By Mike Bebernes
Junior guard Mary Macleod was a perfect 12-for-12 from the floor, leading Bay School to a 54-50 win over San Domenico of San Anselmo in the Bay Counties League Central championship game at Kezar Pavilion on Saturday.
The win gives the Breakers their first BCL Central title.
Macleod led Bay School (19-9) by scoring a game-high 29 points without missing a shot from the field. Her only imperfection was a pair of missed free throws.
“It’s obvious she’s our go-to gal,” said Bay coach Larry Minnich.
San Domenico (21-6) opened the game on a 7-0 run. Bay immediately answered back by outscoring the Panthers 18-4 over the next six minutes en route to building a 27-21 halftime lead.
The game was a fast-paced, at times frantic, affair that featured 52 total turnovers.
The up-tempo style played right into Bay’s hands.
“We had to do it that way. We’re not going to be San Domenico playing halfcourt,” said Minnich.
San Domenico had a distinct advantage inside, getting 17 points from sophomore center Kristina Myers and 12 points from freshman forward Olivia Ayanrouh.
Bay’s strategy to stop San Domenico’s bigs from scoring was to limit their touches. The Breakers stayed in a full-court press for the entire game, often forcing turnovers by double-teaming the San Domenico ball handlers in the backcourt.
Macleod and junior forward Carla Cardillo, who chipped in 11 points, helped the Breakers build a 50-40 lead with just five minutes remaining. However, late turnovers and six missed free throws in the final minute allowed San Domenico to cut the lead to just four points.
A steal by junior Angie Matarozzi with five seconds on the clock finally sealed the game and the championship for the Breakers.
“Our team, we’ve just really wanted this … for years,” said Macleod. “Today we just did not want to lose. We were not about to give this up.”