Solano stops Napa’s late run, sweeps series

February 4, 2013

The Solano College women’s basketball team saw a 20-point lead quickly disappear, in holding on for a 68-55 Bay Valley Conference win over Napa Valley on Friday.

The Falcons controlled most of the game, building a 27-21 lead at halftime. The team didn’t let up in the second half, using a stifling defense and stellar shooting to put the game out of reach with about 7 minutes to go in the game. But Napa wasn’t ready to concede. The Storm turned up their own defensive pressure, forcing Solano into sloppy turnovers that they were able to capitalize on. Napa cut the lead to nine points with about 3 minutes to go in the game before Solano regrouped and hit free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

The game was a rematch of a double overtime Solano win back in January. Napa tried to make the game just as thrilling this time around.

Taylor Hamilton scored 21 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out seven assists. She also had five steals. Ariel Clay had another well-rounded game for the Falcons with 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Necole White hit 3 treys en route to 11 points. She also had five rebounds.

Solano’s bench was solid in the victory as well, scoring 15 points and grabbing 20 rebounds.

The Falcons take on Mendocino in Ukiah on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.


Laney stops Solano’s win streak

February 4, 2013

In a rematch of a tightly contested game in the first round of BVC play, Solano and Laney didn’t disappoint the second time around. The two teams battled to the end with the Eagles coming out with a 64-61 victory to remain in a tie for first place in the conference with Mendocino.

Solano led 29-24 at the half, thanks to solid shooting, tough play and shutdown defense. But Laney came charging out of the gates to open the second half, exploding for an 11-1 run. Laney extended to a 12-point advantage before Solano finally started to make a run for it.

Lucy Santos and Necole White played big roles down the stretch as the Falcons forced a couple of lead changes with under 4 minutes to play. Taylor Hamilton scored on a 10-foot jump shot with 1:34 to go, giving Solano a 59-58 lead. But Laney answered right back, turning up the defense and capitalizing on Solano turnovers to take a commanding 64-59 lead. Taylor cut into the lead when she hit a jumper with 18 seconds left. Solano eventually got the ball back and had the chance to set up one final play. With Laney swarming Taylor and Necole, the ball went in to Lucy at the top of the key whose shot bounced off the rim and out.

Solano won six straight entering the game against Laney.

Ariel Clay led Solano with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocked shots. Taylor Hamilton added 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Kristina Kountouris had eight rebounds off the bench and Lucy Santos grabbed nine rebounds to go with her six points.


Solano cruises past Yuba on the road

February 4, 2013

The Solano women’s basketball team did most everything right in recording a 65-40 win over Yuba College in Marysville to start the second half of Bay Valley Conference play.

Lucy Santos, Taylor Hamilton and Ariella Harper each scored 12 points for the Falcons, who won their sixth game in a row. Kristina Kountouris added six points and 11 rebounds.

Solano led from the early going and never looked back. The Falcons outrebounded Yuba 47-32.


Solano holds off Contra Costa

February 4, 2013

The Solano women’s basketball team¬†captured its fifth straight victory with a 53-46 win over BVC foe Contra Costa.

The Falcons controlled the game with a solid defensive effort and led 26-20 at halftime. Contra Costa, which struggled to shoot the ball in the first half, was more consistent offensively in the second half. After Solano built a 46-34 lead, the Comets battled back to cut the lead 51-46 with 27 seconds remaining. Lucy Santos came up big again down the stretch, hitting a jumper and draining free throws to secure the victory.

Taylor Hamilton had 14 points, four assists and three steals for the Falcons while Ariel Clay added 13 points and 13 rebounds for her fifth double double in Solano’s last seven games.