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March 8, 2011 > Berkeley stings James Logan in NCS semis

Berkeley stings James Logan in NCS semis

By Nick Zambrano

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Every road has it's share of bumps. But the road to the North Coast Section Division I championship for the James Logan Lady Colts hit the ultimate roadblock -- the Berkeley High Lady Yellow Jackets. In their semifinal match-up, the top seeded Lady Yellow Jackets ended the Lady Colts' stellar year with a 72-43 thumping.

A victim of their own game, the Lady Colts were pressured into consecutive turnovers on their first two possessions. Each turnover resulted in easy coast-to-coast buckets for the Yellow Jackets. After forcing another two turnovers in the quarter, Berkeley began to use their rare combination of speed and strength to establish a 20-13 lead. The marginal, seven-point lead gave Logan some confidence in the latter frame of the first half.

Unfortunately, it would not get any better. The Lady Yellow Jackets opened up the second quarter and put on a 12-4 run that lasted for 5:30. After scratching and clawing for the remaining 2:30, the Lady Colts looked up at the scoreboard trailing 33-21.

To make matters worse for Logan, All-MVAL star Chelsea Salom was limited in her minutes due to a bug that she had been fighting for two days prior to the March 2 game. Usually a staple in the Lady Colts' "slash" offense, Salom was held scoreless for the game. This pressured the rest of the Logan squad to step up and fill in.

Kalene Correia, Camille De Leon and Jasmine Reed did their part but it still was not enough. Correia led all Logan scorers with 15 points, despite shooting 2-5 from 3-point range. De Leon completed the game racking up 10 points in the face of a much larger Berkeley team.

Reed perhaps gave the Lady Colts their biggest push of the game in the beginning of the third quarter. After forcing a Berkeley turnover, the junior ripped off five consecutive points and gave Logan their smallest deficit since the first quarter at 35-29.

"When we came out of the break, in the first three minutes we did a great job of executing our plan of taking care of the ball and not letting them get easy baskets in transition," Logan head coach Frank Borghi said.

In spite of Reed's tremendous effort, the Lady Yellow Jackets responded with the utmost of authority. Berkeley made Reed's stretch insignificant with a 23-1 run to end the third quarter.

The Lady Yellow Jackets got their contributions from throughout the entire roster. Cal-bound senior Brittany Boyd led the way however, with 20 points. It was also worth noting that the Berkeley bench almost outscored Logan's starting five at 36-34.

"It's pick your poison with them (Berkeley). That's why they are who they are," Borghi said.

Now the bus ride back to Union City may have been a solemn one, the season was quite the opposite. The semifinal appearance marks Logan's deepest run in NCS in recent seasons. In 2003, the school did reach the NCS finals but failed to come away with a title. And despite not coming home with an NCS trophy this season, Borghi still remains a proud coach.

"There's nothing but an overwhelming sense of pride with that group and the way that they worked from day one and the adversity they had face throughout the season... I couldn't be prouder of that group," said Borghi of his 2010-11 squad.

On the other side of spectrum, Berkeley would go on to win the NCS Division I Championship after defeating Carondelet High from Concord on March 4.

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