Sacred Heart Cathedral romps

Tierra Rogers led 10 Sacred Heart Cathedral scorers with 12 points as the host Irish beat Notre Dame of Belmont 63-34 in a West Catholic Athletic League prep girls’ basketball opener.

Ki-Ki Moore added 10 points and nine rebounds for Sacred Heart (11-0, 1-0 WCAL), which began the game on a 12-0 run and led by as many as 35 points in the second half. The Irish had not had a home game since Nov. 31 and spent the month of December traveling to play in some of the nation’s most competitive tournaments. They returned with a perfect record, have now won 25 regular-season league games in a row and will likely be the top-ranked team in the country in USA Today’s next poll.

“Coach [Brian Harrigan] told us that since we’re at the top, everyone is going to give us their best and try to take us down,” Moore said. “So we had to come out hard and set the tone right away.”

Lauren Bell, Ashley Boggs and Kamilah Jackson each scored eight points for Sacred Heart and the Irish defense forced 23 turnovers. Jenna Mariano had eight points to lead the Tigers (9-4, 0-1).

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Sacred Heart Cathedral 63, Notre Dame (Belmont) 34

NOTRE DAME (9-4, 0-1)

Kristin Knapp 2, Jaclyn Bisordi 6, Jenna Mariano 8, Emma Paye 2, Takara Burse 5, Jenna McLaughlin 1, Emily Morris 2, Rachel Heagy 5, Alyssa Osai 3. Total 34.

SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (11-0, 1-0)

Dannika Navales-Lugtu 4, Tierra Rogers 12, Ashley Boggs 8, Lauren Bell 8, Ki-Ki Moore 10, Rosslyn Beard 2, Geena Giovannetti 2, Melissa Koike 4, Jazmine Jackson 5, Kamilah Jackson 8. Total 63.

Notre Dame 4 9 9 12 — 34

Sacred Heart Cath. 22 14 19 8 —63

3-pointers: ND—Bisordi 2, Mariano 2. SHC—J. Jackson 1. Rebounding leader: ND—Burse 5. SHC—Moore 9. Assists leader: ND—Margaret Dowling 2. SHC—Bell 4.

BOYS

University 56, Capital Christian (Sacramento) 48

OAKLAND — Brian Park and Evan Saunders combined for 16 points in the third quarter as the Red Devils (8-3) toppled the Cougars (5-6) in the opening round of the Head-Royce Holiday Roundball Classic.

Park had nine of his game-high 22 points and Saunders seven of his 21 points, including two 3-pointers, as University expanded a 25-24 halftime edge by outscoring Capital Christian 19-12 in the third quarter.

Saunders also had 10 rebounds for University, which faces either International or Crystal Springs Uplands in today’s 5 p.m. semifinal.

University 56, Capital Christian (Sacramento) 48

UNIVERSITY (8-3)

Shimon Lin 2, Logan Shaffer 2, Evan Saunders 21, Justin Baker-Rhett 4, Noah Springwater 5, Brian Park 22. Total 56.

CAPITAL CHRISTIAN (5-6)

Justin Jones 16, Spencer Hagan 4, Kramer Hagan 7, Xavier Walton 2, John Velasquez 17, Nick James 2. Total 48.

University 15 11 19 11 — 56

Capital Christian 14 10 12 12 — 48

3-pointers: U—Saunders 4. CC—Jones 1, K. Hagan 1. Rebounding leader: U—Saunders 10. Assists leader: U—Lin 8.

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