Freshman Rankins sparks Solano in victory

Nae Rankins drives to the basket in the second half against De Anza on Friday night.

Nae Rankins drives to the basket in the second half against De Anza on Friday night.

Freshman Nae Rankins scored 11 points and added 10 rebounds, sparking a huge run that allowed the Falcons to secure a 68-65 win over De Anza College in the first round of the Solano Showdown on Friday.

Solano led 36-26 at the half, but the Dons opened the second half on a huge run and eventually took a 44-43 lead with about 11 minutes to go in the game. Solano rallied back and built another double-digit lead but De Anza wasn’t finished, cutting the lead to two with less than a minute to go. Laura Lawson, who finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, sank one of two free throws to give Solano a three-point advantage with nine seconds remaining. De Anza’s last-second attempt at a 3-pointer was blocked by Nae Rankins and Solano got the rebound as time expired.

Sophomore point guard Nikki Andaya scored 12 points for Solano (4-3), which advances to Saturday’s semifinals. Alexis Hines came off the bench to score 10 points and added six rebounds. Jenessa Boling was a solid contributor as a backup point guard, dishing out five assists.

Check out more photos from the game!

Next: Solano vs. Chabot at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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