Solano topples San Jose City on the road

November 28, 2010

Ivy Jones scored 21 points to lead the Solano women’s basketball team to an 86-72 win over San Jose City College on Saturday night in San Jose.

Ivy added five assists and four steals for the Falcons, who improved to 2-3 with the victory. Solano built a 12-point lead in the second half behind solid defensive play but San Jose creeped back into the game with stellar 3-point shooting. The Jaguars cut Solano’s lead to 2, but that was the closest they got. Solano was clutch from the free throw line down the stretch.

Sophomore Carmen Belser had one of her best games in a Solano uniform. The forward finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Destinee Sinegal had 12 points, four rebounds and five steals. Fellow sophomore Jessica Woods added 11 points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots and four steals before fouling out.

Freshman Shannon Rankin had 11 points, three rebounds and five steals for Solano.

The Falcons open the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at College of Sequoias in Visalia on Thursday against Cerritos at 8 p.m.

Click here to view photos from the San Jose game!


Solano stumbles in Santa Barbara finale

November 21, 2010

Solano (1-3) fell in the consolation championship of the Santa Barbara tournament 80-63 to Grossmont. The Falcons struggled from the field, connecting on only 36 percent of their shots.

Destinee Sinegal continued to have the hot hand for the Falcons, scoring 16 points. Jessica Woods added 10 points and six rebounds and Zuri Collins tallied eight points.

Ivy Jones added six steals and three assists in the loss. Solano heads back to practice this week in preparation for San Jose City College, which they square off against on Saturday, Nov. 27 in San Jose.

Solano advances to consolation championship game in Santa Barbara

November 20, 2010

Destinee Sinegal scored 18 points and Ivy Jones added 17 to lead the Solano women’s basketball team to a 58-52 win over San Diego Mesa on Friday. The Falcons take on Grossmont in the consolation championship on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Solano (1-2) fought back-and-forth with Mesa throughout the game. Freshman Tara Cooley scored nine points, grabbed 7 rebounds and added five steals and two assists in the victory. Ivy Jones chipped in five rebounds and three steals.

Solano drops heartbreaker in Santa Barbara

November 19, 2010

Solano (0-2) dropped a heartbreaker in the first round of the Santa Barbara tournament on Thursday. The Falcons led by as many as 12 during the game and held a 1-point advantage late in the contest, but struggled from the free throw line and couldn’t put the game away. Ivy Jones actually had the chance to win the game with a jumper from the free throw line, but the ball didn’t bounce Solano’s way. The Falcons take on San Diego Mesa, which lost to host Santa Barbara, Friday at 3 p.m.

Against OCC, Ivy Jones led the way with 20 points while teammates Tara Cooley (14 points), Jessica Woods (12 points), Desiree Strong (10 points) and  Destinee Sinegal (10 points) all contributed double-figure scoring.

Ivy added 7 assists. Jessica notched her first double-double of the season with 12 rebounds.

Up Close with Shannon Rankin

November 19, 2010


Shannon Rankin is a freshman forward for the Solano women's basketball team.

Solano freshman Shannon Rankin is making quite an impact in her first year with the program. In her first college game, the 5-10 forward from Napa High scored 17 points and added 6 rebounds and 2 steals against perennial powerhouse Fresno City College. She’s a solid player who the coaching staff is excited about.

Shannon took some time out of her busy schedule to talk about the season so far

What has the team been working on as a team since the Fresno City game?

We’ve been working even harder on our transition defense and just defense in general like our rotations in the half court. 

 What did you learn from the Fresno City game?

I think the first game was a real eye opener for me. It made everything that coach said to us during practices come to life. It showed me that teams were smarter, quicker, and more fundamentally sound. We have to be even smarter, quicker and more fundamentally sound than them in order to win basketball games. It put everything into perspective and helped me understand how much harder we have to work individually and as a team to be successful.

 What are your goals, and the team’s goals, as the season progresses?

I try to always be positive and keep the energy up.  It’s always hard to recover when there is negativity in the air so it’s extremely important to try and keep that away no matter how things may be going.  As a team we’ve been talking about just needing to practice harder.  We know we have the potential to be a great basketball team, but we need to put the pieces to the puzzle together before we can achieve that.  I think we’re close, and I’m excited to see how it ends up.

Solano drops season opener

November 6, 2010

The Solano women’s basketball team fell to Fresno City College, 98-70, in Fresno on Saturday to open the 2010-11 season.

The Falcons (0-1) were led in scoring by sophomore Ivy Jones who scored 21 points.

Solano struggled on offense, committing 51 turnovers in the game, and had a hard time containing the Rams on defense. Fresno went to the free throw line 31 times in the first half.

The 98 points is the most a Solano team has given up since the Matt Borchert-era started in 2000.

SCC travels to the Santa Barbara MTXE Tournament Nov. 18-20. The Falcons take on Orange Coast College at 5 p.m. on Nov. 18.