Girls Basketball: Convent locks down Lick, advances to BCL West championship
By Josh Levine
Just over a week ago, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School lost its only league game of the season to Lick-Wilmerding, mostly on the strength of the Tigers’ 3-point shooting.
The Tigers hit eight shots from beyond the arc last week, but on Wednesday in the Bay Counties League West semifinals, Lick only made one shot from 3-point range and was held to just six points in the middle quarters of a 45-26 loss to the Cubs at Kezar Pavilion.
While Lick (10-13) struggled to score, the top-seeded Cubs (16-7) got a most of their scoring from freshman forward Erin Hanley, who had a game-high 17 points.
“It feels good to have such a good freshman,” said Convent head coach Jon Mercado. “She’s so versatile and she just turned 15 yesterday. She’s only getting better and it’s scary. She can drive, play the point and I even let her play until she fouled out.”
Senior forward Katie Waters led Lick in scoring with seven points off the bench, while the Tigers shot 9-of-21 from the free-throw line and just 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
“We just weren’t clicking on offense,” said Lick head coach Daniel Tesfai. “We were stagnant out there and things just weren’t falling. We had some good moments where we got them to foul, but they did a great job of closing on us. We had our looks but couldn’t take advantage of them.”
The Cubs were forced to limit the minutes of normal starting point guard Isabella Borges, who is still recovering from a foot injury sustained in the final week of the season. Borges didn’t take a shot in the game and finished with two points on late free throws.
“It’s different without her on the court,” Hanley said. “She knows the strengths and weaknesses of all of us on the court. When I was playing point guard it was strange and completely different. I’m not the one usually bringing up the ball.”
Convent advances to face rival University in the league championship on Saturday, while Lick likely ends its season and will lose five seniors to graduation.
“We have a lot of potential, but we need a key leader,” Tesfai said.
Erin Hanley – 17
Jaime Hum-Nishikado – 12
Bianka Quintanilla-Whye – 8
Claire Fahy – 4
Two players tied with 2 points
Katie Waters – 7
Kaila Perez – 6
Aki Shurelds – 4
Hayley Lew – 3
Toby Harris – 3