ORINDA – On paper, it was a showdown between two of the top 15 girls basketball teams in the state, according to MaxPreps.com.
But Archbishop Mitty made its game against Salesian on Saturday night appear like a run-of-the-mill matchup. The Monarchs, who never trailed, led 23-11 in the first quarter and 40-16 at halftime on their way to a 66-45 victory at the Elite is Earned Showcase at Miramonte High.
“We were really locked in tonight, played extremely well, probably one of our better halves of the year,” said Mitty coach Sue Phillips. “Salesian’s a great team and they’re well-coached.”
Mitty, which improved to 13-2 overall, is ranked second in the Bay Area News Group poll, and eighth in the state and 16th in the nation by MaxPreps.com. Salesian, which fell to 10-6, is ranked fourth in the Bay Area News Group poll, and is 15th in the state and 46th in the nation by MaxPreps.
The Monarchs had eight players score in the first half, including five who scored between five and eight points. Defensively, they allowed Salesian only five field goals in the first half with its leading scorer, USC-bound Angel Jackson, notching a team-high five points in the first half. The 6-foot-5 Jackson finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
“Angel Jackson is potentially a high school All-American, and Makayla Edwards is a Division I player,” said Phillips about Salesian. “I thought we did a fantastic job of digging in in the post.”
Meanwhile, Stanford-bound Haley Jones scored a game-high 24 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out three assists for Mitty.
“Salesian is a great team, top to bottom,” Jones said. “I think we did a great job being aggressive and not really being timid with the ball. We tried to attack their pressure.”
Mitty bolted out to a 12-4 lead to start the game, but Salesian narrowed the score to 14-10 on a putback by Daylee Dunn with 2 minutes, 10 seconds left in the first quarter. The Monarchs countered, however, with a 16-1 run over the next five-and-a-half minutes, and led by at least 18 points the rest of the way.
Jones and Marley Langi both had five points in that run. Ania McNicholas, Kate Conaway and Hunter Hernandez all had eight points for Mitty in the game. McNicholas also had five rebounds and three assists in the win.
In addition to Jackson, teammate Silivia Fonongaloa also had 10 points in the game.
Carondelet 49, St. Joseph Notre Dame 46
Ali Bamberger scored a game-high 23 points for Carondelet, but perhaps it was a defensive play that was her highlight in this win at the Elite is Earned Showcase.
The Washington-bound Bamberger poked the ball away from a St. Joseph Notre Dame player on what turned out to the Pilots’ final possession of the game with 11.9 seconds remaining and Carondelet holding a slim 47-46 lead. Two free throws by teammate Emily Howie with 11.3 seconds left were the final points of this close game.
“Ali continues to impress me. It seems like every game, she gets better. She’s just an awesome basketball player,” said Carondelet coach Michael Morris, and he also said about his team, “Tonight was a testament of them being just seasoned veterans because we got down by 10 at halftime, they never panicked.”
Carondelet (15-2) beat Pinewood, ranked No. 1 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, on Wednesday. But the Cougars had a rough time Saturday against a very talented St. Joseph Notre Dame team (11-4).
The Pilots had an 18-7 run in the final 9:07 of the first half to take a 30-20 lead into halftime. St. Joseph Notre Dame’s Zhane Duckett led all scorers in the first half with 13 points as her team’s speed and press caused Carondelet mistakes.
But the Cougars outscored the Pilots 10-4 in the third quarter to narrow St. Joseph Notre Dame’s lead to 34-30. Still, Carondelet didn’t catch the Pilots until two free throws by Alex Brown tied the score at 40 with 4:11 left in the fourth quarter.
The two teams battled back and forth, and the Pilots took a 46-44 lead on a layup by Makena Mastora with 1:51 left in the game.
But Carondelet scored the last five points of the game, all from the free-throw line.
“I wanted to see how much fight we had in us, playing a highly-rated team in the state and the East Bay,” said St. Joseph Notre Dame coach Shawn Hipol. “I think it’s a good confidence builder.”
Malia Mastora paced St. Joseph Notre Dame in scoring with 17 points, and Duckett added 13. Tatyana Modawar had nine points for Carondelet.
Carondelet entered the game ranked third in the Bay Area News Group poll and sixth in the state by MaxPreps., St. Joseph Notre Dame is ranked seventh in the Bay Area News Group poll.
Miramonte 53, Folsom 42
The host Matadors’ Rebecca Welsh scored 19 of her game-high 24 points in the second half as the Matadors (18-2) took the lead for good in the fourth quarter against the Bulldogs (15-3) in the Elite is Earned Showcase.
Miramonte coach Kelly Sopak said that it was Welsh’s first game at point guard. Amerika De Los Santos, the previous starter at point guard,is out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Sopak said.
The Matadors had only one three-pointer in the first half (by Walsh) and had 10 team fouls as Folsom held a 26-23 halftime lead. The game was tied at 33 at the end of the third quarter, but a three-pointer and free throw by Welsh and a layup by Emily Huston gave Miramonte a 39-33 lead with 5:37 left in the fourth quarter. Miramonte did not trail the rest of the game.
“I thought our effort was good, we just didn’t play very well. But they really played great defense on us,” Sopak said.
Miramonte is ranked fifth in the Bay Area News Group poll, and ninth in the state and 24th in the nation by MaxPreps.com. Folsom, which was paced in scoring by Beth Pettingill with 11, is ranked 26th in the state by MaxPreps.com.
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