A 10-0 run in the fourth quarter nearly erased what was a 16-point deficit, but it wasn’t enough for the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls to overcome a poor shooting performance in a 63-57 loss to visiting Campolindo of Moraga in the second round of the CIF state basketball playoffs on Thursday.
The Irish (16-13) run cut the Campolindo lead to 58-55 with 2:22 remaining in the fourth, but the Cougars (25-6) responded with four straight points of their own to hold off the comeback bid.
While the late rally nearly saved Sacred Heart, it was a six-point second quarter that was ultimately the difference, where the Irish missed their first 15 shots from the floor in the quarter.
Sacred Heart seniors Geena Giovannetti and T.J. Miller led the way with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Campolindo advances to the Northern California semifinals on Saturday, where it will meet Sacramento.
St. Ignatius 69, Paradise 35
The long bus ride to the Chico area didn’t seem to bother the Wildcats, as they cruised past Paradise in Division III action. SI will meet top-seeded Bishop O’Dowd in Saturday’s Northern California semifinals.
Bishop O’Dowd 74, Sacred Heart Cathedral 61
Considering the final score and the way the game played out, some would conclude that Sacred Heart Cathedral played poorly in its Division III loss to visiting Bishop O’Dowd — but the Irish simply ran into one of the best teams in the state.
The Irish got solid performances from junior forwards Joshua Fox (14 points) and Taylor Johns (13 points) but struggled at times offensively, especially at the free-throw line, where they went 13-for-27.
The deep Dragons outmatched the Irish in height and athleticism and got double-digit scoring performances from Richard Longrus (14), Anders Haas (14), Brandon Ashley (13), Terrence King Jr. (12) and Kendall Jackson (10).
University 90, Liberty Christian 55
Zio Enriquez led University High School with 23 points as the Red Devils shot 49 percent in a dominating Division V victory. University will meet Pinewood in Saturday’s NorCal semifinals at 7 p.m.
St. Patrick-St. Vincent 49, Sacred Heart Prep 48
The Gators jumped out to a lead after three quarters, but were outscored 18-12 in the final period by St. Patrick-St. Vincent in Division IV action.
Staff writer Dylan Kruse and correspondent Josh Levine contributed to this report.
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