OAKLAND -- The Lynwood High girls basketball team, missing its all-star inside presence in 6-foot-1 center Christiana Layne because of exams, went outside and escaped with a 50-48 victory over previously unbeaten Bishop O'Dowd in the feature game of the Elite Shootout held Saturday night at Laney College.
The Knights (4-2) hit four 3-point shots in he second half, three by guard Estela Gutierrez, to hold off the Dragons and salvage a split of their two-game set in Northern California. Lynwood hit six 3-pointers in the game.
Asha Thomas (13 points) scored on a layup with 5.5 seconds left to cut the Lynwood lead to 50-48. The Knights were called for traveling on the in-bounds play, but the Dragons missed a 10-footer that would have tied the score as time ran out.
Bishop O'Dowd (3-1) had the early way with Lynwood, building an 11-6 lead after one quarter, but then went stone-cold in the second period and was outscored 13-4 to go down 19-15 at the half. The Dragons missed at least 10 straight shots during the second quarter and also missed two free throws during that span.
They never really regained their confidence after those shooting woes, but made a run when they were down 48-39 with 2:31 left in the game, outscoring the Knights 9-2 to make it close.
Thomas led all Bishop O'Dowd scorers with 13 points, Loren Lassiter added 12 points and had 14 rebounds.
St. Mary's 78, Christian Brothers 20: Gabby Green scored 21 points, grabbed five rebounds and had seven steals as the Panthers (4-1) rolled against the Sacramento-based Falcons (2-4).
Ma'Ane Mosley added 13 points for St. Mary's.
With St. Mary's up 68-20 entering the fourth quarter, a running clock was used. It didn't help the visitors, who were outscored 10-0.
Salesian 60, Bradshaw Christian 39: The undefeated Pride (4-0) proved that it wasn't just the Mariya Moore Show against the short-handed Pride from Stockton (2-2), who played with eight players.
Moore led all scorers with 18 points, but it was guard Kian McNair (15 points) and center Zoe Corral (12 points) that provided the impetus for a 22-9 first-quarter lead which essentially decided the game.
Corral had six points and McNair had five in the first period. McNair had three steals in the first quarter and finished with five overall.
Monte Vista 65, McClymonds 24: Host Monte Vista blew the game open in the second quarter and had a 46-14 lead at halftime before going on to a nonleague win over the Warriors. Spencer Rust led the Mustangs with 16 points.
"Our first group came in and played really hard and kind of jumped on them early," Monte Vista coach Nick Jones said.
The second half was more of the same as Monte Vista out scored visiting Mack 19-7, prompting the officials to switch to running clock.
Junior forward Andrew Pearson paced the visiting Warriors with six points as McClymonds struggled to get into rhythm all night offensively.
This loss marks just the second on the year for McClymonds, who came in the game on a four-game winning streak.
With the win Monte Vista's winning steak improves to 5 as the Mustangs remain undefeated early in the regular season.
-- Logan Murdock, correspondent