Lowell evens score with Washington 

Apparently, the Lowell High School girls’ basketball team simply needed to relax.

Senior forward Angelina Clay credited overcoming nervousness as key tothe Cardinals’ 37-29 Academic Athletic Association victory over host Washington.

The win gave the Cardinals (25-2, 11-1 AAA) a one-game lead over Washington (13-13, 10-2) in the battle for first place with two games remaining.

The Eagles, who handed the Cardinals their only AAA loss in triple overtime, gave Lowell plenty to worry about in the first quarter. Tierney Jones had six of her game-high 15 rebounds and Washington held the Cardinals scoreless for 5 minutes, 16 seconds in taking a 9-4 lead.

Lowell coach Aki Kuwada saw that his team needed reassurance if it was going to recover.

"We took probably four or five more shots than they did," Kuwada said. "They just didn’t fall. I told the girls to continue playing defense and the shots would eventually fall."

Fall they did, as Lowell went on a 9-3 run to lead 13-12 at the half.

But Lowell knew it needed more than one point to fend off the Eagles. Enter Heather Chow and Jessi Miao, who combined for 10 points and all seven Lowell rebounds in the third quarter, leading an 18-10 run that turned the tide definitively in the Cardinals’ favor.

"When the game started our nerves were very high," Clay said. "In the second quarter we calmed down. We never played their game after the first quarter."

Though happy to defeat such a formidable AAA foe, the Cardinals are looking to playoffs as the real challenge.

"I’m sure [Washington coach] Vince Wong would say the same thing: ‘The important thing is next week,’" Kuwada said.

Chow led all scorers with 10 points and added nine rebounds. Miao scored nine and pulled down 12 boards. Stephanie Truong led the Eagles with nine points.

Lincoln 57, Marshall 16

Monique Thomas had 14 points and nine rebounds as the host Mustangs (16-11, 7-5) turned back the Phoenix (0-16, 0-13). Kelly Huey, Stephanie Loi, Hallie Meneses and Allison Yee each added eight points for Lincoln, which next travels to rival Washington on Thursday at 3:45 p.m.

— Staff report


St. Ignatius 56, Notre Dame (Belmont) 30

Nicole Canepa scored 10 points and Maggie McCarthy added nine points, five rebounds and four assists to lead the host Wildcats (19-6) over the Tigers (9-18) in the first round of the WCAL playoffs.

Gill Kern and Rachel Hatch also had nine points for third-seeded St. Ignatius, which will host the winner Tuesday night’s Mitty-Presentation game Thursday night at 6 p.m.

— Staff report

Sacred Heart Cathedral 54, Sacred Heart Prep 34

Jazmine Jackson scored 17 points as the top-seeded Irish (22-2) beat the No. 8 Gators (10-16) to advance in the WCAL playoffs. Monique Calvello and Kamilah Jackson each added 10 points for Sacred Heart Cathedral, which led 42-14 entering the fourth quarter. The Irish play No. 5 Valley Christian in the semifinals Thursday at 8 p.m. at St. Ignatius.

— Staff report


Lick-Wilmerding 35, Crystal Springs Uplands 33

Misha Hurd scored 12 as the host Tigers (18-9) edged the Grypons (9-16) in the BCL West playoffs. Lick-Wilmerding advances to play Convent on Thursday. The close win was the Tigers fourth of the year over the Gryphons.

Guard Traci Chang dropped eight for the Tigers while Trisha Chang added six, but both struggled at the foul line in the final minutes, missing repeated chances to stretch a one-point lead.

The Tigers and Gryphons battled out the final minutes, Lick losing the lead with 2:15 to play. Jen Ringoen’s strong post move put Crystal Springs up 31-30. But the Tigers stayed in the game with layups by Amanda Brown and Misha Hurd to answer Gryphons scores and benefited from a string of Crystal Springs turnovers. The Tigers rode the one-point lead until Amanda Brown, fouled on a rebound, hit a free throw with 2 seconds remaining to put the Lick up two.

— Jesse Haley

University 70, Marin Academy 50

Senior Piper Tracy scored all 18 of her points in the second half as the Red Devils (13-13) outscored the Wildcats 39-17 after the intermission to advance.

— Staff report


International 35, Pescadero 28

Julia Hechanova scored four of her team-high 12 points in the first quarter as the Jaguars (14-11, 10-2) raced out to a 15-5 lead in a win over the Vikings (3-16, 2-10).

Kate Greenberg added eight points for International, which earned the No. 2 seed and will host third-seeded Leadership (9-13, 8-4) in the Bay Counties League Central playoffs at Kezar Pavilion today at 8 p.m.

— Staff report

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