Jeff Ota considered bowling for Monday’s off-day team adventure, then thought better of it.
The McClatchy High School girls basketball coach instead opted for a round of miniature golf for his gritty group of Lions, the pride of the Sacramento City Unified School District and a proud old school that has to clear out a bit more room on a filling-fast trophy case.
Miniature-golf rounds will be a stark contrast for McClatchy compared to Saturday’s frenetic, bruising pace at Leavey Center.
With suffocating, attacking defense, depth and just enough offensive balance, the second-seeded Lions defeated No. 4 Oak Ridge 46-34 to win the CIF Northern California Division I Regional championship in a venue matching the school’s cardinal colors.
It’s the second such title for McClatchy (31-4) in three years, and it is the third win in as many attempts against the Trojans this season, no easy feat considering how good that program has been in El Dorado Hills under longtime coach Steve White. McClatchy beat Oak Ridge (23-11) for the NorCal title in 2015, and the Trojans eliminated the Lions in last season’s playoffs.
Two years ago when the Lions became the first SCUSD girls team to win a state championship in any sport, they celebrated with bowling. No chance this time.
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