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January 18, 2011 > Blow outs and blow ups in MVAL girls' hoops

Blow outs and blow ups in MVAL girls' hoops

By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew

It was one of those nights. The kind of night where nothing went right -- not a foul, turnover nor shot. It was definitely the kind of night that the American High Lady Eagles would love to forget about.

In a game that they were highly favored in, the Lady Eagles were done in by the Washington High Lady Huskies, 49-44, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, in Mission Valley Athletic League girls basketball action.

"Shots not going in, lay-ups not going in. There were a few wide open lay-ups even when we went on that run in the third quarter and then rather than taking it up and putting it up away and just dug ourselves in a hole," said American head coach Cheri Craddock.

Typically anchored by their senior captains, Ande Carbonel and Camille Harris could not find their stroke from the 3-point range. After Carbonel sunk her first attempt in the first quarter, American went ice cold, shooting just 1-18. Carbonel finished the game with 13 points and Harris finished with nine.

Going inside was not an available option for American as well.

American center Nicole Boatley was taken out of the Lady Eagles' game plan when she was matched up with the size and speed of Julia Selph. Developing her all-around game, Selph was able to utilize her 3-point shooting and forced Boatley to defend her on the arc, thus leaving American without their top rebounder inside.

"If they were going to play man-to-man, we felt that she's (Boatley) not as quick and Jules (Selph) could probably take her at the top," said Washington head coach Dave Bravo.

While Boatley still had nine points and 12 rebound, Selph outdid her with a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Boatley let her emotions get the best of her in the second quarter. She obtained a foul by shoving Selph after a play, she was immediately sent to the bench by head coach Cheri Craddock.

With their biggest threat inside out of the way and the score now 26-26 at the half, Washington started to nibble away. After battling back and forth for a good chunk of the third frame, the Lady Huskies capped off an 11-2 run on a three pointer from Selph to put the game in their favor, 44-34.

However, American would not go down without a fight.

Now down by 10, the Lady Eagles cut the lead in half to 46-41 due to the contribution of Asia Cabana. Cabana, a senior, had five of her seven points in the final quarter. American would dash another point off the lead but it wasn't enough before the final buzzer.

The win helped Washington establish some kind of momentum as they went forward to play Newark Memorial High on Jan. 13. As for the Lady Eagles redemption would be found right around the corner against Irvington High.

JOHN F. KENNEDY 24, JAMES LOGAN 57
Everything went well for the James Logan Lady Colts (13-4, 3-0) in their blowout of the Lady Titans. A tremendous first quarter defensive stand held Kennedy to just a single point and charge the Logan defense for the remainder of the game. The Lady Titans' leading scorer Haley McDaniel was held in check during the first half with only five points. She finished the game with 15 points.

On Logan's side of the ball, things were clicking. Scoring wise, Logan showed how deep of a roster they truly have. Seniors Camille De Leon and Kalene Correia led the scoring spark with 14 and 10 points respectively. Off the bench, Rose Tahaafe racked up eight points, she also collected eight rebounds.

On the rebounding side of things, Logan's two six footers, Danielle Ioramo and Christina Campbell, combined for 13 rebounds. Ioramo even dished in eight points of her own.

"It was fun to get everyone involved, fun to see everyone to have a little bit of success," said Logan head coach Frank Borghi.

Up next for Borghi and his team is a showdown with American, scheduled for Jan. 18. As for Kennedy, (5-11, 0-4) they'll get American immediately after Logan on Jan. 20.

MISSION SAN JOSE 58, NEWARK MEMORIAL 27
The Lady Warriors smothering defense prevailed again and improved their record to 16-1, 3-0 in this rout of defending league champions, Newark Memorial. Mission now sits three games ahead of second place Logan in the MVAL standings.

The 31-point deficit - Newark's largest defeat since Liberty High on Nov. 23 - marked the Lady Cougars' fourth straight loss. Taylor Presley was the team leader in points with 10. The other two-thirds of Newark's big three, Taylor Norman and Kelsey Pease, were held to numbers way below the season averages. Norman had eight points while Pease had a season-low seven.

NEWARK MEMORIAL 50, WASHINGTON 36
The Lady Cougars were able to lick their wounds quickly and rebound from the MSJ fiasco with this 14-point pouncing of Washington (8-10, 2-2). In the process, Newark (9-8, 1-2) helped snapped a four game losing streak.

The Taylors (Presley and Norman) and Kelsey (Pease) provided the much needed punch back to Newark and each hit the double digit mark in points. Pease and Norman each registered double-doubles; Pease had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Norman finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Presley collected 13 points of her own.

Selph led all scorers with a game-high 17 points and 11 boards but it wasn't enough in the end for the Lady Huskies.

Newark will try to gather some more steam and make another strong push towards the postseason when they play Irvington on Jan. 18. The Lady Huskies have another strong test on their desk when they travel down Mission Boulevard to take on Mission San Jose on Jan. 18. Tip-off for both games is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

AMERICAN 65, IRVINGTON 59
The Lady Vikings (8-9, 1-2) continue to tempt the .500 mark after they fell short to American back on Jan. 13. For American (11-5, 2-2) it was a step back in the right direction after losing to Washington earlier in the week. Up next on the docket for American -third place in the MVAL - is a pivotal game with James Logan set for Jan. 18. Irvington gets the Lady Cougars from Newark on the same date.






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