It was the kind of start the St. Francis High girls basketball team hoped for – a 15-5 lead on the road in the Northern California Division I quarterfinals. It didn’t last, however, as Bear Creek of Stockton rallied for a 64-59 win after altering its defense late in the first period.
“That kind of freaked us out,” Lancers coach Sami Pompei said of the Bruins’ switch from zone to man-to-man. “You could see the fear in the seniors – they didn’t want the season to end – and we got frazzled. Then we started going cold, missing free throws, layups and not executing on offense.”