Star guard Mariya Moore scored a game-high 23 points in Salesian’s huge 61-42 win over league rival St. Mary’s of Berkeley Tuesday night in the CIF Open Division Northern regional semifinals.
The decisive victory sends fourth-seeded Salesian to Saturday’s regional finals at Sleep Train Arena, the home of the Sacramento Kings. The Pride will face No. 6 Miramonte (30-1), which upset No. 2 Carondelet 92-78 in their semifinal game.
The top-seeded St. Mary’s (27-8) opened Tuesday’s game against Salesian with a 8-5 lead after the first quarter, but the Pride (29-6) took over with a 22-12 second quarter and outscored the Panthers by eight points in the fourth.
Throughout Salesian’s playoff run, Louisville-bound Moore has shown why she’s one of the nation’s top-ranked players. She followed up a 35-point gem against St. Ignatius on Friday with another standout performance Tuesday. In addition to 23 points against St. Mary’s, she had 14 rebounds, six steals and three assists, according to statistics provided to MaxPreps.com.
Her sister, sophomore Minyon Moore, also came up big Tuesday with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals. Zoe Correal and JulieAnne Martin each added six points and Taylor Crowder and Kian McNair had five apiece. Correal, the Pride’s fearless center, also had nine rebounds and two blocks.