Solano sets defensive record in win over Contra Costa

January 29, 2012

Tara Cooley and Marissa Dunn led Solano past Contra Costa on Friday.

Marissa Dunn grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds to help the Solano women’s basketball team to a 63-13 win over Contra Costa College on Friday night during Girl Scout Night. The freshman center scored 15 points as the Falcons raced out to a 20-0 lead and never looked back. She also had five blocked shots, two steals and an assist while shooting 7 of 14 from the field.

Solano set the school record for least points allowed. The previous mark of 17 was set against Los Medanos in the 2004-05 season.

Tara Cooley added 14 points and three assists while Shannon Rankin had 10 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Alesa Gilmore scored 10 points and added two rebounds and two steals.

Solano (14-9, 6-1) has won three straight games heading into a showdown with Laney College next Wednesday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in Oakland.

Girl and Boy scouts from the area attended the game in uniform and got autographs and took pictures with the team after the game.

Click here for more photos from the game and from Girl Scout Night!


Hot-shooting Solano powers past Marin

January 29, 2012

The Solano women’s basketball team shot a stellar 53 percent from the field en route to a 90-36 win over College of Marin in Kentfield on Wednesday.

Shannon Rankin connected on 9 of 17 field goals, scoring 25 points. She also had five rebounds and three assists. Marissa Dunn scored 15 points, going 7-of-10 from the floor, while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots.

Solano also shot 50 percent from the 3-point line and hit 87 percent from the free throw line.

Alesa Gilmore came off the bench for another outstanding performance. The freshman guard had 14 points, hitting all four of her 3-pointers, while grabbing three rebounds. Ruby Leon, one of the top scorers in the Bay Valley Conference Valley Division, added 13 points, three rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Falcons.

Solano improved to 13-9 and 5-1 in BVC. The team hosts Contra Costa on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Friday night will be Girl Scout Night at Solano. All Girl Scouts wearing their vests or sashes will gain free admission to the game. Solano’s players will be signing autographs and taking pictures after the game.

February Falcon Flyer now available

January 24, 2012

The Solano women’s basketball team’s newsletter, the Falcon Flyer, is now available. Read about the first-place Falcons and how they got there! There are also a couple of fun events coming to the Solano Gym. Read more in this edition of the newsletter.

To access this month’s newsletter – and previous editions – click on the newsletter link at the top of the home page.

Solano jumps into tie for first place with big victory

January 18, 2012

Cheyenne Shepherd makes her way around a Los Medanos defender Wednesday night.

The Solano women’s basketball team recovered from a disappointing loss last Friday to post a 48-38 win over first-place Los Medanos on Wednesday.

With the win, the Faclons and Mustangs are now tied atop the Bay Valley Conference Valley Division with one loss apiece.

Ruby Leon led the offense with 13 points. The sophomore guard added three rebounds, three assists and three steals. She was the only Falcon to reach double-figure scoring.

Solano (12-9, 4-1) held Los Medanos to its lowest scoring total of the season while the 48 points was the Falcons’ lowest scoring output in a victory this year.

Tara Cooley finished with nine points, including four in the last two minutes of the game that sealed the victory. She also had two rebounds and four steals. Cheyenne Shepherd came off the bench to score seven points on 3 of 4 shooting. She also had four rebounds.

Shannon Rankin, who averages 13 points per game, was held to six points but had 10 rebounds.

For the second straight game, Solano struggled to find the bottom of the basket. But unlike in its loss to Mendocino on Friday, the Falcons were able to overcome a poor offensive showing by making up for it on defense. The Falcons shot just 28 percent from the field and 16 percent from the 3-point line. They turned the ball over just 12 times and recorded 14 steals.

The Falcons have a bye on Friday before traveling to Kentfield to take on College of Marin next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

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Poor shooting night dooms Falcons

January 15, 2012

Solano suffered a nightmare outing on Friday the 13th in a 60-53 loss to Mendocino in Ukiah on Friday night.

The Falcons led 4-0 before the Eagles exploded on offense to take a 23-11 lead minutes into the game. It was only the second time Solano fell to Mendocino, the last defeat occurring in 2004.

“We weren’t very good,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “We couldn’t make a basket and had a tough time matching up with them on defense.”

Solano led 49-47 with 5:32 to go in the game, but Mendocino capitalized on its offensive possessions to seal the victory. Solano shot 22 percent in the second half and 11 percent from the 3-point line for the game.

Tara Cooley led the Falcons with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Shannon Rankin added 12 points and 14 rebounds while Ruby Leon, the Bay Valley Conference Valley Division’s second-leading scorer, added 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Marissa Dunn had eight points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.

 The Falcons grabbed 30 offensive rebounds and blocked a season-high 9 shots.

Solano (11-9, 3-1)  hosts the division’s first-place team, Los Medanos, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.


Gilmore sparks Falcons to another big win

January 11, 2012

Alesa Gilmore scored a career-high 19 points Wednesday night against Merritt.

Freshman guard Alesa Gilmore scored 19 points to lead the Solano women’s basketball team to an 87-29 win over Merritt College on Wednesday. Alesa connected on 5 of 11 from the 3-point line and added three rebounds, four assists and two steals in the victory. The Falcons hit 11 treys in all.

Solano shot 34 percent from beyond the arc against the winless Thunderbirds, taking a commanding 41-24 lead at half. The Falcons increased the defensive pressure in the second half and didn’t allow a Merritt field goal over the final 20 minutes of play.

“They really got after it on the defensive end,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “I was happy with the pressure we applied and that we were able to get steals and turn them into easy baskets. We still have improvements to make, but it was great to see everyone contribute tonight.”

Ruby Leon and Marissa Dunn each scored 14 points for the Falcons (11-8, 3-0) while Thaleya Nickson and Tara Cooley chipped in 12 points each. Thaleya and Shannon Rankin led the rebounding effort, pulling down 11 each. Solano grabbed 58 as a team.

Every Solano player scored in the game.

Presley Neufeld dished out seven assists while Kayla Campora had six. Tara added five steals and Ruby, Thaleya and Shannon each had a blocked shot.

Solano, which has won three in a row and seven of its last nine games, travels to Ukiah on Friday to take on Mendocino in a 5:30 p.m. contest.

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Falcons cruise in two conference openers

January 11, 2012

Solano opened defense of its four straight Bay Valley Conference titles with a pair of dominant wins.

Shannon Rankin returned to her hometown, scoring 18 points in a 90-57 win over Napa Valley on Wednesday. The sophomore forward added 11 rebounds and three steals to lead five players in double-figure scoring for the Falcons.

Marissa Dunn continued her hot stretch with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Tara Cooley scored 15 points and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Ruby Leon chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and five steals. Thaleya Nickson rounded out Solano’s effort with 11 points, four rebounds and two assists. All of Solano’s nine players scored.

Against Yuba on Friday, Ruby scored 20 points to lead the Falcons to a convincing 70-42 victory that was never contested. Solano shot 43 percent from the floor in the first half and used a stifling defense to create Yuba turnovers and turn them into easy baskets.

Ruby added four rebounds, three assists a blocked shot and two steals while Tara had 11 points, four rebounds and five steals. Marissa (12 points, eight rebounds, three steals) and Presley Neufeld (10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals) also had solid games against the 49ers.

Solano (10-8, 2-0) has won six of its last eight games. The Falcons are the four-time defending conference champions and are looking to make program history by winning five in a row.

Solano returns to its home court with a game against Merritt on Wednesday.