Sacramento 58, Campolindo 54
The Star: Annelise Ito and Amanda Forshay each had 16 points.
The Turning Point: The Cougars were able to get within two points with about 10 seconds to go in regulation, but weren’t able to foul the Dragons until 2.4 seconds were left on the clock, which didn't leave enough time for a comeback.
The Quote: “I couldn’t be any prouder of our suburban public school. We’re right there with these (private school) teams and it’s a tremendous achievement,” Campolindo coach Clay Kallam said.
The Bottom Line: The Cougars fall one game short of an appearance in the Division III Northern California Championship at Power Balance Arena (formely Arco) next week.
By the time the girls basketball team had caught up to Sacramento on the scoreboard, the clock had pretty much run out of time.
The Cougars cut the deficit to two with nine seconds left, but couldn’t foul a Dragons’ player on the in-bounds until 2.4 seconds was left in regulation, which ultimately didn’t leave enough time for any chance to tie the game.
The 58-54 defeat left Campolindo a game short of the California Interscholastic Federation Northern California Regional finals, but Cougars coach Clay Kallam was none-the-less still happy with what his team accomplished this season.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of our suburban public school,” he said. “We’re right there with these (private school) teams and it’s a tremendous achievement.”
Campolindo was neck and neck with Sacramento through the first quarter, where the Dragons started fast and used a full-court press to defend in the opening minutes.
As the first period winded down, the Cougars started to solve Sacramento’s press defense.
The second quarter would be a different story.
Sacramento thrived off its pick and roll offense, using it to go on a 10-0 run that was stopped by Annelise Ito’s runner towards the end of the period.
Campolindo ended the half on a 6-0 run that made it a 27-21 game at the half, and opened the third quarter with a bang.
Annie Hall and Amanda Forshay both sank threes to bring the deficit to just two points, but the Dragons rallied to buffer their lead to 42-35 at the end of the third quarter. The lead would grow to as much as 11 in fourth.
Kallam said he told his team that if they won the rebounding battle, they would have won the game. It was a fight the Cougars came up short on.
“They’re so quick and athletic we couldn’t keep them off of them,” he said.
Forshay and Annelise Ito each led Campolindo with 16 points.
Ito had attended her grandfather’s memorial service in San Francisco earlier in the day, and both teams observed a moment of silence for her before tipoff. Ito missed a pair of free-throws in the first quarter, but shook off the jitters from the hectic day by midway in the second quarter with help from her teammates.
“I wasn’t really in a basketball mood (to start), but my teammates helped get me back into,” she said.
Sacramento 58, Campolindo 541 2 3 4 F
Campo9 12 14 19 54 Sac 11 16 15 14 58 Individuals — (fg ftm-fta tp) Campo Brown 1 0-0 3, Ito 8 0-0 16, Nelson 0 2-2 2, Hull 1 0-0 2, Forshay 6 2-2 16, Ward 2 2-4 7, Hickey 2 4-4 8. Totals 16 10-12 54. Sac Hilliard 8 1-9 17, Williams 1 0-0 3, Tyler-Scott 1 0-0 2, Queenland 2 0-0 4, Ware 5 2-2 12, Green 5 5-6 16, Cook 0 2-2 2, Edwards 1 0-2 2. Totals 23 10-21 58. 3-point goals: Campo - Forshay 2, Brown, Ward. Sac - Williams, Green. Records: Campo 1-1, Sac 2-0 NorCal Division III semi-finals, girls basketball, 3/12/2011 Follow Patch Sports East Bay on Twitter
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