By Gideon Rubin
Cathedral Catholic continued its torrid start as the Dons remained unbeaten after winning their own Christmas tournament with a 58-54 victory over La Jolla Country Day in the Dec. 21 title game.
Niksha Federico scored 17 points to lead the Dons, and Xavier Williams and Michael Rosenburg each added 10 points.
The victory followed a 66-50 victory over Point Loma in a Dec. 19 quarterfinal and an 86-44 win against Anchorage Christian in the semifinals the next day.
The Dons opened the tournament with a 77-57 win against Santa Fe Christian on Dec. 17.
Williams scored 19 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Dons in the Point Loma game.
Nick Prunty contributed 12 points and Brendan Reh added 11 points.
Federico led the Dons with 14 points in the Anchorage Christian game and Reh and Brett Lofthus each added 11 points.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 10-0.
Santa Fe Christian defeated Citrus Hill (Perris) 64-52 in the third place game of the Cathedral tournament.
Brian Finley scored 17 points to lead the Eagles. Grant Corsi contributed 15 points and Justin Byrd added 14 points.
The victory followed a 58-54 win against Anchorage Christian on Dec. 19 and a 58-52 victory over Point Loma the next day.
Byrd and Corsi each added 16 points to lead the Eagles in the Anchorage Christian game, and Finley added 12 points.
Corsi poured in 26 points to lead the Eagles in the Point Loma game and Byrd added 12 points.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 6-2.
Torrey Pines rebounded from an opening-round setback to win the Cathedral tournament consolation championship with three straight victories.
The Falcons defeated Point Loma in the consolation championship game on Dec. 21.
Garrett Galvin scored 25 points to lead the Falcons and Joe Rahon added 20 points.
The victory followed a 73-51 win against San Diego Jewish Academy on Dec. 19 and a 70-57 victory over Citrus Hill the next day.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 7-2.
San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Anchorage Christian 78-50 in a Cathedral tournament game on Dec. 21.
The loss was the Lions fourth straight in the tournament, where they played some of the toughest teams in San Diego County.
Jacob Katz scored 20 points to lead the Lions. Ilan Graubart contributed 11 points, and Ethan Lew added 10.
Katz, who is the Lions second leading scorer, is averaging 13.3 points per game.
Ryan Marchetti, who leads the Lions averaging 16.4 points, did not play in the Anchorage Christian game.
The Lions fell to 2-4 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic withstood a second half comeback to defeat Rancho Buena Vista 54-52 in the finals of the Wolverine Invitational on Dec. 22 at Westview High.
The Dons opened up a 30-18 lead at the intermission after outscoring RBV 18-8 in the second quarter, but they were outscored 34-24 the rest of the way and 20-13 in the fourth quarter.
Emily Kearney and Haley Syroka each scored 17 points to lead the Dons, and Wendy Anae added 14 points.
The Dons won all four tournament games by a combined total of 10 points.
They opened the tournament with a 46-44 victory over Olympian on Dec. 19. They defeated Valley Center 52-47 on Dec. 20, and tournament host Westview 52-51 in the semifinals the next day.
Syroka scored 11 points to lead the Dons in the Olympian game and Kendall Fisher added nine points.