The first-quarter score jumped off the page like a misprint. Bellarmine College Prep 32, Sacred Heart Cathedral 3.
It couldn't possibly be right. Sacred Heart Cathedral began the week ranked No. 2 in the Mercury News boys basketball rankings. Bellarmine, ranked fifth, was coming off its second crushing loss of the season to Archbishop Mitty -- in double overtime after Mitty tied the score on an Aaron Gordon basket at the end of the fourth quarter.
But the score was right as Bellarmine showed Saturday how dangerous it could be as the season winds down. The Bells played one of the best quarters in coach Patrick Schneider's 21 seasons with the team, scoring on virtually every possession in the eight-minute period while completely shutting down visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bellarmine would go on to win 74-43.
"It might have been among the top five quarters in my time there," Schneider said. "We scored on 11 of 12 or 12 of 13 possessions. We rebounded tremendously on defense and quickly erased the really horrible taste of the double-overtime loss to Mitty."
Three weeks earlier, Bellarmine followed a two-point loss at home to Mitty with a 46-40 loss at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
This time, though, Bellarmine had a healthier Blair Mendy -- the senior guard has been slowed by a foot injury -- and his presence has given the Bells a substantial boost. Mendy had 11 points Saturday.
"As Blair has gotten healthier and played
"It was a big game," Wilcox coach Kevin White said. "I'm really proud of the girls. We knew that they were a good team that we could beat. But we didn't expect to win by 19 points."
Wilcox began division play undefeated, but losses to Lynbrook and Palo Alto put the Chargers in a hole. A three-game winning streak moved Wilcox to within a game of division-leading Lynbrook entering the week.
"We talked about it earlier in the season -- we said we wanted to be playing our best ball in February," White said. "We certainly weren't holding anything back, but we always felt we were improving. I think the two losses were good wake-up calls for us."