
3. Kennedy9-33
4. Pleasant Grove9-24
5. St. Francis7-35
6. Florin8-26
7. Nevada Union11-37
8. McClatchy11-010
9. Bradshaw Christian9-211
10. Christian Brothers7-68
11. Del Oro9-69
12. Monterey Trail10-513
13. Placer14-214
14. Rio Americano12-315
15. Bear River13-112
16. Davis11-317
17. Antelope9-216
18. Rocklin9-519
19. West Campus9-818
20. River City7-8

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