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.
“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.”
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