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Trisha Chang hit two big free throws in the final minute as the Lick-Wilmerding girls’ basketball team beat Urban 34-31 Tuesday to pull into a tie for first place in the Bay Counties League West.

With 4:30 left to play, the Tigers’ Misha Hurd hit a 3-pointer to put Lick-Wilmerding (12-7, 5-1 BCL West) up 30-24 and give her team the biggest lead of a very tight game.

But Urban (17-2, 5-1) countered with a quick three-point play by Shaunre Clendinen and a pair of free throws by Allison Weston to pull the Blues within 30-29. Clendinen missed two free-throw tries with 1:39 left and Amanda Brown’s layup with 1:20 to go put Lick-Wilmerding ahead 32-29.

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Clendinen redeemed herself by making two foul shots with 1:15 remaining to make it 32-31. Chang then sealed the win by making one of two free-throw attempts with 57 seconds left and going 1-of-2 again with 15 seconds to go. Urban couldn’t get off a final shot.

Tigers coach Nathan Lundy-Gonzalez said his team didn’t prepare any differently for the game because Urban was in first place.

“We’re an intense team,” Lundy-Gonzalez said. “We didn’t change our practice flow. We want them to play as hard as they can every game.”

Lundy-Gonzalez expects the win to give his squad added confidence as the playoffs approach.

“Lots of [Tigers] came into the season assuming we’d have two losses to Urban,” he said. “I think they understand now that they can believe in themselves and come out knowing they’re one of the best teams in the league.”

University 56, Drew 21

Stephanie Lee had 16 points and Eve King added 13 points and 14 rebounds as the Red Devils (9-8, 2-4) topped the Dragons (0-16, 0-6).

Piper Tracy chipped in five points and five rebounds for University, which outscored Drew 27-2 in the second quarter to take control.

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— Staff report

ACADEMIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Washington 45, Burton 36

Tierney Jones scored a game-high 10 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists as the Eagles (8-12, 6-0) remained perfect in AAA play by beating the host Pumas (8-10, 3-4).

The Eagles opened strong, leading 19-9 after the first quarter.

“We didn’t come out focused,” said Burton coach Brian Jackson, whose team outscored Washington 18-16 in the second half.

That lack of focus proved fatal against the Eagles’ full-court press, which was led by guards Kelsey Lam (nine points, five assists) and Rachelle Hwee (five points, two steals).

The Eagles epitomized a balanced team, with four players scoring at least eight points.

“We just like to play as a team,” Washington’s Stephanie Truong said.

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The Eagles play Lowell, arguably their toughest AAA competition, on Friday.

“The whole season, that’s the game we’re looking forward to,” Truong said.

Mone Peoples led Burton with eight points while Mariah Jameson contributed nine rebounds.

— Amanda Stupi

Lincoln 57, Wallenberg 35

Sophomores Kelly Huey and Monique Thomas each scored 13 points as the Mustangs (13-8, 4-2) jumped out to a quick lead to beat the Bulldogs. Freshman Hallie Meneses chipped in with 11 points for Lincoln.

Huey scored nine points in the first quarter as the Mustangs’ press was in full force en route to a 23-7 lead. Lincoln extended that lead to 35-14 at halftime.

— Staff report

WEST CATHOLIC ATHLETIC LEAGUE

St. Ignatius 62, Notre Dame (Belmont) 37

BELMONT — Nicole Canepa had 25 points and nine rebounds as the Wildcats (14-4, 6-2) dominated the Tigers (7-12, 1-7). Maggie McCarthy added 10 points — eight in the first half — and nine rebounds for SI. Canepa had 11 points in the first quarter as the Wildcats raced to a 22-5 lead, then added six in the second quarter as the lead blossomed to 37-14.

— Staff report

Sacred Heart Cathedral 68, Sacred Heart Prep 32

Jazmine Jackson scored 13 points as the host Irish (16-2, 8-0) overwhelmed the Gators (9-11, 1-7).

Tierra Rogers added nine points for Sacred Heart Cathedral, which went on a 38-12 spurt that spanned the second and third quarters.

— Staff report



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