The St. Mary's High girls basketball team found a way to avoid overtime against Salesian in Tuesday's showdown between the two rivals at Contra Costa College.

The Panthers took an 11-point lead at halftime and went on to a 59-53 victory in Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division action.

The Panthers win avenged a 62-59 overtime loss to the Pride on Jan. 18. Both teams entered the game ranked in the top five in the Bay Area News Group East Bay girls basketball poll, with Salesian fourth and St. Mary's fifth.

"We definitely had the mindset that every quarter was a new quarter, 0-0," said St. Mary's Gabby Green, who scored a team-high 21 points. "Everybody kept their energy up."

Salesian (21-5, 9-1 TCAL-Rock) narrowed the deficit to three points multiple times. The last time was with 36 seconds to go on an inside basket by Mariya Moore, who scored a game-high 32 points.

But those were the Pride's last points. Green was fouled on the next possession and made one of two free throws for a 57-53 lead. Teammate Mikayla Cowling, who was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and scored 16 points overall, connected on two free throws with 17.2 seconds left for the game's final points.

St. Mary's (21-4, 9-1) held a 39-26 lead one minute into the third quarter but Salesian battled back, led by Moore's 18 second-half points.

Heritage 51, Deer Valley 46: The host Patriots raced out to a 7-0 lead, forced 13 first-quarter turnovers and never trailed in a victory over the Wolverines that put Heritage up two games in the Bay Valley Athletic League with three games to play.

Sydney Berry ignited the quick start with 11 points and five steals in the first quarter, as the Patriots (18-5, 7-0 BVAL) took a 20-9 lead. The junior guard finished with a game-high 25 points.

Deer Valley has won the league title outright in five of the past six seasons, and shared the league title with Carondelet in 2008.

Sabrina Englestad added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Patriots. Senior captain Shelby Eastom led the Wolverines with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

-- Ken Silman, correspondent

  • Bishop O'Dowd's Oderah Chidom, a 6-foot-4 Duke signee, is one of 20 high school seniors selected to play in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America game. The game is April 6 in New Orleans.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Boys soccer

    Northgate 1, Concord 0: Brandon Kearney's goal in the 64th minute gave the host Broncos a Diablo Valley Athletic League win over the Minutemen, and Ygnacio Valley the league title.

    Concord (11-2-5, 6-1-4 DVAL) needed to win Tuesday and beat idle Ygnacio Valley, which is 9-1-1 in league play, on Thursday to claim a co-championship.

    On Northgate's goal, Concord goalkeeper Giovanni Gomez knocked a dangerous ball away from his net. But the rebound found Ryan Hathaway, who one-timed a pass to Kearney.

    The win gives the Broncos (11-5-6, 5-4-2) some momentum going into next week's North Coast Section Division II playoffs.

    -- Matt Smith, correspondent

    Football

    Clayton Valley Charter running back Joe Protheroe has committed to Cal Poly, Eagles coach Tim Murphy said. Protheroe, who rushed for 3,014 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2012, picked Cal Poly over Sacramento State.

    -- Stephanie Hammon