Solano takes fourth at opening tournament

November 29, 2009

The Falcons dropped the final two games of the Santa Ana/Orange Coast Tip-Off tournament, losing 71-43 to Grossmont on Saturday and 81-50 to Orange Coast College on Sunday in the third place game.

Sophomore Veronica Morris had 12 points and seven rebounds against Grossmont while Bree Domingo, also a sophomore, added 10 points, four assists and four rebounds in the loss.

In the game against Orange Coast College on Sunday, Veronica had 13 points, sophomore Soroya Blunt had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Bree had six points and three assists.

Solano (1-2) will return to practice this week before opening the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at College of Sequoias in Visalia on Thursday against Mt. San Antonio College. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. at Central Valley Christian High School. Solano has another tough test ahead in facing Mt. SAC, the four-time state champion.


Falcons open season with a win

November 27, 2009

Solano opened the 2009-10 season with an 83-72 victory over Santa Ana  in the first round of the Santa Ana/Orange Coast Classic on Friday. Solano’s sophomores made a huge statement with six of the seven contributing on offense. The Falcons were tied with host Santa Ana at half but broke the game open in the second half with solid three-point shooting and tight defense. SCC (1-0) takes on Grossmont in the semifinals on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Crystal Lee had an impressive debut with the Falcons, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Soroya Blunt, a returning all-BVC player from a year ago, added 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Veronica Morris (12 points), Goli Tavassoli (10 points) and Ashley Daniels (10 points) all played big roles.

Sophomore Bree Domingo, who is attempting to break Solano’s all-time career assist record, had six assists in the victory.

“We were more disciplined in the second half and played a lot tighter defense in the second half,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “We had some really good sequences on defense in the second half that led to baskets. We also shot the ball real well.”

A dinner we’ll never forget

November 19, 2009

The Solano women’s basketball team was invited to SCC President Jowell Laguerre’s house for dinner on November 15 to celebrate the team’s second straight Bay Valley Conference championship. While some members of the team were unable to attend because of work and family commitments and illness, it was a night that those in attendance will never forget.

SCC President, Dr. Jowell Laguerre (center) and his wife Marie (far right), hosted the women's basketball team at their house for dinner to celebrate the team's second straight BVC championship.

The team ate traditional Haitian food prepared by Dr. Laguerre’s wife, Marie, and had the chance to bond with one another outside of the basketball court. Dr. Laguerre is a big basketball fan himself and had the chance to speak with the team about what positions they play, what numbers they wear (“Because when I come to your games, you won’t look the same as you look tonight,” he laughed.) and where they come from.

For Coach Matt and his wife, Angela, it was their second time visiting Dr. Laguerre’s house for dinner and for the second time, the Borcherts were extremely impressed with the Laguerres.

“I have been coaching community college women’s basketball for more than 20 years and I have never been invited over to the president’s house,” said Coach Matt as he thanked the Laguerres for their hospitality.

The team is looking forward to having Dr. Laguerre at their games this year as they try to bring home a third straight BVC championship!