By Josh Levine
India Pearce scored 20 of her 26 points in the second half to lead Convent of the Sacred Heart High School to a 57-39 victory on the road over University High School on Friday night.
The win gives the Cubs (13-8, 8-0) a season sweep over the Red Devils (12-10, 6-2), and gives Convent a dominant two-game lead over the Red Devils with only two games remaining in Bay Counties League West play.
The Cubs went on a 20-0 run over eight minutes in the second half to put the game out of reach.
Amelia King led University with 19 points, but no other player on the Red Devils had more than 4 points.
“We flat out got beat,” said University head coach Ralph Barhydt. “We played well to start the first and third quarters, and then mentally relaxed. You can’t mentally relax against a team like Convent. They have better discipline.”
Even though the Cubs had 17 first-half turnovers, they only turned the ball over three times in the second half.
Galvin credits the Cubs’ 20-0 run to switching their defense from man-to man to a 2-3 zone. The run lasted 5:52 over the span of the third and fourth quarters.
“We need to have less turnovers and more consistency on the court,” said Convent head coach Phil Galvin. “[University] did not shoot very well today, and our 2-3 zone hurt them, especially in the second half.”
Pearce scored eight points during the run, six of which came on layups.
“India played really well out there for Convent today,” Barhydt said. “The only way we could have stopped her was if she was benched. Convent as a whole is just a very skilled team.”
With the win, Convent officially claimed the top seed in the BCL West playoffs, but Galvin still sees room for improvement.
“We need to do a better job on layups,” Galvin said. “We had something like four or five missed lay ups in the first half. Those things can’t happen when you face the top teams, or even against a team like University. We need to finish out those plays and get more offensive consistency.”
University, however, needs another win in league play to clinch the second seed.
“We had our chances against Convent, a team that I think is the toughest team in our league,” Barhydt said. “”All of our mistakes were mental and when we face a 20-0 run we go into panic mode.”
India Pearce – 26
Bianka Quintanilla-Whye – 17
Isabella Borges – 6
Gina Domergue – 6
Jaime Hum-Nishikado – 2
Amelia King – 19
Gabby Chua – 4
Justine Li – 4
Kaiza Mocina – 4
Alana Zack – 4