Lincoln rises up in OT 

The drama of the postseason came early to Lincoln High School as two teams scheduled to meet Friday in the quarterfinals of the Academic Athletic Association girls’ basketball playoffs battled into overtime Tuesday.

Kelly Huey scored a game-high 28 points, including two free throws with 8 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Mustangs beat International Studies Academy 66-63.

Lincoln (18-11, 9-5 AAA) earned the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and will host the No. 6 Cobras (12-12, 6-8) in the first round Friday at 3:45 p.m.

"All season long I’ve been trying to get [Huey and Hallie Meneses] to take ownership," Lincoln coach Jason Lee said. "They finally took charge. That’s a huge coming out for [Huey]."

ISA led 23-21 at the half, but Huey went off for 11 points in the third quarter and Lincoln outscored the Cobras 23-8 to take a 44-31 advantage into the final period.

The Mustangs retained control of the game until the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

But ISA’s Ronagen Martinez and Brittney Allen hit back-to-back 3-pointers and cut the Lincoln lead to five with 2:33 remaining. Courtney Buster’s 2-footer tied the score 56-56 with 4 seconds left to play.

The Cobras entered overtime a bit jumpy, turning the ball over on their first two possessions and trailing 60-56 after 90 seconds. But the Cobras calmed down and Allen nailed a 3-pointer to put ISA up 63-62 with 47 seconds remaining. Meneses then hit two free throws to give the Eagles a 64-63 lead with 42 seconds left. Huey secured the win when she stole a pass, drew a foul and made two free throws with 8 seconds left to play. ISA was unable to get off a final shot.

"ISA is a dangerous team," Lee said. "They play with nothing to lose."

Buster led the Cobras with 22 points and 18 rebounds while Allen added 21 and 17. Meneses scored 12 points for Lincoln.

Burton 57, Wallenberg 35

Mone Peoples put up 21 points as the host Pumas (13-13, 7-7) knocked off the Bulldogs (4-18, 3-13) to close out the regular season.

Burton started both halves strong, opening the game on an 11-2 run and beginning the second half on a 10-2 blitz that gave the Pumas a 38-11 lead with 5:37 still left to play in the third quarter. The Burton defense forced turnovers at halfcourt with steals anddeflections leading to easy layups.

"We try to work on communication and rotating properly," Burton coach Brian Jackson said. "We try to utilize our speed, go man to man and mix it up."

With the win, Burton earned the No. 4 seed in the AAA playoffs and will host No. 5 Galileo Friday at 3:45 p.m.

"We’ve been to playoffs before but this is the most confident we’ve been as a team," Jackson said. "It feels good, but now comes the hard part."

— Jesse Haley

Washington 74, Marshall 25

Stephanie Truong made five 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead the Eagles (14-14, 11-3) over the Phoenix (0-19, 0-14).

Laura Wakefield and Shannon Yen each added 10 points for Washington, which outscored Marshall 58-13 over the final three quarters.

— Staff report

Lowell 56, Galileo 48

Heather Chow had 16 points, Angelina Clay added 15 and the Cardinals (27-2, 13-1) used a 14-0 run to start the third quarter to beat the Lions (15-14, 7-7).

Kimberly Wong scored all nine of her points in the second half for Lowell, which outscored Galileo 38-23 after the intermission.

Lowell had already clinched the AAA title and has a bye into the playoff semifinals, scheduled for Tuesday at Kezar Pavilion.

Monica Compton led the Lions with 12 points.

— Staff report

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