KENTFIELD -- Salesian High girls basketball star Mariya Moore has forged a reputation as an elite scorer.

But it was her passing that was perhaps the key to the Pride's 74-56 victory over Miramonte at the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic at Marin Catholic on Monday.

The Louisville-bound Moore scored a team-high 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. But she had six of her 10 assists in the pivotal third quarter, in which Salesian (14-5) outscored Miramonte 22-10.

"Mariya showed such great leadership," Salesian coach Steve Pezzola said. "That's the best game she's played as a floor leader."

But this production isn't unusual for Moore, who posted a quadruple-double (21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals, 12 assists) in a 70-68 win over South Medford-Oregon on Saturday.

On Monday, Miramonte (15-1) took a 25-19 first-quarter lead behind a jaw-dropping offensive display by Sabrina Ionescu. The sophomore scored 19 of her game-high 34 points in the first quarter.

But Salesian battled back to trail by only one point at halftime (36-35). The Matadors started the second half strongly and held a 42-39 lead with 6 minutes, 33 seconds left in the third quarter.

But Moore then scored on a putback to start a game-changing 18-0 run by the Pride over the next 4:58. Moore produced five points and six assists in the run. The Pride led by double-digits the rest of the way.

"My teammates in the backcourt helped me get (the ball) to the middle of the floor, and I saw more," said Moore about her eight second-half assists.


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In the two teams' last meeting on Dec. 29, 2012, Moore fouled out in the fourth quarter with 12 points as the Pride fell 72-57 to Miramonte. But after picking up three first-half fouls on Monday, Moore didn't commit any more fouls the rest of the game.

Salesian post players Zoe Corral and Deja Stallworth scored 15 and 13 points respectively in the victory, including 18 of those points in the second half.

"The girls executed beautifully," said Pezzola about his team's play.

MLK Jr. Classic Salesian 74, Miramonte 56

Miramonte (15-1)

Reid 1 2-2 4, Delos Santos 2 0-0 5, Ionescu 11 8-10 34, Seals 1 2-4 5, Alford 2 4-8 8. Totals 17 16-24 56.

Salesian (14-5)

McNair 2 2-4 6, Minyon Moore 1 6-12 8, Mariya Moore 9 6-8 26, Horton 2 0-0 4, Correal 7 1-2 15, Crowder 1 0-0 2, Stallworth 6 1-1 13. Totals 28 16-27 74.

Miramonte          25          11          10          10--          56

Salesian          19          16          22          17--          74

3-point goals: Ionescu 4, Delos Santos, Seals, Mariya Moore 2. Highlights: S -- Mariya Moore 15 rebounds, 10 assists; Correal 4 rebounds; McNair 3 rebounds, 5 assists; M -- Ionescu 9 rebounds, 2 steals; Reid 6 rebounds, 5 assists; Alford 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.