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Sixth Grade teams from St. Catherine and St. Perpetua.

24 teams join for girls eastern basketball playoffs

The sixth grade girls' basketball team from St. Catherine of Siena CYO, Martinez, made its second consecutive trip to the finals of the Oakland Diocese CYO Girls' Basketball Playoffs. Last year as fifth graders, the team fell short and emerged as runner-up. This year, in three dominating playoff games, the team captured its first championship.

Also, St. Perpetua CYO, Lafayette, sent a team to the finals in each of the three grades represented in playoffs and captured the fifth grade championship.

In this 17th annual playoffs for the eastern part of the diocese, teams from the Diablo East and West Diablo CYO leagues concluded their season on two weekends of play.

In the sixth grade championship game, the first half was close with the score tied between St. Catherine of Siena and St. Perpetua 14-14. St. Catherine's offense and defense came alive in the second half, scoring 21 points while holding St. Perpetua to 9 points. The second half for St. Catherine was led by Kyomi Apalit who scored 10 in the half and was the game's high scorer with 14 points overall. Emily Du, scoring 8 for the game, led St. Perpetua.

The fifth grade final was tight and low scoring with St. Perpetua winning the championship over Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood, 16-10. High scorers were Katie Kostolansky for St. Perpetua with 7 points and Grace Hernandez for Immaculate Heart with 4.

The fourth grade playoffs featured close and competitive games with the semi-final and final games each decided by 3 points or fewer. For the championship, Santa Maria, Orinda, won over St. Perpetua, 22-19. High scorers for Santa Maria were Sophia Chinn and Ainsley Hogan, each with 8 points. The game's high scorer was Natalie Frechman with 10 for St. Perpetua.

Twenty-four teams participated in the March playoffs in the fourth, fifth and sixth grade divisions. Teams in the seventh and eighth grades played in a league-sponsored tournament earlier in the season. Finals were played at St. Francis of Assisi gym, Concord, with preliminary rounds at St. Francis of Assisi and Christ the King gym, Pleasant Hill. Other participating parish CYO teams were from Good Shepherd, Pittsburg; St. Francis of Assisi; Christ the King; St. Anthony, Oakley; St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek; Holy Rosary, Antioch; St. Agnes, Concord; St. Mary, Walnut Creek; St. Anne, Byron; and St. Bonaventure, Concord.

Girls' CYO basketball teams from parishes in the western half of the diocese play in the springtime, with playoffs for those teams to be held in May.

(Bill Ford is the director of the Catholic Youth Organization in the Diocese of Oakland.)

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