Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits have won six out of seven CIF State Champions since 2006 – #TheJustinLumReport
Posted April 3, 2014 by Alforde Joaquin in
GetSportsFocus.com – The Long Beach Poly girls basketball team won it’s first state title in the CIF Open Division, totaling six out of seven state championships since the year 2006. The Jackrabbits (27-3) finished strong in a 70-52 win over the Salesian Pride (30-7) but the game was closer than what the final score implied.
In Mariya Moore’s last high school game, the Louisville-bound McDonald’s All-American fouled out with 5 minutes and 47 seconds left in the biggest game yet. Moore finished with a team-high 16 points but 10 came from the free-throw line. One of the best high school girls basketball players in Bay Area history already had three fouls in the first half as Salesian was down 36-23 at intermission.
Moore’s sophomore sister, Minyon scored 10 points and both sisters combined for 15 of Salesian’s 24 turnovers. Despite mistakes, the Pride fought back in the third quarter with a 16-0 run as Kian McNair (11 points) gave Salesian it’s first lead of the game at 39-36.
Long Beach Poly’s depth and physicality helped get the Jackrabbits back on top, out-rebounding the Pride 48-27. Tania Lamb sparked LBP’s hot start with three 3-pointers in the first half while freshman forward Ayanna Clark impressed with a game-high 19 points and 15 rebounds.
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