San Jose City topples Solano

November 27, 2011

Shannon Rankin hits a jump shot in the first half against San Jose on Saturday.

The Solano Community College women’s basketball team suffered the post-Thanksgiving blues in dropping a 64-53 decision to San Jose City College at home Saturday night. Shannon Rankin led the way with 13 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Both teams struggled early with San Jose finally getting on the scoreboard four minutes into the contest. Despite some offensive miscues, Solano’s defense kept the game close throughout the first half.

“We would get a steal, but then we couldn’t take advantage on offense and score,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert, whose team fell to 3-3.

The Jaguars took a 29-20 lead into halftime and quickly extended it to 16 to open the second half.

Solano battled back to cut the lead to six with about 14 minutes to go in the game. The Jaguars toughened up on offense, getting offensive rebounds and put-backs to pull away. Solano went to a full-court man-to-man press that seemed to bother San Jose but the Falcons never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.

“We have to be better,” said Coach Matt. “It’s hard though when the ball just won’t go in the basket. We will get back to work and be ready for the next game.”

Kandace Perez had six points, six rebounds and three steals for the Falcons.

Solano travels to Visalia on Wednesday where they will open play at the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at College of Sequoias on Thursday at noon against Antelope Valley.

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Solano downs Skyline behind Cooley’s big night

November 25, 2011

Freshman forward Kandace Perez looks for an open teammate against Skyline on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Michelle Daggett)

Tara Cooley scored 18 points to lead Solano to a 72-65 win over Skyline in the first meeting between the two schools on Tuesday.

Cooley added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals while Thaleya Nickson had a breakout game for Solano with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

The game was competitive throughout and the teams headed into the break tied at 33. Solano was able to pull away in the second half, thanks to stellar play by Nickson, who found gaps in the defense and took the ball strong to the hoop.

Kandace Perez provided a solid all-around game, finishing with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists while Presley Neufeld added 11 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.

Ruby Leon was solid as well. The sophomore guard, who has been splitting time between two guard spots, finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Cooley, Perez and Nickson shot a combined 59 percent from the floor against Skyline while accounting for 61 percent of the scoring.

Solano hosts San Jose City College on Saturday at 6 p.m.

November Falcon Flyer now available

November 24, 2011

Solano newsletter, The Falcon Flyer, is now available to download. Read about the upcoming season, get introduced to the players, read about the Hall of Fame banquet which took place in October and much more!

Click the “newsletter” link at the top of the page to be taken to the newsletters.


Solano to donate proceeds from home games to Capoot Memorial Fund

November 21, 2011

Beginning with Tuesday night’s home game against Skyline College, the Solano women’s basketball team will donate 100 percent of funds from the gate for all home games to the Jim Capoot Memorial Fund.

Jim was the Vallejo police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty while chasing down a bank robbery suspect in Vallejo last Thursday. Jim was a well-respected member of the basketball community and coached several of this year’s Falcons when they played on his AAU team as young girls.

“This is a tremendous loss for our community,” said Coach Matt Borchert. “Jim was a good man, a great husband and a wonderful father. It’s tragic and I am still at a loss trying to wrap my brain around what’s happened.”

Additional donations to the fund can also be made at the ticket counter and are appreciated.

Solano advances to title game in Santa Barbara

November 21, 2011

Tara Cooley was named all-tournament at the Santa Barbara MTXE tournament.

The Solano women’s basketball team went 2-1, advancing to the championship game of the Santa Barbara MTXE Tournament last week. The Falcons fell to San Bernardino Valley College 78-57 in the title game.

Tara Cooley, a sophomore guard, was named all-tournament after averaging 13 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. In the championship game, Tara sparked a huge comeback after the Falcons fell behind 34-8. Solano cut the lead 41-34 as Tara ignited the team on both ends of the floor. But with just two minutes to go in the half, San Bernardino scored seven unanswered to take the momentum into halftime.

San Bernardino used its size and athleticism to keep Solano at bay in the second half.

Solano opened the tournament with a 68-61 win over Riverside before knocking off Grossmont 68-54 in the semifinals. The win over Grossmont was the first time in three meetings that Solano posted a win over the team from Carlsbad.

Shannon Rankin was outstanding for the Falcons (2-2) as well, averaging 12.3 points and five rebounds per game. Freshman Kandace Perez also made an impact in the paint for Solano.

“The trip was great,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “The team was tough and played so much more aggressive than in our game against Fresno. I was real proud of their effort. I know they will keep it going now because they believe this is the team they can be every time we step on the court.”

Solano returns to action against Skyline College on Tuesday Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at home.

Solano suffers rough opener

November 13, 2011

Shannon Rankin beats two Fresno players off the dribble Saturday night.

The Solano College women’s basketball team dropped a 100-70 decision to Fresno City in the season opener for the Falcons on Saturday night.

The Falcons (0-1) were led by Shannon Rankin who had 18 points and nine rebounds. She also tied a program record by going 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

“That’s exciting,” said the sophomore forward. “I never made all my free throws in a game before.”

Solano struggled with turnovers in the early going, and had 25 in the game, as Fresno’s press caused problems and often led to easy baskets for the Rams. Fresno led by as many as 23 in the first half. The Falcons pulled to within 13, 55-42, early in the second half but that was as close as they would get. Another Fresno run allowed them to pull away for good and seal its first victory of the season.

Tara Cooley went 8 for 12 from the field, adding 17 points for Solano while Presley Neufeld chipped in 10.

“This was a good test for our players,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “We will get back to practice this week and work on our weaknesses.”

 Solano travels to Santa Barbara and opens the MTXE Tournament on Thursday against Riverside College at 1 p.m.

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