LONG BEACH -- St. Joseph of Santa Maria leads Windward, 27-20, at halftime of the Southern Section Division 4A girls' basketball championship game at the Pyramid.
St. Joseph jumped out to a 21-8 first-quarter lead, but Windward whittled away and closed to within seven at the half.
Kelsi English and Alyson Beebe each scored seven points in the first quarter to help St. Joseph build a double-digit lead.
Windward's Courtney Jaco scored seven points in the first half.
English ran into foul trouble, picking up her second in the second quarter, and finished with seven points in the half. Beebe leads all scorers with nine points at halftime.