Brittney Allen had twisted through the lane for layups and smoothly stroked jumpers from the perimeter in helping the International Studies Academy girls’ basketball team build a big lead against Lincoln on Thursday.
But in the end, it was a play the guard made on the defensive end of the floor that ensured the Cobras would withstand a furious Mustangs rally and earn a 63-58 Academic Athletic Association home win.
Lincoln (13-9, 4-3 AAA) used a 26-9 second-half run to turn what looked like a blowout into a 51-51 tie with 6 minutes left. Aftera defensive stop, the Mustangs had the ball with a chance to take the lead, but Allen read a pass, made a steal and cruised in for a layup to restore a lead that ISA (10-7, 4-3) would not again relinquish.
“We didn’t get nervous,” Allen said. “We knew we just had to dig in and rely on our defense.”
Allen finished with 27 points, while center Courtney Buster added 14 points and a game-high 24 rebounds. The Cobras outrebounded Lincoln 54-31 in the game and used a 31-14 advantage on the boards in the first half to build a 38-25 lead.
But Lincoln started to climb back into the game after Kelly Huey (11 points) banked in a 3-pointer early in the third quarter, and freshman Hallie Meneses followed with 13 of the Mustangs’ next 23 points to force the tie.
Angela Starks chipped in 12 points and 15 rebounds for ISA.
BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE
Urban 33, University 29
Allison Weston scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the shorthanded Blues (18-2, 6-1) gutted out a win over the Red Devils (9-9, 2-5).
Shaunre’ Clendinen added 12 points for Urban, including two huge 3-pointers off Jen Marquez assists in the fourth quarter. The Red Devils played without USF-bound center Jakkie Boka-Timmerberg, who is nursing a high ankle sprain and hopes to return to practice next week.
Piper Tracy led University with 10 points and five assists.
— Staff report
Lick-Wilmerding 38, Marin Academy 30
SAN RAFAEL — Sisters Trisha and Traci Chang combined for 21 points to lead the Tigers (13-7, 6-1) to a win over the Wildcats (9-11, 3-4).
Trisha Chang, a senior, scored six of her team-high 11 points in the first half as Lick-Wilmerding took a 20-10 into the intermission. Freshman Traci Chang (10 points) hittwo big 3-pointers for the Tigers.
Marin Academy’s Alex Bassett led all scorers with 13 points.
— Staff report