DUBLIN -- Down 11 points after the first quarter, the St. Mary's High girls basketball team rallied to beat league rival Salesian 65-57 in the North Coast Section Division IV championship game Saturday night at Dublin High School.
Mikayla Cowling led the Panthers with 22 points while Ma'Ane Mosley scored 20. The inside-out combination of Cowling working the perimeter and Mosley scoring inside on a number of put-backs and post moves was the catalyst for the comeback by St. Mary's, which trailed 20-9 after one quarter.
It's the second straight Division IV section title for St. Mary's, and its fifth in the last six years. Salesian won the crown in 2012.
After the first quarter, the No. 2 seed St. Mary's outscored the Pride 22-12 in the second quarter. A Cowling steal and transition layup tied the game 30-30 with a minute left. She hit a free throw on the next possession to give St. Mary's a brief lead before going into halftime down 32-31.
Top-seed Salesian would keep the lead in the third quarter and into much of the fourth. Kian McNair scored a team-high 18 points, including two 3-pointers. Mariya Moore had 13 points.
However, Cowling had seven points in the final minutes to lift St. Mary's, including a late three-pointer to bring the Cougars within two before eventually taking the lead. The St. Mary's defense frustrated the Salesian ball handlers late and the Pride couldn't generate any consistent offense.
Taylor Berry scored 12 points and Gabby Green added 10 points for the Panthers. For the Pride, Zoe Correal added nine points and Alana Horton had seven.