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Inderkum girls, West Campus boys lose in NorCal basketball finals

The trip to Napa County for two upstart teams hoping for another night of magic was scenic and memorable, but the results were not nearly as rewarding.

The high school basketball season came to a crushing halt for the Inderkum girls and the West Campus boys on Saturday night at American Canyon in the CIF Northern California Regional Championships.

Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco broke open a tight game in the second half for a 70-51 victory over Inderkum in Division III after an improbable finish for West Campus against Palma of Salinas.

In that D-IV contest, the Warriors led by 12 points with under five minutes to play, but they stalled from there in a flood of missed free throws, missed shots and an inability to make stops, allowing the Chieftains of the Central Coast Section to win 58-56 on the strength of a closing 14-0 run.

Inderkum (24-9) tied Rio Linda and River Valley for the Tri-County Conference title, lost to Christian Brothers in a Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal and won three NorCal road games to get to American Canyon, where its momentum finally ran out. Guard Kaliya Griffin led Inderkum with 20 points in her prep finale.

West Campus finished a school-record 29-6, but the Warriors were unable to win a championship.

They lost twice in league play to Golden Empire League champion Capital Christian, including 78-77 in double overtime. They fell to Central Catholic of Modesto 47-46 in the section D-IV title game at Sleep Train Arena when a potential game-winning basket inside the lane just missed. But West Campus bounced back, including beating top-seeded Half Moon Bay 47-39 in a NorCal semifinal.

Jamaree Bouyea gave Palma a 58-56 lead on a three-point play with 29.7 seconds to go.

Isaiah Bates scored 17 points and Jeryn Lucas 16 for West Campus. Wyatt Maker and Bouyea led Palma with 22 and 19, respectively.

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