Berkeley High's girls basketball team didn't look overmatched in the opening minutes of its West Coast Jamboree Platinum Division first-round game with St. Mary's-Stockton on Friday afternoon.
The Yellowjackets were forcing turnovers and getting decent looks at the basket at Las Positas College in Livermore.
Then, reality hit.
The Rams showed why they are one of the top teams in the state, closing the first quarter on a 17-6 run that eventually became a 44-12 run that continued into the second half. St. Mary's eventually won 86-49, and Berkeley coach Cheryl Draper spent a good 15 minutes after the game in the locker room with her team.
"We were talking about what we learned as a team," Draper said of the meeting. "It wasn't really a lot of corrections but more about, since we're so young, they need to be able to verbally identify what they did learn.
"They didn't know where to make the next passes, which is something St. Mary's is going to make you do. They're going to make you make mistakes."
The Yellowjackets (6-3) led 6-3 in the early going and forced five turnovers in the first four minutes. Freshman Mia Finnie scored six of her team-high 12 points in the first quarter for Berkeley.
However, things really fell apart for Berkeley in the second quarter. The Rams' full-court 2-2-1 zone pressure discombobulated the Yellowjackets, forcing 11 turnovers in the period. Berkeley managed only eight field-goal attempts in the quarter. St. Mary's (8-2) outscored the Yellowjackets 25-6 to hold a 45-18 lead at halftime.
Five Rams scored in double-figures in the game, led by Brijanee Moore with 21. Berkeley senior Desire Finnie scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Salesian 67, Malcolm X. Shabazz-Newark (N.J.) 56: The Pride (6-2) outscored the Bulldogs 26-9 in the fourth quarter to hand highly regarded Shabazz its first loss of the season in a West Coast Jamboree Platinum Division first-round game at Las Positas.
Shabazz (1-1), which is No. 4 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings, was tied with Salesian before a key sequence in the fourth quarter. A foul and technical by Shabazz's Altiliyah Butler led to six straight Salesian points -- two free throws apiece by Minyon Moore and Mariya Moore and then a layup by Deja Stallworth on the ensuing inbounds play by Salesian. The Pride did not trail after that.
Mariya Moore scored a game-high 22 points and also had 14 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Kian McNair added 12 points for the Pride. Doniyah Cliney scored a team-high 16 points for Shabazz.