SHC rolls to victory over SI 

This is a St. Ignatius girls’ basketball team that entered Tuesday with 12 wins in its last 14 games, an 8-1 record in the West Catholic Athletic League and three of the top 10 scorers in the conference.

But as Sacred Heart Cathedral proved yet again, confidence accumulated against other teams often counts for precious little against the Irish. Sacred Heart, ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, went on a 21-2 game-opening run, held the Wildcats to 2-of-19 shooting in the first half and forced 24 turnovers in a 59-32 road win.

The scary thing? Irish forward Jazmine Jackson said unbeaten Sacred Heart (19-0, 9-0) can still improve.

"This was a good one for us, but I always think we can do better," Jackson said after scoring a game-high 16 points. "We can always play better defensively, hold a team to fewer points."

Lauren Bell added 13 points for the two-time defending state champions, who have now won 32 consecutive league games and 42 in a row overall. The Irish have outscored league foes by an average of more than 27 points per game, with the closest call coming in a 51-35 decision over Valley Christian on Jan. 11.

The next night, Terrell Rogers, the father of star Sacred Heart forward Tierra Rogers, was shot and killed across the street from the school’s gym during halftime of a game against Mitty. Rogers returned to the court on Friday at Presentation and had 11 points and five rebounds against St. Ignatius in her third game since the shooting.

"With all [Tierra and the rest of] the kids have been through in the past few weeks, I give them all the credit in the world," Irish coach Brian Harrigan said. "They’re a remarkable group."

Sacred Heart actually struggled with turnovers in the early going, but steadied itself by creating steals and turning them into high-percentage shots. The Irish hit 13 of 21 shots from the field in the first half and led 31-7 at the intermission.

Erin Grady led St. Ignatius (13-7, 8-2) with nine points."That’s what we have to do, rely on our defense to get us in the game," said Rogers, who admitted it could be a while until basketball feels fun again. "Sometimes we have off-games, but we were pretty good tonight."

melliser@examiner.com

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE WEST

Urban 56, University 45

Jen Marquez led all scorers with 21 points while Rachael Pecota and Shaunre Clendinen each added 13 as the Blues (14-7, 8-0) remained undefeated in league play with a victory over the host Red Devils.

Clendinen also had 13 rebounds for Urban, which led by as many as 18 points in the first half.

— Staff report

SMALL SCHOOLS BRIDGE LEAGUE

Jewish Community 31, Orinda Academy 5

Sarah Goldstein scored eight of her 12 points in the first half as the Wolves (5-4, 4-2) allowed just one point in the first three quarters to beat the Eagles (1-13, 1-7).

Jewish Community used a stifling press to score 12 points in each of the first to quarters for a 24-0 halftime advantage before peeling back the pressure in the second half.

— Staff report

Boys

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE WEST

Stuart Hall 56, Crystal Springs Uplands 39

Winslow Hicks hit three 3-pointers and poured in 32 points as the host Knights (12-10, 5-3) overwhelmed the Gryphons (11-10, 3-5).

After the first half ended deadlocked 22-22, Stuart Hall broke the game open by outscoring Crystal Springs 16-2 in the third quarter. The Hall trailed 16-9 after the first quarter.Cameron Susk and Wyatt Woodson led the Gryphons with 15 points apiece.

— Staff report

SMALL SCHOOLS BRIDGE LEAGUE

Orinda Academy 51, Jewish Community 37

Chris Scott scored 16 points as the Eagles (10-8, 7-4) took control early against the Wolves (4-12, 3-5).

Orinda kept Jewish Community top scorers Pavel Krylov and Jake Sklar under wraps in taking a 20-10 lead at halftime. Jason Lehrman led the Wolves with 12 points.

— Staff report

Girls

WEST CATHOLIC ATHLETIC LEAGUE

SHC 59,

St. Ignatius 32

SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (19-0, 9-0)

Dannika Navales-Lugtu 2, Tierra Rogers 11, Lauren Bell 13, Ki-Ki Moore 8, Rosslyn Beard 2, Jazmine Jackson 16, Kamilah Jackson 7. Total 59.

ST. IGNATIUS (13-7, 8-2)

Eilise O’Connor 6, Rachel Hatch 2, Maya Burns 4, Maggie McCarthy 7, Caroline Barrack 4, Erin Grady 9. Total 32.

SHC 13 18 14 14 — 59

St. Ignatius 2 5 14 11 — 32

3-pointers: SHC—J. Jackson 2, Bell 1, Moore 1. SI—None. Rebounding leader: SHC—K. Jackson 10. SI—Burns 9. Assists leader: SHC—Moore 5. SI—McCarthy 2.

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE WEST

Urban 56,

University 45

URBAN (14-7, 8-0)

Jen Marquez 21, Rachael Pecota 13,

Anneli Eddy 2, Shaunre Clendinen 13, Lily Burns 3, Sam Lucas 1, Oona Ziegler 3. Total 45.

UNIVERSITY

Lee 6, Leon 5, Watkins 8, Ruby 9, Li 5, Tse 2, Furlong 8. Total 56.

Urban 13 16 12 15 — 56

University 8 9 7 21 — 45

3-pointers: Ur—Pecota 1, Marquez 2. Un—Leon 1, Ruby 2. Rebounding leader: Ur—Pecota 19. Assists leader: Ur—Pecota 4.

SMALL SCHOOLS BRIDGE LEAGUE

Jewish Community 31,

Orinda Academy 5

ORINDA ACADEMY (1-13, 1-7)

Sarah Heyward 2, Crystal Cordona 1, Julia Friedman 2. Total 5.

JEWISH COMMUNITY (5-4, 4-2)

Sarah Goldstein 12, Sharon Martinez 8, Megan Sosnick 2, Danielle Ovadia 1, Becca Stabner 2, Sophia Wiokoff 6. Total 31.

Orinda Academy 0 0 1 4 — 5

Jewish Community 12 12 1 6 — 31

3-pointers: OA—None. JC—None.

Boys

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE WEST

Stuart Hall 56,

CSU 39

CRYSTAL SPRINGS UPLANDS (11-10, 3-5)

Sanjay Baal 5, Tim Lu 4, Cameron Susk 15, Wyatt Woodson 15. Total 39.

STUART HALL (12-10, 5-3)

Aeon Wong 7, Winslow Hicks 32, Joe Hurd 2, Frank Duncan 6, John Bickle 9. Total 56.

CSU 16 6 2 13 — 39

Stuart Hall 9 13 16 18 — 56

3-pointers: CSU—Susk 1. SH—Hicks 3.

SMALL SCHOOLS BRIDGE LEAGUE

Orinda Academy 51, Jewish Community 37

ORINDA ACADEMY (10-8, 7-4)

Aubrey Love 4, Devin Marcus 3, Collin Spencer 8, Chris Scott 16, Brandon Davis 10, David Treas 10. Total 51.

JEWISH COMMUNITY (4-12, 3-5)

Jason Lerman 12, Jake Sklar 11, Pavel Krylov 8, Ariel Gottlieb 2, Josh Steinberger 4. Total 37.

Orinda Academy 9 11 12 19 — 51

Jewish Community 4 6 15 12 — 36

3-pointers: OA—Scott 3. JC—None.

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