Today's CIF State Championship games at a glance

Published: Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013 - 11:58 am


At Sleep Train Arena


Mater Dei-Santa Ana (33-2) vs. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose (29-4), 8 p.m.

Two of the nation's best players – Mitty 6-foot-8 senior Aaron Gordon (22.9 points, 16.5 rebounds) and Mater Dei 6-7 junior Stanley Johnson (19.2 points, 8.7 rebounds) – go head-to-head in the first boys Open Division championship game. The difference could be in the supporting casts, where Mater Dei holds the edge on paper with senior guards Elijah Brown (a Butler commit averaging 17.5 points) and Jordan Strawberry. Brown is the son of former Lakers coach Mike Brown and Strawberry the son of ex-major leaguer Darryl Strawberry. Mater Dei also can light it up; the Dons have made 251 three-pointers, averaging more than seven per game.


Windward-Los Angeles (32-0) vs. Bishop O'Dowd-Oakland (29-3), 6 p.m.

Windward may have the most dazzling girls player in the state in junior point guard Jordin Canada, whom former coach Steve Smith calls "a cross between Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson." She had 25 points to lead Windward to a 58-43 win over O'Dowd in a Southern California tournament in December and 17 points and 14 assists in Windward's 81-71 victory over two-time defending Division I state champion Mater Dei in the Southern California Regional Open Division title game. Windward, coached by former Stanford and WNBA player Vanessa Nygaard, also has USC-bound Courtney Jaco, who had 26 points in the win over Mater Dei and has made 142 three-pointers this season. O'Dowd counters with four Division I recruits, including 6-foot-4 Oderah Chidom.


Redondo Union-Redondo Beach (27-8) vs. College Park-Pleasant Hill (26-5), 4 p.m.

College Park, a No. 11 seed in the NorCal Regional tournament, pulled off a stunning 93-90 overtime upset of top-seeded Dublin in last Saturday's championship game. College Park has no starters taller than 6-3 and relies heavily on three-pointers, having made 244. Personifying the team's overachieving ways is 6-1 sophomore forward Joe DeMers, who's second on the team in scoring (11.1 points) and first in rebounding (5.1). Redondo Beach, riding a 20-game winning streak, also likes the perimeter game. Guards Ian Fox (15.4 points) and Derek Biale (13.2) have combined for 132 three-pointers.


Lynwood (28-5) vs. St. Francis- Mountain View (24-8), 2 p.m.

Lynwood, which has won 23 games in a row, beat four SoCal Regional playoff foes by an average of more than 22 points. Alize Lofton and 6-2 Amber Blockmon are headed to Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Northridge, respectively. St. Francis second-year coach Brian Harrigan won four state championships with Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco. While he doesn't have the talent of those teams, St. Francis plays with similar defensive ferocity. The Lancers held Lynbrook of San Jose to 19 points in the NorCal final, an all-time low for points allowed, regardless of division.


Pacific Hills-Los Angeles (28-4) vs. Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (32-3), noon

Pacific Hills won four tough SoCal Regional games, handing Bishop Montgomery of Torrance just its second loss of the season in the title game, 73-69. Senior guards Jahmel Taylor and Marcus Jackson have signed with Washington and Rice, respectively, and junior Namon Wright is a prolific scorer, too. Cardinal Newman is led by 6-6 Corey Hammel (16.2 points) and Kenny Love (11.1), who combined for 46 points in the Cardinals' 73-66 win over Archbishop Riordan in the NorCal final.


Serra-Gardena (29-5) vs. Salesian-Richmond (29-6), 10 a.m.

Salesian 5-11 wing Mariya Moore is one of the nation's top juniors, averaging 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists, while 6-4 junior Zoe Correal (9.5 points, 7.6 rebounds) is a force inside. Serra counters with three college scholarship signees in Siera Thompson (17.9 points, Michigan), Deandrea Toler (13.8 points, Oregon) and 6-3 Tatiana Howard (9.6 rebounds, Seattle).

Call The Bee's Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.

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