A roller-coaster season for the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls basketball team came to an end with one last thrill ride, as the Fightin’ Irish fell to St. Francis, 62-56. The loss prevented them from attaining the .500 league record they needed to reach the postseason after playing a grueling nonleague schedule.
Sacred Heart Cathedral (9-13, 4-6 WCAL) jumped out to an early 13-3 lead, but the Fightin’ Irish found themselves behind by as much as 13 in the third quarter. They surged to go back in front in the final two minutes, but a three-point play by Mia Grizelj gave St. Francis (14-8, 3-7) the lead for good with 26.2 seconds left.
The St. Ignatius boys had already secured a playoff berth with a win at St. Francis on Saturday, and the Wildcats celebrated Senior Night with a 60-56 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral (10-14, 3-11).
Neal Begovich hit four early 3-pointers and scored 18 for St. Ignatius (12-12, 8-6), and the Wildcats also got 15 from Sam Nangle and 12 from Wrenn Robinson. Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Cedric Reed Jr. led all scorers with 24. Both teams will find out their playoff seeds in Wednesday’s CCS seeding meeting, with the selection show set for 7:30 p.m. on the NFHS Network.
The Bruce-Mahoney baseball game, which will decide the three-sport trophy for a second consecutive year, will be played at Oracle Park on March 16 at noon. Sacred Heart Cathedral won last year on a walk-off wild pitch.
Academic Athletic Association:
The AAA-leading Mission boys’ basketball team (18-9, 14-0) will play the first round of the league tournament against Wallenberg at Mission on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln (19-9, 12-2) will host Academy, Washington (13-15, 9-5) will host Galileo (9-13, 3-9) and Balboa (8-19, 7-7) will host Lowell (15-13, 6-8)
The Lincoln girls (15-13, 7-3) will host Immaculate Conception at 4 p.m.
The Washington girls (14-9, 6-4) will host Academy, and the Mission girls (11-7, 6-4) will host the winner of a Feb. 13 play-in game between Balboa (3-12, 1-9) and Burton (5-10, 1-8).
Winners advance to the semi-finals set for Feb. 19 and 20 at Kezar.