If the sight of a 6-foot-1 forward grabbing offensive rebounds, scoring in the lane and hitting outside shots seemed unfamiliar to the Lick-Wilmerding girls’ basketball team Thursday, it was probably because the last time the Tigers faced Bay Counties League West rival Urban, the Blues were without Jakkie Boka-Timmerberg.
Boka-Timmerberg, the Blues’ senior leader who missed the previous meeting with an ankle injury, was back to face Lick and her presence was most certainly evident.
Boka-Timmerberg scored 18 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Blues (22-3, 10-1 BCL) to a 33-22 win over Lick-Wilmerding (16-7, 8-3) at Kezar Pavilion on Urban’s senior night. The win clinched the Blues’ second straight BCL West regular-season championship.
“When I was playing out there, I didn’t think I was going to get too emotional,” said Boka-Timmerberg, who missed five games earlier this season with her injury. “But when I gotto the bench, I started to remember the time when I was a freshman on senior night and everything started to kind of come back to me.”
Teamed alongside fellow frontcourt member Allison Weston (eight points, 18 rebounds, five blocks), Boka-Timmerberg helped the Blues enjoy a staggering 50-18 rebounding advantage in shutting down the Tigers in a matchup of the BCL West’s two top teams.
Urban opened the game on a 10-2 run, then stretched its lead to 17-5 midway through the second quarter before a Lick rally closed the gap to 19-11 at the half.
The Blues opened the third quarter by scoring six straights points to go up 25-11 and their lead never dipped below 14 until the game’s final minute.
“We really put the emphasis back on defense tonight,” Urban coach Andy Schroeder said. “Four of the past five games we played were our highest-scoring defensive games of the year. We went back to our focus of the beginning of the year, which was turning our defense into offense.”
University 43, Drew 24
Eve King had 10 points and Stephanie Lee added eight as the Red Devils (12-13, 4-7) defeated the Dragons (0-22, 0-11). Claire Ishizaki scored 10 to lead Drew.
— Staff report
Lowell 56, Burton 33
Jessi Miao scored 18 points as the Cardinals (23-1, 9-1) beat the Pumas (10-13, 5-7) to remain tied for the AAA lead.
“It’s difficult to guard us because we’re 12 deep,” Lowell coach Aki Kuwada said.
His roster includes 17 players and he rotates most of them through the lineup to keep fresh legs in the game at all times. The depth of the Cardinals is one of the major reasons Lowell has been so successful this season and has a good chance to do well in the postseason.
“It’s really nice to win these games, but what really counts is two weeks from now,” Kuwada said. “If we play well now, we send a message to other teams that when we play again, they’ll have to step up their game.”
Burton struggled against the Lowell defense, which held Pumas leading scorer Mone Peoples to just two points in the first half and seven total.
“We could beat them. We could beat any team in this league,” Burton forward Mariah Jameson said. “We just didn’t execute, period.”
— Jesse Haley