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December 24, 2008 > Hayward girls split; boys roll on

Hayward girls split; boys roll on

By Tony Cogley

Hayward High girls basketball went 1-1 last week, suffering a loss to the Arroyo Dons, 47-44, on Monday, Dec. 15, and beating out the Mt. Eden Monarchs on Thursday, Dec. 18, 49-29. Coach Al Smith is upbeat and optimistic about the team, and some of his top caliber players.

"I'm trying to get this team to be more defensive," Coach Smith said of his girls. Smith noted that his team is undersized compared to other teams in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), but are leading the league in rebounds, including 52 in the loss to Arroyo. In that game, Nailah Davis picked up 17 boards and Dalisia Banks grabbed another 13.

Davis and team captain Vanessa Washington seem to be the focus for the Lady Farmers, and Coach Smith couldn't agree more. "My goal is to get them (Davis and Washington) on the map." Both Davis and Washington put up another 10 points each in their victory against Mt. Eden. Their overall record is now 2-6, 1-1 in the HAAL. The Farmers next take on the Tennyson Lancers, Thursday, Jan. 8.

Meanwhile, Hayward High's boys basketball team continues to impress overall and within the league.

The boys team beat the Arroyo Dons, 80-40, on Monday, Dec. 15, and put up its second win in a row against another HAAL opponent, Mt. Eden, 59-25, on Thursday, Dec. 18.

The Farmers are now 4-2 overall, and remain undefeated in the HAAL at 2-0. Their next time on the court will be at the Fairfield High Tournament from Monday, Dec. 29, through Wednesday, Dec. 31.

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