Possession after possession in the second half Saturday night, the ball went inside to Sara Dyslin. Possession after possession, the Lynbrook senior put it in the basket.
In a rematch of two playoff games last season, both won by St. Francis, Dyslin was just about unstoppable after halftime as Lynbrook (19-8) rallied to beat the Lancers 40-34 in the Central Coast Section Division II championship game at Santa Clara University.
Dyslin finished with 22 points, all but six after the break, as she outscored the Lancers (16-12) in the final two quarters 16-15.
"It was just awesome having her there," said teammate Paige Song, who finished with seven points. "I couldn't be happier that she's in the post. I feel so comfortable with her in there."
As her teammates continued to feed her the ball Saturday, Dyslin said it built momentum for the team.
"It was never really a set play to get it into me," Dyslin said. "But it was definitely a huge help to get the points going."
St. Francis coach Brian Harrigan said it came down to a good player making good plays.
"She did a great job," Harrigan said of Dyslin. "But I think we could have put a little more post effort. I wasn't really too happy with our post effort, but you've got to give them credit."
Division I: Trailing by one point, two-time defending champion Gunn took two potential game-winning shots in the final seconds, but neither fell as North Salinas (25-2) held on for a 39-38 win in the CCS Division I title game at Independence High.
"I don't think we could've gotten two better shots," Gunn coach Melanie Murphy said.
Gunn (10-8) trailed 37-31 in the fourth quarter but pulled to within 39-38 on Meghan Mahoney's basket with 1:00 left. The Gunn defense forced a miss, and freshman Sarah Longyear grabbed the rebound, allowing the Titans to set up for a last shot.
The ball went inside to the 6-foot-1 Mahoney, who was being double-teamed. Mahoney's shot missed, but Longyear rebounded and put up a shot that also missed. The buzzer sounded, setting off a North Salinas celebration.
"Turnovers hurt us down the stretch, but the girls fought hard," Murphy said.
Mahoney led Gunn with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Division III: Valley Christian led by five points at halftime in its CCS Division III final against Soquel.
But the advantage quickly ballooned in the third quarter as the Warriors (15-13) pulled away for a 48-27 victory at SCU. The championship was the program's first since 2010 and fourth overall.
Jessica Mitz, who has played for three coaches in four years at Valley Christian, led the Warriors with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Ronika Stone added 13 points, 12 in the second half, and 11 rebounds.
"We felt like we were getting open looks," Valley Christian's first-year coach Chris McSwain said. "We just had to make them in the second half and just be a little bit more aggressive and minimize their second-chance points because they were getting a lot of offensive rebounds."
Division IV: Menlo School's 13-0 run at the game's outset proved to be decisive as it maintained its lead throughout in a 49-40 victory over Castilleja in the CCS Division IV final.
It was the sixth CCS championship for Menlo (18-12).
Both teams are from the West Bay Athletic League, Menlo from the highly competitive Foothill Division, and Castilleja (20-10) was the champion of the Skyline Division.
After exchanging 3-pointers to start the game, Menlo went on the 13-0 run to assert control. Freshman point guard Sam Erisman, who finished with 17 points, started the run with a basket. Anna Miller hit a 3-pointer and then Erisman scored again.