BERKELEY -- A second-half push by the Berkeley High girls basketball team vaulted it past Skyline 64-40 on Wednesday night and into the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Division I Northern regional playoffs.

The Yellowjackets (22-8) came out a bit unorganized and had a lackluster shooting effort early on, but regrouped at the half to build a comfortable lead over the Titans (21-9). The Yellowjackets will host McClatchy-Sacramento on Saturday.

"In the second half, senior Sierra Franklin got us moving," Berkeley coach Cheryl Draper said. "Once our freshmen learned that they had to move their feet, we were able to get some turnovers and get a little breathing room."

Berkeley's Desire Finnie led all scorers with 24 points, while Safiyyah Yasin paced Skyline with 22 points.

Yellowjacket Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman and Titan Darrien Washington each contributed 16 points.

It wasn't a clean night for either team, as Berkeley was responsible for 18 personal fouls and Skyline 16. However, the Yellowjackets cleaned up in the second half and took control of the game with major contributions from Finnie and Franklin.

Finnie scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to help Berkeley secure the victory.

Berkeley 64, Skyline 40

Berkeley (22-8)

Finnie 10 5-7 24, Welch-Coleman 4 8-10 16, Franklin 4 0-0 8, Brandon 2 0-0 4, Foreman 2 0-0 4, Jones 1 1-2 3. Totals 25 14-19 64.


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Skyline (21-9)

Yasin 7 6-9 22, Washington 7 2-3 16, Carson 0 1-5 1, Haynes 0 1-2 1, Britton 0 0-1 0. Totals 14 10-20 40.

Berkeley          16          6          20          22--          64

Skyline          9          11          14          6--          40

3-point goals: Yasin 2. Technical foul: Draper.