Shadow Hills hangs on, celebrates historic win

Robert Hundley

The Shadow Hills girls’ basketball team, and all the purple-clad fans, held their breath as a 3-point shot by Trinity Classical Academy arced toward the rim. 

When it hit the front rim and bounced out, they could finally go crazy. And they did. The Knights exploded in jubilation and the fans joined in as Shadow Hills made history. 

Wednesday night’s 60-58 victory puts Shadow Hills in the CIF-SS Division 3A championship game. It marks the first time for the girls’ basketball program and the first time for any of the six schools that currently make up the Desert Empire League. 

“This is beautiful, these girls are my sisters, and I love them and we’re so happy to make history here at Shadow Hills,” said Knights senior Adonai Oudinarath. “We’ve been calling this ‘Ring Season’ since July and now we’re one step away.”

Shadow Hills' Sonia Urbina (23) takes a shot while surrounded by Trinity Classical Academy players during the third quarter of their CIF-SS semifinal game at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022.

That final step will take place Saturday. The Knights, ranked No. 2 in the division, will go on the road for the championship game against No. 1 ranked Oaks Christian in Westlake Village near Los Angeles. Oaks Christian beat San Marcos 44-39 in the other semifinal. 

No desert girls’ basketball team has won a CIF-SS title since Yucca Valley in 1986, and the only team from the Coachella Valley to ever win a girls’ title was the 1984 Indio Rajahs. 

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