Spieler leads California comeback

Saturday, March 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:05 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Abby Spieler led California's fourth-quarter comeback in a 58-52 win against Hancock in the Class 3 third-place game.

California outscored the Tigers 22-1 and Spieler scored 13 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter.

"The fourth quarter we kind of quit playing," Hancock coach Mitch Fusco said. "We were almost playing not to lose intead of to win."

Hancock led 41-36 after Sonya Daugherty hit a 3-pointer to end the third quarter, but Spieler opened the fourth with a driving layup and a 3-pointer to tie the game.

The Pintos got out to a 9-2 lead to open the game, but Hancock went on a 12-0 run to close the first quarter with the lead.

Hancock opened a six-point lead when California went six minutes and 51 seconds between field goals in the first half.

Lauren Mouse had seven of the Pintos' 18 offensive rebounds and added 12 points.

"Lauren was probably our biggest key to victory today," California coach Shane Meyer said. "She did a great job of finishing on a few baskets when we really needed some points.

Daugherty led Hancock with 35 points despite shooting 26 percent.

"We did a pretty good job on Daugherty in the first half, but that second half she came out and she lit us up... and we were kind of spectators for a while," Meyer said.

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