January 3, 2012 > Lady Cougar Classic recap
Lady Cougar Classic recap
Photos By Mike Heightchew
Newark Memorial's Lady Cougars faced tough competition in the non-league Lady Cougar Classic held December 28-30, 2011. In their first game, December 28, they were handed a lopsided loss by the visiting Evergreen Valley Cougars (San Jose) 53-32. Ni'vesha Brown and Taylor Norman shared top scoring honors for Newark at 13 points while Sydney Hills, Tarryn Clark and Laurisa Hernandez all scored a basket.
The second game of the tournament for the Lady Cougars, December 29, held an even worse result for the Lady Cougars as they faced the Menlo-Atherton Bears and fell 51-18 in the non-league contest. Again Ni'vesha Brown (8 pts) and Taylor Norman (9 pts) led the meager scoring while Danielle Stuart added a single point.
Finally, in their last contest of the Lady Cougar Classic on Friday, December 30, the Newark Memorial women got it together, scoring 46 points while limiting the North Salinas Vikings to 34. Again Ni'vesha Brown was a scoring leader at 24 points and Taylor Norman came through in a supporting role with 13 points. Laurisa Hernandez added 4 points, Sydney Hills and Danielle Stuart 2 points each and Tarryn Clark, 1 point in the win. Newark Memorial finished in seventh place.
The championship game of the tournament saw Castro Valley overwhelm St. Joseph-Notre Dame 55-33. In the third place contest, Irvington barely outscored Evergreen Valley 48-46; the consolation game featured Santa Rosa and Menlo-Atherton in which Santa Rosa triumphed 45-39.
All-Tournament players included: Elena Ala-MVP (Castro Valley), Michelle Miyamoto (CV), Jazel Talauta (CV), Taylor Norman (Newark Memorial), Darjhian Tennant (North Salinas), Hannah Sourek (Santa Rosa), Tennyson Jellins (Menlo-Atherton), Joelle Cariaga (Evergreen Valley), Nicole Ho (Irvington), Desi Harris (St. Joseph), and Jessica De Mesa (St.Joseph)
Closing the tournament with a winning effort was a good sign for the Lady Cougars as they are faced with league play against the Kennedy Titans January 3. Newark is attempting to move toward a winning season as they now hold a 7-7 season record.