Joe Davidson

NorCal basketball upper-division finals include four area teams

Woodcreek Timberwolves Jackson Hughes (15) and forward Will Larshin (10) celebrate after winning the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section basketball championship game between the Sheldon Huskies and the Woodcreek Timberwolves on March 4. The two teams face each other again Saturday at the CIF Northern California Regional finals.
Woodcreek Timberwolves Jackson Hughes (15) and forward Will Larshin (10) celebrate after winning the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section basketball championship game between the Sheldon Huskies and the Woodcreek Timberwolves on March 4. The two teams face each other again Saturday at the CIF Northern California Regional finals. aseng@sacbee.com

The CIF Northern California Regional finals include five area teams, but four will hit the road Saturday morning with the same destination: Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center.

At stake for those road teams – McClatchy and Oak Ridge girls, along with Woodcreek and Sheldon boys – is a much shorter trip to the CIF State Championships at Golden 1 Center next weekend.

In girls Division I, second-seeded McClatchy plays No. 4 Oak Ridge at 2 p.m.

The programs played in 2015 for the NorCal title at Sleep Train Arena, where McClatchy won. Last month, they met in the Sac-Joaquin Section D-I semifinals in Stockton, won by McClatchy 62-54.

McClatchy (30-4) is paced by guards Courtesy Clark, Jordan Cruz and Nia Lowery. Oak Ridge (23-10) is led by forwards Kassidy DeLapp and Marie Olson.

The nightcap is the boys’ Open Division championship at 8 p.m., featuring top-seeded Woodcreek (31-2) and No. 2 Sheldon (30-3). The teams met for the section D-I title on March 4 at UOP in Stockton with Woodcreek winning 69-68 on two free throws by Jordan Brown with a tenth of a second to play.

The schools have gone a combined 4-0 in NorCal Open competition to set up a rematch. Woodcreek, riding an 18-game winning streak, is paced by 6-foot-11 junior Jordan Brown and guards Jackson Hughes and Tyrell Roberts. Sheldon has been led by guards Elishja Duplechan and Drew Cobb and forward LJ Williams.

In Division IV girls, top-seeded West Campus will host No. 2 St. Joseph of Alameda at 6 p.m.

The winning teams advance to the state championships at Golden 1 Center March 24-25.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

CIF Northern California Regional Championships

Where: Leavey Center, Santa Clara

Who: McClatchy vs. Oak Ridge in girls Division I, 2 p.m.

Sheldon vs. Woodcreek, boys Open Division, 8 p.m.

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