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Flintridge Prep girls' basketball comeback bid falls short against Pasadena Poly

Basketball: Rebels' late surge wanes, as Panthers win, 55-52, to force first-place tie.

January 28, 2014|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Valley Sun

PASADENA — Earlier this season, Flintridge Prep and Pasadena Poly matched up in girls’ basketball and the Rebels, in their league opener, brought to an end the visiting Panthers’ 41-game Prep League winning streak — but not until the hosts absorbed a last-second three pointer by Poly that forced overtime before Flintridge Prep secured the win.

It was round two Tuesday evening, this time on the Panthers’ home floor and the sequel almost produced the same drama, but with the roles reversed. It was Flintridge Prep that mounted the fourth-quarter comeback, but when it came time at the end for the last-second three-pointer to force overtime, the Rebels just could not get one to go and the Panthers won 55-52 to carve themselves some space atop the league leader board.

“It’s a learning experience that we didn’t necessarily want to learn this way or learn at this point. It’s something we’re going to build on and push forward,” Rebel co-Coach Kevin Kiyomura said. “Every possession counts.”

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Flintridge Prep (11-3, 4-1 in league) trailed by nine with 2:02 remaining in the contest. Rebel Lacy Coan sank a baseline jumper. After a turnover by Poly (13-6, 6-1), Tala Ismail scored four straight for the visitors by way of an offensive rebound and putback followed by a steal and basket at the other end to trim the margin to three points with 44 seconds to go.

“If we’re going to go down, let’s go down swinging,” Kiyomura said of his message to his team in the fourth. “They were all up for it and obviously it’s that that got us back into the game.”

The Panthers were then called for traveling, but the subsequent three from the Rebels was off line. However, a jump ball immediately gave it back with 25 seconds to go, but Flintridge Prep was unable to inbound the ball and was called for a five-second violation. The Panthers then missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Rebels had one more chance on their side of the court with 5.8 seconds to go, but were called for traveling after receiving the inbound pass and there would be no more chances.

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