King comes through in clutch 

Senior Eve King made a basket and a free throw with seven seconds left in the game to help University upset top-seeded Urban 39-38 in the semifinals of the Bay Counties League West girls’ basketball playoffs.

The Red Devils (14-13) now play No. 2 Convent in Saturday’s title game, set for 4 p.m. at Kezar Pavilion. Urban fell to 23-4.

"I practice shooting free throws all the time at practice and just took it out there [on the court]," said King, who led all players with 14 points and 10 rebounds. "We’re so excited, we were complete underdogs."

University was down by four with a minute left, but a quick basket by King, followed by an Urban turnover, set up King’s final three points.

"It was our senior leadership that carried us," University coach Marvin Lui said. "They didn’t want this to be their last game."

The Blues couldn’t get a good shot off in the final seconds, losing to the Devils for the first time this season.

"It comes down to getting a stop," Urban coach Andy Shroeder said. "We missed a lot of shots."

Freshman Cameron Ruby added 12 points for University, making two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Shaunre’ Clendinen led Urban with 11 points.

Convent 40, Lick-Wilmerding 34

Freshman Scarlett Kirk scored eight of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Cubs (14-11) defeated the Tigers (18-10) to reach the BCL West final.

Natasha Abdulamassih added six for Convent, which beat Lick-Wilmerding in each of the teams’ three meetings this season.

Katie Bonadies scored seven to lead Lick-Wilmerding.

— Amanda Stupi

WCAL PLAYOFFS

Sacred Heart Cathedral 63, Valley Christian 53

Tierra Rogers scored eight of her 15 points in a 20-5 third quarter-run as the Irish (24-2) topped the Warriors (17-11) to reach the final of the West Catholic Athletic League tournament.

Jazmine Jackson had a game-high 16 points for No. 1 Sacred Heart, which will meet second-seeded Mitty on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Foothill College for the championship.

The Irish have beaten the Monarchs by 12 points both times the teams played this season and are a perfect 16-0 against WCAL opponents.

— Staff report

Mitty 50, St. Ignatius 42

Danielle Robinson made six straight free throws down the stretch and scored 19 points as the No. 2 Monarchs (23-3) beat the host and third-seeded Wildcats (19-7) in the semifinals of the WCAL playoffs.

Robinson, an Oklahoma-bound senior, also had 10 rebounds for Mitty. Addie Schivo led St. Ignatius with 19 points, while Nicole Canepa had eight points and 11 rebounds.

— Staff report

ACADEMIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Lincoln 50, Washington 46

Hallie Meneses and Kelly Huey combined for 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs (17-11, 8-5) outscored the Eagles 22-6 in the final period to steal the win.

"I don’t know what happened — we got lucky I guess," Mustangs coach Jason Lee said. "We just went out and played man defense, started to get a few turnovers and got hot."

Steph Truong scored 14 points to lead Washington (13-14, 10-3), which has now lost two straight after winning 10 of its first 11 AAA games.

"We built up that lead and then, cruise control," Eagles coach Vince Wong said.

— Staff report

Lowell 47, ISA 27

The last time Lowell senior Angelina Clay scored in double figures was nearly a month ago, when she had a season-high 19 points in a win over Lincoln. The 5-foot-5 power forward ended her draught against International Studies Academy, netting 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as the Cardinals (27-2, 12-1) bounced the host Cobras (12-11, 6-7).

Coupled with the loss by second-place Washington, Lowell has clinched the regular-season AAA title outright.

"She’s the heart and soul of the team," Lowell coach Aki Kuwada said. "I really don’t care if she scores a point. She picks this team up emotionally … and she does what she has to do to win."

Lowell set the tone early with an intense man-to-man halfcourt press and forced 30 turnovers. Led by a backcourt trio of senior Kimberly Lau, senior Kimberly Wong and junior Heather Chow, Lowell held ISA star Brittney Allen — who entered play averaging 20.8 points per game — to just 10 points.

— Terry Bernal

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