Crystal Lee scored 20 points and added 13 rebounds as the Solano women’s basketball team beat College of Siskiyous in front of a raucous crowd in the Northern California Regional Semifinals on Saturday 69-54.
Solano advances to the Regional final where it will take on Santa Rosa Junior College next Saturday at 7 p.m. in Santa Rosa.
The playoff win was the first for the Falcons since 2002.
Crystal, a third team all-state selection, also had three steals and an assist and shot 9 of 15 from the field. Bree Domingo added 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Falcons (24-5) shot the ball extremely well from the field against Siskiyous’ tough zone defense and brought stifling defensive pressure of their own on the other end of the court.
“Our defense was critical in us winning the game tonight,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “The ladies really got after it on defense, made some great stops and converted on offense.”
Siskiyous had several dozen fans in attendance, including the Eagles’ softball team, which was scheduled to play Solano’s softball team on Sunday. The crowd was very active throughout the game, making for a great playoff atmosphere.
Solano held a narrow five-point advantage at the half but stretched it to 10 several times in the second half. The Falcons’ athleticism showed as they were able to pull away late in the game. Bree Domingo hit a shot to give Solano an 11-point lead with just less than 7 minutes to go in the contest. Solano forced Siskiyous into several turnovers and the Eagles had to foul early to get into the bonus.
The Falcons hit their free throws down the stretch.
“Despite some turnovers, I thought we played really well tonight,” said Coach Matt. “Hopefully we can carry this over to the Santa Rosa game. It doesn’t get easier, though, that’s for sure.”
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