Falcons win opener of San Mateo tournament; finish 1-2

Despite winning the first game of the Tom Martinez Invitational at College of San Mateo, the Solano women’s basketball team dropped its final two games to go 1-2 at the tournament before the Christmas break.

By tournament’s end, the Falcons had played seven games in 10 days and deserved a bit of a break before tipping off the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic at De Anza Dec. 28-30.

Solano won the opener against Santa Monica, 81-67. Christen Voyles led a balanced attack for the Falcons with 21 points and 12 rebounds. She added five assists, two steals and a blocked shot in what Coach Matt Borchert called her best game of the season.

Solano’s opening round win was the team’s first this season.

Cassandra Jones, who tied the school record for 3-pointers made in a game twice already this season, continued to have the hot hand for Solano. The freshman made six 3s against Santa Monica and finished with 20 points. LaNia Adams scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in a reserve role for Solano while Miranda Holman and Alex Bader each scored 10 points, the former grabbing 12 rebounds in the victory.

Against host College of San Mateo in the semifinals, Solano fell behind early. San Mateo took a 39-24 lead into the half. A third-quarter run helped Solano cut into that and the Falcons only trailed 50-46 heading into the final 10 minutes. That was as close as Solano got, however, and the team fell into the third-place game after a 74-70 loss.

Cassandra Jones scored 23 points and Miranda Holman added 22 points and 11 boards.

In the third-place game fatigue set in for Solano and the team couldn’t produce much offense in falling to Shasta, 49-41. Alex Bader had 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. LaNia Adams scored 10 points. Despite the loss, Solano outrebounded Shasta 43-33. But the team committed 20 turnovers to Shasta’s 11.

Next up: Solano opens the Gervasoni Memorial Classic against Merced on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.

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