Berkeley falls to powerhouse
Berkeley High girls basketball player Desire Finnie (11) goes up for a layup in the first half of a West Coast Jamboree Platinum Division first-round game against St. Mary's-Stockton at Las Positas College on Dec. 27. Despite 11 points and nine rebounds from Finnie, St. Mary's won the game 86-49. Freshman Mia Finnie scored six of her team-high 12 points in the first quarter for Berkeley. On Dec. 28, Berkeley was edged by Malcolm X. Shabazz-Newark (N.J.) 51-46. Shabazz was No. 4 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national high school girls basketball rankings at press time.Berkeley beat Sacramento 51-42 in the seventh-place game on Dec. 30.