BELMONT -- Morgan Green played 23 minutes, and 14 seconds of the Central Coast Section Division-V championship.
Turns out, Pacific Collegiate would need every last second of that time to claw their way to a win.
The No. 2 seeded-Pumas erased a 14-point, first-half deficit thanks in part to Green’s 21 points, nine of them coming in the final minute of the game, to shock the St. Francis Central Coast Catholic Sharks 45-44 avenging last year’s loss.
“I think we got a little bit psyched out,” said St. Francis junior guard Sonja Shumake. “Out team needed to keep their composure. It think it effected us mentally. She’s a phenomenal player. I’m excited to see he play in college.”
Green signed on to play division-I college basketball with the University of Northwestern in November of last year, but had sat out since Jan. 8 because of a shoulder injury.
Whether she would play Friday night was still up in the air, but when Shumake and the Sharks jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter their was no question the Pumas needed a spark.
“Without (Green) they can’t be in the gym with us,” said St. Francis head coach Randy Braga. “She brings so much on the defensive end, she effects our players. She just brings a lot, even if she’s not making the baskets.”
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