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Narbonne girls defeats Fairfax 50-44 for the City title

Fairfax led for a decent amount of the game, but Narbonne finally gets over the hump.

Fairfax put up a good fight, but in the end Kim Pickett’s 23 points and Narbonne’s tough defense gives them the City title.  Photo by Jason Lewis

Narbonne won their sixth girls City championship, and the second under head coach Victoria Sanders.  Photo by Jason Lewis

Article originally published by the Los Angeles Sentinel. www.lasentinel.net

By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor (2010-2013)

Narbonne came up on the short end of the last two City championship games, losing twice to Carson.  On Saturday night it looked like it may be three in a row, as Fairfax led Narbonne for much of the game.

Down by as many as 10 points, Narbonne head coach Victoria Sanders did not panic. 

“We were alright,” Sanders calmly said.  “We were okay.  Because we knew we were putting the pressure on them.”

Sanders knew that defensive pressure would lead to offensive points, and with senior guard Kim Pickett knocking down five 3-point baskets on her way to 23 points, it is easy to see why Sanders did not panic. 

Pickett was on the verge of ending her high school career with three straight championship game losses, but clutch shooting late in the game made sure that she and fellow senior Tori Breshers, who finished with nine points, went out on top. 

“I felt great,” Pickett said.  “I felt great that we finally came out and won the City championship.  The past two years we couldn’t close it out, but this year we finally won it. 

“This time we had to make sure it wasn’t another loss.  We were hoping for this win, and we’re very excited for this win.”

The key play late in the game came with just over three minutes to play, and Narbonne clinging to a two-point lead.  With the shot clock winding down, the ball was swung over to Pickett, who caught it behind the three-point line with less than a second to shoot. 

Pickett quickly squared up and fired the shot off.  As the Fairfax crowd was yelling for a shot clock violation, the ball was hitting nothing but the bottom of the net. 

That was only one basket, but it gave Narbonne a five-point lead. With the way their defense was playing at that moment, that basket pretty much ended the game.

Seeing Pickett an hour after the game, the thought that comes to mind was “to the victor go the spoils,” as she was walking around the gym with the City Section championship trophy while the boy’s title game was being played. 

After two tough title game losses, Pickett was savoring that moment. 

Up next for Narbonne is the State tournament. 

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