Berkeley High Lady Jackets were soundly defeated by Long Beach Poly 55-31 Saturday in the state CIF Basketball Championship Div. I game at Arco Stadium in Sacramento.
This was the third year running that the team was defeated in the finals by Poly’s Jack Rabbits. But since this was Cheryl Draper’s first year as head coach and since most of the girls will be returning, some say the championship is theirs to win in 2009.
Jasmine Perkins, the Washington State-bound senior guard, finished with a season low of seven points, yet encouraged her younger teammates during the game.
Expected returners include junior Camila Rosen, who had a team-high 15 points, and freshman center Chairese Culberson, who had nine rebounds.