Marina High School rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to beat Muir, 51-50, in the opening round of the Southern Section 4-A girls' basketball playoffs Saturday at Marina.
Marina (21-5) advances to play Lakewood (19-6) in the second round Wednesday. Muir ends its season 17-6.
Muir held a 30-17 advantage with 6:06 left in the third quarter, but Marina chipped away at the lead until Dee Dee Stigar made a jump shot in the lane, giving Marina a 38-37 lead with 5 minutes to play.
Marina's Kathy Stuppy broke a 45-45 tie with two free throws with 1:21 left. Dawn Charroin's basket with 51 seconds left extended the lead to 49-45. But Muir's Holly Jones made a follow shot to cut the lead to two with 32 seconds left.
Stigar added two free throws with 14 seconds to go. The points proved to be the winning margin as Muir's Rose Jong hit a three-point basket at the buzzer.