Melissa Lemus’ short jumper with just over six minutes left in the third quarter gave Santa Barbara High School a 50-33 lead over Calabasas in a CIF Division 3AA semifinal game. But Santa Barbara went cold and Calabasas rallied for a 72-66 overtime victory that left the Dons stunned and in tears.
Dons senior star Ivette Gil was sensational in the first half scoring 23 of her game-high 29 points as Santa Barbara led by double digits at halftime. But Santa Barbara did not make a field goal in the final six minutes of regulation opening the door for Calabasas.
Roxanna Barahman scored a team-high 27 points and Megan Charles’ three-pointer with 45 seconds left tied the game at 61. A last second shot by Santa Barbara’s Desirea Coleman did not fall as the game went into overtime.
Calabasas’ Lauren Tse made a three-pointer just seconds into overtime and the Coyotes never looked back. The Dons are 23-8 and their season may continue in the State Tournament which will be announced next weekend.