Rakell Spencer gets most of the ink when it comes to the Cabrini basketball team.
But as the Crescents showed Tuesday night, they can be more than just a one-woman show.
Spencer, a Texas A&M signee, was her usual self with 25 points and junior guard Kelsey Pinera chipped in 20 points as visiting Cabrini rallied for a 49-43 victory over Karr.
“Coach told me before the game to keep my energy up and to keep my spirit up,” Pinera said. “I had to help my team out. I was playing against some of my old friends, so it was a game I wanted to win.”
Pinera’s biggest play came with just a minute left.
Spencer had just made a free throw to put Cabrini ahead 42-41 and Pinera came up with a steal and layup to push the lead to 44-41.
“I saw she wasn’t really protecting the ball so I just tapped it and got it and knew I had to make the layup,” Pinera said.
Cabrini improved to 7-4 and avenged one of its losses of the season. Karr beat Cabrini 31-21 earlier this year in the Dominican Tournament.
It looked early on as if the Cougars (6-3) were going to make it two straight over the Crescents.
Karr led 28-17 at the half.
Cabrini coach Nancy Walsh said the deficit didn’t concern her much.
“I always think we’re in pretty good shape,” Walsh said. “I think when we play faster and get it into an up-and-down game, our defense can create some offense. It was a good win for us.”
Karr went cold in the second half. The Cougars’ only basket in the third quarter came when Paige Williams drained a 3-pointer at the 4:02 mark of the quarter. Karr didn’t score again until 4:46 was left in the game when Imani Mulmore scored.
By then Cabrini had cut it to 33-30. Cabrini took its first lead since early in the game when Pinera hit a 3-pointer to make it 40-38 with 1:40 left.
“I’m proud of how hard our kids played in the first half,” Karr coach Jessica Barber said. “We’ve been struggling to find our identity. I think we got a glimpse of it tonight. Cabrini did a good job tonight. They played hard and shot well from the free throw line and made two big stops in key moments of the game.”
Mulmore led Karr with 14 points and Williams had 12, including three 3-pointers.
Spencer scored 16 of her points in the second half. She also had 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
She was pleased with the performance of her junior teammate.
“I think it was motivation because they face guarded her,” Spencer said. “We told her she had to find a way and not make excuses and she did that.”