Pride star Mariya Moore was the closer in Tuesday's Open Division semifinal, scoring 16 of her game-high 23 points in the second half of a 61-42 Salesian win over rival St. Mary's

But it was her sophomore sister Minyon that led visiting Salesian in scoring in the first half with eight of her 15 points. She helped the Pride come back from an early 7-0 deficit to lead 27-20 at halftime.

"This was probably Minyon's breakout game against elite competition," Salesian coach Steve Pezzola said.

Both teams were thrown a curve only hours before the game, when it was moved from El Cerrito to St. Mary's. Salesian athletic director Chad Nightingale said that the scoreboard clock at El Cerrito was broken.

The Salesian squad found motivation in the change.

"We just wanted to end this rivalry on this court," said Mariya Moore, one of eight seniors on Salesian's team. "We've never played on this court in four years."

St. Mary's (27-8) held a 7-0 lead with 2:59 remaining in the first quarter, with five of those points coming from Mikayla Cowling. But Salesian (29-6) went on a 19-5 run in the first half to take a 19-12 lead. St. Mary's trailed by just two points at 34-32 with 3:17 left in the third quarter, but a 9-0 Salesian run gave the Pride the lead to stay.

Cowling paced St. Mary's with 18 points. Teammate Gabby Green, a McDonald's All-American along with Cowling and Mariya Moore, was in foul trouble for much of the second half and finished with five points, all in the first half. But she also grabbed 12 rebounds, along with teammate Ma'Ane Mosley. Mariya Moore had a game-high 15 rebounds.

Tuesday CIF Northern regional Semifinals Open Division Salesian 61, St. Mary's 42

Salesian (29-6)

McNair 2 0-0 5, Minyon Moore 6 2-3 15, Mariya Moore 6 10-12 23, Correal 3 0-0 6, Martin 3 0-0 6, Crowder 2 0-0 5, Toailoa 0 1-2 1. Totals 22 13-17 60.

St. Mary's (27-8)

Berry 2 2-4 6, Cowling 7 1-4 18, Mosley 3 3-3 9, Green 2 1-5 5, Negron 1 0-0 3, Thompson 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 8-18 42.

Salesian          5          22          18          16--          61

St. Mary's          8          12          14          8--          42

3-point goals: Minyon Moore, Mariya Moore, Crowder, Cowling 3, Negron. Fouled out: Mosley. Technical: Cowling. Highlights: Sal - Mariya Moore 15 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists; Correal 8 rebounds; Crowder 4 rebounds; SM -- Green 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; Mosley 12 rebounds, 2 assists; Cowling 8 rebounds, 3 blocks.