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NOR CAL PLAYOFFS: SOME REAL INFO ABOUT SACRED HEART PREP

by / Tuesday, 15 March 2016 / Published in News

On Monday there was a preview about the Cardinal Newman Girls-Sacred Heart Prep Nor Cal semi-final game. In the original post that was up most of the day, some of the information about Sacred Heart Prep was right and some of it was wrong. The main part that was wrong was the information about the roster. I am not sure about how the wrong roster popped up.

I am blaming the mistake on the internet.cif 16 hoops

The part that was right in the preview was the Sacred Heart Prep record is 21-6. They did beat Scotts Valley 52-51 in the CIF Central Coast Section championship game and do have a 58-43 win over Woodside Priory earlier this season.

Woodside Priory is the team that ended Cloverdale’s season at the same time that Scotts Valley was scaring the heck out of Cardinal Newman fans on Saturday.

The main mistake was about their roster.

Here is the real story.

This is a fairly young team, but does have four seniors on it. Two of the seniors are the team’s leading scorers.

The leading scorer is Riley Hemm who is averaging nearly 15 points a game and has hit the twenty point mark five times. She is a four year varsity player and went over the 1,200 scoring mark in her career in the CCS Semi-Final game.

The second leading scorer Ma’ata Makoni also leads the team in rebounds. The numbers are 11.8 and 7.8, which includes six double-doubles. One of the double-doubles was in the one point win over Scotts Valley when she scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. She is also a four year varsity player and her scoring average has gone up each season. She went over the 800 career mark in the Nor Cal second round win over Central Valley.

In the win over Scotts Valley, sophomore Tatum Angotti had a season high 20 points. On the season she is averaging 7.1 and it was her first double figure game since December.

This information in the original preview was also true. The win over Woodside Priory was part of an 11-1 start. They finished tied for third at 5-5 in the West Bay League, which is a pretty good league. The league still has four teams going in the state playoffs including league champion Pinewood who is the No. 4 seed in the Open Division. Second place Menlo is behind Cardinal Newman at No. 2 in Division 4 and Eastside Prep, the team they ended tied for third with, is the No. 1 seed in Division 5.

Sacred Heart Prep comes into this game with a five game winning streak. Four of the wins have been playoff games including a 72-54 win over Central Valley in the Nor Cal second round. Like Cardinal Newman they had a first round bye.

Based on power rankings Cardinal Newman is favored, as they will be against any team they play here on out. Cardinal Newman is ranked No. 30 in the state, Sacred Heart Prep is at No. 113.

NORCAL DIVISION 4
SEMI-FINAL
TUESDAY MARCH 15TH…7 pm
No. 4 Sacred Heart Prep (21-6) at No. 1 Cardinal Newman (28-5)
No. 3 Saint Mary’s (18-13) at No. 2 Menlo School (20-7)

NOR CAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
SATURDAY MARCH 19TH
AT AMERICAN CANYON HIGH SCHOOL (TBA)

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