BRENTWOOD -- The Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills High girls basketball team got one last defensive stop in the closing seconds to earn a 51-50 win over host Heritage in the Division I Northern California regional semifinals on Tuesday.
Heritage trailed 51-48 when it forced a turnover with 10.1 seconds remaining. Inbounding on its side of the court, the Patriots could not get the ball to sharpshooter Lexi Campbell, who was heavily guarded. Erin Asher took the open lane for a layup in the final second, but the Patriots fell one point short.
"We didn't make the plays. They made the plays. They made the free throws," Heritage coach Dan Swan said.
Oak Ridge was 17 for 25 from the line, including 7 for 8 in the final quarter. Heritage (26-6) was 12 for 23 from the free-throw line in the game.
Oak Ridge (28-4) could not stop Sabrina Engelstad, however. The Saint Mary's College signee scored a team-high 22 points.
Ali Bettencourt scored a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, for Oak Ridge. She had eight points in the fourth quarter.
Oak Ridge scored the first six points of the game, then Heritage had a 17-0 run over the next 7 minutes, 10 seconds. But Oak Ridge ended the half with a 19-4 run.
"It was a game of runs. They had a longer, bigger run than us," Swan said.
The second half was close throughout. The biggest advantage either team had in the fourth quarter was five points.
Engelstad had a double-double with a game-high 13 rebounds. Asher had 13 points and Sydney Berry had 11 points for Heritage.