The Cajon girls basketball team saved its best quarter of the season for the very end.
It was neck and neck through three quarters but a late 19-0 run by Cajon turned a close game into a 55-36 rout of Elk Grove in the CIF State Division II title game on Saturday, March 26, at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA.
It is the first state title in Cajon’s school history while both schools were making their first appearance in the state title game. It is also the first state title for a team from San Bernardino County. Rialto nearly pulled off the feat in 2011 but finished as the runner up in Division II that year.
Kayla Washington and Tyla Turner led Cajon (27-6), the No.2 seed, with 17 points apiece.
Cajon finished with a huge 44-21 rebounding advantage, in large part because Taylor Goldsberry hauled in a game-high 16 rebounds while also scoring 12 points.
Cajon fell behind by nine early on but took its first lead with four seconds left in the first half after Tyra Turner hit a three-pointer to make it 21-20.
Elk Grove (24-11), the No. 12 seed, actually took a 32-29 into the fourth quarter but it was all Cajon after that.
Cajon proceeded to go on a 19-0 run that actually started on a basket in the final minute of the third and encompassed 8:30 of game time into the fourth.
Goldsberry, one of five senior starters for Cajon, tied the game with a free throw to start the fourth and then Tyla Turner scored four straight points to make it 36-32. Washington scored a fast break basket to extend the lead to six and the momentum never shifted back thanks to Cajon’s defense.
Cajon picked up wins against Taft, Mira Costa, Harvard-Westlake and Mater Dei during its ride to the State title.