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February 1, 2011 > Carbonel shut down in rematch against Newark Memorial

Carbonel shut down in rematch against Newark Memorial

By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Newark Memorial High's girls basketball team found an effective antibody for American's hot-handed Ande Carbonel on Thursday night, Jan. 27. It wasn't a very elaborate way but it was perhaps the most effective: suffocate her and force the rest of the Lady Eagles to take shots. The success reflected on the scoreboard, the Lady Cougars were victorious, 53-43.

In their first go-around back on Jan. 4, the Lady Eagles torched Newark, 68-52. Carbonel torched the Lady Cougars' defense for a game-high 27 points in that contest, along with shooting 83 percent from behind the three-point line. She was one of the American players to notch double digits in points.

This time around, Carbonel was dormant, being held to four points. A big part of Newark's success in handling Carbonel was junior Maria Jimenez.

Jimenez cracked the starting lineup on her first year with the varsity squad because of her ball handling skills but more importantly, her defensive style. She was like a bee to honey, smothering Carbonel, primarily forcing her to hand the rock off to another Lady Eagle.

"She really took accountability for that. She's suffering from shin splints a little bit, so she really gutted it out tonight" said Newark head coach Darryl Reina of Jimenez.

Although Jimenez's skill may have been the talk of the Newark fans, it was the polar opposite for American and their fans, who thought Jimenez's defensive style should have drawn some fouls.

"They were really tight on Ande - some of which were fouling and holding - we never got a call on that," said American head coach Cheri Craddock.

In Carbonel's absence, the Lady Eagles leaned on Camille Harris and Nicole Boatley. Harris rallied for 15 points. Boatley reeled in 12 rebounds to go along with nine points.

The woes continued for American, however, they were on the defensive side of the ball. In the fourth quarter, Taylor Norman killed the Lady Eagles on the inside with screen plays that left them out of position. Norman had eight of her 19 points in the final quarter due to the success of the Newark play calling.

The other two-thirds of Newark's big three came through in a big way as well. Kelsey Pease grabbed herself another double-double, this time going for 12 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. Coming off the bench due to being ill, Taylor Presley found her touch again, going for 19 points.

The win was a pivotal one for the Lady Cougars, who had been on the ropes as of late. Prior to beating the John F. Kennedy Lady Titans on Jan. 25, Newark (11-10, 3-4) had been on a four-game skid. This marks their second win in a row.

In the battle for first place in the Mission Valley Athletic League standings, it was the Lady Warriors that came out on top. Logan drops their record 16-5, 6-1 on the year, while Mission San Jose now has a one game lead over the Lady Colts and are now at 20-1, 7-0. With Logan coming within nine points, it is only the fourth time all year that the Lady Warriors have let an opponent breach the single digit plateau. Mission will continue their march through the MVAL when they play American on Feb. 1. The Lady Colts will have to contend with third place Irvington on the same day.

The Lady Vikings from Irvington brought their record up to 10-10, 3-3 with a win over Washington on Jan. 25. Irvington is now 3-2 in their last five games and sits in third place over American.

As for Washington, the rebuilding process continues under head coach Dave Bravo. Since finishing second in the MVAL last season, have slumped to 8-13, 2-5 on the year. A holdover from last year's team, Julia Selph continues to be one of the lone bright spots as she is averaging 13.9 points a game. In the loss to Irvington, she had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Irvington will have a chance to narrow the gap between themselves and second place Logan on Feb. 1. Logan is currently two games ahead of the Lady Vikings in the league standing. Washington will continue to play for pride purposes when they play last Kennedy on the same date.

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