With his team holding a 10-point lead over Salesian High entering the fourth quarter Saturday, Bishop O'Dowd girls basketball coach Malik McCord was feeling anything but comfortable.
"We told them, fourth quarter, Mariya was going to try to take over the game," McCord said.
That would be Salesian's Mariya Moore and she nearly led the Pride all the way back, but visiting Bishop O'Dowd held on for a 60-56 victory in a terrific nonleague contest.
Moore finished with 24 points, nine steals, eight assists and six rebounds. She also took a physical beating all night long from the Dragons defense -- 11 of Bishop O'Dowd's 20 fouls were committed against her.
With 10.1 seconds to go in the game, Moore stepped to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game. To that point, she was 12 of 14 from the line.
However, almost certainly tired, she missed both shots. Asha Thomas made two free throws at the other end to ice the win.
"It's always fun playing against good teams and good players," Thomas said. "You want tight games and good competition."
And what's it like going against Moore on the floor?
"Mariya Moore is a beast," Thomas said.
Thomas was pretty good herself -- she scored 26 points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out four assists. Ten of her points came in the fourth quarter to help hold off Moore and the Pride.
"I thought that Thomas did a really good job getting inside of our defense," Salesian coach Steve Pezzola said. "We had some things ready, but she was good. She just got there. She beat us to the spot."
The game was close most of the way but the Dragons (10-3) held the lead all of the second half. Late in the third quarter, Bishop O'Dowd used an 11-4 run to finish the period with a 45-35 lead.
The Pride (10-5) didn't wilt. Moore scored 11 of her points in the final quarter, but she also handed out four assists -- three of them to Zoe Correal, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Carondelet 79, Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 51: The Cougars (10-2) held a 47-24 halftime lead on their way to a nonleague win over the host Monarchs (8-5). Carondelet had four players score in double figures, led by Makenzie Cast with 22 points. Fourteen of Cast's points were in the first half. Natalie Romeo added 19 points for Carondelet.