SACRAMENTO -- When an offensive foul was called on Salesian High girls basketball star Mariya Moore with 5 minutes, 47 seconds left in Saturday's CIF Open Division state girls championship game, it marked the end of an era.
Moore, one of the best high school girls basketball players in East Bay history, fouled out on the play and a great rally by the Pride was severely hampered. Long Beach Poly outscored Salesian 20-8 the rest of the way to win 70-52 at Sleep Train Arena.
"There was not very much I could do about it," said the Louisville-bound Moore about the final call. "I go as hard as I can, and if there's a charge, there's a charge."
Moore finished with 16 points, all in the first three quarters, for Salesian (30-7). Moore, who played in two straight Division IV state title games before this year, also had 10 rebounds.
She picked up her third foul in the second quarter but helped lead a ferocious rally by the Pride in the third quarter with nine points. She picked up her fourth foul in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
There were 58 fouls called in the game -- 31 on Salesian and 27 on Long Beach Poly (27-3) -- and 77 free throws attempted.
"I would think that in an Open Division championship game, it would be decided by the players playing," Salesian coach Steve Pezzola said.
Salesian trailed 19-15 early in the second quarter, but two free throws by Lajahna Drummer started a 17-8 run for the Jackrabbits, as the half ended with Long Beach leading 36-23.
But Salesian scored the first 16 points of the third quarter, with Moore and junior Kian McNair each scoring seven, to take a 39-36 lead. McNair finished the game with 11 points and Minyon Moore had 10 for the Pride.
"We went to our most aggressive press, the 1-2-1-1 ... our energy level picked up, and we were able to turn them over," said Pezzola about the run. "I think we rebounded better in that stretch."
"I don't think in my history of coaching I've seen that against one of my squads," said longtime Long Beach Poly coach Carl Buggs about Salesian's 16-0 run.
But an inside basket by Poly's Briana Johnson ended the Pride's run and started a 12-3 one for the Jackrabbits, who ended the third quarter with a 48-42 lead.
Long Beach Poly freshman Ayanna Clark led all scorers with 19 points, including 14 in the second half.
The Jackrabbits also got 13 points from Tania Lamb and 11 from Drummer.