CAMINO REAL LEAGUE
CANTWELL 47, ST. MONICA 44
MONTEBELLO — Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary knew it had one chance to earn at least a share of the Camino Real League girls basketball title.
The Cardinals made sure they didn’t waste the opportunity on Thursday.
Lily Perkins scored 20 points and had two key baskets during the final 30 seconds as host Cantwell rallied for a 47-44 victory over St. Monica to move into a first-place tie with the Mariners.
Kathy Pinnock had nine points, including two crucial 3-pointers in the final two minutes, for the Cardinals, who improved to 18-6 overall and 4-1 in league play. Molly Tomlin had 12 points for the Mariners, who slipped to 15-6 and 4-1.
St. Monica scored a 47-42 victory over Cantwell earlier in the season. Both teams have three league games left.
It looked bleak twice in the second half for the Cardinals. The Mariners, after outscoring Cantwell 18-6 in the second quarter, held leads of 10 points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth. But each time the Cardinals rallied.
They cut St. Monica’s lead to 41-37 with 2:24 left following a 3-pointer by Valeria Lizarraga and two free throws by Perkins.
Pinnock then drained consecutive 3-pointers to give Cantwell a 43-42 lead with 1:02 left,
St. Monica got the lead right back following a 10-foot turnaround by Gloria Scipioni with 50 seconds remaining.
Cantwell followed with a turnover, but Tomlin was short on a 9-footer in the lane with 28 seconds left.
Perkins then followed with a layup and a 44-43 Cantwell lead with 15 seconds left.
Brianna George missed an inside shot with 10 seconds left before Perkins followed with a layup to clinch it at 47-44 with two seconds left.
Cantwell coach Matt Zamora: “There’s nothing more that I can say about this team other than they are resilient. When we needed it tonight, we got it. It’s a big-time game and a big-time win for this school.”
Cantwell’s Lily Perkins: “It was just our composure. We had our composure the whole game and I think that’s what kept us in it. Kathy’s (3-pointers) got us the momentum. We did good. We played as a team, got a team win. We needed this. This game was a big one. At halftime, we got kind of scared, but we stayed in it.”