Making history: Oakland high, Oakland tech girls both win their CIF state hoops championship

Two high school girls basketball teams from Oakland made history Saturday when they were both crowned champions of their respective divisions. It's the first time two girl teams from Oakland have won a state championship in the same year. 

Oakland Technical High School defeated Northview High of Covina on Saturday to win the CIF Division 4 State Championship. The 55-27 victory wasn’t even a full day after Oakland High School Wildcats beat McFarland High School Cougars 51-35 to become Division 3 champions.

Jordan Smith led the way for the Bulldogs with 19 points. She went 3-for-4 from three-point land and shot just under 50 percent from the field (7-for-15). Stephanie Okowl chipped in 16 points and snagged a remarkable 24 rebounds, which is a new record for rebounds in a Division 4 state championship game, according to Oakland school district spokesman John Sasaki. 

On Friday, the Wildcats, who boast a team grade point average of 3.6, were able to put major defensive pressure on their opponent. McFarland turned the ball over 29 times and 16 of those were from Wildcats steals.

School officials said they will be planning a parade following Friday’s win but no dates have been set as of Saturday afternoon.