By Josh Levine
St. Ignatius continued its impressive West Catholic Athletic League run with a 60-50 victory on the road at rival Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats (17-4, 7-2) had four players in double figures, led by Alex Legarza, who had 14 points, nine of which were in the first quarter.
“[Legarza] had some great senior leadership out there,” said St. Ignatius head coach Mike Mulkerrins. “She had a great game and led us on that 7-0 run to start the game.”
The Fightin’ Irish (10-9, 3-5) were led by T.J. Miller, who had 17 points, while Ann Marie Sequeira and Ciara Silvestri added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Miller led all scorers, but was also playing at a considerable disadvantage.
“[T.J.] was fighting some kind of flu,” said Sacred Heart head coach Michael Carey. “She threw up at halftime and was playing out of position. She’s used to being a point guard but we had her as an off-guard today.”
According to Carey, the biggest difference in the game was the third quarter. Both teams scored ten points in the frame, but Carey felt like the Irish dominated and just missed some easy shots.
“We would go down, get the stops, and then shoot too fast on the offensive end,” said Carey. “That kept us from capitalizing. We dominated that quarter but you couldn’t tell.”
With the win, Mulkerrins and the Wildcats are guaranteed a tie of first place, with the winner of the Presentation-Archbishop Mitty game on Tuesday night.
“Our schedule this week is on the road against Mitty on Thursday and St. Francis at home Saturday,” Mulkerrins said. “Mitty beat us by five and we lost a close one to St. Francis, [so] both of these games [will] determine where we are. The girls know that they are in control of their own fate.”
The Irish now drop to 3-5 in league with only
two four league games remaining.
“I told the girls after the game that we have a lack of senior leadership out there,” said Carey. “We can run with the best teams, but we can’t seem to put four good quarters together.”
Alex Legarza – 14
Raquel Avila – 12
Maria Kemiji-McDonald – 12
Kaitlyn Crawley – 10
Courtney Gong – 7
Sacred Heart Cathedral
T.J. Miller – 17
Ann Marie Sequeira – 14
Ciara Silvestri – 11
Jerrieza Enriquez – 3
Gabriella Navales-Lugtu – 3