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December 30, 2009 > MVAL girls prepare for league play

MVAL girls prepare for league play

By Nick Zambrano

The buzzer for the end of the third quarter went off and the James Logan High School Lady Colts basketball team was facing serious adversity. They were down 31-26 against Moreau Catholic High School and were in route to their second-straight loss. Head Coach Frank Borghi rallied his troops and preached that the game was far from over.

Logan stepped on to the court for the fourth quarter and appeared to be a new team. And they were. After a 12-5 run, the Lady Colts tied the game at 33 apiece on a 3-pointer from Chelsea Salom who was sitting unguarded at the top of the key.

"I said 'we'll find ourselves in a position to win if we continue to play with the effort we did in the third quarter' " Borghi said about the pow-wow he had with his team in the huddle before the final quarter. "We know that we can compete with a lot of teams around, and it's just a matter of us being mentally tough and staying together."

The previous three quarters belonged to Moreau, who used their height and width to shut down Logan's speedy offense. However, the tables turned after Salom's trifecta. After an Erinn Jones free throw gave them a 34-33 lead - their first of the game - Logan turned on the defensive.

"It seemed like no one was going to let each other down," Borghi commented.

Moreau's Megan Scully wreaked havoc with her 10 points and 10 rebounds, but she couldn't find an answer for Rose Tahaafe and Camille De Leon. Tahaafe and De Leon pestered Scully and her Lady Mariner teammates picking the ball away with ease.

Tahaafe, who came off the bench, took advantage of Moreau's giving spirit and found the basket more than anyone on the court. She would finish the game with 12 points, while De Leon displayed her great vision of the court with four assists.

Moreau gave it one final push, tying the game back up at 37 each, but a decisive 3-point shot from Leandra Galloway with less than a minute left on the game clock sealed the comeback for Logan, 42-39. Galloway finished with seven points on the night.

On top of the play from Tahaafe and De Leon, the Lady Colts saw crucial 3-point shots land from Galloway and Kalene Correia. Jones finished her night with eight points and 12 rebounds. Salom, the clutch shooter, also completed the winning effort with eight points but also supplied five assists.

"It felt good," Tahaafe said of her performance. "I got the motivation from my team, they helped me want to win because we were down. It was just a team effort."

For the Lady Mariners, contribution came from all over the roster.

Remy Puou chalked-up seven points and four rebounds, while the freshmen tandem of Krystal Coleman and Kaitlyn Leguidleguid finished with six points each.

The loss puts Moreau back under .500 with a 4-5 record, while the Lady Colts move to 10-1 on the year. Both teams will look to improve their marks with they enter the West Coast Jamboree next week.

In other Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) action, the Lady Warriors of Mission San Jose High School continued to stay hot as they defeated Granada High School last week, 36-30. The victory pushes Mission to 9-2 on their campaign with league play right around the corner. The Lady Warriors will open the New Year with their league match-up against the hot-handed Lady Colts.

After their upset loss to Arroyo High School on December19, Newark Memorial High School tried to claw its way back into the win column in a match-up with College Park High School. Unfortunately for the Lady Cougars a win wasn't in the cards and loss their second-straight game, 52-46.

The Lady Cougars were without Chaunise Powell, who left the game early in the first quarter with a severe migraine headache. So Newark sought out to other players for their scoring punch.

Franchesca Ruta did her best to fill in for Powell, leading Newark with 12 points. Briana Farris and Taylor Norman both netted 11 points. Norman also collected nine rebounds in her effort. The Lady Cougars have a chance for redemption when the face off with American High School on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

American's Lady Eagles entered the winter break on a high note, when they obliterated Marin Academy on December 19, 57-17. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for American and also places them with the elites, holding a 7-3 mark on the year.

After their league opener with Newark, American will do battle with John F. Kennedy High School. The Lady Titans are heavy in the loss column after their 56-50 defeat at the hands of San Rafael High School last week. They now stand at 5-7 but did manage a few bright spots.

Sophomore Haley McDaniel led all scorers with a 14-point performance, but she also contributed seven rebounds and five assists. Rebecca Jacobson aided in the effort with 11 points and eight rebounds; Kayla Rossell also threw in 10 points.

As league play tips off for all leagues in the Tri-City Voice readership area - MVAL, Hayward Area Athletic League, Santa Clara Valley Athletic League and Bay Counties League - log onto the TCV Sports Web site to keep up to date with scores, schedules and more:

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