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State Basketball: Aariah Fox Beats Bret Harte Over Marina in Women’s Division V Final


With a population of less than 4,000, the town of Angels Camp is known for its jumping frog competition. Many seemed to be attending the high school girls’ basketball team’s Division V state championship game Saturday morning at the Golden 1 Center to celebrate the most famous teen in town.

That would be the 5-foot-9 three-sports star Aariah Fox.

Fox helped deliver a state basketball championship to the Bullfrogs, scoring 22 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, dishing out four assists and picking up five steals in a 62-39 win over Huntington Beach Marina.

“That was great,” Fox said of the crowd’s support. “That was literally the entire city here.”

Fox had 230 spikes during the volleyball season and showed off her versatility and speed off the court Saturday by running from one side of the court to the other as if it were mere practice. She said that she hasn’t decided whether to pursue volleyball or basketball in college. And there’s always a track season ahead.

Marina (21-16) got a big performance from freshman guard Rylee Bradley, who scored a game-high 23 points.

“I was a little nervous because I had never actually played in an arena,” Bradley said. “But I feel like I adjusted to the situation and played better in the second half.”

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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