Just 48 hours after leaving Wednesday's game with an ankle injury, College of Marin's Amari Allison showed no ill effects as she powered the Mariners past Skyline College on Friday evening in Kentfield. Marin held a 67-65 lead over Skyline with just 1.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but allowed a game tying layup to Skyline's Charme Noordzee as time expired. The potentially crushing blow did not deter the Mariners as they outscored Skyline 16-7 in the overtime period for a 83-74 victory. Allison led all scorers with 37 points including a perfect 11 of 11 from the free throw line.
Marin started out slowly as they allowed Skyline to take an early 7-1 lead and a 18-13 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Allison came off the bench to jump start the Mariners offense helping tie the game at 22 points each with 6:50 remaining in the first half. Skyline punched back to take a 35-30 lead at halftime.
After the break, Marin had a newfound sense of purpose, attacking the basket and pouncing on almost every loose ball. A balanced third quarter attack was highlited by six more points from Allison as well as a key three pointer from Captain Ureka Abbushi. The Mariners erased Skyline's halftime lead as the teams finished the third quarter tied at 47-47.
The fourth quarter was wild on both ends, as a myriad of turnovers each way led to fast break points a plenty. Marin held a 59-55 lead with four minutes remaining, but Skyline tied up the game at 64-64 with just 26 seconds remaining. Allison drove past the Skyline defense and finished a right handed layup to put Marin up 66-64 with just seven seconds left on the clock.
Skyline's Arianna Sheehy took the ball on the right wing and drew a foul with just 1.7 seconds remaining. She split free throws as Marin clung to a 66-65 lead. Aezioni Fuller was fouled with 1.4 left on the clock and made the first free throw before intentially missing the second. As she released the second free throw she sprung towards the hoop and rebounded her miss, however the referees called her for a free throw line violation as Fuller left the stripe before the ball hit the rim. The ensuing Skyline inbounds pass from the sideline found a free Noordzee for the tying layup at 67-67 as time expired.
The detracted Marin team could have taken the opportunity to fold entering overtime, but did just the opposite. Fuller hit a early midrange jumper to take a 69-67 lead, but Noordzee answered to knot the game back up at 69 each. Marin's Daniella Cerruti responded with a long two pointer to retake the lead 71-69. Allison emerged once again as she drew a foul and converted on both free throws for a four point Marin lead. Skyline split free throws before Allison finished a close range shot for a five point advantage. Allison rebounded a Skyline miss and it was all academic as the visitors resorted to fouling the remainder of the way leading to an 83-74 final score.
Alliison had 37 points on 13 of 23 from the floor to go with her 11 made free throws. She also had 19 rebounds to go with four steals and a pair of blocks. Fuller had 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Buckley had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Noordzee led Skyline with 16 points and 10 rebounds as well as a pair of blocks.
Marin has nearly two weeks until their next game as they host Cabrillo College on November 30th.