Solano knocks off Chabot, stays alive in Showdown

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.

Click here for photos from the game.

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