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.