Bearcats survive late Leopards rally to win 28-20
13 players score . . .
With Tatiana Morales leading the way, the Bearcats methodically build a 20-8 lead in the first three quarters then held on for a 28-20 win over the Leopards.
Morales continued her extraordinary pressure on the ball and turned steals into points and free throws and, along with Mariah Davis, led the Bearcats in scoring with six points.
The Leopards, who had scored just one basket in the previous 19 minutes, suddenly came to life with back-to-back scores by Claire Nguyen and Caroline Connolly to score more points in the fourth quarter than the first three combined.
The teams combined to have 13 players score; a season high.
Behind Morales and Davis, the Bearcats had four points each from Faith Stockton (a third grader), Isabella Swann, and Wysper Krist.
The Leopards were led by Nguyen with six while Connolly and Alexis Brady had four each.
Free throws: 0/4
Free throws: 0/6
Panthers pull away in second half
Front line scores 17
The Lions have been getting stronger. Unfortunately, they haven’t gotten much taller and the Panthers combined the superior front-line height of Myesha Lumas and Gianna Falcocchia for 17 points and a 32-14 win.
It took the Panthers until the middle of the third quarter to distance themselves from the upstart Lions, but once they had momentum, the blade of decision was quick to pierce any shadow of doubt as the Panthers went 9-0 in three minutes.
The first quarter belonged to the Lions as Jailynn Hill, Alyssa Villa, Marissa Ybarra, and Shaye Swaney got on the scoreboard to put the Lions in the lead. By halftime, the Lions were within a one possession and with more scoring from Hill and Sophie Parmisano, the Lions were within a single point midway through the third.
The Panthers called for a timeout and then went inside to impose their advantage near the basket. The move paid off as the Panthers quickly built a five-point lead and the Lions called timeout to adjust their defense, but that move didn’t go as well because the Panthers continued to power their way to a safe lead.
The Panthers were whistled for five fouls; the Lions 15. The Panthers were 6/15 from the free throw line; the Lions 0/2.
Falcocchia had nine points and Lumas eight for the Panthers. Hill led the Lions with six.
Free throws: 615
Free Throws: 0/2