Girls Basketball: Mercy’s season ends with overtime loss to Marin Catholic

Mercy senior guard Monique Mariano drives past a Marin Catholic defender on Wednesday at Mercy High School. (Photo by Eric Luis)

By Josh Levine

It took an extra 4 minutes of game time, but Mercy High School’s girls basketball team saw its season end in a 45-44 overtime loss to visiting Marin Catholic in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV state playoffs on Wednesday.

Mercy junior guard Christina Haight had a chance to win the game for the sixth-seed Skippers (26-4) with a half-court heave at the buzzer in overtime, but the 11th-seed Wildcats (23-8) held on as Haight’s shot rolled off the rim.

Mercy senior forward Courtney Sabahi sets for a shot while being pressured by a Marin Catholic defender on Wednesday at Mercy High School. (Photo by Eric Luis)

“I was just hoping it went in. It was one of the most important shots I’ve taken,” Haight said. “It was a close one and could have gone either way. After [the loss to] Soquel [Central Coast Section championship game], we were obviously disappointed, but this has been one of the greatest seasons . . . It won’t be the same next year, but new players will have to step up.”

Mercy senior forward Courtney Sabahi led the Skippers with 17 points and fellow senior Mariah Masoli contributed 12 in the losing effort, but it was a clutch shot from Sabahi that sent the game into overtime.

Marin Catholic took a two-point lead with 7.5 seconds left in regulation after sophomore Claire Renk scored on an assist from senior Joanne Zeidan. After a timeout, Mercy took took the ball upcourt and Masoli was fouled by Renk. With just 2.6 seconds left, Haight passed the ball to Sabahi on the inbound play, who quickly hit a turnaround bank shot at the buzzer to send the game in to overtime.

“I’m proud of the girls. I’m not mad with the result,” said Mercy head coach Michael Gutierrez. “We came out with heart. I always ask for them to give me 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time, and they did.”

After the game, Marin Catholic head coach Rick DeMartini praised his girls for their hard work.

“Even with our leading scorer having an off game, everybody stepped up,” said DeMartini. “This was not a team anyone thought would be in NorCals or even win, but they’re an amazing group of kids that plays hard until the end and that’s all you can ask for as a coach.”

Mercy players and coaches stayed in the locker room for over an hour in their final meeting as a team.

“We always talk about memories,” Gutierrez said. “It was also the last chance for our seniors to speak. Our goal is always Mercy basketball and giving it our all out there. Our four games that we lost were by a combined nine points. Our seniors set such a great example as role models on and off the court for us all year.”

Scoring Leaders

Marin Catholic
Alexis Tye – 14
Joanne Zeidan – 9
Claire Renk – 8
Emily Easom – 6
Two players tied with 4 points

Courtney Sabahi – 17
Mariah Masoli – 12
Christina Haight – 7
Tallia Schivo – 5
Monique Mariano – 3

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  1. JJ says:

    I bet there was alot of crying in the Mercy locker room after this game. Tough way to end a season.

  2. cj says:

    your a great man thats what these comments are for — talking about high school girls crying. call it SanFran**** of North Korea taking my comments down when its more fact than your oblivious comment on girls crying? Grow up and realize this is America everyone is entitled to their opinion. Enjoy your site you bum, keep reading your comments.

    • jbalan says:

      I’m not sure who you’re talking to, me or JJ, but you decided to disparage a high school girls basketball player, because she played poorly in a game. That’s not what this site is about. If you don’t like that, feel free to stop visiting the site. I certainly won’t miss reading your comments that attempt to belittle 17-year-olds, while hiding cowardly behind a screen name.

      • Andrea Gray says:

        I just want to say that you guys at SF Preps do a great and much appreciated job, you’re fair and keep it under control. I don’t see any malice intended in any of the editorial; emotions run high when a great season ends.

  3. sfpatriot says:

    Congrats to all the Mercy girls in what has got to be considered a great season for your school and your program!

  4. WCal Fan says:

    Great run for the Mercy Skippers and Mike must be very proud of his girls as well as their families.

  5. rickjames says:

    The easy pre season schedule for Mercy took it’s toll during playoffs, they have not been tested well during preseason.. Overall though they had a great season. Good luck to college bound seniors Masoli and SAbahi.
    Keep your heads up girls you did a great job!!!

  6. JJ says:

    There is nothing wrong with crying. I wasn’t trying to put down the Mercy basketball team. The fact that they were in the locker room for more than an hour, suggests that maybe the Mercy team was upset. Based on the article, it looks like their season was talked about in the locker room. Things were aired out and I’m sure lots of crying and consolation was involved.

  7. JustSayin says:

    Tough loss for the Skippers! Congratulations on a long season.. Best of luck to the seniors.

  8. Basketball Fan says:

    I don’t understand why the piece about crying had to even come into the conversation. Would this be addressed in the same for our young men? Congrats to the Skippers for an awesome season and good luck to the seniors as they start their college careers.

    • JJ says:

      No, because society says it’s alright for girls to cry, but for boys, they have to tough it out and “be a man”. Maybe that’s why women live longer than men?

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