McClymonds High's Gabby Gaines packs a lot of talent into her 4-foot-11 frame.
That was evident Wednesday, as the junior scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter against host Oakland Tech. That's when the Warriors girls basketball team took control, leading to a 62-50 victory that clinched McClymonds' first Oakland Athletic League title since 2008.
"She takes the ball to the basket. If she lets the game come to her, she's an outstanding player," said McClymonds coach Dennis Flannery about Gaines.
The Warriors (23-3, 9-1 OAL) also earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Oakland Section playoffs with the victory.
The score was tied 6-6 after the first four minutes. But Gaines grabbed a steal and raced down the court for a layup with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter, starting a 11-2 run to end the period. Gaines had eight of those points, including three straight baskets to begin the run.
After that, Oakland Tech (20-5, 8-2) didn't get closer than seven points to McClymonds the rest of the game.
The Warriors had eight steals in the first quarter, including two by Gaines, and 12 in the first half. Mack led 29-20 at halftime.
"Sixteen turnovers (in the first half), you cannot have 16 turnovers against Mack," Oakland Tech coach Valerie Hartsfield said.
The Warriors' Da'Ja'Nay Powell, who played for Oakland Tech last season as a freshman, scored 15 points in her first game against her former team.
Oakland Tech was led by senior London Robinson, who had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Teammate Kelea Pickeral-Dennis had 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
St. Mary's 51, Lick-Wilmerding 49: Jeremy Dennis hit a 16-foot jumper with nine seconds to go to lift the host Panthers (19-11) over the Tigers (18-11) in the first round of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs.
St. Mary's had to hold its collective breath as Matthew Bergland came back down and got off a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that hit the rim and bounced out.
Lick-Wilmerding was battling back all night and made up a three-point deficit in the final 26 seconds to tie the game. David Allen made one free throw with 25.7 seconds left, then missed the second. The Tigers' Benjamin Schneider got the rebound and was fouled by Dennis with 25.2 seconds left. He made both free throws.
"I initially thought after they had made the free throws they were going to go man or full-court," said Dennis, who finished with 22 points. "But they went in the 2-3 (zone). I saw the right side wide open because the left wing came up to guard me. So I just took him to the right."
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
McClymonds 56, Oakland Tech 48: Tahjee Williams had 19 points and Eric Jones had 18 as the host Warriors beat the Bulldogs to complete an unbeaten regular season in the OAL. McClymonds (19-7, 10-0 OAL) trailed by three at halftime but rallied to outscore Oakland Tech 35-24 in the second half.
Jullian Standley led Oakland Tech (18-8, 6-4) with 13 points.