With 3 seconds remaining, her team up two points and first place in the Modesto Metro Conference at stake, Meghan Devlin told her coach to believe.
"She came up to me and said she wanted to be face up against the girl who was going to inbounds the ball," Davis High coach Joe Ovalle said. "She said, 'Coach, I'll get a piece of the ball. Count on me.' "
Devlin delivered, stealing the inbounds pass and dribbling off the final seconds to preserve the Spartans' 36-34 win over visiting Modesto on Thursday.
The Spartans (9-9, 7-1) and Beyer (8-12, 7-1) are tied for first and play Saturday at Beyer. Davis won the first meeting.
Devlin (12 points, 10 rebounds) scored six points and Maxine Santos (10 points) had four in the third quarter, as Davis put together a 12-2 run for a 29-21 lead.
Vanessa Flores (11 points) helped rally Modesto in the final quarter, and the Panthers had their final chance after Davis missed the front end of a one-and-one with 8 seconds left. Davis, which committed only three fouls up to that point, quickly fouled the Panthers three times to take 5 seconds off the clock.
That's when Devlin got her lone steal.
Davis guard Erin Ovalle had five assists and eight rebounds, while Kashi Tomicich had seven blocks to help the Spartans control the key.
"Flores hit a big 3-pointer for them in the fourth quarter, and that really tightened things up," Joe Ovalle said. "I was glad to see that we played tough to the end."