Monday, May 25, 2015

Brittany Byrd, Fairfax basketball

Brittany Byrd looks to end her high school career with a championship. Photo by Jason Lewis


Narbonne coach Victoria Sanders is looking for her second City title. She led Narbonne to the championship in 2008, but they lost in the title game the past two years. Photo by Ken Brooks

No. 1 Narbonne faces No. 2 Fairfax for the City championship

By Jason Lewis

Sentinel Sports Editor

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There have not been any surprises in the girl’s bracket of the City Section basketball playoffs, as top seeded Narbonne and second seeded Fairfax took care of business in semifinal match ups.

Narbonne was supposed to knock off No. 5 Carson, but leading into the game Narbonne had some demons that they needed to exorcise.

Two years ago Carson defeated Narbonne for the City championship and last season Narbonne was the clear favorites to win the title, as they routed every City opponent that they played that season. But in the championship game they faced Carson again, and Carson raced out to a large lead and never looked back.

Could Carson do in Narbonne again, or would Narbonne finally get the Carson monkey off their backs?

Well Narbonne answered that question really quick by taking a 15 point halftime lead and then cruising to an easy 72-34 victory.

Guard Kim Pickett scored 23 points and forward Tori Breshers had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Narbonne has won three titles in the last 10 years, but they are seeking their first championship since 2008. Seniors Pickett and Breshers will be looking to end their careers with a ring, but Fairfax seniors Danah Haley and Brittany Byrd are looking to end their high school careers on that same note.

Fairfax was met with some resistance from third seeded El Camino Real. Fairfax only had a one point lead at halftime, but a 14-2 third quarter gave them control of the game. The final score was 44-37, but late in the game there was not much of a threat of El Camino Real pulling off a last minute comeback.

Narbonne and Fairfax played earlier this season in what was thought to be a preview of the City title game. In that game Narbonne hit a couple key 3-point baskets late in fourth period to give them a 54-51 victory at the Fairfax L.A. City Showcase tournament.

In that game Narbonne held an eight-point halftime lead, but Fairfax took a one-point lead with just under three minutes to play in the game. Clutch long range shooting at the end of the game gave the victory to Narbonne.

These two teams put on a great show in their first contest, so look for more of the same when they face off for the City Championship this Saturday at CSU Dominguez Hills at 6 p.m.

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