Angela Lee scored on a follow shot after her initial try was blocked in the final seconds to lift the McClymonds High girls basketball team to a 67-66 victory over Oakland Tech on Tuesday in an Oakland Section semifinal game.
The second-seeded Warriors (15-12) will face No. 1 Skyline (20-7) in the championship game on Thursday at Laney College. It is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, host McClymonds led all the way until the final minute and a half. The Warriors jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes and built it to double-digits in the second and third quarters.
But Oakland Tech (11-15) fought back and when Elayshia Woolridge hit a follow shot with 1:29 to go, the Bulldogs had their first lead at 66-65.
Each team had multiple chances to score from there. Finally, with the clock running down, Lee drove the lane. Her initial attempt was blocked by Keonna Bellot. But the ball went back to Lee, who put it right back up for the basket with about four seconds left and Oakland Tech out of timeouts. The Bulldogs pushed the ball upcourt and Woolridge got a shot off in traffic at the buzzer, but it missed.
Da'Ja'Nay Powell of McClymonds led all players with 26 points and 19 rebounds. Lee finished with 15 points for the Warriors, and Charlisse Flemming added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Nyela Cade paced No. 3 seed Oakland Tech with 19 points and nine rebounds. Alaysia Clemons had 15 points, and Hadiyah Owens had 14 for the Bulldogs.
Skyline 65, Oakland 43: The Titans' Darrien Washington scored 26 points, including 14 in the third quarter, and grabbed 12 rebounds as Skyline advances to the Oakland Section championship game. Washington also had four blocks for the host Titans, who led throughout the second half. Safiyyah Yasin also had 18 points for Skyline.
Bishop O'Dowd petition: The Bishop O'Dowd girls basketball team is hoping an online petition along with support from the community and local politicians will help revive the Dragons' season.
The defending state Open Division champions were ranked as one of the state's top teams before being disqualified from the North Coast Section playoffs for exceeding the number of regular-season games permitted.
"It was a technical mistake made by adults and now the girls are being penalized," said parent Bob Kalmbach, who served as a team spokesman at a press conference held at the school Tuesday.
O'Dowd learned last week that it also wouldn't be allowed into the NorCal Open Division playoffs, as the California Interscholastic Federation stated that a team must compete in its section tournament to be eligible for regional play.
The team and the school's administration maintain that the CIF doesn't explicitly state in its rules or qualifying criteria that a team must play in its sectional tournament in order to participate in the Open Division.
Now team members and their parents are trying to keep their season alive by appealing to the public. They're calling their pursuit "Dragons Rise" and have created an online petition that they plan to present to the CIF in Sacramento later this week.
The petition had more than 4,000 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon with the goal of hitting 10,000.
"We just wanted to get the word out to everybody and get support from our community, which has been tremendous," said senior Maya Williams. "The petition was because we wanted to see physically how many people actually support us and then show that to CIF and to all the big dogs. Hopefully it will help."
Kalmbach said the team also has received support from state senators Loni Hancock and Ellen Corbett and three assembly members.
-- Stephanie Hammon
Fremont 65, Oakland 63: Donnell Wheat scored 34 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, to lead the visiting Tigers in an Oakland Section semifinal game. Wheat scored 12 of his fourth-quarter points with 3-pointers for No. 3 seed Fremont, which advances to the championship game on Thursday at Laney College at 6 p.m. Oakland, the No. 2 seed, was paced in scoring by Jamaliah Brown with 24 points.