Junior Rachael Pecota had 28 points and 25 rebounds as the top-seeded Urban girls’ basketball team used a 50-24 advantage on the boards to beat fifth-seeded University 66-43 Thursday in a Bay Counties League West tournament semifinal game.
The Blues (18-8), which lost to University (10-17) by one point in both the BCL and North Coast Section Division V playoffs last season, advance to Saturday’s final and will face second-seeded Convent at 6:30 p.m. back at Kezar.
Both Pecota (14 points, 12 rebounds) and sophomore Lynn Stills (six and 10) reached double figures in rebounding in the first half as Urban continually created second and third chances on the offensive glass in taking a 34-22 halftime lead. Stills finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Shaunre’ Clendinen added 16 points for the Blues.
“I’m happy where we are — we felt like we had the talent to get to this point,” Urban coach Andy Schroeder said. “If we can keep our errors down we can compete with anyone [in our division].”
Convent 42, Marin Academy 35
Convent entered the fourth quarter up by 14, but had to withstand a furious 12-0 rally that pulled the Wildcats within two with 4 minutes, 26 seconds to play. The Cubs then reeled off eight straight of their own to seal the win.
Bay Counties League Central
International 57, Leadership 41
Brittney Kelley scored a game-high 25 points, but it wasn’t enough as the host Jaguars (18-6) beat the Griffin (12-17) to reach the championship game of the BCL Central tournament.
Julia Hechanova scored 19 to lead top-seeded International, which will play either Bay or Gateway on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Kezar Pavilion for the title.
St. Ignatius 55, Valley Christian 49
SAN JOSE — Eilise O’Connor scored 17 points as the third-seeded Wildcats (18-9) beat the second-seeded Warriors (23-7) to advance to the WCAL tournament final. St. Ignatius now faces No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral Saturday at 6 p.m. at Foothill College for the championship.
— Staff report
Sacred Heart Cathedral 57, Mitty 32
SAN JOSE — Tierra Rogers scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half as the top-seeded Irish (25-0), ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today, raced to a 38-12 halftime lead in a WCAL semifinal win over the Monarchs (16-10) at Bellarmine Prep.
— Staff report