Solano hands Mendocino first league loss of 2013

Taylor Hamilton scored 22 points for her second straight 20-point effort and third in the last four games to lead Solano to a 64-58 win over Mendocino on Thursday, handing the Eagles their first BVC loss of the season.

Ariel Clay added 11 points and 14 rebounds. The freshman forward has scored in double figures in six straight games. She’s recorded a double-double in three of the team’s last four games.

The game was a back-and-forth battle throughout with Mendocino taking a narrow 35-34 lead into halftime. The Eagles, who made five 3-pointers in the first half, struggled to even get a trey up in the second half as Solano built a 15-point lead, 62-47, late in the game.

Mendocino rallied in the final minutes to close the gap and make the game interesting, but Solano held on for the win, its third straight victory at home.

Cheyenne Shepherd added 10 points and six rebounds while Kristina Kountouris chipped in nine points, seven rebounds and three steals. Lucy Santos came off the bench to score seven points.

Solano (6-8, 3-1) looks to extend its win streak when it takes on Los Medanos in Pittsburg on Saturday. The game time has been moved to 1 p.m.

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