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.