South San Francisco girls basketball team wins first section title

No one could turn the lights out on the South San Francisco girls basketball team on Saturday. The Warriors claimed their first Central Coast Section title in school history, beating defending champion Aptos 66-50 on Saturday night

The game was delayed an hour and moved from Independence High School to neighboring Piedmont Hills due to a power outage in an earlier game. With Brittney Cedeno out due to an ankle injury suffered in Tuesday’s practice, South San Francisco (26-4) spread out the scoring. Jerlene Miller dominated in the post, with 17 points and 17 rebounds, including nine of the team’s 25 offensive boards. 5-foot-1 guard Kayla Jew scored 13 and freshman Alex Salise, the heir to Cedeno’s throne, scored 14 as the Warriors outscored the Mariners 36-14 in the second half.

It was a far cry from last year, when the Mariners ousted South City in the semifinals. Aptos (25-4) held a 36-30 lead at the break but was held in check down the stretch. The Mariners got a game-high 22 points from Natalia Ackerman, who was 10-of-13 at the line, plus 12 from Hannah Hocom and 10 from Abby Pardue, but they committed 19 turnovers against a relentless Warrior press and couldn’t find any offensive momentum in the second half.

Jacob C. Palmer

Jacob C. Palmer is the sports editor of the San Francisco Examiner. Reach him at (415) 359-2729 and Follow him on Twitter: @jacobc_palmer.

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