We can usually count on Sacred Heart Cathedral (10-10, 5-3) and Saint Ignatius (16-3, 6-1) to meet up three or more times each season, as the two have played against one another in four of the last five CCS Division III championships. This year, however, SI is in Division II, while the the defending CCS champion Irish remain in Division III. In the first meeting this year at USF, the Wildcats came away with a 56-44 win, after jumping out to a 29-13 halftime lead.
In that game on January 10, both teams struggled shooting the basketball, as the Irish were limited to 25% shooting, while the Wildcats were just 32% from the floor. Maria Kemiji-McDonald posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Josie Little had 9 points and 11 rebounds.
That was the start of the six-game WCAL win streak that the Wildcats are riding, with their most impressive win on Saturday, a 55-49 decision against Mitty. SI had lost nine straight to the Monarchs, but limited Mitty to 33% shooting and converted 17-of-19 free throws. Kemiji-McDonald scored 16 points to lead all players, and is averaging 11.6 points to lead the Wildcats this season.
Sacred Heart Cathedral has struggled against good opponents lately, dropping three of their last four, and two in a row. The Irish fell at Saint Francis-Sacramento, 59-51, on Saturday, as they were outscored 22-9 in the pivotal second quarter. GeAnna Summers-Luaulu, who missed the team?s first 11 games because of an ankle injury, leads the team with a 10.4 scoring average.
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