Caption. Photo: BUSD
Berkeley High’s Lady Yellowjackets made their third straight state final on Friday night. Photo: BUSD

Berkeley High’s girls’ basketball powerhouse, the Lady Yellowjackets, played — and lost — their third consecutive state final on Friday night, falling to Long Beach Poly, 46-28. The game was Berkeley’s record-setting 12th state final appearance.

Senior standout Rachel Howard led the Yellowjackets with 11 points and five rebounds. Berkeley was held to 23% shooting from the floor and committed 26 turnovers. It was the fourth meeting between Berkeley and Long Beach Poly in a state final: the Jackrabbits triumphed in all the games, winning in 2006, 2007, 2008, as well as this year. Berkeley lost the 2011 and 2012 finals to Mater Dei from Santa Ana.

A recent Lady Yellowjacket star had a happier weekend on the basketball court. Sophomore Brittany Boyd — a 2011 BHS graduate — led number two-seed Cal to a 90-76 win over Fresno State, taking them to a NCAA round of 32 matchup against South Florida. Boyd had 21 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

BHS girls three-peat in NorCal hoops championship [03.18.13]
BHS Lady Yellowjackets headed to NorCal champ game [03.14.13]
BHS women’s basketball team in a Cinderella story [03.12.13]
Brittany Boyd, a Berkeley role model, makes waves at Cal [03.29.12]
Lady Jackets fall to Mater Dei in state final [03.26.12]
BHS girls’ basketball team headed to state championships [03.19.12]
Lady Jackets head to NorCal Championships with 49-38 win [03.14.12]

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...