PLEASANTON -- The man-to-man defense of the host Foothill High girls basketball team allowed only 10 field goals by Mission San Jose as the Falcons went on to a 41-31 victory in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
Seventh-seeded Foothill (15-12) now moves on to the quarterfinals, and will play at crosstown rival and No. 2 seed Amador Valley (18-8) on Friday at 7 p.m.
"I knew it would be a tight defensive battle because they play great defense," said Foothill first-year coach Bruce Funk about Mission San Jose. "We are a very good defensive team as well, and it showed tonight."
No. 10 Mission San Jose (16-11) trailed by only three points at 32-29 after a 3-pointer by Alysha Bedell with 1 minute, 54 seconds to play. But a putback by Jessica Crawford started an 9-2 Foothill run to end the game.
The Falcons, who were 2 for 6 from the free-throw line in the first three quarters, were clutch from that line in the final minute when they connected on 7 of their 8 attempts.
Marianne Fernandez scored a game-high 10 points, including eight in the second half. Mission San Jose was paced in scoring by Bedell, who had nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.