Cameron Ruby couldn’t help herself. She kept looking down to make sure she was behind the line.
But even though the University girls’ basketball team was playing on an Oracle Arena court with a 3-point line 4 feet farther than the 19-feet, 9-inch prep distance, Ruby kept hitting net. The sophomore buried four 3s — including two from well beyond the arc early in the fourth quarter — as the Red Devils knocked off Lick-Wilmerding 34-27 Friday in a Bay Counties League West game.
“It was hard without our regular line so I just paid attention to the one they had,” Ruby said. “This was a really big deal for us playing here, in front of a ton more fans than usual, so I was happy to be able to help out.”
The referees agreed before the game to use their discretion while deciding what shots would be 3-pointers if there was a high school line on the court.
Ruby hit two 3s in a row to put University ahead 13-10 early in the second quarter and the Red Devils never trailed again. But behind the play of Traci Chang (eight points) and Misha Hurd (six) and a defense that forced 23 turnovers, the Tigers (8-6, 1-1) stayed close.
The Red Devils were clinging to a 26-23 lead just over a minute into the fourth quarter when Ruby made her two threes in a 90 second span. That extended the advantage to 32-23 and essentially put the game out of reach.
PENINSULA ATHLETIC LEAGUE SOUTH
Menlo-Atherton 37, Menlo School 28
Jackie Sheppard had 18 points and 10 rebounds, but that wasn’t enough to rally her Knights (7-8, 1-1 Peninsula Athletic League South) past the rival Bears (11-6, 2-0).
Bears Arielle McKee (13 points) and Erica Hayes (11) both tallied double-figure scores to lead host Menlo-Atherton.
— David Agrell