ALAMEDA -- The Dublin High girls basketball team held on -- barely -- to a 54-50 win over host Alameda on Friday night in the North Coast Section Division II quarterfinals.
Milan Moses scored 22 points to lead Dublin, which had a 13-point lead in the third quarter. But it was two free throws by sophomore center Jojuan Carrington with five seconds left that secured the victory.
The Gaels will travel to Concord to face No. 1 Carondelet in Wednesday's semifinals. Carondelet was a 91-27 winner over American in its quarterfinal.
Gaels coach Mark Wainwright put extra pressure on Carrington by having all four of his other players stay back on defense rather than play for the rebound.
"Just not to worry about the crowd, keep it all to myself, take my time and shoot how I know I can shoot under pressure," Carrington said when asked what she was thinking when she stepped to the line. "I'm just blocking everything out, focusing on my shot."
Dublin (20-8) forced 17 turnovers on the night, 15 in the first three quarters. When the Gaels' Alanna Yee hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half, Dublin was up 35-21.
However, Alameda then turned up the pressure. DeJa Johnson had a steal and coast-to-coast layup to get the Hornets started on a quick 6-0 run. By the end of the third quarter, it was 47-39. Midway through the fourth, it was down to six points. Then to four, then three. Alameda (20-8) had a shot to cut it to one in the final minute but Tori McGovern missed the shot. The Hornets had to foul and first Moses and then Carrington buried the free throws.
Johnson led Alameda with 19 points. Marie Bertholdt scored 13 and grabbed 16 rebounds, but was held to five of 14 shooting thanks to a tremendous defensive effort by Carrington.
"I'm very proud of them," Hornets coach Brad Thomas said. "We lost four starters last year, came in here and were a four seed. We played (Bishop) O'Dowd 25 minutes of even basketball, one of the best teams in the nation. We accomplished so much."