- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lexi Tubbs had 11 points and 10 rebounds in Modesto Christian’s 64-55 victory over Santa Barbara in the California Division III girls’ championship at Sleep Train Arena.

Lailoni Gaines added 10 points and 12 rebounds Friday for the Crusaders of Modesto (27-8).

Amber Melgoza led the Santa Barbara Dons (30-6) with 30 points.

Santa Barbara was trailing 16-10 until Melgoza made five of six free throws and Jada Howard added two during a 11-2 run to give the Dons a 21-18 lead. Modesto Christian regrouped to end the first half leading 27-25.

When the Dons got within one point in the third quarter, Modesto Christian raced off to a 10-4 lead, which included seven points in 35 seconds. The Crusaders never looked back.


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