It’s rematch time for The Bee’s top-ranked girls basketball teams.
No. 1 McClatchy beat visiting Pittsburg 54-25 on Tuesday night in a CIF Northern California Division I regional semifinal, and No. 2 Oak Ridge topped Berkeley 58-49 in El Dorado Hills in the other semifinal.
The teams will meet for the large-school championship on Saturday at Sleep Train Arena at 2 p.m.
McClatchy (25-7) beat Oak Ridge (27-4) 56-40 in a Sac-Joaquin Section D-I semifinal on March 3 at Pacific. Both teams sensed a rematch could be in the works, and defense paved the way.
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Energizer point guard Lauren Nubla scored 16 points and had seven rebounds and four assists for McClatchy, and Gigi Garcia shook off a slow-scoring night – she had two points – to contribute 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Fellow Lions forward Destiny Lee had six points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
In beating longtime power Berkeley, a North Coast Section program that sought its 13th NorCal title and seventh since 2007, Oak Ridge earned a shot at its second NorCal title since 2010. Hailey McCoy had 14 points to lead Oak Ridge, and Grace Derksen, Isamar Conde and Shelby Peters had 12, 10 and eight points, respectively.
Solomon Young powered inside for 26 points, including some crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunks, and had 11 rebounds and four blocked shots as top-seeded Sacramento beat No. 4 St. Mary’s of Stockton 86-60 in a D-II semifinal in Oak Park with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in attendance.
Christian Terrell had 15 for the Dragons (28-5), and Sayvon Hines and Stephen Matthews added 11 each. Sacramento plays second-seeded Mitty of San Jose for the title Saturday at Sleep Train at noon. Mitty beat No. 6 Cosumnes Oaks 73-64 in the other semifinal.
▪ Fourth-seeded Capital Christian beat No. 1 Marin Catholic in Kentfield in a D-IV semifinal as Justice Shelton-Mosley scored 21 points and Ryan Chappell had 12 of his 14 points in the second half. Edward Ware had 14 and Tiegen Jones 10 for the Cougars, who face Saint Mary’s of Berkeley for the title Saturday at 4 p.m. at American Canyon High School. Saint Mary’s, seeded 11th, beat No. 2 Cardinal Newman 61-43 in the other semifinal.
▪ Open Division top seed Bishop O’Dowd, ranked No. 1 in the state, beat Folsom 75-57 at Laney College in a semifinal as guard Paris Austin and McDonald’s All-American Ivan Rabb scored 22 points each. Jordan Ford had 12 for Folsom and Josiah Deguara 11. O’Dowd plays Modesto Christian for the title at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Though Rabb, who had 15 rebounds, has drawn national attention as the top recruit in the country, Folsom coach Mike Wall was also impressed with Austin, headed to Boise State.
“Paris Austin was the difference,” Wall said. “He was uncontrollable. He scored at will – anytime he wanted.
“That’s as good a performance by a point guard in a big game as I’ve ever seen at this level. Boise State got an absolute steal.”