SACRAMENTO -- For the first time since 2010, the Berkeley High girls basketball team will not compete for a state championship.
The Yellowjackets had their run of consecutive CIF Northern regional Division I titles end with a 51-42 loss to Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove on Saturday at Sleep Train Arena.
No. 4 seeded Berkeley was trying for its fourth straight regional title and 13th overall.
Instead, the Eagles -- the No. 11 seed in the Northern regional tournament -- advance to next Friday's Division I state final against Canyon Springs-Moreno Valley.
Neither Berkeley nor Pleasant Grove won its league or section title, but both peaked in March. Pleasant Grove (25-9) was just a little better in the fourth quarter.
"I'm proud of this team. We got pretty far for a young team," said Berkeley senior Desire Finnie, who will play at Pacific next year. "It was a good season."
Finnie finished with 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Yellowjackets, but Berkeley (24-9) struggled to slow Eagles center Aaliyah Pena in the final quarter when she scored eight of her 13 points.
Berkeley led nearly the entire first half when the defenses dominated and both teams shot under 30 percent from the floor, but Pleasant Grove surged back in the third quarter.
After Finnie's jumper tied the game at 31 with 6:48 to play, Pleasant Grove went ahead for good on a layup by Brittany Nguyen, who finished with 14 points.
"We missed some layups that we can't afford to miss," Berkeley coach Cheryl Draper said. "Our shots were a little anxious."
Pena scored six straight points for the Eagles, and Patricia Castrence delivered the dagger, a 3-pointer with 1:44 left that gave Pleasant Grove a 48-39 lead.
The NorCal title is the first in school history for Pleasant Grove, which was also playing in the final for the first time. Berkeley is now 12-5 in NorCal championship games.
"They have a storied program," Pleasant Grove coach James McKeever said of Berkeley. "But we kind of looked at them like we looked at the last three teams in front of us. No one expected us to win."
Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman had 13 points for Berkeley.