Girls Basketball: Convent takes down University to take over first place in BCL West

Convent junior guard Bianka Quintanila-Whye is swarmed by two University defenders on Wednesday at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

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.

Convent junior guard Isabella Borges releases a jump shot against University on Wednesday at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

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.

Scoring Summary

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

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  1. GCJ01 says:

    Great game Convent. I wish you the best throughout the rest of your season.

  2. JJ says:

    I’d pick Maria Kemiji-McDonald SanFranPreps player of the year over Bianka Quintanila-Whye and over Jaime Hum-Nishikado too.

    • jbalan says:

      What about Sacred Heart’s GeAnna Summers-Luaulu, Washington’s Raelyn Cheung-Sutton, Drew’s Nora McDevitt-Hickey, Galileo’s Jackie Guila-Dimailig and Lick’s Emma Brenner-Bryant? We should have an all-hyphenated team.

    • FL says:

      Agree 110% on pick for girls player of year…M. Kemji-McDonald. She’s done so much for girls basketball at SI. Bianca Q. and Jaime H could go first/second team respectively. They carry the CSH team.

      • JJ says:

        Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman-Cline would be so proud of these girls for their success on the hardwood and for the advancement of girl’s basketball.

        • al says:

          really? are they playing that well this year, making upsets against top teams, and just mowing down the competitions. I thought they are just a notch better than last season so far, and Maria really havent gotten hot yet.

          • D says:

            Don’t forget Amelia King. While this game was not her best, she leads the league with 18.4 points per game, and she is a nationally ranked blocker. No one even comes close in San Francisco.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great job Convent! You deserve it!

  4. GLB says:

    Agree on player of the year. Maria a standout in girls basketball. Bianka should make first team, she carries the team.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Amelia had 17, its wrong in the scoring summary

  6. S says:

    I say Jamie Hum-nishikado, Isabella Borges and Kayla Symanovich are some of the best in the BCL West.

  7. al says:

    getting better doesnt sound like” some of the best in the BCL”

  8. Anonymous says:

    Come on guys it’s just high school basketball….. Give it a rest . they try hard and work hard ant that’s all that matters.

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