Allison Wisdom drained a 3-pointer to give the Buhach Colony girls basketball team its first lead of the game midway through the third quarter against Del Oro.
The Thunder didn’t get to enjoy it long.
The Golden Eagles scored on three straight offensive rebounds to spark a 20-1 run as the No. 3 seed Del Oro defeated No. 11 Buhach Colony 67-47 on Thursday night at Del Oro.
“I didn’t even know that shot gave us the lead,” said Wisdom, who scored 22 points. “I looked up at the scoreboard and saw it was 40-39 visitors. “We let them get the momentum. We let them get going and we couldn’t get a stop those few possessions.
“It’s hard to get it back when they get up so much and there’s not a lot of time.”
Wisdom kept the Thunder (20-8) in the game in the first half. The fourth-year point guard scored 16 points in the first two quarters, including a pair of 3-pointers as Buhach Colony went into the half trailing just 35-33.
“They outhustled us and outboarded us in the first half,” said Del Oro coach Mike Takayama, whose team improved to 21-8. “We gave them some easy baskets and we didn’t defend (Wisdom) that well. She’s a good player. Fortunately for us, she got a little tuckered out in the second half.”
Del Oro will face No. 2 seed Sacramento in the semifinals on Tuesday at the University of the Pacific. The Dragons defeated No. 7 Cosumnes Oaks 61-24.
The Thunder’s lack of depth came into play in the second half. Buhach Colony coach Shane Gentry uses a eight-player rotation, but tried to go with his starters as much as possible.
“Some of the timeouts in the second half I wasn’t really saying anything,” Gentry said. “It was just to let them rest.”
The Golden Eagles got three straight offensive rebounds and putbacks. First it was Mia Maglinte to give Del Oro a 42-40 lead. Hannah Jordan then scored on two straight offensive rebounds to extend the lead to 46-40.
Then the shots started falling. Freshman Ty Maranan buried a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to give the Golden Eagles a 53-41 lead. Maranan and Maglinte then started the fourth quarter with back-to-back treys to extend the lead to 59-41 with 6:36 left.
“Offensive rebounding was scary coming in after watching them on tape,” Gentry said. “(Lauren Heyn) and (Jordan) are relentless and they work constantly. We didn’t do the best job communicating in our zone. It’s something new for us, switching from man to zone.
“Overall, the girls played hard for two and a half, three quarters. We went cold there for a while.”
After a 29-point performance on Tuesday night against Bear Creek and 16 points in the first half against Del Oro, Wisdom finally tired out in the second half and nobody else was able to pick up the scoring.
“I couldn’t match my play from the first half,” Wisdom said. “I ran out of gas. I started making little mistakes I shouldn’t have made.”
Heyn led Del Oro with 22 points. Magiente added 13 and Jordan scored 12.
“(Heyn) was a really good player,” Wisdom said. “She was the best post player I’ve seen this year. She finishes everything and if she doesn’t, she gets the offensive rebound.”
Brandy Coward finished with 10 points and five rebounds for Buhach Colony.
The loss ended the career of Wisdom, who helped lead the Thunder to the program’s first two Central California Conference titles and the first playoff win in school history this year.
“I’m happy,” she said. “I love all these girls. This year was the most fun I’ve had in my four years. We accomplished something bigger than just us. It’s hard to know I just played my last game with them. It’s setting in right now.”