Solano to open NorCals with Cosumnes River

March 11, 2014

The Solano women’s basketball team earned the No. 7 seed for the upcoming Northern California playoffs and will have a familiar opponent in Cosumnes River College, the No. 10 seed.

Solano will host the game on February 28 at 7 p.m.

Solano and CRC played each other twice already this season with the Falcons pulling out two close victories in December.

Solano, the Bay Valley Conference champions, enters the postseason riding a school record 17-game win streak. Taylor Hamilton, Denisha Lundy and Ariel Clay lead the team, having just been named all-BVC. Hamilton and Lundy earned all-state honors as well.

“This is where I thought we would end up in the seeding,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “Cosumnes will be tough. They play in a tough conference (the Big 8) and we are familiar with one another. It should be a great game.”

Hamilton, Lundy named all-state

March 11, 2014
Taylor Hamilton and Denisha Lundy were named all-state.

Taylor Hamilton and Denisha Lundy were named all-state.

Taylor Hamilton and Denisha Lundy became the third set of teammates in Solano history to be named all-state in the same season when Solano’s backcourt duo was named all-state on Monday.

Taylor, who leads Solano in assists, steals, field goals and free throws, was named second team all-state while Denisha, Solano’s leading scorer and top 3-point shooter, was named to the all-state third team.

Taylor and Denisha follow in the footsteps of great Solano duos like Niesha Whitman and Maria Perez-Barris (1997-98) and Maria Perez-Barris and Jamie Maher (1996-97) to be named all-state in the same year.

“What a great honor and well-deserved for Taylor and Denisha,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “They have led us in so many ways all season long and I couldn’t think of a better way to recognize them for their hard work.”

Taylor becomes the fourth player in Solano history to be named second team all-state while Denisha is the third player to be named all-state third team.

Ironically, Taylor becomes the second former St. Patrick’s High grad to be named second team all-state. Jamie Maher (1996-97) was second team all-state as a sophomore at Solano. Denisha Lundy, who prepped at Vanden High, is the second former Viking to be named third team all-state. Angela Franklin (07-08) was third team all-state in her only season at Solano after a standout career at Vanden.

Solano trio named all-BVC; Coach Matt earns top honor

March 11, 2014


Taylor Hamilton and Ariel Clay were named all-BVC for the second year in a row, cementing their legacy at Solano.

Taylor Hamilton and Ariel Clay were named all-BVC for the second year in a row, cementing their legacy at Solano.

Taylor Hamilton and Ariel Clay earned all-Bay Valley Conference for the second year in a row and fellow sophomore Denisha Lundy was honored as well during Saturday’s BVC coaches meeting.

Taylor and Ariel became the third set of teammates in Solano history to be named all-conference in back-to-back seasons.

Also, Solano head coach Matt Borchert was named BVC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. He shared the honor with his entire coaching staff.

“This was a great day for our team,” he said. “We’ve already accomplished a lot and the players have been recognized for their hard work. We have more goals to achieve but we are going to celebrate a little bit.”

Ariel was also named to the academic all-conference team for her hard work in the classroom for her last three semesters at Solano.

Solano tops Contra Costa; caps perfect BVC season

March 11, 2014
Nikki Andaya played a crucial part in Solano's win over Contra Costa on Friday.

Nikki Andaya played a crucial part in Solano’s win over Contra Costa on Friday.

The celebration was finally allowed to take place. With the conference title in hand three games earlier, the only thing left to celebrate was a perfect season and it happened when Solano beat Contra Costa 94-78 on Friday night.

Taylor Hamilton scored 24 points and added 10 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 steals for the Falcons, who won their school record 17th consecutive game. The previous mark of 16 games was set by the 1996-97 team, the last Solano team to reach the state final four. The Falcons’ 16 BVC wins is also the most in program history, eclipsing the previous mark of 15 wins by the 2009-10 team.

The win over Contra Costa was a team effort with Nikki Andaya finishing with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Denisha Lundy added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Necole White and Audrie Jones each scored 10 points off the bench.

Solano fell behind early in the game for the first time during the conference season, but quickly recovered to take the lead at halftime. The Falcons didn’t let up in the second half, building to a 20-point advantage early and cruising to the victory.

The Falcons will await their NorCal playoff seed, likely opening at home, on Monday.

To see more photos from the game, access the Borchert Media Relations home page.

Balanced scoring attack lifts Solano past Merritt

February 17, 2014

The newly crowned Bay Valley Conference champions tied the school record for consecutive wins and finished off a season sweep of Merritt College with an 81-53 win over the Thunderbirds in Oakland on Friday.

Solano won its 16th straight game, dating back to the consolation championship game of the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic in December, tying the school record set by the 1996-97 squad.

Denisha Lundy had her second straight 20-plus point outing, scoring 28 points to lead the Falcons who 22-5 early in the contest and then 47-26 at the half. Lundy added nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Solano extended its lead to 68-35 midway through the second half, getting everyone involved in the offense by playing lock-down defense.

Audrey Jones and Necole White each came off the bench to provide valuable minutes. Jones scored 12 points while White had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

The Falcons improved to 24-4 overall and 15-0 in BVC games. SCC takes on Contra Costa College next Friday at 5:30 p.m. for Elementary School Appreciation Night. All kids 12 and under will get into the game free of charge. It’s also the last regular season home game and the coaching staff will take the opportunity to honor the five sophomores who have made great contributions to the program.

Short-handed Solano wraps up BVC title

February 15, 2014
Justice Robinson scored a season high 21 points against College of Marin.

Justice Robinson scored a season high 21 points against College of Marin.

Justice Robinson scored 21 points off the bench to fill a big void for the Solano Community College women’s basketball team as the Falcons earned a 78-61 win over College of Marin on Wednesday night to clinch their 11th Bay Valley Conference title.

Solano was playing without sophomores Taylor Hamilton (illness), Ariel Clay (injury) and Kristina Kountouris (injury) and the effects of missing those key contributors showed early. Marin took the ball hard to the basket on every offensive possession. Solano led just 37-30 at the half before exploding and tightening its defense in the second half to consistently lead by double digits over the final 20 minutes.

“This was a great win for us tonight,” said Solano Coach Matt Borchert. “They displayed a lot of heart and showed how deep we are by people stepping up when we needed them most.”

Denisha Lundy led the way with 23 points and addded four rebounds and four steals. Laura Lawson scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds. Justice also had nine rebounds.

The conference title was the fifth in the last seven years for Solano.

The Falcons (22-4) improved to 14-0 in BVC games, extending their win streak to 15 games. Solano takes on Merritt College in Oakland on Friday.

Check Borchert Media Relations website to see more photos from the game.

Los Medanos challenges Solano; Falcons prevail

February 9, 2014

Denisha Lundy scored 27 points and Taylor Hamilton added 22 as the Solano Community College women’s basketball team overcame a tough Los Medanos squad to pull out an 87-69 victory in Pittsburg on Friday night.

Solano clinched a tie for the Bay Valley Conference title with three games left in the season. It’s the program’s 11th conference title and fifth in the last seven years.

Los Medanos wasn’t going to let Solano capture the crown without a fight. The Mustangs came out in a half-court press that seemed to throw off the Falcons. Solano had double-digit turnovers by halftime for the second game in a row.

Still, the Falcons managed to go into the locker room at halftime with a 41-34 lead.

Solano attacked the basket more aggressively in the second half to pull away and hold a 20-point lead throughout most of the final 20 minutes.

Lundy shot 11 of 18 from the floor while hitting 4 of 5 from the 3-point line. The sophomore guard also had three rebounds and three assists. Hamilton, also a sophomore guard, had eight assists and five steals. Freshman forward Laura Lawson chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.

Necole White had another stellar outing with 13 points off the bench. The sophomore has scored in double figures three of the team’s last four games. Nikki Andaya added eight points, three rebounds and five assists and a season-high seven steals.

Solano (22-4, 13-0) brings its 14-game win streak into Wednesday’s home game against College of Marin. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. Both teams will be supporting the Coaches vs. Cancer program. Coaches vs. Cancer leverages coaches to help raise awareness about cancer. All proceeds and donations from the game will go to the American Cancer Society.


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