OAKLAND -- The McClymonds High girls basketball team used its long-range shooting to gain a first-quarter lead and never trailed to set history in the Oakland Section championship game, beating Oakland Tech 47-40 on Thursday at Merritt College.
Warriors coach Dennis Flannery said it had been at least 37 years since the McClymonds girls squad had won a section title.
"We're part of history," said McClymonds senior Ahjahna Coleman, who had a pair of 3-pointers in a key first-quarter run and finished with 11 points.
The Warriors (25-3) had four 3-pointers in the first quarter, with the last of them by Gabby Gaines, giving McClymonds a 16-8 lead in the final minute of the quarter. McClymonds had eight 3-pointers in the game, including three each by Gaines and Coleman.
"We're a good shooting team. It just came to us," Coleman said. We saw the open looks and we just took them."
Oakland Tech (21-6) rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter and cut McClymonds' lead to 44-40 with 16 seconds left on a basket by Ameela Li. But it would get no closer, as Romanalyn Inocencio hit a free throw on the ensuing possession and Gaines buried two free throws with one second left for the final margin of victory.
"It's nice to bring it back to the Mack house," said Flannery about the title.
Gaines had 12 points for McClymonds and teammate Breannie Robinson grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Inocencio passed for eight assists. Oakland Tech's London Robinson led all scorers with 18 points and also had 10 rebounds, 5 steals and three assists. Li had seven rebounds and six assists.