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