With first place on the line Friday night, Lynbrook was determined to walk out of its gym with a victory.
The Vikings scored 21 of the final 22 points in the first half and beat Gunn 45-28 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division girls basketball game.
No. 4-ranked Lynbrook extended its winning streak to seven games while remaining unbeaten in the division. The loss was 10th-ranked Gunn's first against a division opponent.
"My girls came out to play today," Lynbrook coach Cynthia Ting said. "I would say our defense fueled our offense. We did a great job pressuring their guards, and we moved the ball really well tonight."
After Emily Redfield's basket cut Lynbrook's lead to 7-5 midway through the first quarter, Gunn (10-4, 3-1) had no response the rest of the half against the Vikings' half-court defense and low-post offense.
Lynbrook (15-2, 5-0) created turnover after turnover and kept feeding Sara Dyslin for points near the basket. The junior scored nine of her 13 points in the first half as the Vikings opened a commanding 28-6 lead.
Paige Song, a player Ting described as "one of the unsung heroes of our season," had 12 points and four steals. Dyslin also had four steals, and Emily Fong had three, along with nine points.
"We have an amazing dynamic," Dyslin said. "Every person on this team is so amazing. We have high hopes for this year because we know we have a lot of good talent on this team."
"We did a pretty good job of not turning the ball over," Hudepohl said. "That's sort of been our Achilles' heel all season. And our defense was really good, especially in the first half."
Gunn played much better in the second half, closing the deficit to 39-28 in the closing minutes. Claire Klausner led the Titans with 12 points, all after halftime.
"We knew they were going to make a run because they're well-coached and a really talented team," Ting said.
Wilcox 62, Milpitas 30: D'airrien Jackson had 20 points to lead No. 5 Wilcox (15-2, 3-2) to the SCVAL De Anza Division win.
Eastside Prep 53, Pinewood 38: Hashima Carothers scored 21 points to propel No. 5 Eastside Prep over No. 9 and host Pinewood.
Top-ranked Archbishop Mitty finished the first half of the West Catholic Athletic League season unbeaten, defeating No. 2-ranked Sacred Heart Cathedral 69-57 in San Francisco. Aaron Gordon led the Monarchs (13-3, 7-0) with 24 points. Sacred Heart Cathedral fell to 12-5, 5-2.
Piedmont Hills 54, Independence 43: Walter Bateast scored 22 points as the No. 7 Pirates (14-3, 6-1) defeated the host 76ers in a Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division game.
Palo Alto 57, Los Gatos 32: Aldis Petriceks scored 20 points to lead Palo Alto (15-1, 6-0) to a victory in an SCVAL De Anza Division game at Los Gatos.
Willow Glen 54, Leland 48: Taylor Meeker had 27 points as host Willow Glen defeated the Chargers in BVAL Mount Hamilton Division play.