Jessi Miao scored six of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter as Lowell took Lincoln’s best shot but still emerged victorious 57-54 Friday in an entertaining Academic Athletic Association girls’ basketball game full of wild momentum shifts.
Lincoln (15-11, 6-5 AAA) scored six points in 30 seconds as part of a 12-2 fourth quarter run to take a 54-50 lead with 1:34 remaining in the game. But Miao made a layup after gathering an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession, a bucket that sparked a game-ending 7-0 spurt for Lowell (24-2, 10-1), which travels to co-leader Washington on Tuesday for a 3:45 p.m. game.
The Cardinals’ defense dug in late, coming up with stops on Lincoln’s final seven possessions.
"We know teams are going to make runs on us," Miao said. "But we have such great leadership out on the court, we have confidence that we can keep it together. And I’m really glad we did."
Lowell went on a 5-0 run to take a 35-30 lead early in the third quarter, but the Mustangs immediately countered with a 10-3 spurt, settingthe tone for a second half that featured four ties and four lead changes.
Heather Chow added 13 points for Lowell, while Lincoln’s Kelly Huey scored all 14 of her points in the second half.
"I almost wish this was the last game of the season because of how well both teams played," Lowell coach Aki Kuwada said. "[Lincoln’s] a really dangerous team and our girls need these types of games to get ready for the playoffs."
St. Ignatius 69, Valley Christian 57
Maggie McCarthy scored 20 points as the Irish (18-6, 10-4) defeated the Warriors (16-11, 6-8) in the WCAL regular-season finale for both teams.
Smart passing and shooting put the Wildcats ahead 18-8 after the first quarter with McCarthy scoring nine of her 20 in the period.
Valley Christian displayed some smart shooting of its own in the second quarter as A.J. Newton and Torey Walker combined for all of the Warriors’ 21 points, bringing Valley Christian within four at the half.
The Wildcats’ offensive consistency extended their lead down the stretch, outscoring the Warriors 17-13 and 19-15 in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. A technical foul against St. Ignatius coach Mike Mulkerrins with 4:48 remaining in the game opened the door for Valley Christian, which made 10 of 10 foul shots in the fourth quarter. The technical gave the Warriors a four-point play and put them within range at 57-50. But St. Ignatius kept its cool as McCarthy and Addie Schivo led an aggressive defense and combined for 12 points in the final minutes.
"We made great decisions with the ball late in the game," Mulkerrins said. "We displayed good patience offensively."
Newton led all scorers with 23 points and Walker added 15 for the Warriors.
— Amanda Stupi
Gateway 66, Leadership 25
Playing in her final home game, Gateway’s Dominique Hunter scored 16 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, dished five assists and blocked five shots to lead the Gators (22-2, 11-0) to the win over the Griffin (8-13, 7-4).
Camila Rosen added 16 points and Alyson Szeto chipped in with 13 for the Gators, who ran their wining streak in the BCL Central to 11 games.
Gateway was never seriously threatened, leading 23-5 after the first quarter and 40-11 at halftime of the Gators’ senior night.
"We’ve never had this big of a crowd before," Hunter said. "It was very exciting to play out there today. Now we have to keep focusing on the future, because the competition is going to start getting a lot better after the league season."
— Will Reisman