3 Oakland high school girls basketball teams headed to state finals

Not one, not two, but three Oakland girls basketball teams are heading to the CIF State Championships in Sacramento this weekend.

Bishop O’Dowd (Division 1), Oakland (D2) and Oakland Tech (D3) all won Northern California title games Tuesday to advance to Golden 1 Arena on Friday or Saturday.

“It’s a great day for the city, a great day for our league,” Oakland coach Orlando Gray said. “Our league (the Oakland Athletic League) doesn’t get much respect, but I think it will now.”

Gray’s second-seeded Wildcats (29-5) won their 18th straight game and took their first NorCal title with a 49-38 win over visiting Union Mine (23-8), the 16th seed. The Wildcats next face McFarland in a 2 p.m. title game Friday.

Morgan Dunbar scored a team-high 19 points and Kya Pearson drilled three 3-pointers in the first half, when she scored 13 of her 16 points. Khirah McCoy and Mae Alexander did a super job defensively, according to Gray.

“I’m just so happy for the kids,” Gray said. “They’ve put in the time together. They earned this.”

Fourth-seeded O’Dowd (24-9) won its fourth NorCal title with a 68-59 home victory over sixth-seeded Bear Creek (30-6), thanks to 19 points from Kennedy Johnson, 15 by Jada Holland and 14 from Kayla Hankins. The Dragons fell behind early, but a 21-10 run in the second quarter paved the way to a state-final appearance against Rosary Academy-Fullerton. Their state-title game will be 6 p.m. Friday.

Fourth-seeded Oakland Tech (29-6) jumped out 9-0 at second-seeded Menlo-Atherton (19-12), fell behind by five, caught up at halftime and used a 14-6 run in the third to post a 59-46 victory. Stephanie Okowi, a 6-foot junior, had 20 points and Tiffany Sui added 17 for Oakland Tech, which goes after its third state title at 10 a.m. Saturday against Northview-Covina. Erica Fischer had 17 points for Menlo-Atherton.

“I’m so happy for the city of Oakland and all the kids who get to play on the big stage on Saturday,” Tech coach Leroy Hurt said.

Menlo School-Atherton 53, Enterprise-Redding 38: In D2, host and top-seed Menlo (25-5) won their fourth Northern California title and now play Rolling Hills Prep-San Pedro in Saturday’s 2 p.m. state championship. The Knights, who started the game on a 16-4 run, won state titles three straight years, starting in 1989.

Pinewood-Los Altos Hills 64, Salesian-Richmond 49: In the Open championship at Gunn-Palo Alto, Klara Astrom scored 27 points and the second-seeded Panthers (27-3) won their 10th NorCal title after a slow start. Pinewood next plays Sierra Canyon at 6 p.m. Saturday in the state-title game. Fourth-seeded Salesian (25-9), coming off a big upset at top-seeded Mitty, owned a 19-12 edge at the end of the first quarter. But Pinewood, which also got 10 points apiece from Hannah Jump and Kaitlyn Leung, outscored the Pride 32-17 over the next two quarters to take control. Angel Jackson had 16 points and McKayla Edwards 10 for the Pride. Pinewood simply had too much Astrom, a 5-9 senior. “We knew they would key on (Stanford-bound Jump) because she’s the best shooter in the country,” Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler said. “That really opened it up for Klara. She was our attack person.”

MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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