Desire Finnie scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Berkeley High to a 54-44 win over McClymonds on Saturday in the second round of the Northern California Division I regional girls basketball tournament at Oakland Tech.
The Yellowjackets (20-11) broke open the game with a 10-0 run to start the third quarter, breaking a 34-34 tie in the process. Berkeley turned up the defensive pressure in the final period, forcing seven turnovers.
"We decided to start playing with trust," Yellowjackets coach Cheryl Draper said. "Our zone, we were having some really good help defense. And our shot selection was good. They weren't always falling, but we knew we always had a good chance that somebody would get a rebound."
Finnie got Berkeley going in the fourth quarter with a jumper. Ella Jane McCoy followed with a 3-pointer. Finnie finished the run with two baskets sandwiched around a free throw. Finnie scored 10 of her points in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors (26-4) put up a fight but never could counter that run in the fourth quarter. Although McClymonds stuck with a six-player rotation most of the game, coach Dennis Flannery said he didn't think his team got tired.
"I don't necessarily think that we wore down," Flannery said.
"I thought it was when we missed a shot, instead of maybe getting back, we stood and thought about it. Berkeley's too good a basketball team to do that."
Rachel Howard added 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Yellowjackets. Jaimoninia Welch-Coleman added 10 points.
Da Ja Nay Powell led the Warriors with 16 points and nine rebounds. Breannie Robinson had eight points and 10 rebounds.
Gunn-Palo Alto 45, Monte Vista 41: The eighth-seeded Titans (21-6) used a swarming, physical defense and just enough offense to upset the No. 1 Mustangs (24-6) on their home court in Danville.
After trailing early, Gunn started jumping in passing lanes, swiping at balls and generally hectoring the Mustangs every time they touched the ball.
Thanks to that defensive effort, the Titans rushed out to a 21-15 halftime lead.
But Monte Vista nibbled away in the third period and tied things at 40 on a scintillating sequence that saw sharpshooter Amanda Daily give up the ball twice, get it back and bury a 3-pointer from the left wing while being fouled. She drained the free throw to give the Mustangs their only lead of the second half at 41-40 with just 1:09 left.
It was short-lived. The Titans got the ball to Claire Klausner, who calmly banged home a 3-ball of her own to put Gunn back ahead 43-41 with 46 seconds remaining.
Gunn center Meghan Mahoney led all scorers with 11 and did the dirty work around the basket, gathering 10 rebounds.
Monte Vista was led by forward Lily Wissinger, who had nine points to go with eight rebounds.
-- Bill Kolb, correspondent
Heritage 67, Lowell-San Francisco 45: It was Lexie Campbell outside with five 3-pointers, Saint Mary's College-bound Sabrina Engelstad inside with 15 points and 14 rebounds and just a lot more tremendous guard play from Erin Asher (14 points, seven assists) and Sydney Berry (13 points, six steals) as the host and third-seeded Patriots (26-5) put it all together in a Division I quarterfinal victory.
Three 3-pointers from Campbell in the first quarter led to a 22-11 lead, and Heritage fought off a feisty Lowell squad the rest of the way to move into next week's semifinal game against Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills, a 52-40 winner over Wilcox-Santa Clara.
Heritage, which has never reached the NorCal semifinals, beat Oak Ridge earlier this year but was eliminated by it in NorCal quarterfinals last season.
"We definitely have some nice pieces to the puzzle and tonight we put them all together," Heritage coach Dan Swan said. "It's hard not to be pleased after that one."
Lowell (27-6), which got 13 from Kelly Wong and 12 by Angie Ng, fought back and closed to 39-31 early in the third quarter, but Heritage locked down on its interior defense and went on a 10-0 run to take command. Lowell never got within 12.
-- Mitch Stephens, correspondent
St. Francis-Mountain View 50, Dublin 41: The top-seeded Lancers (22-8) outscored the visiting Gaels 18-10 in the fourth quarter to earn a second round win in the Northern California Division II regional playoffs. St. Franciso face No. 4 Florin-Sacramento (23-9) in a home semifinal Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Gaels finished the season 21-10.
-- John Reid, Palo Alto Daily News