HS Basketball: Linfield Christian Wins the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA Championship with a Dominant Victory Montclair


The Lions were Led by Sydney Moran’s 23 points & Keslyn Henson’s 22 points to Beat the Cavaliers

Linfield Christian won the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA Championship with a dominant 62-44 victory over Montclair at Colony High. The Lions were led by two red hot 3-point shooters, senior Sydney Moran who nailed seven, and sophomore Keslyn Henson who made six from beyond the arc.

“Last night’s win was the result of the work the young ladies have put in over the last few years” said Linfield Christian coach Derrick O’Neil. “They have paved the way for Linfield Lady Lions basketball and set a new standard of excellence”!

The Lions offense started slow, as Linfield Christian grabbed a 10-7 lead in the first period. The Lions offense cranked it up in the second period, as Moran hit four 3-pointers as Linfield outscored the Cavaliers 23-9 to take a 33-16 lead at the half.

Linfield Christian’s tenacious full-court press defense forced 17 Montclair turnovers. The Lions outscored the Cavaliers 18-11 in the third period and held on to win 62-44.

Sydney Moran finished with a game high 23 points. She was 7 for 12 from beyond the arc. Kesslyn Henson ended up with 22 points. The sophomore made six 3-pointers,six assists and two steals. Senior Devin Cope scored 6 points and led the team with 8 rebounds.

“I am so proud of these ladies for trusting their coaches and ‘the process’ said Coach O’Neil. “It’s not only about the winning it’s about the character and class displayed throughout the whole process. Queen Ballers of the Valley is what I call them. They have now built a throne here at Linfield which is a benchmark for girls basketball”.

The victory gives the little school from Temecula it’s third CIF Southern Section title this school year. Earlier this season, the Lions won the Division 12 Football Championship and the Girls Volleyball team won the Division 7 CIF SS Crown.

Montclair    7   9   11  17   44

LCHS         10  23  18  11   62

Courtesy Photos

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