Solano cruises to Showdown title

December 16, 2013

The Solano women’s basketball team didn’t need more motivation than playing in front of its home crowd to win the Solano Showdown.

SCC_BenchThe Falcons stormed out of the gates on Sunday, led by as many 12 in the second half and never let Chabot get closer than 7 in posting a 60-52 victory. Solano won the Showdown for the first time since 2009 and in doing so prevented the Gladiators from winning back-to-back titles. Nikki Andaya, who finished with nine points and four steals, was named tournament MVP. She’s the first Solano freshman to be named Showdown MVP since Niesha Whitman in 1997.

Denisha Lundy was solid throughout the tournament and scored 13 points against Chabot while Taylor Hamilton had nine points, four rebounds, five steals and three assists. Freshman Justice Robinson controlled the boards and finished with 12 rebounds.

“We played real well all weekend,” said Coach Matt Borchert. “We’ve had a very challenging preseason so far – we’ve played in three tournaments and played the maximum number of games we can play. These ladies are up for the challenge and they didn’t want to lose at home. It’s very exciting to go into the holiday break with this championship under our belts.”

Solano takes some time off before facing Chabot again in the first round of the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic at De Anza College in Cupertino. The two teams tipoff on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.

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Andaya propels Solano into Showdown championship

December 14, 2013

Freshman guard Nikki Andaya hit step-back three-pointer with 18.7 seconds left in the game to lift Solano to a 69-67 win over Cosumnes River in the Solano Showdown semifinals on Saturday night.

Solano will take on Chabot College in the championship game on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Saturday’s game was a back-and-forth battle with Cosumnes leading by as many as seven with less than 7 minutes to go in the contest. Solano was persistent though and took the ball hard to the basket on nearly every possession. It came down to the final three minutes of the game when Justice Robinson gave Solano a 61-60 lead on a pair of free throws. After a defensive stop, Taylor Hamilton drove to the basket and connected to put Solano up 63-60.

More back-and-forth play ensued and with Solano leading 66-63, Cosumnes banked in a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:13 to go. The teams traded empty possessions and with the shot and game clocks winding down Andaya took it upon herself. With some fancy footwork, she drilled a three to put the Falcons up 69-66.

Cosumnes set up their offense and eventually got the ball into their post player who was fouled while attempting a layup. She made the first free throw but missed the second shot intentionally. Neither team was able to come up with the loose ball rebound as time expired.

This is the first time Solano has advanced to the championship game of its own tournament since 2009 when the team beat Cosumnes River for the title.

Solano escapes with a win to open Showdown

December 13, 2013

Playing against one another for the second time in six days, the Solano and Sacramento City college women’s basketball team fought a tough battle on Friday night in the opening round of the Solano Showdown. The home team prevailed, however, winning 66-60.

Solano led by as many as 12 points late in the second half before Sacramento City tied the game 56-56 with less than five minutes remaining. The Falcons were cool down the stretch though, running through its offense, getting a couple of backdoor layups from freshman Nikki Andaya and Justice Robinson and then sealing the game with free throws in the final minutes.

It was only the second time since 2008 that Solano won the opening round game of its own tournament. The Falcons will take on undefeated Cosumnes River College on Saturday at 6 p.m. CRC defeated Shasta College in another quarterfinal earlier in the day.


Solano falls in consolation championship at COS

December 13, 2013

The Solano women’s basketball fought back after a tough opening-round loss to perennial powerhouse Ventura to advance to the consolation championship of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational.

The Falcons seemed to feel the effects of playing four games in four days though and dropped an 82-69 decision to LA Valley. Nikki Andaya, a freshman guard, scored 21 points and added five rebounds off the bench for Solano. Sophomore point guard Taylor Hamilton scored 17 points.

Solano (4-3) fought hard throughout the game but couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively, with shot after shot not falling – even those within two feet of the basket. The team made a late run at LA Valley but simply ran out of time.

The Falcons recorded back-to-back wins over Porterville and Sacramento City to get to the consolation championship. It was the first time since 2007 that a Solano team had advanced to the final day in each of its first two tournaments.