Lady Jackets head to Norcal championships

The Lady Yellowjackets beat Oak Ridge last night and will play in the Norcal final on Saturday. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD

Berkeley High’s girls basketball team beat Oak Ridge High School 49-38 last night to earn a place in Saturday’s Norcal final against Kennedy-Sacramento. The win took the Yellowjackets record to 26-2. The team are ranked number one in Division I for Norcal and fourth in the statewide rankings.

Writing to the BHS community yesterday to encourage people to come out and support the team, Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi said: “I am incredibly proud of all of our student athletes, and have a particular affinity for the positive impact that athletics can play in the lives and development of our young women. … This is a very talented group of young ladies that are, among other things, simply fun to watch.”

The Norcal final will be at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Kennedy-Sacramento, with a 26-8 record, are ranked 51st in the state.

If the Lady Jackets win on Saturday, they will return to the Power Balance Pavilion for the state final, against either top-ranked Mater Dei or third-ranked Long Beach Poly from Socal. Mater Dei beat BHS in the state final last year, 59-47.

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  • Meliflaw

    Go, Jackets! This is the team that produced the unstoppable Brittany Boyd, the rookie point guard who’s helped Cal WBB to a #8 seed at the NCAAs this year.

  • Tim

    I’ll make my same comment about parochial schools that I’ve said before…public schools should play similar sized public schools and parochial schools should play each other. They don’t play by the same rules, they recruit and give scholarships, which often attract top players. They shouldn’t be given the shot as top in the state.

  • Meliflaw

    Fascinating. I know very little about high school basketball, and so hadn’t considered the scholarship angle. The cliche is that parochial schools just teach the basics so well, etc., but obviously there’s more to it than that. Thanks.

  • Chris

    Go Jackets!

  • Tim

    Brit and the Cal Bears play Sunday at 9AM…on one of the ESPN channels. Go Jackets and Bears!