Lady 'Cats Steal the Show
Patrick Dunne '14
While the boys’ Bruce Mahoney basketball battle at USF gained all the attention, the girls’ game between #6 St. Ignatius and #9 Sacred Heart Cathedral was the truly exhilarating match-up.
Quinci Mann, SI’s leading scorer last year, struggled through most of the game and was actually held score- less for the first 20 minutes, but she showed poise down the stretch to se- cure the victory for SI. After missing three straight free throws in the fourth quarter to extend her drought, Quinci regained form and converted on three huge baskets, including a floater in the key to break the 39-39 tie.
After Sacred Heart missed on the next possession, junior Josie Little wrestled down the rebound and made two clutch free throws to extend the lead to 43-39. Seconds later, Sacred Heart converted to cut the lead to two, but SI’s Addi Walters swished a free throw to vault SI to a 3-point lead.
With only .8 seconds left, the game appeared over; yet, SHC’s Kai’Ree Howard caught the inbound pass and launched nearly a full-court shot.... that went in. While the shot was released just after the final buzzer, the ridiculous 3-point shot forced the Irish fans into a frenzy and left the SI cheering section stunned.
While SI was fortunate to have the clock on their side, Quinci, after the game, explained, “Even before the game we talked about how five losses to the Irish last season would fuel us to beat them. We had to stop that trend”. Not only did the Lady ‘Cats stop that trend, but they also ignited the SI cheering section for the boys’ battle.
Joleen Yang ’15 crosses up an SH guard.
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