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McClatchy Girls Fall to SoCal Squad in State Finale at Golden 1 Center

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Cheering on the McClatchy Lions at Golden 1 Center Friday night.

McClatchy High School, attempting to gain its second girls basketball CIF Division 1 state title in the past three years, had the hometown crowd Friday night at Golden 1 Center.

But the Windward Wildcats of Los Angeles came away with the 53-41 win over McClatchy, Sacramento’s second oldest high school. McClatchy had claimed the state title in 2015, and had taken down Oakridge High School of El Dorado Hills the week before to advance to the title game.

The McClatchy-Windward matchup was just one of the 12 Boys and Girls California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship games that took place Friday and Saturday at Golden 1 Center.

Other local area teams to play included Sacramento’s West Campus, who won the Division IV Girls title by beating Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga 63-55 Saturday morning, and Roseville’s Woodcreek, who dropped the Boys Open Division title game 74-67 to Torrance’s Bishop Montgomery.

McClatchy Girls Fall to SoCal Squad in State Finale at Golden 1 Center
Senior guard Sara Shimizu moves toward the basket during the fourth quarter.
McClatchy Girls Fall to SoCal Squad in State Finale at Golden 1 Center
Jordan Cruz, a four-year starter at McClatchy, is reportedly headed to Utah.
McClatchy Girls Fall to SoCal Squad in State Finale at Golden 1 Center
Windward players enjoy their state championship Friday night.
McClatchy Girls Fall to SoCal Squad in State Finale at Golden 1 Center
Despite night-long chants of “Beat LA,” directed towards Windward High School of Los Angeles, McClatchy couldn’t bring home the victory.
McClatchy Girls Fall to SoCal Squad in State Finale at Golden 1 Center
Windward coach Vanessa Nygaard, a former Stanford and WNBA star, celebrates the Wildcats’ win.
McClatchy Girls Fall to SoCal Squad in State Finale at Golden 1 Center
Senior Courtesy Clark (left) and Richelle Turney, a junior, during the post-game ceremony.

Photos by Steve Martarano

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Steve Martarano

Steve Martarano

A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.

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