High-SchoolCalifornia: Sacramento

Final Cal-Hi Sports Girls BB Top 40

April, 5, 2012
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California high school girls basketball,CIF Southern Section championshipsMark Tennis/ESPNHSAdrianna Brodie, Jillian Alleyne and Brooklyn Jackson are from No. 11 Summit of Fontana.
Not one but two teams from Huntington Beach finish in the top 20 for the final rankings. Among those getting nods in expanded version are Alemany, Troy, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Pleasant Grove.

There really weren’t any surprises in this year’s five CIF state championship games contested at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento.

The way ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 No. 8 Mater Dei handled Berkeley 57-40 in the D1 title game, based on what teams did against the Monarchs in the Southern Regional playoffs, re-shuffled the rankings of the Northern California teams, but not that much.

Many of the assembled pundits thought the Bishop O’Dowd game with Laguna Hills might be a test for the Dragons, but coach Malik McCord’s girls showed why many consider them a possible top five national team coming into next season.

In the end, four of the five CIF state champions got into the top 40 final rankings and writeups. D5 champ Brookside Christian was considered as well, but had to be behind one too many D1 teams from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.

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Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Week

March, 2, 2012
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Sac High’s Jasmine Ware inspires her teammates and coaches with the way she plays after the obstacles she has overcome.

The expression “it takes a village to raise a child” probably couldn’t be more appropriate than in relation to the circumstances Jasmine Ware of the Sacramento High girls basketball team has faced.

When the 3.2 GPA UC Santa Barbara-bound student-athlete was a sophomore, her mother, Darlene Ware, passed away.

This year, after getting off to a solid start to begin her senior season, the 5-foot-10 guard/forward injured her knee and initially was thought to be done for the season.

Ware ended up missing 10 games on what turned out to be a bruised bone in her knee.

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