CIF state basketball championships
Saturday at Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento
Girls Division IV
Gardena Serra (29-5) vs. Richmond Salesian (29-7), 10 a.m. Serra has won state titles in football, boys' basketball and track and field. Now the girls' basketball team is on the verge of breaking through, led by Michigan-bound Siera Thompson, who had 24 points in the regional final. Mariya Moore, a 5-11 junior, is averaging 18 points for Salesian. The pick: Serra.
Boys Division IV
West Hollywood Pacific Hills (28-4) vs. Santa Rosa Cardinal Newman (32-3), noon. It's all about the guards in this game. Jahmel Taylor (Washington commit), Marcus Jackson (Rice) and junior Namon Wright are future college players for Pacific Hills. Cardinal Newman guard Kenny Love had 26 points in the regional final. The pick: Pacific Hills.
Girls Division II
Lynwood (28-5) vs. Mountain View St. Francis (24-8), 2 p.m. Alize Lofton, a 6-foot guard headed to Cal State Bakersfield, is a shooter and scorer for the Knights. Center Amber Blockmon held her own last week against McDonald's All-American Erica McCall. Lynwood is seeking its fourth state title. The pick: Lynwood.