The Mercury News Weekend
No. 1 Piedmont girls continue to roll with star player injured
Despite playing without Trinity Zamora for the fourth straight game, Piedmont has continued to roll. The Bay Area News Group's No. 1-ranked girls team crushed San Leandro 70-28 on Wednesday, improving to 20-0 this season.
Since losing the San Diego State-bound Zamora to a knee injury on Jan. 18, the Highlanders are 4-0 and have won those contests by an average of 29 points. That includes a 66-51 victory over eighth-ranked Acalanes on Saturday.
Eva Levingston led the charge against San Leandro (13-7, 2-4 WACC Foothill Division). The senior had a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
“She has come into her own, that's for sure,” Piedmont coach Bryan Gardere said.
The colleges have come calling. Gardere said he spoke to a couple of schools about Levingston before Wednesday's game against San Leandro. Nevada and Cal State Fullerton are among the colleges showing interest in the senior.
Levingston received plenty of help from her teammates as Piedmont won for the sixth time without defeat in the WACC Foothill. Natalia Martinez had 21 points, five rebounds and five steals. Maddie Hill contributed 14 points and four assists.
Gardere said he expects Zamora to return before the season ends, possibly as early as next week.
The Highlanders are off until Tuesday, when they play at Castro Valley.
NO. 2 ARCHBISHOP MITTY 64, PRESENTATION 15 >> Elle Hanson scored 22 points and Maya Hernandez added 11 points as the Monarchs (17-2, 5-0 WCAL) upped their winning streak to 10 in a row. The Monarchs led 21-0 after one period against Presentation (7-11, 0-5) and were ahead 35-6 at halftime.
Things will get a little tougher on Wednesday when Mitty visits Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco.
NO. 3 SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL 54, ST. IGNATIUS 36 >> Sacred Heart Cathedral (16-2, 4-1 WCAL) went on a 12-2 run in the second half after St. Ignatius (9-9, 2-3) closed to within 35-31 in the girls basketball version of the Bruce-Mahoney rivalry. St. Ignatius went into the game Wednesday having won five in a row between these two teams. SHC still owns a 35-17 edge in this rivalry. The Bruce-Mahoney series for this school year is tied 2-2. The series continues March 25 when the schools meet in baseball at Oracle Park. NO. 5 OAKLAND TECH 66, FREMONT 5
>> Oakland Tech (16-5, 4-0) won by at least 50 points for the fifth time in this Oakland Athletic League mismatch. It was 31-0 after the first quarter and 46-4 at halftime. Erin Sellers scored 12 points for the winners. Fremont slipped to 1-14 overall and 1-3 in league play.
NO. 11 MOREAU CATHOLIC 87, NEWARK MEMORIAL 41 >> The Mariners (13-5, 7-0) remained unbeaten in Mission Valley Athletic League play, as the team's leading scorer, 6-foot-7 sophomore wing Kellen Hampton, scored 22 points, his scoring average for the season. Jesse Ybarra had 12 points, but more importantly, was credited with 10 steals. LeBrie Goudy-Lee and Andrew Placido had 10 apiece for Moreau Catholic. Sophomore Jacob Libiran led Newark Memorial (6-14, 0-8) with 15 points. NO. 13 OAKLAND 75, MCCLYMONDS 28 >> Montana-bound guard Money Williams was stellar against McClymonds (7-11, 2-3), scoring 26 first-half points and 34 overall in the one-sided win. Oakland (17-6, 4-1 OAL) led 53-17 at intermission. NO. 15 ALAMEDA 57, ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME 49 >> For the third time in the past six games, St. Joseph Notre Dame (5-13, 0-6) carried a lead into the fourth quarter and did not win. The Pilots couldn't hold a 42-39 edge against Alameda (17-3, 5-1 WACC) Wednesday night.