BY MATT MENCARINI | STAFF WRITER
12:01 p.m.: And we're underway. Lopez leads Calvary 5-3, with 5:34 left in the first quarter. Simone Brown has three points and April Panaggio got the first two points of the game.
12:06 p.m: Shannon Cranshaw finds Ashley Folsom on a long pass for two points, as the Green Wave answer a Calvary three-pointer. Father Lopez leads 7-6, with 4:00 left in first quarter.
12:09 p.m.: We're in a media timeout, which means TV timeout. This definitely has a different feel than the other playoff games.
So far, Calvary is taking its time on offense trying to find holes in the Father Lopez zone defense.
12:17 p.m.: END OF FIRST QUARTER: Father Lopez and Calvary are tied 7-7. The game slowed down after the first few minutes and both teams seem to be trying to find a rhythm right now.
12:25 p.m.: Both teams struggling to find consistent offense, as Father Lopez leads 10-9 with 3:50 left int he second quarter.
12:29 p.m.: Folsom hits both free throws to put Lopez on top 14-12 with 2:10 left in the first half.
12:33 p.m.: We're at the half, so how about some rapid reaction.
Calvary hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game 18-18. Both teams started the half quickly, getting points in their first few possessions. However, the game slowed down, maybe, as some adrenaline wore off and nerves kicked in.
I'm not sure where Calvary plays its home games, but I know Father Lopez hasn't played in a gym this size very often, and I think the same goes for Calvary.
As she often does, Folsom leads all scorers with nine points, on two-of-seven shooting and five made free throws. Cranshaw has two points, three assists and two turnovers.
Simone Brown's only points came from an early three-pointer, but has been held in check since then. Panaggio and senior Chanel Coco have also scored two points each.
Calvary is shooting 21% from the floor, but 33% from three-point distance, while Father Lopez is shooting 28.6% from the floor and 20% from three.
12:45 p.m.: After taking another lead off two Cranshaw layups, Lopez now trails 25-22 with 5:41 left in the third quarter after fouling a three-point shooter, who made the free throw.
12:49 p.m. Lopez marches back and takes the lead, 26-25 with 4:05 left in third quarter. Cranshaw and Brown started to get involved on offense, which wouldn't bee good for Calvary.
12:53 p.m.: In these last few minutes, Brown has really started to play well. She has about six points in the past four or five possessions as Lopez is up 30-25 with 2:25 left in third quarter.
12:58 p.m.: Cranshaw splits two defenders on the break to put Father Lopez up 34-27 after three quarter. This game is a few possessions from swinging completely in Lopez's direction, in my opinion.
1:02 p.m. After a long Calvary possession, Brown gets a steal and takes it the other way. She's fouled on the shot, and hits one of two free throws. Father Lopez up 39-30 with 5:25 left in the game.
1:05 p.m.: Father Lopez is up 43-34 with 3:49 left in the game. This one could be about over if Lopez can keep Calvary from seeing any easy three-point shots. The Green Wave really need to contest everything they can, and keep the up-tempo offense going.
1:11 p.m. Father Lopez is up 43-36 and are working to shorten this game. Cranshaw, Brown and Folsom should have the ball in their hands for most of the rest of this game.
Tempo has picked up in the last few possessions. Lopez still up 43-36, but it doesn't look like Calvary will go out easily in this game.
1:14 p.m.: Folsom hits both three throws of a one-and-one, Lopez up 45-38 with 1:30 between the Green Wave and a State Title game.
1:18 p.m. With one minutes left in the game, Lopez leads 49-41, and this game should be about over unless Lopez collapses.
1:21 p.m. With 20.9 seconds left, the Father Lopez student section begins to chant. They have a 50-41 lead and know what comes after that: a State Championship game.
1:23 p.m.: FINAL SCORE: 50-41, Father Lopez will play for the State Championship tomorrow night.