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December 23, 2009 > Girls basketball rundown

Girls basketball rundown

By Nick Zambrano
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Fremont Christian High School celebrated their homecoming game with a well-deserved victory over Mountain View Academy in girls basketball action last Thursday, Dec. 17, 56-43.

At the end of the first half the Lady Warriors clutched to a 26-21 lead, however that lead would expand, and they would enjoy a 42-29 lead going into the fourth quarter.

A major part of Fremont Christian's explosion in the third quarter was center Christina Campbell. The lanky sophomore scored 11 of her 16 points in the quarter, all while collecting eight rebounds.

"She did a really good job of breaking out, and she really presses hard on offense" said Fremont Christian coach Michie Sierra of Campbell's performance.

Mikayla Heinke was also hard to contain for the Mountain View defenders. The senior finished her night with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Also doing her part was Amanda Collins, who had 10 points and six boards.

In other action, the California School for the Deaf split their last two games, both in the Cloverdale Tournament.

The first was a close battle but the Lady Eagles fell short to College Prep High School, 54-49. However, CSD bounced back and plowed through St. Elizabeth High School, 59-40. The Lady Eagles also had three players reached the double-digit mark in points.

Alexandra Brinkley filled out her stat sheet with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Along with her 12 points, Samantha Hyland dominated on the boards with 16 for the game. To finish out the night, Alexis Madayag added a double-double to her line with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

This past week marked the beginning of league play for the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), and also marked the beginning of what should be an interesting season.

Coming in to their conference opener against Arroyo High School on Tuesday, Dec. 15, Hayward High School's Lady Farmers were carriers of a 2-5 record and a two-game losing skid. The bleeding finally stopped when they surpassed the Lady Dons, 67-55.

Despite having only seven girls suited up, the Lady Farmers were able to shut down Arroyo's offense. In the first quarter alone, Hayward held the Lady Dons to just eight points. Forward Nailah Davis scored nine in the quarter, outscoring Arroyo's entire team.

Arroyo kept Hayward to a five-point lead for the beginning part of the third quarter, and showed some signs of a comeback. Freshman guard Luisa Delos-Reyes provided the spark as she came off the bench with her 17 points and four rebounds.

Davis proved that she is the real deal on the court. The 6'1" senior banked 25 points along with her 17 rebounds in the Arroyo contest. Coming into the game, she averaged 13 points and 12 boards.

Although Davis was a big contributor in their victory, Hayward saw two others break double digits in the point category. Sophomore Brandi Gardere pitched in 11 points of her own, while Briyana Clark had 10 marked on her stat sheet.

Davis and the Lady Farmers used their victory over Arroyo as a jump-start in league play when they also defeated Tennyson High School, 75-38.

In typical fashion, Davis led the charge with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Nakia Leopold cashed in with 16 points; and Dalisia Banks grabbed a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The 44-41 win against Acalanes High School on Saturday brought the Lady Farmers back to the .500 mark. Up next on their agenda, is a nonleague battle with Dublin High School on Saturday, Jan. 2.

For Tennyson, the feeling is quite the opposite. Their loss to Hayward marked their second in a row. Their first loss was a 47-45 nail-biter to another HAAL opponent, San Leandro High School. Despite their 0-2 mark in league, the Lady Lancers now stand at 6-4 overall.

Moreau Catholic High School also dropped their HAAL opener against Bishop O'Dowd High School on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 54-52. The Lady Mariners travel to Union City Wednesday, Dec. 23, to take on James Logan High School in an attempt to snap their two-game losing streak.

What looked like a cinch of a victory turned into calamity when Newark Memorial High School was stunned by the Lady Dons of Arroyo, 47-40.

Chaunise Powell's 19-point, six-rebound performance couldn't save the Lady Cougars from a late second-half push from Arroyo. After leading by four at half time, Newark saw their lead dwindle and become a 31-24 deficit at the end of the third quarter.

The turnover battle lost the war for Newark as Arroyo capitalized on the given opportunities. The shocking loss put the Lady Cougars at 6-2 as they prepare to host the Lady Cougar Classic beginning Saturday, Dec. 26.

In other Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) action, the Lady Huskies of Washington High School fought tooth and nail but still fell short to Granada High School last Wednesday, Dec. 16, 38-33.

Inspired by Sabrina Swayzer's half-court buzzer beater, Washington came back firing in the third quarter. With the help of a few Granada miscues, the Lady Huskies slashed away at the lead and managed to end the quarter tied at 27 apiece.

Washington continued to push forward and exchanged one-point leads throughout the final quarter. But in the end, Granada shoved them back and won the game with their clutch free throws.

Swayzer finished the game with nine points; freshman Morgan Prickett contributed off the bench with her eight points.

Washington's rival, James Logan suffered their first loss of the year when they were blown out by La Costa Canyon in the championship round of Serra Kiwanis Invitational in San Diego, 59-36. Before the loss to LCC, the Lady Colts coasted through their first three match-ups with an impressive 54.3 points per contest.

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