Saving the best for last, the Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball team scored eight of the last nine points and took the championship trophy in the 17th annual Providence Pioneer Shootout last Saturday.
The Rebels’ 55-48 win over the host Pioneers should be a confidence booster when the Prep League begins, and it extended Flintridge Prep’s winning streak to six games to open the season.
Providence (3-2) led for much of the contest, but stumbled in the fourth quarter. The Pioneers were ahead, 47-46, with less than four minutes left, but was outscored, 9-1.
A layup from Renae Tamura (13 points) on an assist by Taylor Yoshida gave the Rebels a one-point edge with 3:20 showing, and it became 52-47 on two hoops from Tamura.
When tourney Most Valuable Player Maya Okamoto (game-high 19 points with four rebounds) dished to Lacy Coan (10 points with six rebounds), who nailed a short runner with a half-minute left, Flintridge Prep secured a 54-47 lead.
The Pioneers pulled in front by three points at the intermission, and continued the advantage behind the clutch shooting of Fabi Jimenez (team-high 18 points).
Providence’s Katia Dabbaghian tied it at 17-17 early in the second quarter and was named to the all-tourney squad after finishing with 17 points, two blocks and eight boards.
The Rebels’ Tala Ismail scored nine points, pulled down 10 rebounds, had three blocks, and was tabbed to the all-tourney team.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy wasn’t as fortunate as it lost, 56-47, in the title game of the Pasadena Polytechnic Tournament Saturday behind the host Panthers’ Kiki Yang’s game-best 21 points, including 11 in the final quarter.
Pasadena Poly (6-1) was in command and led the Tologs (5-3) by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, and Jenna Tran’s team-high 19 points led FSHA.
In another game, Glendale Holy Family (0-6) fell to Canoga Park, 31-27, in the Providence tourney on Saturday despite Melissa Chan’s 10 points.