Solano tops Contra Costa, Borchert becomes all-time winningest coach

January 31, 2011

Solano women’s basketball coach Matt Borchert earned his 208th career victory on Friday night as Solano beat host Contra Costa 71-51.

Shannon Rankin looks to pass during Solano's game against Contra Costa on Friday.

Shannon Rankin scored 18 points and added four rebounds and three assists to lead the Falcons, who led 31-30 at the half. Solano bolted out of the gates in the second half and took a 42-32 lead. The Comets cut the lead to four with 13 minutes, 31 seconds to go, but that was the closest they got as the Falcons seemingly couldn’t miss a field goal in the second half.

Solano built a 21-point advantage and held the Comets scoreless over the final three minutes of the game.

“Our defense was outstanding the entire game, but the girls stepped it up a notch in the second half,” said Coach Matt, who was humble in victory. “I am extremely proud to hold this record. We have had a lot of success at Solano in the last ten years and it’s because of the great players we have had here. They deserve as much credit as I do.”

Ivy Jones had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Falcons, who improved to 12-9 overall and 7-0 in Bay Valley Conference games. Destinee Sinegal added 11 points.

Solano takes on Laney College, which is first place in the BVC Bay Division at 8-0, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m at Solano.

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Borchert earns win No. 207 as Solano cruises past Marin

January 27, 2011

Solano coach Matt Borchert is surrounded by his players after the team beat Marin on Wednesday.

Destinee Sinegal scored 16 points and the Solano women’s basketball team recovered from an early deficit to post a 68-42 win over College of Marin on Wednesday, handing Coach Matt Borchert his 207th career victory at Solano. Borchert is now tied with SCC Hall of Fame coach Kim (Mitchell) Gervasoni for the most wins all-time.

After the game, the Falcons celebrated with Coach Matt on the sideline as the Solano athletic family recognized his achievement. Coach Matt, however, was humble.

“It will be a great accomplishment when the record is broken,” he said. “It’s a testament to what the players have done in the last 10 1/2 years that I have been with this program. That we have been able to continue the legacy and winning tradition that Kim started so long ago is wonderful.”

Destinee added three rebounds and two steals for the Falcons, who fell behind 6-0. Tara Cooley knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during an 8-1 Solano run which allowed them to take the lead for good. The game quickly got out of hand and Solano led by double digits at the break. Solano led by as many as 29 in the second half.

Ivy Jones, who is third in the state among guards in assists per game, added 11 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Jessica Woods chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Solano is now 11-9 overall and 6-0 in conference. The Falcons travel to take on rival Contra Costa College on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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Solano takes control of BVC

January 20, 2011

Tara Cooley hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points to lead the Solano women’s basketball team to a 70-64 win over Los Medanos on Wednesday night. The win moved the Falcons to the top of the Bay Valley Conference standings at 5-0.

Ivy Jones also scored 14 points and added 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. She also hit two 3-pointers. Solano drilled 10 threes as a team.

The Falcons and Mustangs played back-and-forth basketball through the opening minutes of the game. Solano took control midway through the first half and never looked back. They built a 15-point advantage in the second half before Los Medanos cut the lead to four on a 3-pointer with just more than 2 minutes remaining.

Solano remained consistent down the stretch though and was able to hold on for the road victory.

Carmen Belser added 11 points for the Falcons, who improved to 10-9 overall. Coach Matt Borchert is just two wins shy of becoming the all-time winningest coach in Solano women’s basketball history.

The Falcons next take the court against College of Marin on Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Assistants prepping for big game

January 18, 2011

Everyone is getting ready for Solano’s big game on Wednesday against Los Medanos in Pittsburg. Assistant coaches Conni Holloway and Natalie Cooley took some time to tell us how they prepare for a big game:

Assistant coach Conni Holloway, standing, talks with sophomore Destinee Sinegal during a recent game.

“I watched the film from our last game against Los Medanos when we played them in December,” said Conni. “I texted the team about what they need to do better or work on during practice this week. I also felt that I needed to be more vocal than usual in practice. I don’t like yelling because I feel they understand me more when I pull them to the side.

“I feel that our role as assistant coaches are to motivate them and explain the importance of this game, sometimes freshman don’t understand so it’s our job to really send that message. I also know how much Coach Matt sees everything so I try to repeat him, and look for things he may have not covered that I noticed. Motivating them is big for me!”

“The key is definitely to keep them pumped up for the big game,” agreed Natalie. “They are already getting excited for this game on Wednesday and I think our job is to make sure they understand we CAN win this game! And they need the desire to win. We have to encourage them to have the desire to win so we can compete!”

Solano and Los Medanos tip off on Wednesday night in Pittsburg at 5:30 p.m. The Falcons would love to see their hometown fans in attendance at the game.

Jones nets triple double, ties assists record in SCC victory

January 14, 2011

Sophomore point guard Ivy Jones recorded a triple double against Mendocino on Friday night.

Ivy Jones scored 11 points, dished out 13 assists and added 10 steals to lead the Solano Community College women’s basketball team to a 79-58 win over Mendocino on Friday night.

It was the first triple double for Ivy, a sophomore point guard. Jones tied the school record for assists in a game and now sits alongside LaStar Brown, who set the record in 2001-02.

Solano (9-9, 4-0 BVC) is riding its longest win streak of the season and hit the .500 mark for the first time this year. Coach Matt Borchert is now just three wins away from becoming the all-time winningest coach in program history.

It wasn’t one of Solano’s better performances of the season as the Falcons shot just 32 percent from the field and committed several fouls on Mendocino players on defense.

The Golden Eagles hung around at the beginning of the game before Solano broke the game open late in the second half to take a 35-20 lead.

Mendocino had a lot of fight left in them eventually cutting Solano’s lead to single digits in the second half. The Falcons finally put the game away for good in the final five minutes of the contest.

Destinee Sinegal led Solano with 20 points while Ruby Leon added 17. Leon was a huge spark off the bench for Solano in the first half. Shannon Rankin had nine points and 16 rebounds while Jessica Woods chipped in eight points and 14 rebounds.

Ivy added six rebounds to her stat line.

Solano travels to take on Los Medanos on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in a 5:30 p.m. tip off. The winner will take sole possession of first place in conference.

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Six players score in double figures in SCC victory

January 13, 2011

The Solano women’s basketball team set two new program records en route to a 106-45 win over Merritt College in Oakland on Wednesday night.

Solano connected on 47 field goals, topping the previous mark of 44 (vs. Delta in 94-95 and vs. Gavilan in 98-99). The Falcons also dished out 33 assists, breaking the previous record of 32 set just last year vs. Mendocino.

The 61-point victory is the largest margin of victory by a Solano team in the last 11 years.

“The team came ready to play tonight and they didn’t let up,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “Fortunately, our shots were going in, but we also got a lot of high-percentage shots.”

Leading the way for the Falcons was Carmen Belser, who scored her second-straight double double with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Jessica Woods added 19 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots while Tara Cooley had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. The freshman guard went 4-for-4 from the 3-point line.

Zuri Collins added 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots while Ruby Leon and Ivy Jones each had 11 points. Ivy also tallied nine assists and five steals.

Solano improved to 8-9 overall and 3-0 in BVC. The team will look to reach the .500 mark on Friday when it hosts Mendocino at 5:30 p.m.

Team effort guides Solano to victory

January 7, 2011

Every player scored as the Solano women’s basketball team won its second consecutive game, 74-25 over Yuba on Friday. The Falcons improved to 7-9 overall and 2-0 in Bay Valley Conference games.

Sophomore Carmen Belser took advantage of the huge height advantage she possessed over the 49ers, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. She also blocked two shots.

Destinee Sinegal added 14 points. seven rebounds and four steals for Solano, which raced out to a 13-0 lead before Yuba got on the scoreboard five minutes into the game. Ivy Jones had 13 points and six assists for the Falcons while Shannon Rankin chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.

Solano was relentless on defense – both in the full court press and half court. The Falcons forced turnovers and grabbed the first rebound after a Yuba shot went up.

“I am extremely happy with the way we played tonight,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “Our defense led to some great baskets on offense and everyone was able to contribute to this win. We never let up and that’s the type of effort it’s going to take for us to win conference.”

Solano returns to the court on January 12 to take on Merritt College in Oakland for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

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