Powell rescues Stuart Hall

Stephen Powell scored eight of his 12 points over the game’s final three minutes, helping host Stuart Hall hold off Rincon Valley 47-39 in a sloppy, turnover-filled nonconference boys’ basketball game.

Neither team found much of an offensive rhythm, but the Knights (11-2) used their full-court pressure defense to hold Rincon Valley to just three first-half field goals in opening up a 19-15 lead.

The Eagles (5-2) came out of the break hot, getting three 3-pointers from Robbie Lamar (13 points) in the second half to surge ahead 35-33 midway through the fourth quarter.

After falling behind, Powell, who was saddled with foul trouble all game, led the Knights on a 10-0 run, helping Stuart Hall turn a two-point deficit into an eight-point lead over a two-minute span.

“Their zone gave us some problems because we hadn’t seen many defenses like that,” Stuart Hall coach Charles Johnson said. “We were able to get something going during the end of the game, and luckily we came out of here with a win.”

Wallenberg 54, El Camino 42

Ronney Freeman had 19 points and twin brother Rodney had 15 as the Bulldogs (7-2) overcame a sluggish start to drop the host Mustangs. Wallenberg trailed 9-5 after the first quarter but outscored El Camino 18-8 in the second quarter thanks to 11 points from Rodney Freeman and 14-3 in the third quarter as Ronney Freeman had seven points. Ronney Freeman also had seven rebounds.

— Staff

Sacred Heart Cathedral 58, Petaluma 50

PETALUMA — Jerry Brown scored 22 points and Reid Modena-Kurpinsky added 13 to pace the Irish to the win in the first round of the Brett Callan Tournament. Sacred Heart Cathedral never trailed and led by as much as 17 points.

— Staff

GIRLS

St. Ignatius 61, Westmoor 24

Nicole Canepa scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the host Irish (5-2) overwhelmed the Rams (7-3).

St. Ignatius actually trailed

7-6 with 2:31 remaining in the first quarter, but then ripped off a stunning 46-8 run that ended when Addie Schivo hit a short shot at the third-quarter buzzer to put the Irish up 52-15. Not content with a 34-13 halftime lead, St. Ignatius outscored the Rams 18-2 in the third quarter to quell any chance of a comeback.

“We knew Westmoor could play a bad half and then come out and run us,” Canepa said. “So we really concentrated on coming out strong to start the second half.”

Britney Blythe chipped in 11 points for the Irish, while Kerry Grady added eight.

But St. Ignatius really won the game on the defensive end, holding Westmoor’s vaunted run-and-gun attack without a transition basket and consistently forcing the Rams into turnovers and bad shots. The Irish outrebounded Westmoor 36-22 and had the Rams so uncomfortable on offense, they did not have an assist all night.

— Matt Elliser

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