St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.), the No. 1 girls basketball team in the Super 25 rankings for the entire season, was stunned Tuesday night by Pinewood 72-69 in the Northern California Open Division regional semifinals.
The loss snaps a 57-game winning streak by St. Mary’s (28-1).
St. Mary’s had a 10-point lead at 49-39 minutes into the third quarter, but the Panthers (24-5) from Los Altos Hills stormed back with a 30-12 run to take a 69-61 lead and held on from there.
St. Mary’s, using its length and trademark pressure, forced a lot of turnovers, but Pinewood made 16 three-pointers. Erin Poindexter-McHan and Hannah Jump each made six threes and finished with 22 points apiece.
“We have never faced anything like that, the athleticism and skill they play with,” Poindexter-McHan told the Mercury News. “Getting the chance to play a team like that was such an honor. We’re not necessarily the fastest, the strongest or most athletic team, but we made it work.”
Aquira DeCosta led St. Mary’s with a game-high 27 points.
Pinewood next faces unbeaten Miramonte, ranked No. 5 in the Super 25, in the regional final Saturday. Here is how Miramonte (31-0) reacted after its game Tuesday night when it head that St. Mary’s had lost.