By Josh Levine
Mercy High School simply dominated host Urban in the Urban Shootout semifinals on Friday night at Kezar Pavilion.
Mercy seniors Mariah Masoli and Courtney Sabahi scored 20 and 10 points, respectively, in the 64-34 win.
The Skippers (8-0) advance to the tournament championship game on Saturday afternoon against Convent, which defeated the Branson in the other semifinals.
“We started off slow as a team, with early turnovers,” Masoli said. “Today we came out and played Mercy basketball. We’re a run-and-gun team. We like to run on offense and get our fastbreaks.”
The Blues (6-2) turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter, which led to a 26-8 lead for the Skippers.
“We needed this today. It’s the first time we faced a team like this,” said Urban head coach Hope Broadus. “It was a good reality check. Mercy is a great Division IV team and they did a lot right. I was really impressed by our four freshmen players, however, we need to box out more and get to the line. There was a huge foul disparity, and that’s not from the referees. We simply weren’t as physical.”
Sabahi and forward Nia Ilalio dominated the paint for the Skippers and had constant putbacks under the hoop.
“Sabahi and Ilalio are doing so well in the post,” said Mercy head coach Michael Guiterrez. “Now we are able to get the ball down low to them from Masoli and point guard Monique Mariano. This will make us more dangerous later on in the season.”
The undefeated Skippers have been dominant in the early season, and even though they will be considerable favorites in the championship game, Convent will be their toughest opponent yet.
“My team is ready,” said Masoli. “We are going to come out and do work and finish this tournament 9-0.”
Mariah Masoli — 20
Courtney Sabahi — 10
Christina Haight — 7
Monique Mariano — 7
Tallia Schivo — 7
Charlotte Blanc — 10
Natalie Sears — 6
Carly Kuperschmid — 4
Jenna Waldman — 4
Two players tied with 3 points
Convent 49, Branson 32
Bianka Quintanilla-Whye scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the third quarter to lead Convent to a semifinal win over Branson of Ross.
The Bulls (4-2) took an early 3-0 lead on a three-point shot from Leah Gray, but never held the lead again. The only quarter the Bulls scored in double digits was the fourth.
It is the second time this season that the Cubs (4-4) have taken down last season’s North Coast Section Division IV finalist.