The CIF State Basketball Championships may be held at the Golden 1 Center, but the weekend of games will be full of San Francisco teams as three City schools won regional championship games on Saturday.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral girls entered the Division I tournament with an 11-14 record and were seeded 10th, but the Fightin’ Irish rolled through the field to advance to the state title game, handing Miramonte of Orinda a 69-48 beatdown on Saturday afternoon at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center. Gianna Silvestri and Yaniah Fleming shared high scoring honors with 12 apiece, but what made the difference was SHC’s physicality.
“We’ve got a lot of bodies, so we were able to rotate a lot of people in,” said head coach LyRyan Russell.
The Fightin’ Irish pushed and shoved their way to a 56-41 rebounding advantage and outscored the Matadors 24-11 in the fourth, winning a battle of attrition. They’ll face Serra of Gardena at 6 p.m. on Friday.
They won’t be the only girls team from San Francisco playing for a state title. Lowell will tip off at 10 a.m. next Saturday in the Division V game, taking on Sierra Pacific of Hanford. The Cardinals earned the opportunity by taking down Durham (Butte County) on Saturday night at home, 48-31. K.D. Lee and Olivia Pan each scored 13 for Lowell (20-11), while the visiting Trojans got a game-high 17 from Lindsey Bryant. Lowell outscored Durham 29-15 in the second half.
Stuart Hall played one of the best games in the Bay Area on an evening where three regional championship games went to overtime. Redemption was the theme as the Stuart Hall boys traveled to take on St. Mary’s-Albany, but it seemed like that chance would never come as the Knights dug themselves a 17-point hole at halftime. They stormed back out of the break, switching to a triangle-and-two defense and starting the third quarter with back-to-back threes to spark a 16-1 run. The Knights took a 51-46 lead in the fourth, but a foul on a 3-point attempt and a technical foul gave St. Mary’s five free throws and the ball. The Panthers made all four and sank a 3-pointers to take a two-point lead, but a Miles Amos layup in the final seconds forced overtime. Stuart Hall outscored the hosts 15-9 in the extra period, with a dunk by Amos serving as the exclamation point. Amos scored 23, while St. Mary’s got 25 from Jason Roche and 23 from Damiri Lindo. Stuart Hall’s Young roster was expected to be a major contender next season, but instead of waiting a year, the young group will have a chance to play for a state title on Friday at noon against View Park of Los Angeles.durham high schooldurham trojans high school basketballlowell cardinalsLowell High Schoolmiramonte high schoolmiramonte matadorsPrep Sportssacred heart cathedral fightin’ irishsacred heart cathedral prepst. mary’s high schoolst. mary’s panthersStuart Hall High Schoolstuart hall knights