Windward 69, Cathedral Catholic 56

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Posted by Erik Boal on January 11, 2020 at 19:12:01:

Two of the nation's top underclassmen shined in an entertaining, fast-paced showdown Saturday as Windward, ranked No. 8 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, secured a 69-56 intersectional victory at No. 19 Cathedral Catholic.

Windward freshman JuJu Watkins scored 31 points, including 20 in the first half, in addition to 12 rebounds and four steals for Windward (14-3).

During the Wildcats' four-game winning streak, Watkins has 124 points, including a career-high 36 in Wednesday's 76-35 nonleague victory against Fairmont Prep.

Cathedral Catholic sophomore Isuneh "Ice" Brady had a career-high 36 points, including 21 of the Dons' 28 in the second half, to go along with 15 rebounds and five blocks.

The difference was the supporting cast for Watkins, who led three Windward players in double figures.

Itzel "Izzy" Navarro was the second-highest scorer with eight points for Cathedral Catholic (8-9), which played without UC Davis signee Mazatlán "Mazzie" Harris.

Gonzaga commit McKayla Williams added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Windward, with junior Michelle Duchemin contributing 10 points and 12 rebounds. Maya Stokes scored eight points for the Wildcats.

Cathedral Catholic held a six-point lead early in the second quarter, before Windward closed the half by scoring 21 of the final 25 points to grab a 39-28 advantage at the break.

Brady scored 12 of Cathedral Catholic's 14 third-quarter points to cut the deficit to 49-42 entering the fourth.

But Windward opened the final quarter with eight unanswered points in the first two minutes and the Dons never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Although Cathedral Catholic boasts a sub-.500 record with a month left in the regular season, the Dons' nine losses include a pair of setbacks to Long Beach Poly, twice to Orangewood Academy, La Jolla Country Day, Sierra Canyon, Windward, Etiwanda and Clovis West, teams with a combined 107-20 record.

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