Solano to open NorCals with Cosumnes River

March 11, 2014

The Solano women’s basketball team earned the No. 7 seed for the upcoming Northern California playoffs and will have a familiar opponent in Cosumnes River College, the No. 10 seed.

Solano will host the game on February 28 at 7 p.m.

Solano and CRC played each other twice already this season with the Falcons pulling out two close victories in December.

Solano, the Bay Valley Conference champions, enters the postseason riding a school record 17-game win streak. Taylor Hamilton, Denisha Lundy and Ariel Clay lead the team, having just been named all-BVC. Hamilton and Lundy earned all-state honors as well.

“This is where I thought we would end up in the seeding,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “Cosumnes will be tough. They play in a tough conference (the Big 8) and we are familiar with one another. It should be a great game.”

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Hamilton, Lundy named all-state

March 11, 2014
Taylor Hamilton and Denisha Lundy were named all-state.

Taylor Hamilton and Denisha Lundy were named all-state.

Taylor Hamilton and Denisha Lundy became the third set of teammates in Solano history to be named all-state in the same season when Solano’s backcourt duo was named all-state on Monday.

Taylor, who leads Solano in assists, steals, field goals and free throws, was named second team all-state while Denisha, Solano’s leading scorer and top 3-point shooter, was named to the all-state third team.

Taylor and Denisha follow in the footsteps of great Solano duos like Niesha Whitman and Maria Perez-Barris (1997-98) and Maria Perez-Barris and Jamie Maher (1996-97) to be named all-state in the same year.

“What a great honor and well-deserved for Taylor and Denisha,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “They have led us in so many ways all season long and I couldn’t think of a better way to recognize them for their hard work.”

Taylor becomes the fourth player in Solano history to be named second team all-state while Denisha is the third player to be named all-state third team.

Ironically, Taylor becomes the second former St. Patrick’s High grad to be named second team all-state. Jamie Maher (1996-97) was second team all-state as a sophomore at Solano. Denisha Lundy, who prepped at Vanden High, is the second former Viking to be named third team all-state. Angela Franklin (07-08) was third team all-state in her only season at Solano after a standout career at Vanden.


Solano trio named all-BVC; Coach Matt earns top honor

March 11, 2014

 

Taylor Hamilton and Ariel Clay were named all-BVC for the second year in a row, cementing their legacy at Solano.

Taylor Hamilton and Ariel Clay were named all-BVC for the second year in a row, cementing their legacy at Solano.

Taylor Hamilton and Ariel Clay earned all-Bay Valley Conference for the second year in a row and fellow sophomore Denisha Lundy was honored as well during Saturday’s BVC coaches meeting.

Taylor and Ariel became the third set of teammates in Solano history to be named all-conference in back-to-back seasons.

Also, Solano head coach Matt Borchert was named BVC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. He shared the honor with his entire coaching staff.

“This was a great day for our team,” he said. “We’ve already accomplished a lot and the players have been recognized for their hard work. We have more goals to achieve but we are going to celebrate a little bit.”

Ariel was also named to the academic all-conference team for her hard work in the classroom for her last three semesters at Solano.


Solano tops Contra Costa; caps perfect BVC season

March 11, 2014
Nikki Andaya played a crucial part in Solano's win over Contra Costa on Friday.

Nikki Andaya played a crucial part in Solano’s win over Contra Costa on Friday.

The celebration was finally allowed to take place. With the conference title in hand three games earlier, the only thing left to celebrate was a perfect season and it happened when Solano beat Contra Costa 94-78 on Friday night.

Taylor Hamilton scored 24 points and added 10 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 steals for the Falcons, who won their school record 17th consecutive game. The previous mark of 16 games was set by the 1996-97 team, the last Solano team to reach the state final four. The Falcons’ 16 BVC wins is also the most in program history, eclipsing the previous mark of 15 wins by the 2009-10 team.

The win over Contra Costa was a team effort with Nikki Andaya finishing with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Denisha Lundy added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Necole White and Audrie Jones each scored 10 points off the bench.

Solano fell behind early in the game for the first time during the conference season, but quickly recovered to take the lead at halftime. The Falcons didn’t let up in the second half, building to a 20-point advantage early and cruising to the victory.

The Falcons will await their NorCal playoff seed, likely opening at home, on Monday.

To see more photos from the game, access the Borchert Media Relations home page.