Sacred Heart tops Mitty

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The Sacred Heart Cathedral girls’ basketball team went down to San Jose and came away with a 55-43 victory over Mitty, the sixth-ranked team in the state, according to Maxpreps.com.

The seventh-ranked Irish were led by Jazmine Jackson’s 17 points, while Tierra Rogers added 15 and Lauren Bell 10.

The game was back and forth early on as Danielle Robinson, a speedy 5-foot-7 point guard and Oklahoma signee, exploded for 10 early points. The Irish were able to take the lead in the third quarter behind the timely playmaking of Rogers who scored or made plays for five straight points, to help Sacred Heart take the lead at 31-25. Mitty would come back with Robinson making a nifty layup.

But the Irish fought back again behind the play of Jackson, who hit a 3-pointer, had an assist to Rosalyn Beard and then stole the ball from Mitty, which resulted in a Bell layup. The Irish would never trail the rest of the game and they held Robinson in check for the rest of the game to move into first place in the WCAL.

“We played good half court defense on Danielle Robinson,” Sacred Heart coach Brian Harrigan said. “We had a little lapse in the third quarter, but we got through it. This was the best game we have played this season.”

Added Jackson: “It feels good to come down here and get this win. This is a big game and Mitty is our rival.”

St. Ignatius 63, St. Francis 51

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Nicole Canepa had 20 points and six rebounds to lead the Wildcats (11-3, 3-1) over the host Lancers (6-9, 2-2).

Britney Blythe and Addie Schivo each added 11 for St. Ignatius, which took advantage of a foul-prone St. Francis team to seal the win.

The Lancers committed 15 fouls in the second half, and the Wildcats buried 13 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter on their way to outscoring St. Francis 21-13 in the final period.

— Staff report

AAA

Lowell 73, Galileo 52

Angelina Clay and Heather Chow each scored 13 points and Anna Bukareva chipped in 10 as the host Cardinals (19-1, 5-0) beat the Lions (9-10, 2-3) to remain perfect in Academic Athletic Association play.

Lowell used its pressure defense to race out to a 26-7 lead after the first quarter and cruised from there, with eleven different Cardinals reaching the scoring column.

Staneisha Henson led Galileo with 12 points, while Monica Compton had 10.

“In the last three or four games the girls have really been picking up their defense,” Lowell coach Aki Kuwada said. “And once they get some layups they get a lot of confidence, and then everything starts falling.”

— Staff report

Burton 53, Wallenberg 35

Mone Peoples poured in 31 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, as the Pumas (8-8, 3-2) topped the Bulldogs (1-12, 0-4) at Kezar Pavilion.

Peoples, who drilled five 3-pointers, helped Burton expanded an eight-point lead at the end of the third quarter to 20 midway through the final period.

“Mone definitely brings a lot of positive energy to the team,” Burton coach Brian Jackson said.

Nneka Emeka led Wallenberg with 17.

— Staff report

Washington 68, Marshall 24

Tierney Jones scored seven of her 15 points in the first quarter as the host Eagles (5-11, 3-0) continued their strong league play by thumping the Phoenix. Shannon Yen added 10 points for Washington, which outscored Marshall 20-2 in the first quarter and 20-3 in the second quarter. Several of Jones first-quarter points were set up by the standout play of Stephanie Truong, who had eight assists.

— Staff report

BCL

Gateway 60, International 31

Dominique Hunter (20 points, 20 rebounds) and Camila Rosen (23 points, seven rebounds) led the Gators (12-1, 3-0) to another decisive BCL Central win over the Jaguars (5-9, 1-1).

International, shaken by the Gators’ full-court press, committed numerous turnovers, including three in as many possessions at the start of the second quarter. The Jaguars did not reach double-digits until Julia Hechanova nailed a 3-pointer with 2:45 reaming in the first half. Gateway led 30-11 at halftime.

Defensively, International could do little to stop Hunter and Rosen.

“We knew we had a height advantage and we wanted to use it,” Hunter said.

But Hunter and Rosen’s frontcourt presence was only part of Gateway’s strategy. The other part was to shut down Hechanova, International’s go-to shooter.

“We know she’s good,” Hunter said. “We wanted to make her be a passer more than a shooter.”

The plan worked. Hechanova was held to six points. Rachel Beck did her best to fill the gap, leading the Jaguars with 15 points.

— Amanda Stupi

Leadership 50, Waldorf 27

Freshman Leshay Wallace scored 17 points as the Griffins cruised past the Wolverines.

Junior guard Brittney Kelley had 14 points and junior Elena Puccette added seven. Leadership dominated the secondand fourth quarters. The Griffins outscored the Wolverines 16-7 in the second for a 27-16 halftime lead and 17-2 in the final period, stretching and eight-point advantage to the final 23-point cushion.

Sophomore wing Julie Alba was the Wolverines’ leading scorer with 13. Katrina Thollaug made six and Illi Pemberton scored four.

— Jesse Haley

Nonconference

Urban 47, Liberty Christian 42

Jakkie Boka-Timmerberg fired in 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as the Blues (15-1) won a tough game over the Patriots (13-3) at USF’s Hagan Gym. Shaunre Clendinen added 15 for Urban, including a 40-foot 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer.

Allison Weston had six points for the Blues and made two huge free throws with less than a minute remaining in the game that gave the Blues a seven-point lead. Point guard Jen Marquez chipped in six points, six steals and five assists.

“It was a real hard-fought game,” Urban coach Andy Schroeder said.

— Staff report

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