State Tournament Roundup: SHC, Lowell, International girls fall in second round
The Sacred Heart Cathedral girls basketball team played even with visiting Miramonte in three quarters, but it was a 30-16 run in the second quarter that pushed the sixth-seeded Matadors to a 76-61 win over the third-seeded Irish on Saturday in the California Interscholastic Federation Division III playoffs.
The Irish (15-15) got a team-high 16 points and 12 rebounds from sophomore guard GeAnna Summers-Luaulu, and 12 points from junior guard Jerrieza Enriquez, but five Miramonte players scored in double figures, led by 16 points from Rider-bound senior forward Janine Loutzenhiser.
Sacred Heart held a 9-4 lead midway through the first quarter and the game was tied at 13-13 at the end of the opening frame, but after the second-quarter surge from Miramonte (30-1), the Irish could not cut the deficit under eight points in the second half.
“We wanted to limit mental mistakes and we had a couple of those moments right before the half, and we were playing catchup the rest of the way,” said Sacred Heart head coach Mike Carey. “They’re a legit 30-1 team, and at this level there are no bad teams. You gotta come out and play your best game.”
– Jeremy Balan
Girls Basketball: Gunn 34, Lowell 24
The second-seeded Cardinals shot only 24 percent from the floor their loss to seventh seed Gunn in the second round of the Division I tournament on Saturday at Kezar Pavilion.
No Lowell player scored in double figures and the Cardinals (25-5) were eliminated from the state playoffs after receiving a first-round bye.
“We’re not going to beat anybody shooting that percentage,” said Lowell head coach Aki Kuwada. “We shot 24 percent from the field and 10 percent from 3-point range. We missed our breakaway layups. Normally holding a team to 34 points is enough for the win.”
The Titans (21-6) were led senior forward Catherine Perez, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“She’s a great kid and steps up big for us,” said Gunn head coach Sarah Stapp. “She’s our leader and plays great defense. The biggest play was when she got three of her own offensive rebounds on the same possession and finally scored.”
– Josh Levine
Girls Basketball: Brookside Christian 74, International 54
The Jaguars did everything right Saturday on the road against Brookside Christian of Stockton, but still fell to the Division V tournament’s top seed.
International (22-10) fought back to trim a 47-32 third-quarter deficit to just eight points in the fourth, but could not sustain the comeback effort.
The Knights (27-4) had a major size advantage that included 6-foot-1 freshman forward Ra’Kyra Gabriel, who had a team-high 21 points, many of which came on second-chance opportunities off offensive rebounds.
The Jaguars were led by standout freshman guard Shayna Mehta, who had a game-high 22 points. Sophomore guard Natalie Kelly chipped in 17 points and senior guard Denia Ebersole finished with 13.
“We knew they were a very good team coming in that they averaged 70 points, where we average 60, and we struggled too much at times on offense tonight to make that happen,” said International head coach Charlene Murphy.
– Aidan Fitzsimon