Los Angeles Times

Freshmen lead Lynwood to title

- By Eric Sondheimer and Luca Evans

SACRAMENTO — Lynwood High’s talented freshmen, led by 14-year-old Jason Crowe Jr., put on an NBA-like show at the home of the Sacramento Kings on Friday afternoon to win the state Division V boys’ basketball championsh­ip 89-58 over Tollhouse Sierra.

It might be the start of something big since Lynwood started four freshmen.

“We set a goal before they leave to be in the Open Division,” Lynwood coach Jason Crowe Sr. said afterward.

His son, averaging 34 points, scored 36 in the win. Crowe Jr. made a threepoint­er from well beyond the top of the key in the third quarter that would have had LaMelo Ball cheering. Another freshman, Chace Holley, scored 24 points, making 10 of 13 shots.

Crowe’s 36 points ties the Division V state record and ranks behind only Glendora’s Tracy Murray (64 points), Cloverdale’s Craig McMillan (37) and Santa Margarita’s Klay Thompson (37) for most in a title game. Crowe finished the season with 1,293 points, third most in state history.

Division IV girls

L.A. Shalhevet 50, San Anselmo San Domenico 46:

Avenging a loss in last year’s Division V final, Shalhevet received 21 points and 13 rebounds from junior Yalee Schwartz to win the first state championsh­ip in school history for the Orthodox Jewish school. Arielle Grossman had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

“We worked for 365 days to get back here,” coach Ryan Coleman said.

Division III girls

Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos 65, Colfax 48: Freshman guard Jackie Polk shredded Colfax for 30 points. That tied the state record for most points in a Division III final.

“Jackie is a special talent,” coach Dawnesha Buckner said.

Division III boys

Oakland 59, Ventura Buena 43: Down 9-0 to start the game, Buena (31-6) could never adjust to Oakland’s quickness in dropping the Division III final. Money Williams scored 22 points for Oakland. Zane Carter led Buena with 19 points.

“Took the wrong night to go cold offensivel­y,” Buena coach Matt Colton said.

Division I girls

Oakland Tech 75, Corona Santiago 52: Despite 21 points from McKinley Willardson, the Sharks were beaten in the Division I final.

 ?? Luca Evans Los Angeles Times ?? JACKIE POLK is surrounded by teammates after leading Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos to a title.
Luca Evans Los Angeles Times JACKIE POLK is surrounded by teammates after leading Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos to a title.

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