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No. 1 Sacramento girls basketball team tops No. 3 Kennedy to extend league streak

Published: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 - 9:00 pm

If Sacramento High School girls coach Michele Massari knows how many consecutive league games her team has won, she won't say.

The streak precedes her five years at the Oak Park charter school.

But the players are well aware of it. And no one wants to be a member of the team that sees "The Streak" end.

So Thursday's showdown at No. 3 Kennedy was more than a battle of Metro Conference unbeatens and defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions, Sacramento in Division III and Kennedy in D-I.

It turned into a stunning crowd pleaser with plenty of big plays, dramatic moments and, for Sacramento, a rare down-to-the-wire finish in league play.

Sacramento prevailed 53-49, extending its league winning streak – sorry, Michele – to 83 games. The top-ranked Dragons haven't lost a league contest since Jan. 18, 2006, when they were in the Capital Athletic League.

"We're aware of it, and we want to defend the history of the school every time we take the court," said senior Allie Green, who had a game-high 22 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor. It was her best performance of the season after she missed the 2011-12 campaign because of a knee injury.

The Pepperdine scholarship signee scored seven fourth-quarter points and hit two baskets late when Kennedy twice cut Sacramento's lead to two points.

Junior guard Zonyia Cormier added 11 points for Sacramento (15-2, 6-0), and freshman guard Aliceah Hernandez had seven, including two free throws with 7.7 seconds to play for the final margin of victory.

Senior post Dalayna Tyler-Scott led Kennedy (14-4, 5-1) with 14 points, versatile Lynette Johnson added 12, and Katie Lee had nine, all on three-pointers.

"I love these type of games," Massari said. "They help build our character."

Sacramento is off to its best start under Massari, having won its own St. Hope Classic and finished third in two prestigious out-of-area tournaments.

And more is ahead.

The Dragons will play Hanford at 1 p.m. Saturday and defending D-II state champion Archbishop Mitty of San Jose at 6 p.m. Monday in the Martin Luther King Showcase at St. Mary's High School in Stockton.

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