St. Ignatius sent home after loss to Miramonte 

Junior Katie Batlin led the way and scored 20 points as the Miramonte girls’ basketball team knocked off St. Ignatius 68-59 Thursday in the NorCal Division III quarterfinals.

The Matadors (24-6) beat the Wildcats (23-8), avenging last year’s quarterfinal loss using a hard-nosed press and blistering defense.

"We put ourselves in a hole," St. Ignatius coach Mike Mulkerrins said. "We had a chance, we just couldn’t make the big plays."

Miramonte opened the first quarter on fire, jumping out to a 21-10 lead. St. Ignatius couldn’t fully recover, but did pull within five in the fourth quarter. Using a zone defense, the undersized Matadors held 6-foot-5 center Nicole Canepa to 10 points and just seven rebounds in her final high school game.

"We wanted to keep the ball out of her hands," Miramonte coach Darrell Hirashima said. "Because we knew if she got it, she was money."

With a loud crowd and a physical game, both teams spent a lot of time on the foul line, combining for 50 free-throw attempts.

"It’s a tough place to play here," Mulkerrins said.

Maggie McCarthy led the Wildcats with 13 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

"We played really well, with a lot of determination," Batlin said.

Miramonte 68, St. Ignatius 59

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