Girls Basketball: Quick start pushes Sacred Heart Cathedral over Washington

Sacred Heart Cathedral's Jezebella Cazares backs down Washington forward Kelly Lem on Thursday at Sacred Heart Cathedral. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Bonta Hill

Sacred Heart Cathedral took the drama out its non-league contest early, as the Irish easily romped over visiting Washington High School 64-40 on Thursday.

The Irish (7-3) sank four three-pointers in the first quarter to open up a 21-4 lead and had no problems extending their winning streak to four games.

Sacred Heart Cathedral's Jerrieza Enriquez drives to the basket against Washington on Thursday at Sacred Heart Cathedral. (Photo by Devin Chen)

Ciara Silvestri and Jerrieza Enriquez scored 10 points apiece for Sacred Heart, but the difference in this game was the first quarter.

“We said in the locker room before the game to shoot to score, because we have struggled the last couple games with our three-point shooting,” said Sacred Heart head coach Michael Carey. “We came out looking to put the ball in the basket and I thought that set the tone [tonight].”

Although the Irish shot only 7-of-24 from behind the arc, their energy in the first frame was all they needed, as the Eagles appeared lethargic throughout the first half.

Washington (6-4) committed 11 first-half turnovers and shot 4-of-29 from the field and they would never come back from a daunting 37-12 halftime deficit.

“We didn’t come in [tonight] with confidence,” said Washington head coach Vince Wong. “It’s just us. We lacked energy the whole first half.”

Carey had the opportunity to rest his starters and every member of the Irish played in the game, after winning the Anne Scott Tournament at Drake High School earlier in the week.

“The score dictated our rotations a little bit and also the fact that we just finished a three-game tournament Tuesday,” Carey said. “We shot the ball very well and the goal was to finish the week off with four victories.”

While Sacred Heart goes into the weekend with a solid week of basketball, the Eagles will look to improve when they participate in the West Coast Jamboree at Pittsburgh High School next week.

“They didn’t have fantastic defense and we proved in the second half that we can play, if we just play,” Wong said. “We had a some shots that went in and out, [but] you can’t put your head down. You have to keep going, but we need to [play] four quarters from the start.”

Scoring Leaders

Sacred Heart Cathedral
Jerrieza Enriquez – 10
Ciara Silvestri – 10
Brianna Friedrich – 8
Ann Marie Sequeira – 8
Tomisha Miller – 6

Phacharee Arunleung – 14
Raelyn Cheung-Sutton – 11
Megan Dea – 9
Kelly Lem – 3

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