PHOTO ESSAY: Kennedy falls to Berkeley in NorCal finals

Kennedy senior Amayla Greer gets surrounded by Berkeley defenders during a play.

Kennedy High School’s State Championship run came to an end Saturday as #1 seeded Berkeley knocked off the Cougars 56-38 at Power Balance Pavilion in the NorCal regional finals.

Junior forward Lynette Johnson scored a game-high 19 points and senior guard Lori Wong finished with 8 points.

Berkeley’s offense prevailed and lead the entire game; senior and Arizona State bound guard Elisha Davis of the Berkeley Yellowjackets scored 17 points, which included four three-pointers.

The 2012 Sac-Joaquin champion Kennedy Cougars end the season with an overall record of 26-9 and won all of its playoff games leading up to Berkeley. This was Kennedy’s fourth appearance in the NorCal finals.

Berkeley won its record 11th NorCal title in its 16th appearance.

Kennedy sophomore guard Jessica Lauderdale (left) is heavily guarded by Berkeley senior guard Elisha Davis (right).

Senior Kennedy guard Lori Wong (#3) dribbles the ball up the court. Wong said after the game: "We’ve come a long way from when we first started. We’re together as a team, more like sisters than anything else and without each other, we couldn’t have gotten this far."

Senior Kennedy forward Amayla Greer (left) reaches for the ball while being guarded by junior Berkeley forward Rachel Howard.

Senior Kennedy guard Mele Kolokihakaufisi (left) drives toward the basket against Berkeley defenders.

Kennedy senior Amayla Greer (right) positions to catch the rebound after a shot while being surrounded by Berkeley defenders.

Kennedy head coach Dave Parsh answers questions to the media during the postgame press conference. Said Parsh: "Right now there’s a little bit of a sting on losing the game, but the big picture is that it was an incredible run. This group of girls put together an amazing month of postseason basketball. Every game we won was a close game, the grit and the fight of this team has just been a pleasure to be around."

Senior Kennedy guard Jessica Lauderdale attempts to shoot a free-throw.

Senior Kennedy guard Lori Wong (left) attempts a three-point shot against senior Berkeley guard Jasmin Guinn (right).

Sophomore Kennedy guard Jessica Lauderdale practices a lay-up before the game.

Senior Kennedy guard Lori Wong (right-center) races to the hoop against senior Berkeley guard Elisha Davis (left-center).

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March 18, 2012 | 11:19 AM

GO JACKETS!!

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