Panthers Devour Pilots on Basketball Court

Panthers Devour Pilots on Basketball Court

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 55-52 defeat to Eastside College Prep of East Palo Alto last Saturday, Jan. 23.

The Pilots entered the home tilt as the favorite as the Panthers began the day at just 9-8. The Pilots came in with a record of 15-3. 

The Pilots and Panthers stayed close in the opening period. The Pilots took a 16-13 lead into the second quarter. The Pilots’ defense came through in a big way in the second period holding the Panthers to just eight second-quarter points. The Pilots meanwhile scored 17 points, stretching its lead to 33-21 at halftime. 

Eastside College Prep did outscore SJND 11-8 in the third quarter, but it just merely dented the Pilots lead. The Pilots still held a 41-32 lead entering the fourth quarter. However, the Panthers used the fourth quarter to take the game away from the Pilots’ grips. 

The Panthers scored 23 points in the final period, the highest point total in a quarter by either team. The Pilots, however, were held to just 11 points in the eight-minute frame. 

The loss wasted a great effort by Pilot senior forward Ayesa Kearns. Kearns led the team in points and rebounds with 27 points on 11 of 19 shooting and eight rebounds. She also had two steals. Junior point guard Mira Love-Sangco scored 11 points and led the team with six assists. 

Love-Sangco and Kearns were the only Pilots to score in double figures. The Panthers had three players score in double figures. Freshmen guard Zion Gabriel posted 21 points on eight of 17 shooting for the visiting Panthers. Sophomores Kayla Tahaafe and Ra’Anaa Bey scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Panthers held a huge edge over the Pilots in 3-point shooting. The Panthers converted seven of their 21 three-point attempts, while the Pilots went 0-for-3 from the 3-point line.

With the loss the Pilots’ overall record moves to 15-4. This was a non-league contest so their league record still sits at 3-1. They are currently in a tie for second place in the Tri-County Rock League with St. Mary’s of Albany. They are both one game behind Salesian of Richmond.

The Pilots’ next game is tomorrow against Kennedy of Richmond.