Gunn Girls’ Basketball squad came into its non-league game as the only public school in the state of California to be undefeated this late in the season. Their 47-42 win over Presentation at Gunn kept that streak alive, but there is still work to do as the post season will soon be upon them.
Gunn is now 23-0 and has three league games coming up against teams they have defeated by 42, 34 and 24 points. The Lady Titans, though, will probably not take anything lightly in future games as they had to survive a tenacious Presentation squad that they very well might face again in the Central Coast Section Playoffs.
“We were tentative in the beginning,” said Gunn Head Coach Sarah Stapp. “But we got better as the game went on.”
Both teams started out slow and throughout the game as the defenses of both squads forced numerous turnovers.
After a sluggish first quarter that saw Gunn lead 7-5, the pace picked up in the second and was capped by a 30 footer at the buzzer by Jasmine Evans to put Gunn up 24-17 at half.
In the third period there were times it looked Gunn would pull away but every time Presentation would respond.
The Lady Titans went on a 6-0 run late in the third to take its first 10 point lead at 34-24, but the Panthers came right back with six straight points of their own to cut the score to 34-30. Another Evans buzzer basket, this time underneath by Jackie, gave Gunn a 36-30 lead heading into the final quarter.
Gunn quickly came out with four straight points to take a 40-30 lead and then the two teams traded points as two Jasmine Evans free throws with four minutes left gave Gunn a 44-34 advantage.
While it looked like Gunn was ready to lock it up, Presentation had other ideas, especially Chelsea Punian, who drained three three pointers on the night, all that looked they would have been good from NBA distance. Her final three pointer was sandwiched between two other scores for the Panthers and suddenly with 1:50 left in the game, the score was now 44-41.
The Lady Titans were shut down offensively for over three minutes, but fortunately for them, they had to make Presentation work for any of their points. Each time Presentation had to eat up significant time before they got a shot off.
With Gunn’s offense in a cold state, it fell to the defense to preserve the game and the key play of the game came with a little over a minute left and Gunn nursing a three point lead. As Presentation tried to work the ball upcourt, Taylor McAdam knocked a pass away over to Jasmine Evans, who then hit a streaking Jackie Evans to make the score 46-41 with 55 second left.
Presentation tried to setup for a quick score but again was denied by Gunn’s defense. As valuable seconds ticked away, Presentation was unable to get a good look and when their shot attempt missed, Jasmine Evans got the ball and was fouled with 25 seconds remaining.
Jasmine made one of two free throws to finish the scoring for Gunn and the Lady Titans held on for the win.
Jasmine and Jackie both led Gunn with 16 points, followed by 11 from McAdam. Sophie Shevick scored two and Tamar Cartun and Rachel Clark each added a free throw.
16 was a popular number for Jackie as she also added 16 rebounds on the night.
Gunn will finish up their regular season with three home games with the first one coming this Wednesday at 7:00 PM against Saratoga.