Sophomore guard Amber Melgoza did her best, scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, but Santa Barbara was beaten by Modesto Christian, 64-55, in the Division III state championship game on Friday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Melgoza's 30 points tied a Division III record. She made 20 of 28 free throws on the day before fouling out.
The Dons (30-6) trailed, 37-35, late in the third quarter, then started losing the ball on turnovers and lost their aggressiveness. Modesto Christian (27-8) had four players in double figures, led by Lexi Tubbs and Meagan Warwick with 11 points apiece. Modesto Christian had a huge edge in rebounds, 64-37.
Offensive rebounds proved decisive because of the many missed shots by the two schools. Santa Barbara shot 24% and Modesto Christian was at 35%.