COSTA MESA — An Orange Coast College women's basketball team known for its collection of cliffhangers, took one more opponent to the edge Saturday night.
But this time, it was Cypress, on a bit of a magical run of its own, that prevailed, 49-46, to advance to the state final four.
True to form, the Pirates (24-9), who have won six of seven one-point decisions and all four of their overtime contests this season, pared an 11-point deficit with 3:53 remaining to 47-46 with 1:23 left.
Cypress (21-10) missed two front ends of one-and-one free-throw situations on its next two possessions, but OCC failed to capitalize.
Cypress sophomore Micaela Pickens, the Orange Empire Conference MVP, converted two foul shots with 21 ticks remaining and OCC called timeout with 15 seconds left to try to set up a game-tying three-pointer.
But some confusion on the play — a familiar theme for both offenses as both teams applied substantial defensive pressure —led to an off-balanced 28-foot three-point try that beat the buzzer, but failed to draw iron.