It's rare when an intentional foul benefits the offending team.
But that's essentially what happened Thursday night in a Southern California Regional Division 1 second-round girls' basketball game between Summit High of Fontana and Santiago of Corona.
With about five minutes remaining and fourth-seeded Santiago clutching a one-point lead, Sharks forward Cebrina Johnson was fouled and hit the floor. As an intentional foul was was being whistled, Santiago Coach John Perez ran onto the court to check on Johnson.
Summit Coach LaTrina Duncan noticed that Perez had not been given permission to enter the playing surface and informed the officials. They agreed and assessed a technical foul on Perez.
Santiago made one-of-two free throws for the intentional foul, but instead of retaining possession, Summit was awarded two free throws for the technical, which the SkyHawks converted, and the ball. They scored to take a two-point lead and led the rest of the way in the 63-58 victory.
Duncan, interestingly, took over on an interim basis in January after head coach Alexis Barile gave birth to twins that were 10 weeks premature. Duncan was a first-year assistant for the SkyHawks after occupying the same role at Los Osos High in Rancho Cucamonga and Chaffey College.
Fifth-seeded Summit, in just its fourth season of varsity competition, will travel to top-seeded Long Beach Poly for Saturday's semifinals.