- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Freshman Ayanna Clark had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead Long Beach Poly to a 70-52 victory over Salesian Saturday in the California Open Division girls’ championship at Sleep Train Arena.

Lajahna Drummer added 11 points for the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits of Long Beach (27-3).

Mariya Moore had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Salesian Pride of Richmond (30-7)).

Long Beach Poly coach Carl Buggs praised Clark and the other reserve players for helping the team capture its sixth state title in seven appearances.

“Some of the starters didn’t play very well because of foul trouble,” Buggs said. “But … when (the reserves) were called upon they did a tremendous job tonight.”

The Jackrabbits started the game with three consecutive three-pointers, while Salesian made only two buckets from the floor and fell behind 19-9 in the first quarter.

Salesian’s full-court press helped the Pride go on a 6-0 run early in the second quarter, but it didn’t hold up for long.

Long Beach Poly increased its lead by 16 points before ending the half ahead 36-23.

With Mariya Moore back in the game, Salesian mounted a 16-0 run to take a 39-36 lead with less than five minutes in the third quarter. Moore scored seven points during that span.

Long Beach Poly finally scored on a basket by Briana Johnson with 3:29 left and ended the quarter with a 12-2 run and a 48-42 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Moore was sent to the bench for good after picking up two straight offensive fouls. Long Beach Poly outscored Salesian 21-10 in the fourth quarter to win.

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