Four San Francisco teams participated in Terra Nova’s MLK girls basketball event, played at the City College of San Francisco on Monday, with St. Ignatius winning the thriller of the day.
The Wildcats, led by Angie McAdams and Maddie Ennis, scored a 49-46 double-overtime contest against Oakland Tech. McAdams scored 15 and Ennis added 14, as St. Ignatius moved to 13-6 on the season.
Other City teams in the MLK event at CCSF included Mercy, which opened the day with a 55-27 win over Chavez-Stockton. The Skippers improved to 8-9 and won for the fourth time in their last five games. Lincoln (10-10) was defeated 58-36 by Mt. Eden, and Urban fell to 12-8 with a 51-48 loss to South San Francisco in the nightcap.
A rematch of last year’s Northern California Division I Championship went poorly for the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls (7-10), as the Fightin’ Irish were flattened by a Miramonte team out for revenge, 98-68. The Matadors came out of the gates swinging at the Bishop O’Dowd MLK Classic, taking a 24-13 lead through a quarter before SHC closed the gap to six at halftime. Miramonte (20-2), a likely CIF Open Division team, came out on fire out of the break, scoring 31 in the third quarter and another 30 in the fourth.
The Irish, who have now lost five straight, will next play Presentation on Jan. 25 in San Jose, before a rematch with a rematch with St. Ignatius on Jan. 29. The Irish beat the Wildcats in a 61-54 overtime thriller on Jan. 8 at Haas Pavilion.
The University girls were stuck in a defensive battle against Eureka-St. Bernard’s in the Marin Catholic MLK Showcase, and were shut out in the extra period of a 35-28 overtime loss.
University’s boys won their fourth in a row at the “I Have A Dream” Classic at Merritt College, beating Piedmont 61-52. Max Fried put together another sensational performance for the Red Devils, with 15 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and four blocked shots as University (15-7) led by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter over a Piedmont team that beat Berkeley and lost to St. Joseph Notre Dame by just three. Christian Heng scored 10 for the Red Devils, Charley Moore added nine and Jacques McFadden finished with eight.
Mission’s winning streak now sits at six games after a 52-41 win over Sacramento-Christian Brothers in the MLK NorCalSportsTV Showcase, held Monday at American Canyon High School. The Bears led 46-28 after three quarters behind a balanced attack, with Ben Knight scoring 12 points and Jaraughn Torno adding 12. Mission (11-9) shot under 30 percent from the field, but made up for it with 26 forced turnovers and 17 steals. Andre Villarino had four steals and Matt Cohn had three, while David Sonnier scored eight points with a team-high 13 rebounds.
Urban to honor Morris: Jené Morris, who played basketball for three years at San Diego State and one year at California before being drafted 11th overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft, will have her jersey retired at Urban between the girls and boys basketball games on Saturday night against Lick-Wilmerding. The girls are set to tip off at 5 p.m., with the retirement ceremony set for approximately 6:15.
Morris averaged 14.2 points per game across her collegiate career and scored 1,735 career points between her stints with the Golden Bears and Aztecs. She was the San Francisco Chronicle’s girls basketball player of the year among City schools in both 2004 and 2005, leading the Blues to a perfect regular season in 2003-04 and a 23-5 record in the 2004-05 campaign. As a senior, she averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.9 steals. In 2010, she was named to the Chronicle’s all-Metro All-Decade team, and she currently works in finance for San Francisco-based Omada Health. Morris also works as a personal health and fitness trainer and is the only Urban alum to play professionally in her high school sport.
WCAL update: Halfway through WCAL play, both the boys and girls basketball standings have a sole holder of first place and a jumbled mess of teams after that.
As expected, Mitty is the leader on the girls’ side at 5-0, with all five other teams tied at 2-3. With a losing nonleague record, the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls need to win three of their final five games to qualify for the postseason.
The Riordan boys are alone in first place at 6-1, with second-place Mitty at 5-2 and three more teams at 4-3. St. Francis sits in sixth at 2-5, but the Lancers beat both SHC and SI last week after starters Oscar Pedraza and Maurice Wilmer came back from injuries. The Lancers will have a chance to avenge losses to Riordan and Serra this week.
Like the SHC girls, the SI boys need a .500 league record to reach the postseason, but at 4-3, their backs aren’t quite up against the wall. That being said, the second half of WCAL play is road-heavy for the Wildcats, who travel to Mitty on Saturday, Riordan on Feb. 2 and make the always-difficult trek to Serra for the Jungle Game next Wednesday. Since Chuck Rapp became Serra’s head coach, the Padres are 14-3 in the Jungle Game, plus a buzzer-beater win in 2017 when Rapp missed the season for medical reasons. Sophomore point guard Parker McDonald hit the game-winning three that year, and after last year’s 70-61 loss, next week will be his final chance to beat the Wildcats at home.
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