Girls Basketball: Mercy takes down rival Mercy-Burlingame to remain undefeated

Mercy senior guard Mariah Masoli drives past a Mercy-Burlingame defender on Friday at Mercy High School. (Photo by Eric Luis)

By Josh Levine

Even with standout guard Mariah Masoli in foul trouble throughout the game, Mercy High School dominated visiting rival Mercy-Burlingame 72-32 in their annual clash on Friday night.

Masoli was held to ten points and four assists in just eight minutes of play due to early fouls, but centers Nia Ilalio and Courtney Sabahi picked up the slack for the Skippers (14-0), combining for 25 points and 23 rebounds.

Mercy senior forward Courtney Sabahi goes up for a left-handed layup against Mercy-Burlingame on Friday at Mercy High School. (Photo by Eric Luis)

“Our big girls is where we dominated today,” said Mercy head coach Michael Gutierrez. “Mariah was very frustrated out there and she’s an important part of our team, but we proved that we are not just one player.”

As a team, the Skippers had 31 rebounds and made 26-of-42 free throws. The Skippers shot 44 percent from the field, compared to 26 percent from the Crusaders (5-8).

“They’re just a better team,” said Mercy-Burlingame head coach Ola Tunji. “It’s not by accident that they are undefeated. They anticipated passes and [we] made some bad passes. They shot well from the free-throw line and we could have had better defense, especially on the transition.”

Kayla Fanfelle led the Cruasders with 10 points, but she fouled out with two minutes left in the third quarter.

Despite being visibly frustrated with her foul trouble, Masoli attributed the win to her teammates and their play.

“We proved today that my team doesn’t lean on me and that we’re not a one-player team,” Masoli said. “As a team, we came out strong and the bench kept up our intensity.”

The yearly rivalry game has been dominated by Mercy, and outside of a loss in 2003, Gutierrez’s first year with the team, the Skippers have won every year since 1995.

“I remember that loss,” Gutierrez said. “We were 1-for-18 from the three-point line and my assistant Ashley Dolezal was on that Burlingame team. Now we’ve got her on our side.”

Scoring Leaders

Courtney Sabahi — 13
Nia Ilalio — 12
Mariah Masoli — 10
Nicole Segura — 8
Tallia Schivo — 7

Kayla Fanfelle — 10
Haley Fanfelle — 6
Sam Weglinski — 4
Two players tied with 3 points

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  1. GCJ01 says:

    Keep up the great job Mercy. Good article JL.

  2. Anonymous says:

    TEAMWORK! Great job girls!

  3. WCAL Fan says:

    Great job ladies! B

  4. Mercymercyme says:

    Way to work together ladies! Work hard to keep the streak alive, they’ll be coming after you, nothing easy. Thanks for the coverage SF Preps!

  5. Kayla says:

    Did SI girls basketball team win today against Mitty?

    • Arthur Chin says:


      Nobodys talking about the MITTY vs SI game cause it was a COMPLETE BEAT DOWN by MITTY!!!

      Mitty (San Jose) 54, St. Ignatius 35

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think Mercy has a legitimate shot at No. 1 by Monday, however due to a weak schedule SI will still stay on top.
    If i were voting I’d vote for Mercy to stay on top this coming week!

  7. Fan says:

    Mercy is making a good case for the number one ranking….

  8. Kayla says:

    JB tell me it’s not true, SI is a better team than Mitty by far!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Mercy will beat Pinewood ,Pinewood only beat MErcy (Burlingame) by 2 when they met Jan 3. Basing on these results barring serious injury for the Skippers ,they might go undefeated this year, will win the league title
    Will go deep in the playoffs and make a serious push for the section and state division.

    • Arthur Chin says:

      WOW !! “go undefeated this year, will win the league title
      Will go deep in the playoffs and make a serious push for the section and state division.” Thats a rather bold, arogant, cocky comment/prediction! no wonder you didn’t use your true name. Good luck w/ that one…. hopefully you don’t end up w/ egg in your face.

    • Jumpah says:

      You’re right on Analagous.. Pinewood is way down this year…Mercy by 30. All they do is shoot 3’s and when they ain’t fallin….night night!

  10. Anonymous says:

    @Arthur Chin If you read the comment the word
    “might” preceeded the word win meaning it’s not a guarantee. It’s not arrogant considering they are 14-0 right now, and you said so yourself it’s a prediction,
    not a guarantee. Masoli and Sabahi are playing exceptionally well this season with the unheralded post Nia , other players supporting them llike Haight and Schivo.

  11. alumni says:

    There is nothing wrong in predicting games but why is it only when Mercy says something its all of sudden arrogant. I wish all the teams good luck and Mercy -SF, keep up the good work. :)

  12. Arthur Chin says:

    “will win the league title
    Will go deep in the playoffs and make a serious push for the section and state division.” This is a COCKY , ARROGANT statement NOT a prediction.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Might is a prediction, saying COCKY AND ARROGANT is a statement unless you just like using caps in your words.

  14. a says:

    Enough already!! Geez, just let it 2 yos

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