By Josh Levine
The University High School girls basketball team’s main impediment in the Bay Counties League West continues to be Convent of the Sacred Heart.
The Red Devils haven’t beaten Convent in the regular season since 2007 and the Cubs continued that streak to take over first place with a 54-39 win on Wednesday night at Convent.
The Convent starters scored 47 points, led by Jaime Hum-Nishikado and Bianka Quintanilla-Whye, who tallied 15 points apiece.
The Cubs (8-6, 3-0) struggled through much of the non-league season, but Convent head coach Jon Mercado credited their tough early schedule for the win.
“We set up a tough [non-league] schedule for the girls. We played Branson twice and got blown out by Mercy,” Mercado said. “Those games help us out right now, because we’re going to come and play hard. Our team is kind of deep and we have a great team defense.”
Most of the Red Devils’ (15-2, 2-1) offense went through standout senior center Amelia King, who led all scorers with 17 points, but no other University player scored in double figures.
King, a significant shot-blocking threat, guarded Convent forwards Erin Hanley and Lizzie Whittles for most of the game, but was forced outside of the paint when the pair spread the floor. That led to many second-chance opportunities for the Cubs, who took 18 more shots in the game than the Red Devils.
“Convent came out ready to play today and they beat us in many ways,” said University head coach Jason Montana. “It really demonstrated to us what we need to work on and it’s better for us to know now, as opposed to later. We got complacent out there and I hope it lights a fire under our butts.”
The Red Devils had an uncharacteristically bad shooting night, connecting on just 30 percent of their attempts from the field and 40 percent from the free-throw line.
Bianka Quintanila-Whye – 15
Jaime Hum-Nishikado – 15
Isabella Borges – 9
Erin Hanley – 6
Lizzie Whittles – 4
Amelia King – 22
Katie Lo – 7
Kaiza Molina – 4
Kayla Symanovich – 4
Gabby Chua – 3