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Sports - March 20, 2009

Lady Mustangs victorious at NorCal basketball

by Troy Dillingham

The Mustangs girls basketball team continued its historic run by beating No. 2-seeded Kennedy-Sacramento 42-25 at Arco Arena on Saturday for the school's first ever Northern California basketball title.

The Mustangs' suffocating defense was what led them to victory in this game, overcoming an uncharacteristic sloppy offensive night. In the first half, Dani Rabago carried the Mustangs with 10 of her 11 points while Niveen Rasheed would finish as the team's leading scorer with 12 points.

However, it was Rasheed's defense that was superb on this night; she would finish with 10 rebounds, two blocked shots, and countless forced turnovers. This team looks to continue and finish off its historic run by taking on Poly of Long Beach, a perennial power from Southern California, for the Division I State Championship Title. The game will tip-off at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at Arco Arena in Sacramento.

Men's Basketball

The Monte Vista boys basketball team looked to add one more astounding win to its fantastic season, after defeating Folsom High School at St. Mary's, but in the end came up just 3 points short.

Taking on defending state champion McClymonds on Saturday night, the Mustangs pushed the Warriors to the brink of elimination. After maintaining a lead for virtually the entire first half, the Mustangs went down by 5 but never once gave up.

Senior leader Brian Barbour pushed a missed dunk by McClymonds and coolly sunk a 3-pointer and would finish with 18 points for the game. Only seconds later, senior Mark Appel would spot up and nail his second 3-pointer of the game to give Monte Vista a 36-35 lead.

It was this effort that had come to be expected from Monte Vista, but eventually Mack took a lead and distanced themselves just enough, winning 46-43. Zach Ertz would come inches away from hitting a time expiring 3-point heave to tie the game.

It may not be the result the players wanted, but the 2008-09 Monte Vista Men's Basketball Team will go down as the most successful boys team in school history, winning its second NCS Champion title and making it to the Northern California Championship game. They are going to put their paint on the wall.

Carondelet wins Division II

Carondelet won NorCal Division II, beating Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills, 60-50, and will face Brea-Olinda at 6 p.m. Friday for the state championships.