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March 9, 2013Starting the next chapter of California state regional basketball playoffs, the Open Division tipped off on Friday with three girls and a pair of boys games. Modesto Christian traveled to the Bay Area for a win while St. Mary's-Stockton held on at Delta College.
No. 4 Sheldon beats No. 5 Serra 71-50: Sheldon beat Serra by 21 points to set up the anticipated semi-final with Salesian on Tuesday night as D'Erryl Williams and Darin Johnson each finished with 20 points. The Huskies used a big second quarter to open up this game and withstood a second half rally from Serra. Princeton bound Henry Caruso had 25 points after battling early foul trouble. Sheldon was given a surprising low seed at No. 4 despite being ranked No. 2 in Northern California for the second half of the year.
No. 6 Modesto Christian beats No. 3 Bishop O'Dowd 57-42: The Crusaders won all four quarters in beating the Dragons as the lone road team to win on Friday. The victory also avenged a regular season loss in Modesto last month. Pacific signees Raymond Bowles and Thomas Wallace each had 14 points while senior guard Zerrion Payton had 10 points and Anthony Townes had eight for Modesto Christian. Ivan Rabb had 12 points for Bishop O'Dowd with Michael Perri adding 13 points and sophomore point guard Paris Austin finishing with 10 points.
No. 1 Bishop O'Dowd beats No. 8 Brookside Christian 55-30: While Brookside Christian competed well early, the Dragons' size eventually won out for the second win of the year over the Knights. Up 10 at halftime, Bishop O'Dowd outscored the Knights 12-3 in the third quarter. Oderah Chidom finished 15 points and 13 rebounds and Breanna Brown had 13 and 13. Halie Schumacher led Brookside Christian with 11 points while junior guard Tiara Tucker had seven points.
No. 2 St. Mary's-Stockton beats No. 7 Miramonte 63-62: A back and forth game and the best contest of the Open Division's opening night, St. Mary's came out with a one point win after talented freshman Sabrina Ionescu (19 points, 10 rebounds, and eight steals) missed the front end of a one and one in the final seconds. The game pitted teams with similar styles of pressure defense and pushing tempo on offense in what could have easily been an Open Division semi-final. St. Mary's was led by freshman Kat Tudor with 19 points on four made threes. Sophomore guard Bri Moore added 18 points for the Rams.
No. 4 St. Mary's-Berkeley beats No. 5 Sacramento 43-31: The Panthers used stifling defense to move past Sacramento and set up a rematch with overall No. 1 Bishop O'Dowd. They used a 14-2 second quarter to take control of the quarterfinal match-up. St. Mary's boasts the top two juniors in the area and they played up to it on Friday. Gabby Green had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight steals and Mikayla Cowling had a team high 18 points with 11 rebounds and five steals. Sacramento junior post Ayanna Edwards finished with six points, nine rebounds and eight blocks.