PIEDMONT -- The Alameda High girls basketball team didn't panic when host Piedmont rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to take a five-point lead with 3 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third quarter of this Feb. 1 game.
Alameda proceeded to break open a close game with a 20-1 run and didn't trail again in a gritty 69-59 victory
"We really calmed down and found open passes," said Alameda's Marie Bertholdt about the key run. "We know our strength is getting it inside-out, so we utilized that."
Piedmont (15-6, 6-3 West Alameda County Conference) had rallied from a 27-20 halftime deficit to take a 38-33 lead on a layup from JoNae Gonzales with 3 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third quarter. But a converted offensive rebound by Alameda's DeJa Johnson started the decisive 20-1 run, which extended until 5:34 to go.
The Hornets' win avenged a 62-54 loss to Piedmont on Jan. 4 to start the WACC season. Alameda improved to 17-5 overall and 6-3 in WACC play with the victory.
Bertholdt scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Teammate DeJa Johnson added 15 points, including four 3-pointers. Alameda's Maddy Lewis scored 12 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter and also produced five rebounds, five assists and three steals in the game. Lisa Bertholdt also had 13 points and seven rebounds for Alameda.
Piedmont's Lauren Seyranian led all scorers with 24 points and also grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals.
Teammate Maddie Mills added 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Kelsey Fennell had eight rebounds for Piedmont.
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