Down 11 points after the first quarter, the St. Mary's High girls basketball team rallied to beat league rival Salesian 65-57 in the North Coast Section Division IV championship game March 8 at Dublin High.

Mikayla Cowling led the Panthers with 22 points, and Ma'Ane Mosley scored 20.

The inside-out combination of Cowling working the perimeter and Mosley scoring inside on putbacks and post moves was the catalyst for the comeback by St. Mary's, which trailed 20-9 after one quarter.

It's the second straight Division IV section title for St. Mary's (26-7) and its fifth in the last six years. Salesian (27-6) won the crown in 2012.

Both teams were selected to play in the CIF Northern regional Open Division playoffs, with St. Mary's receiving the No. 1 seed and Salesian taking the fourth seed. In the first round on March 14, St. Mary's hosts No. 8 Sacramento on March 14, and Salesian plays at No. 5 St. Ignatius-San Francisco.

The No. 2 seed Panthers outscored the Pride 22-12 in the second quarter. A Cowling steal and transition layup tied the game 30-30 with a minute left. She hit a free throw on the next possession to give St. Mary's a brief lead before going into halftime down 32-31.

Top-seed Salesian kept the lead in the third quarter and into much of the fourth. Kian McNair scored a team-high 18 points, including two 3-pointers. Mariya Moore had 13 points.

However, Cowling had seven points in the final minutes to lift St. Mary's, including a late 3-pointer to bring the Panthers within two before eventually taking the lead.

The St. Mary's defense frustrated the Salesian ballhandlers late, and the Pride couldn't generate any consistent offense.

Taylor Berry scored 12 points and Gabby Green added 10 points for the Panthers.

Deer Valley 57, Berkeley 47: The Yellowjackets fought back after a slow start but still couldn't keep up with the Wolverines (23-5) in the NCS Division I title game March 7 at Saint Mary's College.

Berkeley trailed 9-0 after the first 1 minute, 34 seconds but later rallied to cut Deer Valley's lead to 12-11. Sierra Dixon, a transfer from Washington-Fremont, quickly answered for Deer Valley with her first 3-pointer and Berkeley wouldn't get closer the rest of the game.

Berkeley junior point guard Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman kept the Yellowjackets in the game, scoring 13 points in the first half and finishing with 18 points. Teammate Desire Finnie, who committed her fourth foul in the third quarter and spent much of the quarter on the bench, scored 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter.

But when Berkeley (21-8) started to make a run, Deer Valley would answer emphatically, often with a Dixon 3-pointer. She had all four of her 3-pointers in the first three quarters.

Deer Valley made sure it would carry the momentum into the fourth quarter. Johnson sank a running 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded ending the third quarter. Deer Valley held a 46-31 lead and led by double-digits throughout the fourth quarter.

Johnson finished with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

Berkeley received the No. 4 seed for the CIF Northern regional Division I playoffs and hosted No. 13 Skyline on Wednesday, after this newspaper went to press.

-- Phil Jensen

Boys basketball

Bishop O'Dowd 89, El Cerrito 69: The Gauchos stayed with the top-seeded Dragons (26-4) for the first half but couldn't keep up in the North Coast Section Division III final at Saint Mary's College on March 8.

Ivan Rabb, O'Dowd's star junior forward, finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds as the Dragons turned a two-point halftime lead into a blowout.

Junior guard Paris Austin helped the Dragons (26-4) surge ahead for good in the third quarter when he scored eight of his 17 points.

Afterwards, O'Dowd players gave their medals to the school's girls team, which was disqualified from the NCS playoffs for playing more than the allotted regular season games and didn't get the chance to play for a sixth-straight title.

"The girls will remember that for the rest of their lives and hopefully the young men will, too," Bishop O'Dowd coach Lou Richie said. "Way to show selflessness."

O'Dowd went 19 for 28 at the free throw line in the second half as three El Cerrito players fouled out. El Cerrito (28-4) was whistled for 33 fouls, and O'Dowd just 16.

Sayeed Pridgett led the Gauchos with 17 points and Tyrell Alcorn contributed 16.

El Cerrito was selected to play in the CIF Northern regional Open Division playoffs, and the sixth-seeded Gauchos play at No. 3 Archbishop Mitty-San Jose on March 14.

-- Stephanie Hammon