St. Leander and St. Leo the Great Eighth Grade champions and runners up.
Sixth graders from St. John, San Lorenzo and St. Leo the Great join in a closing prayer after the last game.
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Close game decides Eighth Grade
The final results of the 2014 Girls' CYO Basketball Playoffs saw new champions crowned in each grade division and included a hotly contested one-point game to decide the Eighth Grade championship.
The Eighth Grade championship was an intense and seesaw contest with the St. Leander "Gaels" winning over the St. Leo the Great "Lions," 42-41. In the fourth quarter, with 9 seconds to play, Zakiya Mahoney from St. Leo scored to tie the game at 41. The St. Leander team then drove the ball down court and "Gael" player Alaysia Scott was fouled while shooting with less than a second on the clock. In front of a packed yet silent gym, and shooting two free throws, she missed the first, but sank the second to give her team the victory, 42-41. High scorers for the "Gaels" were Anyla Bailey and Sydney Mendoza-Beck with 10 apiece. High scorer for the "Lions" was Zakiya Mahoney with 15.
The Seventh Grade championship game featured speed vs. height, with the tall team from St. John, El Cerrito, winning over St. Felicitas, San Leandro, 35-25. High scorer for St. John's was Mya Moore with 12 with Alexa Domdoma scoring 10 for St. Felicitas.
The high-scoring Fifth Grade championship was noteworthy as the St. Martin de Porres "Bulldogs," Oakland, won their first-ever girls' CYO basketball diocesan championship by defeating St. John, San Lorenzo, 48-22. The "Bulldogs" were led by De'Aunah Henderson who scored 26 points. Valerie Santos from St. John scored 13 points.
The results of all the championship games at Moreau Catholic High School were:
Eighth Grade — St. Leander, San Leandro, defeated St. Leo the Great, Oakland, 42-41
Seventh Grade — St. John, El Cerrito, defeated St. Felicitas, San Leandro, 35-25
Sixth Grade — St. John the Baptist, San Lorenzo, defeated St. Leo the Great, 37-12
Fifth Grade — St. Martin de Porres, Oakland, defeated St. John, San Lorenzo, 48-22
Fourth Grade — Assumption, San Leandro, defeated St. Leo the Great, Oakland, 12-6
The annual weekend event concluded the basketball season for girls, with games played in gyms at Moreau Catholic High School (Hayward), St. Joachim, (Hayward), St. Leo the Great (Oakland) and St. Theresa (Oakland).
Forty teams represented their leagues in the annual playoffs, which marked the end of the Girls' CYO basketball league play for the spring. Teams playing from the eastern half of the diocese finished their season in March. More than 300 teams competed in girls' CYO basketball this past year.
Other parishes and Catholic schools in the playoffs included: St. Patrick (Rodeo), St. Anne (Union City), St. Clement (Hayward), St. Joachim (Hayward), St. Joseph (Pinole), St. Joseph (Fremont), St. Joseph (Alameda), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Fremont), Holy Spirit (Fremont), St. Edward (Newark), St. Theresa (Oakland), Transfiguration (Castro Valley), St. Jerome (El Cerrito).
For complete playoff results or for more information on CYO basketball, visit the CYO website www.oaklandcyo.org.
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