San Jose City topples Solano

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.

Click here to view more photos from the game.

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