The Summerville girls varsity basketball season came to an end after a tightly contested loss to No. 5 Mariposa, 54-52 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin section playoffs.
“It was a heartbreaker for sure. We led late until a few tough calls went against us in the last 90 seconds,” said coach Greg Smith.
The momentum swerved after the Bears’ Grace Fulkerson was called out of bounds, allowing Mariposa to score the tying bucket.
“On the film that does not appear to be the case,” said Smith.
Two more free throws on another questionable foul call would give Mariposa the two-point win.
“It was hard to go out that way, but Mariposa is a tough team and they played really well,” said Smith.
Summerville played strong against a tough Mariposa team, including their speedy six-foot, one-inch point guard Milea Appling.
“We were down 15-6 after quarter one, but outscored them in the second and third,” said Smith.
Karina Herrera had a standout performance, playing her best game of the season.
She had 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Fulkerson had 16 points and five rebounds.
Delaney Rodgers had nine points.
Delaney and Karina played great defense on Appling, but she's a tough cover,” said Smith.
“I'm very proud of all that we achieved this year, including the first playoff win for this program in a very long time,” said Smith. “These girls are extraordinary people, and I was blessed to get to coach them.”