By Josh Levine
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School proved to the Bay Counties League West on Wednesday that it is still a top contender after a strong 46-39 win over visiting University High School.
Convent’s India Pearce and led the way with a game-high 19 points, and the Cubs (7-8, 3-0) held the Red Devils (8-8, 2-1) to their second lowest point total of the season.
“We’re excited about this team,” said Convent head coach Phil Galvin. “University is one of the top teams and we beat them. Lick-Wilmerding, University and [Marin Academy] are really tough, and as long as we keep improving, we will be tough to beat.”
The Cubs made 19-of-29 free throws, including 13-of-14 from Pearce. Pearce did not have a field goal until 3:51 remaining in the game.
“We did a good job defending India,” said University head coach Ralph Barhydt. “She just made her free throws and we kept fouling her.”
With the win, the Cubs remain undefeated in early league play and sit alone atop the BCL West.
“We need to win the rest of our games, and during that stretch we get a rematch against Convent at home,” Barhydt said.
Amelia King led the Red Devils with 17 points, and Kayla Symanovich added 11, but junior Justine Li, a key University contributor, was forced to leave the game with four minutes remaining after injuring her ankle.
“Justine is a true fighter, and one player who really loves the game of basketball,” Barhydt said. “Even though she is a little over five feet tall, she wants to play the post in practice and she is one of our best rebounders.”
The Cubs got an early spark from Bianca Bianka Quintanillia-Whye, who scored a personal season-high 14 points, including 10 in a second-quarter run. Quintanillia herself outscored the Red Devils 10-3 over a four minute stretch to open the second quarter.
“We call her Killer B,” Galvin said. “She is a defensive demon, and averages something like eight steals a game. Today she scored a lot of points and that helped us out.”
India Pearce – 19
Bianca Bianka Quintanillia-Whye – 14
Jaime Hum-Nisai – 4
Isabella Borges – 3
Three players tied with 3 points
Amelia King – 17
Kayla Symanovich – 11
Justine Li – 7
Alan Zack – 3