Washington goes cold at the wrong time 

If Lauren Ishii’s 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer was supposed to shift the momentum of Tuesday’s NorCal Division I girls’ basketball outbracket game, the message never made it to the Carlmont locker room.

Ishii’s trey brought 10th-seeded Washington to within 26-17 at the intermission, capping a quarter in which the Eagles outscored the Scots 11-10 after appearing overwhelmed in the early going. But seventh-seeded Carlmont opened the third quarter on a 15-3 run in which it held Washington without a field goal for 5:30 and cruised to a 49-34 win.

The Scots (21-10) advance to play at second-seeded McClatchy of Sacramento on Thursday at 7 p.m., while the Eagles finish their season at 15-17.

"When Lauren hit that 3, that was our chance," Washington senior Steph Truong said. "But they recovered and came out strong in the second half and made some big shots."

Truong led the Eagles with 11 points (all in the second half), but Washington struggled with its shooting for the second straight game. After making just seven of 44 shots from the field in a 55-30 loss to Lowell in Friday’s San Francisco Section final, Washington was 12-of-49 against the Scots. By contrast, Carlmont started out the game by making seven of 11 shots in the first quarter to take a 16-6 lead and made 19-of-46 shots overall.

"As thegames started to get more important, the girls started to think about their shots more instead of just playing," Washington coach Vince Wong said. "That’s why it’s so important to treat every game like it’s important. We played hard, but we needed to settle down."

Last year, the Eagles were able to rebound from a 56-46 loss to Lowell in the section final to bounce favored Menlo-Atherton 66-55 in the outbracket game. But Washington could do nothing to prepare for Carlmont’s size, as the Scots feature 10 players 5-foot-7 or taller, while the Eagles have just 5-9 junior Tierney Jones and no others taller than 5-6. Carlmont convincingly won the battle of the boards 35-23 and consistently pounded the ball inside to 6-foot junior Colleen Garrett (19 points, 11 rebounds) and 5-8 junior Kathleen Burrell (10 points, 12 rebounds).

"They definitely had the height advantage and that was hard for us to match up against," Jones said. "It was tough."

Jones finished with 10 points and six rebounds, while 5-foot sophomore Rachelle Hwee had five points and a team-high seven rebounds. They are two of six Eagles set to return next year, an encouraging sign for Wong.

"I think the young girls will learn from this and come back even stronger," Wong said. "We talk about taking it to the next level, and now they know what needs to be done."

Carlmont 49, Washington 34

melliser@examiner.com

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