Led by 15 fourth-quarter points from Natalie Romeo, the Carondelet basketball team (16-3) rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final period to defeat Berkeley (11-9) at the Campolindo Shootout.
"We kept out heads up and we kept running, even though we were tired," said Romeo, who finished with a game-high 29 points and scored more than half of her team's fourth-quarter points. She was also a perfect 9 for 9 from the free-throw line in the game and had four 3-pointers.
A 3-pointer by Rachel Howard gave Berkeley a 52-44 lead with 5 minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the game. But nine seconds later, Howard fouled out of the game with 12 points.
"That was the turning point of the game," Berkeley coach Cheryl Draper said.
With Berkeley's Desire Finnie (a team-high 23 points) also in foul trouble, Carondelet revved up its attack and went on a 13-0 run. It never trailed after that, as it outscored Berkeley 27-13 in the final period.
"I think we were really cold in the first half. We had to just pick up our intensity on defense," Carondelet coach Margaret Gartner said.
Berkeley led 31-28 at halftime behind a dynamic performance from Finnie, who scored 14 of her points in that half. The Yellowjackets' second-half lead reached a high of nine points early in the third quarter and it led 45-39 at the end of that period.
Draper was upset with her team's play after the game.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the turnovers and the lack of help from our role players," she said. "We are very timid defensively."
Makenzie Cast also scored in double figures for the Cougars with 12 points. Jaimonie Welch-Coleman had 14 points for Berkeley.