St. Francis Central Coast Catholic's Lauren Price dribbles the ball during a fast break in the second half Tuesday at Castilleja High in Palo Alto. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)
PALO ALTO — The St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High girls basketball team exacted revenge on Notre Dame of Salinas from earlier this season, winning 60-42 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division V tournament.
And for the second year in a row, Santa Cruz County will get a CCS girls basketball champion. It's just a matter of whom it will be.
The Sharks will face top-seeded Pacific Collegiate in an all-county final on Saturday.
St. Francis' defense was the catalyst in Tuesday's win, allowing just one Notre Dame field goal in the final four minutes of the second quarter. Meanwhile, they scored 14 points in those four minutes to take a 34-24 lead into the halftime intermission.
Sonja Shumake got it started by making one of two free throws. Lauren Price kicked it into overdrive by getting consecutive rebounds and a putback. The Sharks then forced a steal and Shumake made a fast-break layup. Price continued it with two free throws, and Shumake hit a turn-around jumper. Kim Hammill got in on the action with a three-pointer off a pass from Shumake. Price capped it off with a putback that banked in with two seconds to go in the second quarter.
Notre Dame came out to start the third quarter by trying to increase the pressure on the sharks. No dice. Martinez hit back-to-back dagger threes to deflate the Spirits and give the Sharks a 40-24 lead. The Sharks eclipsed their total from the first meeting and still had 1 1/2 quarters to play.
St. Francis didn't allow a Notre Dame field goal until 4:35 to go in the third quarter when Sarah Muzik put in a jumper as part of a 6-0 run to close the gap to 44-30. Hammill and Shumake hit jumpers in response.
The Sharks led by at least 20 throughout the fourth quarter.
• Pacific Collegiate 60, Crystal Springs Uplands 40: At Castilleja, the Pumas secured the all-county Division V final by taking out Crystal Springs
Morgan Green scored 38 points to lead top-seeded Pacific Collegiate.
Sacred Heart Prep 55, Soquel 52: At Belmont, the Knights' comeback bid in the second half fell short as the Gators upset the defending champions.
The loss was Soquel's first in the calendar year.
• Pinewood 62, St. Francis Central Coast Catholic 42: At Pacifica, the Sharks' CCS tournament run ended at the hands of Pinewood for a second consecutive year.
The Panthers' ultra-aggressive press hampered the Sharks all night, as a seven-point game became 20 before the third quarter ended.
St. Francis didn't make a field goal in the third quarter and ended the drought when Josh Rodriguez got a rebound and made a hook with 5:05 to go in the fourth quarter. In between that time, the locals got five points off of free throws.
With the win, Pinewood will go for a third consecutive Division V title on Saturday.
• Soquel 47, Palo Alto 46: At Independence High in San Jose, the Knights got payback on the Vikings from earlier this season as they won their first game in the CCS Open Division tournament.
The win puts Soquel into the consolation finals on Saturday.For the complete article see the 02-28-2013 issue.
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