Tierney Jones was standing in the tunnel, surrounded by shouts of celebration when she suddenly grew serious.
"We could still be out there playing," said Jones, shrugging off a question of fatigue. "We had to get this win and we would have [played as long as we needed to]."
It took three overtimes and two monumental comebacks, but Jones and the Washington girls’ basketball team eventually beat archrival Lowell 64-57 in front of 1,500 fans at Kezar Pavilion on Friday night.
Jones, who had 25 points and 23 rebounds, scored four points in the third overtime as the Eagles outscored Lowell 7-1.
Washington (9-12, 7-0) has now won its last 33 Academic Athletic Association regular-season games and avenged a 56-46 overtime loss to the Cardinals in last year’s playoff championship game.
But this one was never easy.
The Eagles hardly resembled a championship contender through the first 3½ quarters, committing 27 turnovers and trailing 40-30 with less than 2½ minutes remaining in regulation.
But Shannon Yen’s layup with 2:29 sparked a 10-0 run for Washington, which finally tied the score at 40-40 when Jones drove for a basket with 15 seconds left.
Lowell (20-2, 6-1) responded by scoring the first seven points of the first overtime and led 47-40 with 2:23 remaining when Anna Bukareva (14 points) made a layup. But the Eagles again found the resolve for a comeback, this time countering with a 7-0 spurt that ended when Nina Mametsuka converted both ends of a 1-and-1 to tie the score again.
Jones dominated the second extra period, scoring eight points, including the tying layup with 1 second left. Jones dominated the overtimes with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Sacred Heart Cathedral 54, Valley Christian 43
SAN JOSE — Lauren Bell scored 17 points to lead the Irish (17-2,
9-0) to a road win over the Warriors (14-7, 4-5). Ki-Ki Moore and Jazmine Jackson each chipped in 10 for Sacred Heart, which remained perfect in West Catholic Athletic League play.
St. Ignatius 55, Presentation 29
Nicole Canepa scored 14 of her 24 points in the first half as the Wildcats (15-4, 7-2) rolled past the Panthers (11-10, 1-8). Maggie McCarthy scored nine of her 12 points in the opening two quarters and help put SI up 27-14.
— Staff report
International 44, Leadership 34
Junior Julia Hechanova had 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Jaguars (10-9, 6-1) dispatched the Griffins (4-12, 3-3). Hechanova, who had 33 points in a win over Leadership 10 days ago, helped seal this victory with five points and two assists in the fourth quarter.
In a game plagued by turnovers, International was simply too much for Leadership to handle.
Leadership was game, but its hustle wasn’t enough to keep Hechanova, Megan Leary (12 points, eight rebounds) and Heidi Kyaw (seven points, seven rebounds) from controlling the glass.
Brittany Kelley and Leshay Wallace did their best to keep the Griffins — who led 10-8 after the first quarter — in the game, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively.
— Larry Rosen
Lowell 59, Washington 51
Alex McNabb sank a huge 3-pointer to spark an 11-4 game-ending run as the Cardinals (19-3, 8-1) outlasted the Eagles (14-9, 6-3) at Kezar Pavilion.
Travis Hom added a game-high 22 points for Lowell and Jordan Wong converted a crucial three-point play in Lowell’s late spurt.
The Cardinals trailed 39-35 late in the third quarter, but Arthur Jones (13 points) drove the baseline and threw down a thunderous dunk and the Cardinals rallied to tie the score 39-39 entering the final period.
Jahrail Taylor scored 20 points to lead Washington.
Lowell led 19-8 in the first quarter, but the Eagles made eight 3-pointers in the first half (including six in the second quarter) to get back in the game, and trailed just 30-27 at the half.
"No team in the league has played in as many big games as us," Lowell coach Robert Ray said. "In the end, that experience paid off."
— Will Reisman
Sacred Heart Cathedral 48, Valley Christian 44
Kevin Greene scored 13 points, including a clinching basket with 14.8 seconds left, as the Irish (9-10, 4-5) turned back the Warriors (9-12, 2-7). The Irish showcased their speed and rebounding abilities in a game they controlled early on. Sacred Heart led 15-8 after the first period and 25-17 at the half.
The second half was not so kind to the Irish, who struggled to take care of the ball. Combined with a resurgent Valley Christian offense, the Irish lead dwindled to 45-44 with 50 seconds left in the game.
But Greene delivered once more in the game’s final seconds. After Jerry Brown made his first and missed his second free-throw attempt with 21.4 seconds remaining to make it 46-44, Greene got the most important of his 12 rebounds and made a bank shot with 14.8 seconds left, ensuring that Sacred Heart would not fall victim to a dramatic 3-pointer.
"We showed a lot of heart tonight," Sacred Heart coach John Perez said. "I think the kids really wanted to win."
— Amanda Stupi
International 62, Leadership 29
Josh Merritt scored all 15 of his points in the first half as the Jaguars (13-7, 6-0) cruised past the Griffins (7-11, 3-2) in a lopsided showdown of the top twoteams in the BCL Central.
The Jags jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and led 38-9 by the half. International also dominated the boards, outrebounding Leadership 38-22.
Harry DeFrancesco contributed 12 for the Jags, who used their bench liberally in the second half. International’s Seaver Kyaw grabbed 10 rebounds.
— Larry Rosen