Girls Basketball: O’Connor and Jackson named MVPs as Westside takes All-City All Star Game
The boys game story and photos will be posted Tuesday morning.
By Jeremy Balan
St. Ignatius senior guard Eilise O’Connor, despite an uncharacteristically cold shooting performance, was named the MVP for the Westside team in its 66-60 win over the Eastside team in the All-City All Star Game on Sunday at City College of San Francisco.
O’Connor had four points, but handled the ball from the point position most of the game and forced multiple turnovers on the defensive end.
“It was a lot of fun,” O’Connor said. “I wasn’t coming out here to get MVP. It’s just fun playing with friends and people I’ve grown up with. It was fun to get together one last time before we go off to college. It was a nice exclamation point at the end of [my high school career].”
The game featured the best seniors from schools in San Francisco. The Westside team was comprised of players from Balboa, Galileo, Gateway, International Studies Academy, Lincoln, Mercy, St. Ignatius and Urban. The Eastside team included players from Burton, Convent, Lick-Wilmerding, Lowell, Sacred Heart Cathedral and University.
The Eastside team was led by Sacred Heart Cathedral forward Kamilah Jackson, who had a team-high 13 points.
“It was a good game with great players from everywhere,” Jackson said. “I just came out and played my best.”
Jackson was named the Eastside team’s MVP and was a force on the boards, collecting countless rebounds.
“If I don’t get the ball I just get it off a rebound, so I tried to go for every one,” Jackson said.
St. Ignatius forward Caroline Barrack also had a solid performance from the West, with a game-high 15 points.
“It was fun to get out there and take your shots when you have them and have a good time,” Barrack said.
The Eastside team also got a considerable contribution from Convent’s Scarlett Kirk, the Bay Counties League West Player of the year.
Kirk only had two points in the first half, but had eight points in the first six minutes of the second half to fuel an Eastside rally.
“It was good to have this game, because we all played against each other in high school and it was nice playing with everyone that you always played against,” Kirk said.
After trailing 33-22 at the half, the Eastside team tied the game at 54-54 with a three-point basket from Lick-Wilmerding’s Traci Chang with 7:30 remaining.
But the Westside team responded down the stretch with six points from Barrack to seal the victory.
Slideshow photos by AJ Canaria, Tawnya Gray and Devin Chen.