Gilmore sparks Falcons to another big win

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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