Solano goes 1-2 at Gervasoni tourney

December 31, 2011

Thaleya Nickson goes up for two of her 15 points against Merced on Friday.

The Solano women’s basketball team finished the preseason with a .500 record after going 1-2 at the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic at De Anza College in Cupertino.

The post-Christmas tournament features some of the top teams in Northern California and Solano saw vast improvement as a team while many of the Falcons had breakout games.

Freshman forward Marissa Dunn averaged 18.6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 3 steals in the three games while also shooting 62 percent from the field. She scored a season high 23 points against Lassen in the consolation semifinals. Thaleya Nickson, also a freshman, came off the bench in each of the three games to average 11.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. She scored a season high 15 points in the final two games of the tournament.

Solano opened with an 87-62 loss to City College of San Francisco. The Falcons fell behind early to the No. 2 team in the North as the Rams used their athleticism and quickness to overpower Solano.

The Falcons (8-8) stayed alive in the tournament by comfortably beating Lassen 98-48. The 98 points is a season high for SCC. Solano fell in the consolation championship to Merced, 75-70. Merced jumped out to a 17-point advantage early in the first half and controlled most of the game. Solano battled back to cut the lead to 3 with about a minute to go in the game, but couldn’t quite get over the hurdle to take a lead.

“I was proud of the effort, but I would’ve liked to see us be a little more competitive early in the game (against Merced),” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “Considering our schedule, though, I am very happy with a .500 record heading into the BVC schedule.”

Solano, winners of the last four Bay Valley Conference titles, opens the conference slate on Wednesday, January 4 at Napa Valley College. The game tips off at 5:30 p.m.

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Solano posts come-from-behind victory over Cosumnes River College

December 18, 2011

Marissa Dunn, left, and Ruby Leon came up with some huge offensive and defensive moments for the Falcons on Saturday night.

The Solano Community College women’s basketball gave itself an early Christmas present on Saturday night in the form of a 62-56 come-from-behind win over Cosumnes River College.

Shannon Rankin scored 13 points and added seven rebounds to lead four Falcons in double figures. Ruby Leon added 12 points, five rebounds, four blocked shots, three steals and two assists while Tara Cooley and Presley Neufeld each scored 11.

Ruby’s four blocked shots is a career high.

Solano trailed 39-27 early in the second half before going on a 14-1 run to take a 41-40 lead with about 16 minutes to go in the game. The Falcons, who struggled to find the bottom of the basket in the first half, controlled the second half by shooting 56 percent from the floor. Cosumnes regained the lead a couple of times in the second half but Solano took it right back and stayed poised down the stretch to secure its season-high third straight win.

“This was a big win for us,” said Solano Coach Matt Borchert. “Cosumnes is a great team and I am very proud of the way our girls played 40 minutes of basketball tonight. They showed a lot of heart and character.”

Marissa Dunn scored eight points and provided a solid presence in the paint against CRC’s 6-foot-2 post player. The freshman also had seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

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Solano claims consolation crown at Showdown

December 11, 2011

The Solano women's basketball team celebrates their consolation title after the game on Sunday.

A total team effort helped the Solano women’s basketball team wrap up the consolation title at the Solano Showdown on Sunday with a 58-48 win over Sacramento City College.

Shannon Rankin, who was named all-tournament, led the way for the Falcons with 13 points. Fellow sophomore Tara Cooley added 10 points and seven rebounds. Solano improved to 6-6 on the season.

The Falcons controlled the game in the first half and made a solid statement to end the first half when Presley Neufeld stole the ball twice in the last minute which led to Solano baskets. The team took a 32-18 lead into halftime.

Neufeld scored on the Falcons’ first possession of the second half, extending the lead to 16. Solano eventually led by as many as 17 in the game before Sacramento City finished the game on a 9-2 run to close the gap.

“It was very important that we won this game today,” said Coach Matt Borchert. “We are getting real close to conference games and we have to treat every game like a conference game or a playoff game. The team stepped up the intensity today and I was pleased with their effort.”

Thaleya Nickson added six points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Falcons while Neufeld finished with eight points, seven assists and six of Solano’s 12 steals.

Solano appeared in the consolation championship for the second year in a row, this time coming away with a victory. The Falcons last won the consolation title in 2002.

Solano hosts Cosumnes River College, which won the Showdown by beating De Anza College 67-47 on Sunday, on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Give the gift of photos this Christmas!

December 10, 2011

Photos from four of Solano’s games this season are now available for purchase at Borchert Media Relations’ website.

The photos are high quality and can be purchased with the click of a mouse directly from the site at reasonable prices. In addition to printing photos, gift options are available. If there’s someone on your list that you just can’t find the right gift for this holiday season, how about giving them a photo of their favorite Falcon?

Click here to view the galleries.

Happy Holidays!


Solano knocks off Chabot, stays alive in Showdown

December 10, 2011

Alesa Gilmore sparked a first-half run for the Falcons against Chabot on Saturday.

Shannon Rankin scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds to lead the Solano women’s basketball team to a 71-59 win over Chabot in the consolation semifinals of the Solano Showdown on Saturday.

The Falcons controlled the game early, building to a 20-point advantage in the second half.

Alesa Gilmore, who finished with 10 points, ignited a rally in the first half that helped Solano pull away. The freshman guard hit two 3-pointers and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals on the night.

Ruby Leon was the star of the second half for Solano (5-6). The sophomore guard scored 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting. She also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a blocked shot.

Presley Neufeld had a season high 11 assists, two shy of tying the school record for assists in a game. She also scored eight points.

“We played much better today than we did last night,” said Coach Matt Borchert. “It always helps though when the ball goes in the basket.”

Solano shot 42 percent from the floor and 28 percent from the 3-point line. The team also made 7 of 9 free throws.

Solano takes on Sacramento City in the consolation championship Sunday at 11 a.m.

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Solano drops Showdown opener to Shasta

December 10, 2011

Shannon Rankin goes up for a jump shot through the Shasta defense Friday night.

The Solano women’s basketball team dropped the first game of the Solano Showdown 59-54 to Shasta College.

The Falcons fell behind 12 in the second half before rallying to cut the lead to two with just less than 6 minutes remaining. Shasta tightened up its defense and got second-chance opportunities on offense to secure the win.

Shannon Rankin led the way for the Falcons with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Kayla Campora added 12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals while Ruby Leon chipped in 10 points, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots.

Sophomore point guard Presley Neufeld had a well-rounded game with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Solano (4-6) falls into the consolation bracket of the tournament and plays at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Solano goes 1-2 at COS Tourney

December 10, 2011

The Solano women’s basketball team opened the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at College of Sequoias in Visalia with a victory for the first time since 2007 but suffered back-to-back losses and headed home on Saturday.

Shannon Rankin scored 49 points in the three games to lead the Falcons. The last time Solano opened with a win at COS was in the 2007-08 season when the Falcons beat Cerritos.

Solano opened the tournament this year with a 56-45 win over Antelope Valley. Rankin scored 20 points in the contest. The Falcons paired up against Mt. San Antonio College next. The Mounties are a perennial power in the South. Though Solano kept the game close in the first half, the Mounties were able to pull away late in the first half and finished the game off to record a 71-42 win.

The Falcons drew a familiar opponent in Fresno City College on the third day of the tournament. Solano suffered a 100-70 loss to Fresno at the start of the season. The Falcons played strong but still fell 76-53.

“I was real happy with the way we played this tournament,” said Coach Matt Borchert. “It’s always great to play against these teams from the South because we learn a lot as a team and improve.”

Solano returns home to play in the Solano Showdown Dec.9-11.