The Bay team may have had more college bound-talent and state championship game experience, but it was the Sacramento team’s day at the high school girls basketball senior all-star game Friday at the Norcal Courts in Martinez.
In particular, it was Brianna Burgos’ day.
The Sheldon High senior headed to Sonoma State scored 31 points to lead Sacramento back from an early deficit and to a 73-65 victory.
Sacramento outscored the Bay team 19-7 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
Early on, it looked like the Bay team might run away with the game. The squad, which featured East Bay players Elisha Davis, Jasmin Guinn, Shannon Mauldin, Taylor Kizziee and Greer Kleber, led 23-8 after the first quarter. Guinn, a starting guard on Berkeley High’s last two Division I state finalist teams, and Mauldin, who also played in two Division IV state title games in her career at St. Mary’s, converted back-to-back three-point plays in the period.
Then Burgos led the Sac team on its comeback. She hit three 3-pointers and scored 15 points in the second quarter as Sac closed the score to 38-32 at the half.
Burgos tied the game on her fifth 3-pointer with 6:40 left in the third period and Teylor McMiller of Lincoln-Stockton gave Sac its first lead on a free throw.
The Bay team regained a four-point lead heading into the final period, but managed just one field goal in the 10-minute period.
Bay got as close as 69-65 with 1:35 left, but Sacramento held on for the win.
“We couldn’t find a basket to save our lives,” said Davis, an Arizona State-bound point guard from Berkeley High, of the fourth quarter.
Guinn and Pepperdine-bound Amanda Lovely of Division II state champion Archbishop Mitty scored 12 points each to lead the Bay team.
Mauldin and Davis both added 11 points. Miramonte’s Kizziee had eight.
Davis said she appreciated the recognition that the all-star game, put on by PassThaBall, gave to her and the other participants.
“It was a fun game,” Davis said. “Coming in I knew some of the Sac girls, but not many. As for my own team, it was fun being with players from other (high school) teams.”
The game featured a total of 10 players who will continue their basketball careers next year in college with seven of them from the Bay squad.
Mauldin recently signed a letter of intent to join her older sister, Danielle, at Saint Mary’s College. Guinn, also a track and field standout, is headed to the Academy of Art and Kleber of Northgate will walk on at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Sac vs. Bay All-Star game
Sacramento 73, Bay 65
Wimbley 4 3-8 11, Littlejohn 1 2-2 5, Burgos 8 10-11 31, McMiller 3 3-5 9, Lundy 2 0-0 4, Klein 1 0-0 3, Hawkins 2 6-8 10. Totals 21 24-32 73.
Kizziee 4 0-0 8, Perez 2 1-1 5, Mauldin 5 1-1 11, Davis 3 2-2 11, Hamilton 3 0-0 6, Lovely 4 4-7 12, Guinn 4 3-5 12. Totals 23 11-17 65.
Sac 8 24 22 19— 73
Bay 23 15 20 7— 65
3-point goals: Burgos 5, Littlejohn, Klein; Davis 3, Guinn. Highlights: Burgos MVP.