Washington’s run ends at 37 games, thanks to ISA 

It ended with International Studies Academy guard Brittney Allen dancing between defenders, dribbling out the clock and avoiding attempts to steal the ball or send her to the foul line.

After almost three years of being pursued by the rest of the Academic Athletic Association, it was the Washington girls’ basketball team desperately trying to chase down an opponent. And when Allen spiked the ball at the final buzzer of the Cobras’ 50-49 home win over the Eagles it put the final punctuation on Washington’s 37-game regular-season league winning streak.

The Eagles (10-13, 7-1 AAA) had not lost in regular-season conference play since a 71-57 decision to Lowell on Feb. 24, 2004.

"It’s a really big win for us," ISA center Courtney Buster said. "We knew they were undefeated. But they’re not anymore."

Allen scored 24 points and Buster added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Cobras (11-7, 5-3), who led by five with less than 3 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

But the Eagles had just extended their streak by making two huge comebacks in a 64-57 triple-overtime win over Lowell on Friday and again made a late push to prolong the run. Rachelle Hwee hit 3-pointers on back-to-back Washington possessions, cutting the deficit to 48-47 with just more than a minute to play.

After a Buster putback, Tierney Jonesscored inside for the Eagles to make it 50-49 with 8 seconds remaining. With four fouls to give before reaching the bonus, Washington fouled three times before Allen got the ball and dribbled out the remaining 3 seconds.

"We were just setting double screens and saying ‘Get the ball to Brittney,’" ISA coach Verna Castro said. "She’s our most experienced player and we know she wants the ball in her hands."

Steph Truong led Washington with 16 points and Hwee added 13 for the Eagles, who led 33-31 late in the third quarter. But Allen closed out the period with deep 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, giving the Cobras a 37-35 lead entering the fourth quarter.

"I thought we might have one more [big comeback] in us," Eagles coach Vince Wong said. "But 23 [Allen] just did an awesome job, and with her playing like that, they’re tough to stop."

International Studies Academy 50, Washington 49

melliser@examiner.com

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