- Varsity 2012-13 North Coast Section Champions 24-6
- JV 2014-15 Pittsburg HS Tournament Champion
- 2014-15 Varsity Northgate High School Tournament Champions
- Varsity 2013-14 Regional semi-finalist 26-7
- JV 2013 EBAL Champions 25-1
2014-15 Year End
After many seasons of built-in high expectations, 2014-15 represented a change. The team still had Amanda Daily and Brittany Nagra as well as previous year's varsity contributors like Autumn Davis, Alexis Meyer, Taylor Freitas and Lauren Akright but the great depth the team had enjoyed for several years had evaporated and there was a question on who would guide the team at the point position. The pre season was a struggle on many fronts with six or seven new faces and an obvious lack of familiarity with both the system and each other. This resulted in a drastic and eventually proven correct decision to trim the team to only nine players by Ron Hirschman, the smallest varsity squad size in memory.
The ability of Daily to evolve from a pure spot up shooter to a slasher / shooter opened up an entire new offensive dimension which combined with Nagra's uncanny ability to rebound and block shots for her size created a frequent headache for opponents. The mid season move of the small but swift Taylor Okazaki into the starting "1" spot solved the MV point guard issue not only for this season but likely for the next two seasons to come. "T O" not only can handle the ball but knocked down 30 three pointers as well, many at critical moments of contests.
The season also saw many of Monte Vista's records being re-written. Amanda Daily was able to hit 60 three pointers despite being constantly double teamed. 60 would have been a record by itself if not because of her previous season's incredible 90 threes which was pointed out by coach Hirschman as one that would not be broken anytime soon. Her career 208 three point baskets also nearly doubled previous record. More incredibly, as a guard, Daily went to the line 150 times with the next most on the team at 66 from Jasmine Lopez. By making 122 of those attempts, Amanda likely also has the school's all time FT percentage record at over 81% which included a ridiculous and likely never to be repeated again 14 for 14 in the fourth quarter at Foothill. Her 23 attempts and 20 made attempts should also be in the record book if such record is tracked. Daily finished the season averaging 16.3 points a game and her 1268 points is likely second only to the great Niveen Rasheed.
Not to forget, Brittany Nagra also had a fabulous season average 10.7 a game. For her, the memory will always be her ability to rebound despite her slender built. Nagra's shot blocking ( averaging three a game ) may also be a record for Monte Vista. The most memorable "stuff" was the one against Danielo Williams of Amador Valley which was instrumental in MV's nail-biting 52-50 victory at Pleasanton.
And then last but not the least, there were Autumn Davis and Alexis Meyer. Four year MV contributors, starters and absolute integral parts of the team's immense success. They may not wear the glory of high scoring games but both were exceptional and tireless defenders with the "cerebral" components that set the table for the like of Amanda and Brittany to succeed.
Looking ahead, the 2015-16 team will struggle to replace the graduated seniors, for sure. But Lauren Akright has the potential to become a star with her size, deceptive speed, ball handling skills and shooting ability. Taylor Freitas will finally have her year. A tough, strong players that I predict, will emerge from the shadow of many great players that had gone before her in her position as power forward. There is Madi Mooney - quickest, most athletic of the bunch that will complement Taylor Okazaki at the back court that should trouble the rest of the EBAL for the next two years. And of course, there is Jasmine "the forever smiling but deep down wants to smack you" Lopez. One of the best pure physical inside players already that should flourish in her senior campaign and perhaps challenge to break Daily's 150 free throw attempt record next season...Did you hear that Jaz ? Perfect your free throw shooting ! You will be on the line, a lot.
More Seniors' Night...
Monte Vista 56 - San Ramon Valley 32
Other than SENIORS' NIGHT, there is the matter of the final league game against the rival Wolves...
The previous outing was a painful reminder that leading for 31 of the 32 game minutes was meaningless if the final score was not in your favor. The 36-35 setback nearly four weeks ago on a buzzer beating layup was motivation enough for the host Mustangs to put in one of their finer contests of the season limiting the visitors to under 10 points in three out of the four quarters in spite of the fact that MV was scoreless for nearly five minutes to start the game. Taylor Okazaki got the Mustangs going with a three and Monte Vista never looked back building a 16 point half time lead which grew to 30 in the fourth quarter. The suffocating defense frustrated the Wolves in the paint forcing SRV to shoot from the deep perimeter from where they were 2 of 12. Amanda Daily, on the other hand, knocked down a trio of three pointers along with a couple of threes from Okazaki and additional threes from Brittany Nagra and Alexis Meyer. Daily finished with 21 points to lead all scorers with young Ms. Okazaki adding 12. Nagra closed out her senior regular season with 9 points. Tia Kim led San Ramon Valley with 10.
Monte Vista finished the regular season with an 18-8 overall record and 10-4 in EBAL. Considering the volume of players lost from last season's 26 win campaign, this is a remarkable achievement. More importantly, the team appears to be peaking at the right time with the playoff looming in four days. With Liberty losing to Heritage in the season finale, there is a good chance Monte Vista gets to host a home game.
SENIORS' NIGHT !!!! More to come...
A triumphant night for the four seniors who completed their regular season tenure in the usual victorious fashion.
Many more pictures and stories to come.
Monte Vista 57 - Amador Valley 39
Monte Vista took another step towards a possible home date in the North Coast Section Playoff with a decisive win over Amador Valley, and in the process, locked up a second place finish in EBAL ( 9-4 ) behind Carondolet.
After a tight and error filled first quarter, the Dons spotted MV an 18-9 advantage in the early second quarter only to storm back to tie the game at the half at 22-22 thanks to Mack's 8 points and three steals
The second half was all Mustangs with Amanda Daily and Brittany Nagra carrying the scoring load and the entire team chipped in on defense to limit the visiting Amador Valley to only two baskets and 5 points in the third quarter.
Daniello Williams showed why she may be the best player in EBAL with her deadly shooting and rebounding but MV was able to contain and limit the junior forward to 13 points while A. Mack finished with 12 along with six steals.
Brittany Nagra blocked three more shots none more impressive than "stuffing" Williams' jumper 8 feet from the basket in the first half. Ms Nagra also added 16 points.
Daily is still trying to find consistency in her outside shots but has found a new niche in driving the basket and getting to the line. She was 4 for 4 from the free throw spot and has now sunk 40 of her last 41 attempts. Amanda led all scorers with 17 points and seven rebounds along with two steals.
Taylor Freitas and Lauren Akright each added 6 points while Taylor Okazaki and Alexis Meyer contributed 4 a piece.
Carondolet 62 - Monte Vista 43
Carondolet knew if they could shut down Amanda Daily and Brittany Nagra, they would eliminate 60+% of Monte Vista's offensive output. Using a physical man defense to deny the ball the Mustangs' "BIG TWO," the Cougars managed to keep both players scoreless in the first half, a first for the season. The referee's refusal to call hand checks and holding fouls made the strategy even more effective as Carondolet limited MV to only 12 first half points six each from Lauren Akright and Taylor Okazaki who has clearly developed comfort in running the Mustangs' offense at point.
MV could not recover from a 19 point half time deficit although did play the host team even in the second half. Daily and Nagra both rebounded from the man-handling and played with as much determination as they had all season with Daily scoring 12 and Nagra 9 points in the final two segment through heavy physical defense. Brittany continued her prodigious blocking number by stuffing two shots while Amanda ended her fabulous free throw streak at 34 after going 4 of 5 from the line. Akright finished with 12 points to share team scoring high.
Monte Vista 59 - Livermore 42
For once, Monte Vista led from wire to wire taking an 18-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Amanda again led all scorers with 22 including four three pointers and 6 for 6 from the line. Brittany Nagra, amazingly, had three more block shots plus 14 points and 8 rebounds along with a dazzling assist when she was able to cleanly bounce a pass to Lauren Akright while triple teamed in the paint for a layup. Lauren Akright finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Taylor Okazaki continues to excel starting at the point position with four assists and a pair of long three point baskets. With the victory, the Mustangs improves to 16-7 and 8-3 in EBAL play. Next up, however, is against Carondolet Friday at Winton Place when an "A" game may still buy you a loss...
Monte Vista 49 - California 37
For the 10th time in ten games in EBAL play, the Mustangs spotted their opponent an early lead. In this case, the Grizzlies took a 4 point advantage to start the game but the contest soon evolved into a slugfest in quicksand. MV went on an 8-0 run to lead 10-6 but Cal High responded with their own 8-0 run to take a 14-10 bulge early in the second quarter. The game was tied four times in the first half at 4-4, 8-8, 14-14 and 18-18 with the visitors seizing a 23-20 lead at intermission.
The 3rd quarter saw Cal High built a 33-26 lead, the biggest advantage in the game to that point by either team. A three point play by Amanda Daily, however, narrowed the gap to 4 at 33-29, keeping the host within striking distance. The game was tied at 33-33 for the better portion of the 4th quarter but Daily, whose deadly outside shots were off target for the fourth consecutive game, began to convert driving baskets while being fouled. Brittany Nagra, who had accounted for most of the Mustangs' offensive output to that point, blocked three shots within a two minute span helping MV out-score Cal High 16-0 and securing their back to back to back victory following the heart break game at San Ramon Valley.
Daily scored 21 points to lead all scorers. She went 6 for 6 from the free throw line and has now hit 24 consecutive free throws. Nagra finished with 18 along with four blocks and two steals.
With the win, Monte Vista improves to 15-7 over all ( 7-3 EBAL.)
Monte Vista 47 - Foothill 33
Amanda Daily has been setting Monte Vista shooting standard since last season including the school's single season and career three point basket record. Tonight, she adds another pair of records to her name with a perfect 14 of 14 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and 20 free throws for the game. Her game high 28 points was the main reason the visiting Mustangs was able to overcome a 16-4 first quarter deficit to avenge an earlier loss at home to the Falcons.
The game couldn't have started worst for MV which had no answer to Foothill's transition game and potent offensive rebounding. Trailing 16-4 and on the verge of being blown out of the contest early, the Mustangs were saved by a momentum stopping three pointer from Taylor Okazaki followed by a driving basket from Daily that brought Monte Vista to within 7 at the end of one quarter. The tide then turned for MV whose defense found new footing and limited the host Falcons to 17 points total for the remaining three quarters ending in Daily's heroics in the final segment. Repeatedly driving to the basket, Daily was able to not only fill up the score sheet but also single handedly fouled out two Foothill starters.
With the victory, Monte Vista is able to clinch a spot in the North Coast Section playoff for the 21st consecutive season at 14-7 ( 6-3 EBAL.)
Monte Vista 47 - Granada 41 (OT)
The Mustangs were clearly flat three days after a devastating last second loss at SRV. They allowed the host team to score the first 5 points and trailed 8-2 half way into the first quarter. With 3:45 remaining in the second quarter, MV had scored only 8 points total, 6 were off three point baskets from Amanda Daily and Taylor Okazaki. Fortunately, Granada was unable to take advantage of the MV offensive woes, managing only 12 points themselves and allowing the visitors to make an 8-2 run to close out the half and a 16-14 lead.
The third quarter saw Monte Vista again settling into a scoring drought partially brought on by poor shooting and partially a result of unforced turnovers which had plagued the team throughout the season. Okazaki's three point shooting and baskets from Brittany Nagra kept the game from completely getting out of hand but the host Matadors still managed to turn a 2 point half time deficit into a 7 point bulge at 31-24 after three thanks to the always dangerous Gill-Sommerhauser who would finish with 12 points to lead Granada.
The fourth quarter did not go well for MV with their first two possessions being turnovers. Granada maintained a 5 point lead throughout the first 4 minutes building it back up to 7 after a steal and layup with 3:27 remaining in the contest. Brittany Nagra, who has been having a strong senior season, however, seized control of the MV offense scoring 8 points off a variety of jumpers bringing the Mustangs to within three on two occasions. Finally, with 1:20 left on the clock, Okazaki nailed a three pointer from the left corner to tie the score at 41-41 forcing overtime.
Monte Vista's defense held Granada scoreless in the 4 minutes segment with Nagra blocking back to back shots and teamed up with Daily with three steals. A driving basket by Daily broke the tie and allowed MV to escape with a vital road win when all seemed lost with three minutes left in regulation.
Brittany Nagra finished with 19 points, tying her season high along with four blocks and three steals. Point guard Taylor Okazaki had a breakout game with 15 points many under clutch condition. Amanda Daily, still recovering from an ankle sprain in the Amador Valley contest added 9 points and three steals.
Monte Vista 52 - Amador Valley 50
Everyone knows Ron will get his 500th win this season. The Mustangs didn't do it for him against Carondolet at home on Tuesday but delivered tonight against a tough Matador squad on the road.
The win did not come easy as Amador Valley has enrolled a forward ringer in Danielo Williams who transferred from former Division 1 State Champions Bishop O'Dowd who along with senior guard A. Mack created a formidable tandem.
Williams showed she can score from anywhere by nailing a three in the opening minute and proceeded to score 14 points in the first half from inside, outside and free throws. MV trailed 15-9 after one quarter after leading 6-5 but managed to have a shutdown 2nd quarter limiting the home team only 7 points while taking a 25-22 lead into the half with Amanda Daily matching blow for blow against Williams.
The second half was a nail biter as the lead changed hands five times. Monte Vista led by as many as 6 points at 34-28 only to see Amador Valley go on a 10-0 run to lead 38-34. The lead would grow to 43-38 early in the fourth quarter before MV embarked on a 10-2 run to lead 48-45 at the 3:43 mark. Mack knocked down a three pointer at the 1:40 mark to knot the game at 50-50 but a free throw by Taylor Freitas gave the lead back to Monte Vista. Williams' attempted three from the right wing was cleaning blocked and the ensuing foul got Brittany Nagra to the line but she could only convert one of two free throws setting up a dramatic finish with Amador Valley's potential game winning three from the corner clanked off the side rim at the buzzer.
Daily finished with a team leading 16 points and 5 assists followed by Brittany Nagra with 12 along with six steals. Jasmine Lopez added 10 points including 5 for 5 from the line in the critical fourth quarter.
Carondolet 67 - Monte Vista 50
Everyone realized beating Carondolet has always been a tall order but it had been done in the past. As a matter of fact, Monte Vista is the only member of the EBAL that has defeated the Cougars (twice) since it joined the league. The 2014-15 home campaign was a hard fought and entertaining contest ultimately won by the visitor. The Mustang trailed the entire game but had refused to capitulate as in the case of so many other EBAL teams this season and in years past. MV stayed within striking distance almost the entire way and was within 10 points in the fourth quarter at 46-37. Amanda Daily continued her fabulous senior journey with a gritty performance handling the ball against full court pressure, firing laser passes to the post for easy baskets and scoring from both inside and outside. Ms. Daily finished with 18 points to lead the home team. Forward Lauren Akright also had a terrific offensive game with 17 with a variety of inside baskets and short jumpers. Brittany Nagra had her usual presense in the paint blocking three shots and deflecting several passes with her impeccable timing. She finished with 8 points none more memorable than the one when she caught a pass in the low block on the right and calmly held the ball for a second to let two Carondolet defenders fly by before laying it in off the glass. The senior guards Alexis Meyer and Autumn Davis were solid against constant pressure while the newcomers Taylor Okazaki and Madi Mooney showed why the tandem may be in line to take over the back court duties next season with quickness and strong handling skills. Next up is Amador Valley in Pleasanton.
Monte Vista 54 - Livermore 40
The streak of never having lost to Livermore was in serious doubt for the better part of three quarters. The Cowboys took a 17-11 first quarter lead off the strength of outside shooting and built it to 26-13 with 1:30 remaining in the first half. Only a pair of late baskets by Amanda Daily, the last with 7 seconds left on the clock, got Monte Vista to within 9 points at the half. Livermore dropped in a three and re-established a 12 point advantage at 6:35 mark in the 3rd and held a 9 point lead as late as 3:30 in the 3rd. Then MV trimmed the deficit to 6 off a three pointer from Taylor Okazaki, to 4 with an inside basket by Jasmine Lopez to force a Livermore timeout and to 2 with a basket from Brittany Nagra. Finally at the 1:22 mark, a defensive rebound and a three-quarter court pass from Amanda Daily to a streaking Lauren Akright for a layup completed the comeback, tying the score at 34-34. With merely a two point lead to start the final quarter, the Mustangs did not trail again and gradually extended its advantage reaching the final differential following a pair of Ms. Daily's free throws with 12 seconds left in the game. Forward Brittany Nagra led all scorers with 14 points followed by Amanda Daily with 12 and Lauren Akright with 10. Madi Mooney, who made her first start of the season had 4 points.
Monte Vista 64 - California 44
Winning at home or on the road has been a challenge this season. The game against Cal High this evening represents a microcosm of the struggle the Mustangs faces. The host Grizzlies opened the contest with a long three pointer followed by an un-contested driving layup by Grace Pang forcing a quick time-out by Ron Hirschman. By the 4:00 mark, Cal High has built up a 9-3 lead and the prospect of winning th first EBAL road game looked bleak. Senior guard Amanda Daily, however, clearly had a distaste for losing. She single-handedly took the team on her back by scoring 18 points in the first half including four three's and a pair of twisting driving layups while being fouled. Her points not only gave Monte Vista a 32-25 lead at the half but helped ignited a tidal wave of momentum change in the third quarter. With the Grizzlies now swamping to Ms. Daily in the second half, opportunities opened for the rest of the team. The Mustangs ripped off a 19-0 run to start the 3rd quarter, turning a tight contest into a blowout with Lauren Akright scoring 10 of her 12 points in the quarter. Jasmine Lopez added 13 points and Brittany Nagra 9.
Monte Vista 51 - Granada 38
There is NO easy contest this season regardless of opponents. Monte Vista trailed 0-4 to open the game and was behind 7-8 to the Matadors when they made a 16-0 run to seize a commanding 23-8 lead in the second quarter. It looked as if this would be one of those games where the outcome was decided early but the pesky Granada squad would not quit and made Monte Vista work hard for the victory. While the host team led by at least 9 points in the second half, they were never able to put the game away. Amanda Daily had a blistering first half when she sliced and diced and shot her way to 15 points finishing with 19 to lead all scorers. This came after a couple of 28 point performances against Menlo-Atherton and Skyline. Laren Akright and Brittany Nagra each had 12. The Mustangs improves to 9-4 (1-0 EBAL) needing five more victories to secure a playoff spot.
Monte Vista 62 - Irvington 31 ( Varsity )
After the tough loss five days ago at home against Castro Valley, Monte Vista was presented with an opportunity for a re-match at the Newark Memorial High School Tournament. But they had to first get pass Irvington which appeared in the first 5 minutes to be anything but simple with the Mustangs trailed 8-3 and 10-5 to open the game. Alexis Meyer knocked down a three to trim the deficit to 10-8 followed on the next possession with an Amanda Daily three and suddenly Monte Vista was ahead and the flood gate was opened. The 18-2 run that resulted gave MV a 12 point lead at the half which rapidly stretched to 23 after the Mustangs scored the first 11 points of the second half and Irvington never threatened. Every player scored in the contest led by Amanda with 19 points playing only three quarters including four three pointers while Jasmine Lopez had 11 and Brittany Nagra added 8. With the win, Monte Vista improves to 6-3 for the season.
Monte Vista 52 - Heritage 51
With 0.09 on the clock trailing 51-50 and Heritage just switched to full court press, Brittany Nagra collected the inbound under pressure off the right corner. Instead of handing the ball off to either Taylor Okazaki or Amanda Daily as the team usually does and Heritage had expected and ready to trap, Ms Nagra, who was penciled by Coach Hirschman this season to be the point forward, took the ball herself up-court along the sideline. Still expecting the ball to go to the perimeter, the Patriots had elected to double team Amanda and left the lane wide open. With Brittany at the top of the key moving towards the paint, Heritage defenders suddenly realized she could take the ball to the basket herself and collapsed into the middle at the very moment the senior forward beautifully floated a pass to a then unguarded Jasmine Lopez. Ms Lopez, who has been a superb addition to the varsity squad from JV, calmly kissed the ball off the window as the buzzer went off for the dramatic come from behind victory...
Amanda Daily was named TOURNAMENT MVP while Jasmine Lopez was placed on the ALL-TOURNAMENT team.
With earlier 57-51 victory over College Park, 59-27 win over Drake and this morning's 49-41 defeat of Ukiah, the Mustangs are now 4-0 although with a tough road schedule including games at Rodriquez, Heritage and undefeated Valley Christian and a home date against D-1 foe Castro Valley all before the Christmas break.
Reported by Keith Tao
Amanda Daily Selected to the CalHiSports All State Second Team & NorCal Preps Top 40
Junior guard Amanda Daily was selected to the CalHiSports All State Second Team this month, the first Monte Vista player to receive the honor since Niven Rasheed in 2008 & 2009. Ms Daily was also placed on NorCal Top 40 list by NorCal Preps. Amanda is an EBAL All League 1st teamer and led the state in three point baskets with a school record of 90 last season.
Three MV Players made the San Francisco Chronicle All Metro Teams Honorable Mentions
Four varsity letters
9.5 ppg, 9 three point baskets, 63% FT
All EBAL First team Selection
San Francisco All Metro Honorable Mentions
Three varsity letters
14.6 ppg, 90 3-point baskets ( MV Record, best in SF Metro), 78% FT
All EBAL First team Selection
San Francisco All Metro Honorable Mentions
CalHiSports Second Team All State
NorCal Preps Top 40
Three Varsity Letters
19.5 ppg, 52 3-point baskets, 73% FT
All East Bay Third Team Selection
All EBAL First Team Selection
San Francisco All Metro Honorable Mentions
A Fabulous Season - One To Remember
At 26-5, this was one of the most successful seasons in the Monte Vista program.
This was a season in which we saw Erika Perez temporarily put aside her soccer career and became the Mustangs basketball team's fastest and highly valuable 6th man. She ended her high school basketball career with 100 JV / Varsity combined victories.
This was a season in which Brittany Nigra's circuitous basketball career finally bore fruit as she developed into not just the starting center for the 26-5 squad but a legitimate rebounder and shot blocker. Towards the latter part of the season, she also proved to the coaches she could be an offensive threat - a must in order for next season's team to even consider duplicating the success of 2013-14.
This was a season Amanda Daily etched her name in MV Record Book as THE greatest three point shooter of all time. Her 90 three pointers in the 2013-14 season will not be surpassed, certainly not in my lifetime. But she is so much more than a pure shooter. Amanda can rebound and defend with the best of them and has steadily improved her ball handling skills to a point where she is our best option for next season at the "1" until someone comes along and proves she can do the job better.
This was a season in which Madi finally became Madi - the wiry, long athletic sensation we first saw as a freshman. With the departure of Angela Rigo, Madi became the point and essentially the "driver" of the team. Madi provided some unforgettable performances such as the 17 point game against Carondolet and 15 point masterpiece against Oak Ridge in the NorCal second round contest. She will prove to be quite a catch for Sonoma State and a possible teammate of Sierra Dixon of Deer Valley.
This was the fourth and final varsity season for Rachel Tagle - the quintessential "cerebral" player for Ron and Tony. At some point during her freshman year, Rachel had decided to pull back from the offensive side of the game. But she remained unflappable under stress and paragon of "toughness" throughout her career. For what Rachel not give on offense, she substituted in spates with defense, rebounding and ball handling.
This was a season Lily Wissinger proved herself to be perhaps second only to Niveen Rasheed who was widely considered a "once in a life time" player. Lily last season led the team in scoring and was name 2nd team All-EBAL coming off the bench. She again led the team in scoring this season but more than doubled her scoring average to an incredible 19.5 per contest and amassing over 600 points for the season. Voted unanimously to the ALL-EBAL first team, Lily showed she not only could score at will inside but from long range as well with 52 three pointers. She also led the team in the critical rebounding department as an undersized guard / forward.
This was a season we saw Lauren Akright slowly but surely learned her craft as a "5." Frustrated by frequent fouls early in the season, Lauren showed steady improvement in her foot work and timing including proper technique in setting screens. Towards the end of the season, Ron could confidently send her into the game at critical moments to relieve Brittany. Lauren will likely anchor the center position next season allowing Brittany to perhaps shift to small forward and play more outside the paint to utilize her shooting ability.
This was a season Alexis Meyer showed she can be a shutdown defender. That she is an excellent free throw shooter and that she has a good mid range jump shot. She has also added size and toughness which aided in her strong rebounding this season from the guard position.
This was a season Taylor Freitas only saw limited minutes but has "vastly improved" according to the coaches. There was never any doubt Taylor can both rebound and physically intimidate. Adding offensive capabilities and improving her free throw shooting will go a long way in solidifying her front-runner position for a starting forward job.
Guards Autumn Davis and Megan Oliviera made their contribution this season mostly at practice. But Ron had in more than one occasion eluded to the fact that they were both " so much better" than when they first arrived at varsity. Both are "smart" players who understand the game and plays as well as the starters. Both are exceptional shooters. Autumn shot 6 for 6 from the field and 6 for 6 from the line against Cal High, Amador Valley, Granada and in the playoff game against James Logan. The coaches will no doubt be looking for ways to utilize the shooting skills of these two undersized players in the coming season.
185 days to Open Gym.
230 days to 2014 Foundation Game.
By Keith Tao
Monte Vista 54 - Oak Ridge 42
NorCal Regional Tournament Quarterfinals: Monte Vista 54 - Oak Ridge 42
MVHS 54 Oak Ridge Trojans 42
Beautiful day in the Sierra Foothills for a Round Two CIF Tournament Game with Monte Vista visiting the Trojans of Oak Ridge HS, in El Dorado Hills above Sacramento. Prior to most contests, you have an understanding of your opponent, be it Carondelet, San Ramon Valley, or Livermore. But not much was known about Oak Ridge, outside of the fact that they have a rich and proud basketball heritage, just like MV.
Tip off was a little past 6pm, and the beautiful gym was pretty full……Brittany showed early, she was going to have a monster game with a blocked shot, ending up in Madi’s capable hands for a driving 2, and the first bucket of the game. A few possessions later, with the shot clock winding down to 2 seconds, the ball found its way into Brittany’s hands beyond the 3 point line. She calmly squared up, and made the swish, and the visiting crowd went crazy……but there was more to come from Brittany as the next two possessions were back-to-back 12 foot jumpers that found the bottom of the net. After Lily made a sweet scooping left-handed layup, the scoreboard showed MV up, 11—7 with 2:10 left in Q1.
Madi showed her strength on defense and offense, by getting her hand in the passing lane, four dribbles and a layup for 2. But to put an exclamation point on the quarter, with 17 seconds left, Rachel made a smart pass to Amanda at the top of the key, and with 2 seconds on the clock, the ball went through the net for a 3, and a 17—7 MV lead…..great quarter of basketball for the Mustangs; solid D, great passing, and confident play……the visiting crowd was thinking the drive across the valley was going to be more than worthwhile.
Q2 started with more solid play from MV, as Brittany found Lily underneath for a 2, then on an out of bounds play, Madi knifes through the Trojan defense for a sweet layup…..Good guys ahead 21—8.
Then the Mustangs hit a bump, with Brittany having 2 fouls, and the shots not falling for several minutes……Madi made her presence felt again by dribbling three-fourths of the length of the court in 4 seconds for a layup that ended the half, 23—16. MV only scored 6 points in the quarter, not good……but surrendered only 9.
Q3 started with Brittany passing to Amanda who squared-up from distance, for a much needed 3…..Lily had a great quarter on the free throw line, rebounding, and her overall court play. Lily squared from 10 feet, shot the ball, hit back iron, and fell back through for another 2…..time out MV, and with 4:23 in the quarter, MV grew the lead to 14, 32—18…….but this game was about to get interesting. The turnover bug hit the Mustangs, about the same time the Trojans figured out that hitting the high post, then lobbing to a cutting center, worked pretty effectively……..and when that play didn’t work, the offensive rebounding for the Trojans did.
Rachel quieted the gym a bit, with a great offensive rebound and put back……at the end of Q3, it was 39—29.
Q4 saw more offensive rebounds by the home Team, leading to easy buckets…….but again, the jumpers were not falling consistently by MV, allowing Oak Ridge to get back into the game in a very big way…….with 6 minutes left in the contest, the score was 39—34, that would be 5 straight points for the Trojans…….and when the score got to within 3 points, Ron called time out. Momentum had swung back to the home Team.
When the girls took the floor after the time out, they needed a positive play, Amanda delivered with a sweet 3 ! Throughout the game and especially in crunch time, Lily and Rachel pulled down much needed rebounds, proving that height alone does not always win the battle. Madi hit back-to-back 2’s…..and with 2:24 showing, the score was 46—42. Very close, well-played game……and the play that may have decided it all was with 1:56 showing, Brittany squared from long range, let fly a ball that was on line, but hit the rim, bounced straight up, and into the net for 3…..crowd wearing red goes nuts, and score shows 49—42.
The last several minutes of the contest were played at the free throw line, as MV converted time and time again…..the Mustangs played a strong game, much, much better than the showing four days earlier in San Francisco. Smart and inspired basketball, with clutch performances and desire all around……. Final score was 54—42, against a strong Trojan Team.
Rachel finished with 5 rebounds, 2 points, an assist and steal; but like the entire season, you cannot judge Rachel’s contributions by stats. Her D, court awareness and passing decisions are fun to watch. Amanda had 9 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an offensive foul, that I found hard to believe. Brittany had 11 points 3 assists, and 3 timely blocks. Lauren made key contributions with 2 points, 3 rebounds, and a block. Madi was the quickest player on the court with 15 points, and 2 assists and a steal. Lily contributed 15 points, and 5 rebounds.
Wonderful game, let’s do it again!
Reported by Bruce Davis
The game in the Eldorado Hills is the longest distance non-overnight single game contest in MV playoff history (100 miles.)
The Oak Ridge Trojans have made three appearances in the regional finals since 2009-2010 when they defeated Long Beach Poly 55-42 to win the California Division 1 State title. That team featured Sarah James who is now a senior with the Stanford Cardinal. The latest was last season when they lost to Berkeley in the championship game. Monte Vista lost in the round of 8 to Gunn at home.
The Oak Ridge High School gymasium easily ranks as one of the nicest facilities in northern California. On an unusually warm day, the air-conditioning was on in the gym. This is stark contrast to the small, low ceiling, hot gym at Lowell.
MV never trailed in this contest. Led 5-0 to start the game, tied only once at 5-5 and led by as many as 14 at 32-18 midway into the third quarter.
The Mustangs did not shoot particularly well nor was the defense especially stellar. But MV did not turn the ball over with the frequency seen in the prior three games against James Logan, Deer Valley and Lowell.
There were multiple contributors in the victory but Brittany Nigra had the greatest material impact in the outcome of this contest. She scored 7 of the first 9 Monte Vista points in the first quarter, totally caught the Trojans by surprise and helped the visitors build a 10 point lead. The biggest was her first basket. With the shot clock down to three seconds and every outlet covered, Ms Nigra turned and calmly swished a nothing but net 20 footer for three points. She also added another three in the fourth quarter when the lead was only 44-40 to help shut the door on the host team. On the defensive end, our junior forward rejected three shots including stuffing San Jose State University bound Ally Battencourt's first drive to the basket.
The host Trojans had trouble finding range in their outside shots throughout the game but had some successive pounding the ball inside against the smaller Mustangs in the 3rd and 4th quarter.
Oak Ridge's defense, however, had trouble all evening stopping Madi Burroughs. When she was not stealing passes for lay ups, she was using her quickness attacking the baskets and scoring easy lay ups.
The trio of Madi, Rachel and Amanda easily handled the occasional trapping pressure put on by Oak Ridge.
The Trojans trimmed a 32-18 deficit in the third quarter down to 39-36 in the fourth with Battencourt on the line for two. After Battencourt converted 1 of 2 free throws and the game down to a single basket contest, Amanda Daily drilled a three from the left wing and Madi stole the inbound off a surprise trap and scored to suddenly give MV a 7 point breathing room.
Lily Wissinger, who was uncharacteristically only 3 for 9 from the free throw line against Lowell connected on all six of her free throw attempts.
Amanda Daily now has 85 three pointers for the season.
The win combined with an upset of #3 seed Wilcox by # 11 Pleasant Grove gave Monte Vista seniors another home game on Tuesday perhaps with the boys. The athletic Pleasant Grove team, like James Logan and Deer Valley will give MV trouble but the home game offers not only a chance to advance to the NorCal finals but an opportunity for the four seniors to finish their career at home with a VICTORY!
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista 50 - Lowell 43
The phrase “Ugly Win” was on display Wednesday night at Lowell High School in San Francisco…….the weather outside was wonderful, the tipoff was at 7:40, and after a 4—0 MV lead in the first three minutes, it seemed like all was right with the world…..wrong. The Lady Cardinals from Lowell were quicker to the ball, quicker with their feet, quicker with their hands in the passing lane, and better at offensive rebounding, than the Lady Mustangs. The score at the end of Q1 was 12—6…..Yes, MV scored 6 points in the first quarter, and missed their first seven free throws.
In Q2 Rachel hit Lily for a quick 2, then a bit later Lauren hit Lily for a 2 underneath and she was fouled…..Amanda hit 2 free throws to prove it could be done. Madi started getting warm with a ten foot jumper, time out Lowell, and with 1:39 left in Q2, Lowell was only up 21—20……at the half Lowell held a slim 23—20 lead. But more concerning than the scoreboard was the overall play of the Mustangs. Passes were not crisp, the Ladies got beat down the court several times on D.
Q3 belonged to Madi, who made several key baskets…..it was back and forth in the quarter, both Teams scoring 12 points……so at the end of Q3, MV 32—Lowell 35.
Q4 belonged to the Mustangs…..the girls played solid D, allowing only 8 points, while scoring 18…….it was a very close and exciting Q4 however……the Cardinals did not realize they were seeded lower than MV, and played with a lot of heart. Amanda hit a 3 to give MV a 43—40 lead, and then Lily had the shot of the year, with a 3 that put MV up by 5, 47—42.
Lily finished with 13 rebounds, and 20 points. Madi had 12 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Brittany had 7 rebounds, 5 points, and 3 assists. Amanda had 9 points…….See you Saturday in the Valley!
Reported by Bruce Davis
There was only one worthy moment photographed at this contest...
Turnovers reared its ugly head for the third straight game.
offense was woeful. Defense made offense look good.
For the better part of the game, There was the unsettling notion of Rachel, Madi, Erika and Lily ending their illustrious high school career in the absolute worst game of the year at the absolute worst time.
But good teams find ways to win when all seemed lost and Lowell was perhaps within one basket of sealing the upset on multiple occasions but failed to shut the door.
Lowell had four 7-points leads @ 11-4, 21-14 ( first half, ) 27-20 and 33-26 ( third quarter ) the last was particularly painful as MV had evidently made a critical stop but gave up back to back offensive rebounds and a putback basket. At that moment, all the Mustangs players on the court wore the unforgettable look of resignation and defeat.
Great players rose to the occasion when the odds are stacked against them. Trailing by 7 late in the third and offense stuck in the mud with only 26 points, Madi Burroughs drilled a 15 footer to cut the deficit to 5 followed by a pair of free throws to close out the third quarter down only by 3. Lily Wissinger muscled in a short jumper with 4:55 left in the game to give Monte Vista their first lead since the opening moments of the game at 40-39. Then with the score tied at 40-40 with 3:13 to go, Lily sank the Mustangs' first three pointer of the game from the left wing to give MV a 43-40 lead. This was followed by a three by Amanda Daily who would add another free throw to give the visitors a commanding 47-40 advantage with 55 seconds remaining in the contest to essentially lock up the victory.
The six point first quarter was the lowest output of the season. MV scored the first 4 points of the contest in the opening minute and scored only 2 more the next seven minutes.
The Lowell high school gymnasium has an extra low concrete ceiling and poor ventilation yielding the uncomfortable sensation of being in a tomb.
May be the lack of oxygen was the reason MV appeared listless for over three quarters.
At the end of the day, a win is a win. The victorious team moves on to play another day - this, on Saturday in a land far, far away...
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista seeded #7 BUT will go on the road to San Francisco against #10 Lowell
The draw was good for Monte Vista although there will not be a home game. The Mustangs will play Wednesday at 7:30 against #10 Lowell which, by virtue of their SF section title, is awarded a home game. The team will travel by bus into the City. Lowell is located deep into the southern end of the city in the Lake Merced area adjacent to the Stonestown Shopping Center in close proximity to San Francisco State University off 19th Avenue. There will be a boys' game at 6:00 prior to ours so parking will be a challenge.
Photos from Mercury News - Bay Area News Group
Deer Valley beat Berkeley by 10 to win NCS.
Deer valley 65 - Monte Vista 57
Turnovers again hurt us this evening. Against James Logan, Monte Vista were able to overcome the mistakes. But against a far superior Deer Valley squad, those proved fatal.
Monte Vista out rebounded the Wolverines in the first half but Deer Valley re-grouped in the second half and controlled the board and created multiple second opportunities.
The third quarter reared its ugly head again. A three point lead at the half turned into an eight point deficit. The 24 points was the most MV has allowed this season.
Consecutive turnovers by the Mustangs and strong offensive rebounds by DV kept the host MV from attempting a single shot at basket for over two minutes in the third quarter.
Amanda Daily had difficulty finding her range for three quarters but knocked down back to back to back three pointers in the fourth quarter to bring Monte Vista back to a 52-52 tie with 5:00 left in the contest forcing Deer Valley into a time out. She hit her fourth long range shot of the quarter two minutes later followed by a driving basket from Madi Burroughs to help MV closed to within one at 58-57.
Sierra Dixon (#1) was a force as she is lightning quick and deadly from outside. She may be more dangerous than University of San Francisco bound Tiara Tucker from McNair.
Maranne Johnson (#22) hurt Monte Vista big time with her three point shooting collecting 26 points to lead all scorers. It seemed like every time the Mustangs made a run, she would drill one from downtown.
The duo of Dixon & Johnson accounted for 48 of Deer Valley's 65 points and nearly matched the combined production of our BIG THREE ( a balanced 16, 16 & 17 points from Amanda, Madi and Lily.)
With the loss, Monte Vista still has a chance to take a #7 or 8 seed in the NorCal State Tournament and host a game at home ( against the #10 or #9 seed.) We will find out Sunday.
Reported by Keith Tao
Game against Deer Valley now BACK at Monte Vista @ 5:30 pm
Please note that the ever fickle NCS has switched our game back to Monte Vista with the Girls game now at 5:30 pm followed by the boys against DLS at 7:00 pm.
Deer Valley - A formidable Foe
Three good shooters #1, #22, #32
Two excellent FT shooters #1 86% , #22 77% -- don't foul #1!!!
Good steal % but they TO plenty
Very good rebounding team – MV will need to scrap for everything
Key game comparisons Clet is by far the most revealing. Heritage is also interesting – one game was close.
Deer Valley is a team that may quit in the 2H if they feel defeated
Scouting Report by Greg Daily
9 year old ( 4th grader )
I pulled this from the Norcalpreps web site for entertainment...
Monte Vista 61 - James Logan 49 ( NCS Round 2 )
It was Friday night, 6:30 pm tipoff between the Monte Vista Mustangs, and the James Logan Colts. The game didn’t start very well for your Mustangs, too many turnovers. With 3 minutes gone in this NCS Playoff game, James Logan was up 4—0, and with 3:40 left in Q1, MV was still down by a score of 9—6……it was poor ball handling, poor passing, and just not the typical crisp play we have been accustomed to enjoying from the Lady Mustangs in this season. The last two minutes of the quarter were well played, and the score at the end of Q1 was Mustangs 15, Colts 13.
Q2 got started with a long shot from Lily, for her first 3 pointer…..the Mustangs were playing a bit better on the offensive side, but still allowing too many easy buckets and open looks from James Logan……the game was very close throughout most of the second quarter. Madi made a 2 from the corner, followed by an Amanda 3, and the Mustangs were gaining momentum…..Alexis converted a nice layup, and MV had pulled ahead by 11 at the half, score was 32—21…..Lily was awesome on both sides of the court, and had 16 points at the half.
My favorite play of Q3, was an interesting series that told the story of this game…..Lily made a great defensive play and stole the ball near the sideline, passed ahead to Amanda. Amanda had a good angle to the basket, and drove full steam for a layup attempt. A James Logan player had a good angle as well, and was able to meet Amanda at the height of the layup, and knock the ball and Amanda to the court, out of bounds to MV, no foul was called…….so on the out of bounds play, the ball found its way back to Amanda for a long 3 point attempt, that was good, crowd goes crazy…. basketball justice.
A nice 12 foot jumper from Brittany put MV up 42—29……Madi played spectacular in the quarter, slicing and dicing the defense for some wonderful passes and baskets……MV was able to pull away, and at the end of Q3, it was 50—33 in favor of the home team.
The story of Q4 was to play solid D, take good shots and let the clock do the rest…..mission accomplished, final score 61—49. It was not a thing of beauty, as there were too many turnovers, but the better Team won, and advances in the Tournament……Good effort by the girls, which the fans certainly appreciated. Lily finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and two steals. Madi contributed 14 points, with great shooting; 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Amanda had 13 points, and 8 assists. Rachel played her normal great defense, and pulled down 5 rebounds. Brittany had two blocks, 4 points, and 4 rebounds.
See you Wednesday at St Marys!
Reported by Bruce Davis
A giant sigh of relief after the Mustangs finally shook off the pesky James Logan Colts.
#15 from Logan gave us trouble all night long.
The burden of being a #1 seed is stressful. Not sure if the girls see it that way...
Lily Wissinger is official back - banging her way to 24 points to lead all scorers. More importantly, after not hitting a three ball for two games against Granada and San Ramon Valley, Lil had two against Logan.
Madi Burroughs had a fabulous game after some early jitters. 14 points off seven field goals is her best offensive performance since the first Amador Valley game when she had 15. That was eleven contests ago !
Amanda Daily knocked down three more from outside the arc. For those following the record, she is now at 77 for the season.
NCS decided to hold the Division 1 semifinal game between Monte Vista and Deer Valley at St. Mary's College as Monte Vista Gym will not be able to accommodate the expected huge crowd - okay, mostly to watch the MV - DLS contest following the girls game.
And, of course, the leaky MV gym roof doesn't help... Forecast is for another rainstorm on Wednesday.
By Keith Tao
We are the #1 seed in North Coast Section Division I
So we will be playing on Friday, February 28 at Monte Vista @ 6:30 pm against the winner of James Logan (#9) and Heritage (#8). That game will be at 7:00 pm at James Logan on Tuesday, February 25th.
The boy's game will follow @ 8:00 pm.
NCS Seeding Selection Show - Live !
The broadcast is on now at 12:30 PM
Seniors' Night 2014
Monte Vista 57 - San Ramon Valley 36
The lines were long, and the gym was packed for this final regular season game between the Mustangs and the Wolves, at MV. This was also Senior Night where special honor was given to the effort and results of four outstanding young ladies and basketball players; Erika, Madi, Rachel and Lily.
The game started with an Amanda 3 from the corner, followed a few moments later by a crisp drive to the bucket and an unstoppable layup by Madi for 2. Brittany was at the top of the key on an early possession, squared up, and hit a swish from distance to make it 8—0 Mustangs. All was not perfect, as Lily and Brittany each were hit with two fouls in the quarter. Two outstanding plays by Erika put the Mustangs in solid position, one a steal and long drive to the basket where she was fouled, and the basket was good…..next play, Madi makes a steal, passes ahead to Erika for another 2 and foul…..at the end of Q1 the score was MV 12, and SR 7.
With Lily on the bench, the offense didn’t get into the normal face and efficient pace. There were a few too many turnovers in Q2, and too many fouls…….luckily SR was only 3 for 8 from the free throw line in the first half…..at the end of Q2, it was Mustangs 19 and Wolves 10.
Like we have seen so often this season, Q3 belonged to MV……in the first two minutes of the quarter, MV scored 10 points, causing a needed timeout to be called by SR, and a more comfortable 29—12 lead for the home team……it was an offensive and defensive show in the quarter, as MV scored 19 points and SR tallied just 7. It was great having Lily, Madi and Amanda clicking, and hometown fans knew that all was good; at the end of Q3 MV 38 SR 17.
The possession that put the exclamation point on this game, was with two minutes left in the game, on the court were the four Seniors, Lily, Madi, Rachel and Erika, along with Amanda. The ball was touched by every player, at least once, and with just seconds on the shot clock, Madi drains a 2 from 17 feet and the crowd erupts. ……a wonderful moment, a great night, and very satisfying season. Final score was 57—36…….apologies for not having statistics at hand, but in the frenzy that is MV vs San Ramon Valley, the data was not readily available……..see you at the next game…….Go Mustangs !!
Reported by Bruce Davis
Seniors' Night has historically been unkind to game performance due to distractions to the players, especially the seniors. Last year's NCS champions team had five seniors and lost the final home game to Amador Valley after Seniors' Night...
The main lots were completely full by 4:30 pm and anyone that came after 4:30 had to park across the street in the overflow lot. The line to buy tickets stretched all the way to the administration building.
The huge raucous sellout crowd was fun for most but probably not to Ron as he almost lost his voice screaming plays and instructions. This gym is extraordinarily loud partly because the structure allows more pronounced sound reverberation.
Brittany Nagra picked up two very early fouls and eventually fouled out with 3:26 left in the game. It is preferrable that she does not make a habit of this :) On the brighter side, Ms. Nagra drained her first three pointer of the season ( perhaps her high school career ) in the first quarter off a play that was suppose to go inside. The shot was a pretty rainbow variety...
Lily Wissinger also picked up two early fouls and had to spend time on the bench as well as endure a necessary offense - defense substitution scheme to protect her from picking up additional fouls on the defensive end. As a result, she was not in sync much of the contest.
Amanda Daily, after slipping into a small three point basket slump over the past couple of games, has apparently righted the ship as she knock down four three's en route to a game high 18 points.
Rachel Tagle had a very strong game this evening hitting several critical 18 foot jumpers in addition to her usual stout defense and rebounding from the guard position.
With the win, Monte Vista improves to 23-3 on the season and 12-2 in EBAL. Aside from Carondolet, the Mustangs had swept their six other opponents. Now they will wait for Sunday's NCS seeding announcement with a possible #1 seed as reward to a great regular season.
Contributed by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( JV ) 47 - San Ramon Valley 40
Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 36 - San Ramon Valley 21
Monte Vista 54 - Granada 37
Tuesday night, back at MVHS gym, tip off just past 7pm versus the Granada Matadors of Livermore…..The last time we played Granada was January 24th, and that game started out very ugly, down 8—0 as I recall…….this game wasn’t so much ugly as strange…..The Mustangs were up 8—7 with 4:31 left in Q1, but MV did not look crisp on defense, and were allowing easy passes undneath to the Girls from Granada. Brittany was very accurate from the field, hitting her first four attempts…..the score after Q1 was 16—10 MV.
The pace of Q2 was a bit slow, because there were lots of fouls called on both Teams……not dirty play, just aggressive basketball, back and forth. MV was always ahead by 7—10 points in Q2, and the highllight was a Rachel steal, pass ahead to Madi for two…..then Madi was hanging around and stole the inbounds pass, shot attempt, and foul…..and she made the two from the charity stripe……..At the half, MV up by only 8, 30—22.
This writer is impressed by the aggressiveness and “never give up attitude” that Granada displayed tonight…..the better skilled Team is MV, but the Matadors played hard and gave their best effort.
Q3 saw the MV reserves start the game, as Coach Ron wanted to switch things up a bit. After the first six minutes of Q3, there were a total of 10 fouls called. Autumn hit her first two shots, and when the starters returned, it was still an 8 point lead for MV. The defensive intensity came back to MV, and with 1:34 left in the quarter, the Mustangs were up 43—29, and at end of Q3, it was 43—31.
One of the best passes of the season occurred in Q4 when Amanda got an offensive rebound/tap to Lily for an easy two……basketball fans were very impressed with that play. The better team won, 54—37, but with a bit better defense, and more converted layups, it would have been a larger margin…….Brittany had her best game of the season with 16 points, and 6 rebounds. Amanda had 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 11 points…….Madi played a strong overall game with 10 points, and two rebounds…….Lily contributed 6 points, and 6 rebounds……Erika chipped in 2 points, and her always stellar D…….Big Finish to the regular season at home against San Ramon Valley at 5:30, on Friday.
Reported by Bruce Davis
Due to a lackluster first half, Ron started the second half with his "second five" unit. In the 3:30 the group was on the court, the regular starters of Granada was held to a 4-4 tie.
Autumn Davis continues her hot shooting going 2 for 2 in the third quarter staking MV to a 34-26 lead. She has now hit all six of her shot attempts going back to the fourth quarter of the Amador Valley game.
After an avalanche of three's most of this season, Monte Vista has cooled off significantly from outside the arc. Today's contest marked the second time in four games the Mustangs has failed to convert a single three pointer. Could this be a result of late season "tired legs ?"
In a rare off night for Lily Wissinger (6 points) and Amanda Daily (11 points) offensively, Brittany Nagra provided the much needed scoring knocking down a season high 8 field goals for 16 points while Madi Burroughs added 10. For Monte Vista to have an extended run in the playoff, Brittany, Madi and Rachel would have to shoulder a heavier offensive load and keep the opponents from keying on just two players.
When Cardinal Newman upset Santa Rosa last week and Berkeley took its seventh loss (against Bishop O'dowd), the door was open for MV to possibly secure a number 1 seed in the NCS Division 1 playoff. Deer Valley has 5 losses including a blowout to Carondolet and one to Santa Rosa.
Contributed by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( JV ) 64 - Granada 34
By defeating the Matadors 64-34, Monte Vista has avenged a disappointing 15 point loss four weeks ago. The amazing aspect of the win, however, lies in the 45 points turn around.
Shannon Rosemark (#11) of Granada continued her dominant play although MV has shut down just about everyone else on the visiting squad.
Taylor Okazaki had another stellar outing scoring 17 points including several baskets in the paint against much bigger defenders particularly the put back in the fourth quarter after snaring an offensive rebound.
With the win, the Mustangs are just one victory shy of the magical 20 win season. That could happen tomorrow against San Ramon Valley at home.
Contributed by Keith Tao
Monte Vista 81 - Amador Valley 44
It was Valentines Day and the Amador Dons of Pleasanton, hosted the MV Lady Mustangs. In past years, the Amador squad has been very tough and talented, but this season with graduation and injuries, the Dons have not enjoyed a strong year. The game started with Brittany winning the tip, controlled by Lily, and a quick pass to Madi for a drive and foul…….one of two shots converted and a quick 1—0 Mustang lead. The Dons executed well in their half court early and took a 5—1 lead after 3 minutes of play. Then the offense started to click for MV, as Lily hit a corner jumper, then Alexis found Madi for 2.
Lily was finding her offensive groove underneath the basket, on another 2, and an 8—5 MV lead with 4:35 in Q1. Throughout the night, Lily was unstoppable, be it underneath with 4 foot turnaround jumpers, or long three pointers (she hit three), she had a wonderful performance. Erica made her presence felt with an offensive rebound, put back and 2…..sweet play, and she played strong D throughout the night. Madi hit Lily in the corner with a nice pass and assist…..on the night, Madi had 7 assists, and her ability to drive, stop, cut and find the open Mustang is/was impressive! Right before the buzzer, Lauren squared up for a beautiful jump shot from 15 feet, and her first bucket of the night…….At the end of Q1, MV 16, Amador 11; thought it would a greater margin after Q1, but Amador works hard.
Q2 got started with a Lily 3, then Brittany hit Lauren for another 2 from mid range. Amanda got her offense going with a nice bucket, followed immediately with another 2……Brittany was the beneficiary of a sweet assist from Amanda for her first bucket, and a MV timeout. With 3:27 showing in Q2, it was MV 27—17. The points came in bunches for the Mustangs, as Lily, Madi and Amanda started getting hot; MV tallied 24 points in Q2, which is darn impressive…..at halftime, it was MV 40 and Amador 21…….the play of the quarter was with 17 seconds remaining, Madi spread the floor, brought the ball up court, and with 5 seconds left, found Amanda on the left wing for a 3!
Rachel got the scoring going in Q3, with a long wing jumper, and Lily follwed a few minutes later with a defensive rebound, and a coast-to-coast play for a layup……Alexis had a steal, pass ahead to Lily for 2…..The best player on the court for Amador was Courtney Seams, tall strong and aggressive……Lauren, Brittany, and Taylor took turns defending her, along with a few bumps from Alexis……both Lauren and Alexis picked up 5 fouls in the process. Taylor hit a nice jumper from 10 feet to contribute to the scoring in Q3…..at the end of the third period, the game was well in hand, with Mustangs up 61—34.
Q4 saw the starters move to the bench, and the reserves were able to get some playing time……Megan had several strong assists, and played good D…..Autumn got hot with 8 points in the period. The final score was 81—44, strong offense all around, and pretty good defense at times……Lily led all scorers with 29 points, and also had 8 rebounds, wonderful performance. Amanda had 12 points, 4 boards, 2 blocks and 8 assists! Amanda’s last game, with 24 points was her career high, and while her point total was a bit below that level versus Amador, her overall play and those 8 assists were impressive. Madi tallied 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals, and 7 beautiful assists!
Brittany had 8 points and 4 assists…….Lauren had 6 and Erica 4…….Good contributions all around…….Next game is at Home vs Granada on Tuesday.
Reported by Bruce Davis
Courtney Seams was a beast under the basket. She relentlessly attacked the hoop forcing Monte Vista to double team her in the paint. Dons' only effective offensive weapon had 19 points including 13 trips to the charity line converting 7.
Lily Wissinger was Monte Vista's answer to Seams. Amador Valley absolutely had no means to contain her, repeatedly falling victim to her deadly short pull-up jumpers. Lily ended up with a game high 29 points including a career best 10 two point baskets along with a trio of three pointers.
Lauren Akright and Alexis Meyer both fouled out of the game marking the first time this season the Mustangs had two players committing five fouls, mostly defending Seams.
With her lone three point basket, Amanda Daily's season total has reached 70.
Autumn Davis went 4 for 4 from the field for a season high 8 points !
The 81 points is the most MV has scored against the Dons in 15 years.
With this evening's win, Monte Vista has swept Amador Valley this season. The Mustangs were beaten twice last year by the Dons during the regular season although winning the all important third game in the NCS playoff en route to the Division I title.
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( JV ) 59 - Amador Valley 28
Carondolet 77 - Monte Vista 54
Carondolet is ranked as one of the top high school basketball teams in the nation for a good reason. They are deep, quick, in excellent condition, shoot and finish well. Not blessed with a true post, everybody crashes the board. Impressive.
Lily Wissinger and Amanda Daily both came through scoring a combined 46 points.
Unfortunately, the rest of the team only scored 8.
In both contests this season, the host team trailed 38-34 at the half...
With the victory, the Cougars clinched their sixth straight EBAL title.
Monte Vista should get a first round bye and probably a home game in North Coast Section playoff. Then they may have to go on the road even with a higher seed.
By Keith Tao
Carondolet ( JV ) 51 - Monte Vista 34
Monte Vista (Frosh-Soph) 48 - Carondolet 47 (OT)
Tuesday's Game Against Carondolet...
FROSH-SOPH - A highly competitive game last month @ Carondolet ultimately won by the host team. Coach Pat and the frosh-soph girls truly believe they can win the re-match. The seven point loss was a game played without Nicole Pfund who was sick on the bench in street clothes. Her presense will make a tremendous difference on both ends of the court. Arianna Shiekhal, who had a fantastic game with 15 points will have to have a good offensive game as well as Monika Aha. Lauren Haus and Rachel Meyer dealt with the pressure admirably will have to do the same although Nicole's size provides another press breaker option in the middle.
JUNIOR VARSITY - The last contest was a game dominanted in every phase by the Cougars and MV wasn't prepared mentally and physically to play with the bigger and stronger host. The JV should be in better position to handle Carondolet's full court trapping defense although missing Jordan Maddox would hurt as Jasmin Lopez now has to be prepared to play the entire 32 minutes and needs to stay out of foul trouble which is no easy feat against the big front line of the visiting Cougars. Becky Paholski has to step up and make up for the relative lack of size with her usual game intensity. Taylor Okazaki obviously is the key as the starting point guard but she will have help breaking the press from quick Kyndra Cerventes who has been playing well of late, the super athletic Katrina Flores as well as Kia Sartip who has seen more minutes as a bigger back-up point. Alex Popper has yet to show off her ability to shoot from deep. That may need to happen on Tuesday. Madi Mooney is the ultimate wild card. She has the ability to do everything including handling the ball, rebounding and scoring from both outside or taking the ball to the basket. Madi can make a living from the free throw line as she does not fear contact going to the hoop. So everything has to go right to beat a very good Carondolet squad. Scoring, playing defense and minimizing turnovers under pressure will be the important components necessary for a major upset.
VARSITY - The key to the 74-58 loss were the 8-0 and 12-3 run MV allowed Carondolet at the start of the first and third quarter. In between, the Mustangs actually had their own 19-3 run. The Cougars obviously knew who to stop as Lily Wissinger had her lowest point production of the season with 12 and Amanda Daily only had 11. More significantly, the two combined for only a SINGLE two point basket and two free throw attempts. What made the game competitive was an outstanding performance from Madi Burroughs who finished with 17 points and Brittany Nagra who contributed 10. Carondolet, on the other hand, did exactly the same to Monte Vista. While we limited Romeo and Cast to teens in their scoring, Gaby Grupalo and Christina Chenault combined for 34 points. It is the old "pick your poison" dilemma. This should be a very interesting game obviously favored by Carondolet which comes in ranked first in the state in D-II, sixth in the state overall and 14th in the nation by Maxpreps. By defeating the Cougars, MV can force a EBAL co-championship and the automatic seed to NCS. It will likely give the Mustangs a #1 seed and home court throughout the tournament. Naturally it is easier said than done. Let hope first that everyone is healthy for Tuesday's game...
By Keith Tao
Monte Vista 48 - Livermore 26
A wet Friday night in Livermore, where tipoff was at 7:05…..Brittany won the tip, and MV had three good looks at the bucket, but all three shots ended up as rebounds…….a sign of things to come offensively I suppose. Lily hit the first basket for the Mustangs, followed on defense with a Madi block and steal…..and then another short range Lily 2, for a 4—0 MV advantage. Madi then drove to the bucket, made a nice bounce pass to Brittany for 2……next play, Lily had an offensive rebound, dropped a pass to Brittany for another 2, and it was 8—0 Good Guys. Amanda got into early foul trouble, with 2 fouls by midway in the first quarter, and had to sit until midway in Q2. Livermore was getting open looks at the basket, and more than their share of free throws, but could not convert early.
Still in Q1, Rachel has a steal, hits a cutting Madi for 2, and a 15—3 MV lead with one minute left in Q1…..Erica made her presence felt with solid defense and ball distribution……with 3 seconds left in the quarter, Madi hits a driving layup between 3 Cowboys, just prior to the buzzer that amazingly the refs got right….at the quarter, 18—3 Mustangs.
Q2 saw back-and-forth action, without many baskets…..Alexis made an impact with a drive to the basket, foul, and converted both free throws. Is fun to watch how well Madi plays defense, on the ball and off. Lauren had one of her two blocks in the quarter, and her contributions were strong on the defensive end. Rachel made her customary impact in all phases of the game, solid defense, and smart passing. The Cowboys are clearly the weaker of the two Teams, and the stellar defense played by MV allowed for this game to be controlled before halftime…..Good defense never takes a night off, and thank goodness that was true Friday night……Livermore’s #44 Hernandez had a strong Q2, with 9 of their 12 points by halftime…….And the scoreboard at half was MV 28, Livermore 12.
Q3 started well for MV, Lily hit an underneath 2, was fouled, made the bonus, and even converted on the technical foul called on the player guilty of the foul…..Livermore tried everything they could, including rough inside holding plays, and even a slowdown game. There were some wonderful plays throughout the second half, one a long rainbow skip pass from Lily to Amanda for a long 2. The game was not very pretty, but it was a victory……final score 48—26 Mustangs…….Lily finished with 12 points and 10 big boards, Brittany had a good showing in all phases, with 9 points, 3 rebounds, and of course a block…..Madi had 9 points, three assists and four steals, and Amanda finished with 6 points and three rebounds……See you Tuesday, at home versus Carondelet.
By Bruce Davis
Livermore hostorically plays a physical style of game. They attempt to make up for the relatively lack of talent with physicality. Unfortunately the physicality crossed the line in this evening's contest. When the referees failed to control the fouls, the well being of Monte Vista's players was threatened even though there was no underlying malice.
The Livermore game was one the Mustangs must win to have any meaningful hope of challenging Carondolet for the EBAL title on Tuesday at Monte Vista.
It was the first time in memory that a player ( Livermore ) was given a technical for "flopping" resulting in a four point play by Lily Wissinger.
For the first time this season, Monte Vista, as a team, failed to connect on a three point shot. It also ended Amanda Daily's run of 18 games with at least one three point basket. Her season total, at 65, is still an on going Monte Vista record.
Monte Vista reaches the 20 win mark again at 20-2 and 9-1 in EBAL play.
By Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( JV ) 49 - Livermore 21
Without an effective press breaker, Livermore was completely stymied by Monte Vista's full court man to man defense. The Cowboys scored 3 points in the first two minutes of the contest but quickly forced into numerous turnovers and great difficulty crossing mid court or running organized plays. The result was going scoreless the rest of the first quarter and the ENTIRE second quarter spanning a full fourteen minutes.
By all accounts, Monte Vista should have the game put away early but it was as if the Mustangs wanted to keep the game entertaining by missing lay-up after lay-up in combination with poor outside shooting. With Livermore's offense completely shuttered, the visitors were only able to clawed out an eight point lead after a quarter expanding to 21-3 at the half.
Madi Mooney then went to work early in the second half and helped Monte Vista break out a 9-0 run early in the second half to lead 30-3 and effectively ended any thoughts of a come back by the host team. In this game, Ms Mooney was relentless in attacking the basket leading all scorers with a season high 17 points including a season best six baskets. Jasmin Lopez continued her dominance on the board along with 10 points although converting only 2 of 8 from the free throw line. Taylor Okazaki added 8 and Alex Popper 6 points. With the win, Monte Vista JV improves to 17-5 on the year.
Next up is Tuesday's rematch with Carondolet at home.
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 34 - Foothill 22
February 7, 2014 MV (Frosh/Soph) 34 Foothill 22
Monte Vista 79 - California 55
Tip off was at 7pm at Cal HS of San Ramon……the girls had some worries tonight due to the flu bug that had Amanda under the weather. But after Amanda hit the first bucket of the game, a 3 of course, followed in the next minute by two slicing layups, Amanda probably felt a little bit better, the visiting Mustang fans certainly did. Madi was next in the scoring column with a rebound and coast-to-coast drive for 2…..then Brittany hit a short layup, assist Amanda, then a Rachel 3 from the corner, then Lily got going with a short bucket……could be wrong, but believe the Mustangs were 7 from 8 from the field to start the game, and the Cal Grizzlies didn’t know what hit them. Erika hit a nice bucket, followed by two more Lily baskets at close range, and with 2:40 left in Q1, it was 22—5 Mustangs. One of the best plays of the game was a great defensive play and steal by Lily, pass ahead to Amanda, pass back to Lily for 3…..the last shot of the quarter was a 3 by Amanda from the corner, which made it 30—11 MV, what a great overall display of basketball.
Q2 saw Cal score the first 6 points of the period, which goes to show that you can never let down your guard. Alexis received a crisp pass from Lily, under the basket and was fouled in the act of shooting, both free throws were good……Madi had her typical spectacular game on defense, and on offensive, by breaking down the defensive pressure in the Grizzlies half court attempt. Madi had a defensive rebound, long pass to a streaking Amanda for an assist and an easy bucket. While MV scored 30 points in Q1, they only tallied 14 in Q2, not terrible, but not up to this Team’s potential…..at the half, the Mustangs held a commanding 44—26 lead…..was a little surprised Cal would score 26 points in the half, since in the first meeting the Grizzlies were only able to score 7 points by halftime and 33 for the entire game.
Q3 started poorly for MV, with three straight turnovers, and 2 personal fouls…..but order was restored when Brittany hit Lily down low for a short jumper…..Several times in the game, MV would look to Lily down low, and the Grizzlies had no answer……..Rachel had a nice play in the quarter with a short burst to the bucket, but stopped and passed back to Lily for an open 3…..it was obvious who the better Team was, but Cal is pretty scrappy, and never gave up……it also helped their cause that they made ten, 3 point baskets. MV would threaten to take the lead past 20 points, but then Cal would come up with a nifty shot, or a MV turnover. The Mustangs finished the quarter well, with Lily hitting a 3 from top of the key, and the scoreboard showed MV 63 Cal 39.Q4 saw the reserves get some playing time, with Megan, Taylor, Lauren, Alexis and Autumn get some time on the court……Autumn hit four three throws, Taylor scored 2 points, and the final score was 79—55……Great contributions all around with 30 points by Lily, 12 of those on 3’s, not sure how many rebounds were cleared by Lily, but am guessing 13……Amanda had a previously mentioned strong game with 14 points, Brittany played good D and put up 10 points. Madi contributed 8 points and Rachel 5…….Good Team Victory, next game is Friday at Livermore.
Reported by Bruce Davis
It is unusual this season to be out-three pointered by another EBAL foe. But Cal high indeed out shot Monte Vista 10-7 from beyond the arc.
Most occasions the team that converted 10 three pointers would be victorious. To put it another way, it would be difficult to win a game if you gave up 10 from "downtown" as was the case yesterday. But MV not only won, but handily by 24 after subbing liberally in the fourth quarter. Defending the big front line of the Grizzlies, Monte Vista stuck with a zone defense until it became clear the Grizzlies were not cooling off from the outside.
The Mustangs continues the slightly annoying habit of building up a large lead then throttles back to allow the opponent to get back into the game ( Northgate, College Park.) The contest yesterday was effectively over after MV built a 21 point first quarter lead by literally running the Grizzlies out of the gym on their home court. But instead of building the lead, Monte Vista allowed Cal to crawl back to within 13 by conceding 8 straight points over a four minute span between the first and second quarter. They would then build a 20 point halftime advantage only to let the Grizzlies get to within 14 before finally exploding in the late third and early fourth to put the game away.
Lily Wissinger had another of her patent "beat you inside and outside" game with drives to the basket, short jumpers and going 4 of 5 from three point land. Amazing, she did not make a single trip to the charity line after attempting 11 against Foothill. The 30 points is her third game this season with 30 or more points. No one has accomplished that over the past 15 years at MV, possibly longer.
With opponents keying on Lily and Amanda, Rachel Tagle has been left alone more frequently. We have been talking "what if" she re-discovers her shooting touch from freshman year. Well, Ms Tagle knocked down her first three yesterday from the right corner plus another deep two pointer. It just may happen...
The Mustangs had trouble all night with Cal's #21. Ms. Suico has size and strength and all MV did was foul resulting in her going to the line 13 times converting 9. The young lady also added three short baskets and a three pointer.
Amanda Daily had the flu and was shutdown after a half. But what a half she had. Three lay-ups, a short jump shot and a pair of three's for 14 points before she retired to the bench for the night.
Brittany Nagra had two more blocks plus 10 points !!!
Contributed by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( JV ) 56 - California 37
It is never easy to bounce back from a tough loss, particularly at home in overtime. But the Mustangs came to play and led from start to finish to reel in their 16th victory of the season. The game was close in the early going with the score deadlocked at 8-8 late in the first quarter. Cal High's center (#21 ) is at least 6' tall and knows how to use her length for rebounding and shot blocking including three on Jasmin and two on Becky. The home team, however, had no answer for Monte Vista's trapping full court pressure. An inside basket by Jasmin Lopez followed by a three pointer from Madi Mooney capped by a steal and fabulous feed by Kyndra Cerventes to a streaking Becky Paholski for an easy lay up gave the visitors a 7 point lead going into the second quarter at 15-8. Cal would trim the deficit to 15-14 off six straight points early in the second quarter. MV would then outscored the Grizzlies by 11-2 on the back of five forced turnovers to go into the locker room leading 26-16. Taylor Okazaki's three pointer at 3:41 in the third quarter closed out a 9-2 run giving Monte Vista a comfortable 35-18 lead. The Grizzlies, however, would answer with an 8-4 mini spurt to trail 39-26 after three. Cal got as close as 39-28 at the 6:35 mark in the fourth quarter but a quick inside basket frm Paholski and a driving floater from Okazaki helped MV re-established a 43-28 advantage and the host would never get closer.
Taylor Okazaki led Monte Vista with 14 including a pair of three's, upping her season three point basket total to an impressive 32. She now has at least one three point basket in 18 of 21 games played, 11 of them multiples. Jasmin Lopez, who remains a force, scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Madi added 9 with Becky contributing 8.
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( frosh-soph ) 30 - Foothill 26
Monte Vista 51 - Foothill 47
It was about three weeks ago, January 7th, when the Mustangs travelled to Pleasanton to play the Foothill Falcons. On that Tuesday night, MV was ahead after Q1 15—7, and the lead at the half for the Mustangs was 26—12. Well on January 31, when the Falcons flew into The Mustangs gym, things were different. Foothill looked really good in Q1, and throughout the entire game. Next to Carondelet, this is the best EBAL team by far the Mustangs have played……the first quarter saw Foothill take an early lead, which they maintained throughout the first 8 minutes……both Teams played well, it’s just that this fan didn’t expect the Falcons to look this strong……At the end of Q1, Foothill held a slim 12—11 advantage.
Q2 saw a close game, with good D by both Teams, and very efficient offense on the part of the Falcons…..their shooting percentage was pretty impressive, inside and outside……in fact, the Mustangs had only one 3 point basket in the first half, where the Falcons had 4……At the half, it was Foothill 28, MV 25……we never allow that many points by most of our opponents, and we always score more than 25 at the half.
Well it only took Amanda four seconds to tie the game, with a beautiful swish from the wing 3……MV came out with conviction, and scored a few quick buckets. Then the Falcons got hot; Q3 saw some good back-and-forth basketball, with both Teams playing well……At the end of 3, it was Foothill 43, MV 38. Very thankful Lily can shoot free throws with accuracy……in the game, she was 10 for 11 from the charity stripe.At the start of Q4, there were some nervous Mustang fans…..down by 5 to a Team that was playing good D, smart basketball, and prepared to play tough……Rachel hit a corner 2, her 6thpoint of the game….then Amanda tied the game at 45 with a long 3, at the clock showing 3:19 remaining in the contest. With 1:24 left, MV went up 49—47. The score remained the same with only 32 clicks on the clock……then 11 clicks and Foothill ball……ball goes underneath to their best player, Emily, guarded by Madi…….Brittany comes over to help, and blocks her 5thshot, and most important defensive play of the game. Referee ruled correctly that it was a jump ball, MV possession…….inbounds play to Amanda, fouled, two free throws, fans go home happy……relieved, but happy……final score 51—47 MV……the Mustangs only allowed 4 points by the Falcons in Q4; that was the difference! Congrats to the Mustangs…..Lily totaled 18 points, and 6 rebounds. Amanda scored 15 points, with three 3’s, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists…..Madi chipped in with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and great D…..Rachel had her previously mentioned 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists…..Brittany only had one basket, but 5 blocked shots……very impressive…….see you Tuesday at Cal HS.
Reported by Bruce Davis
Everyone knew the second half of the league season is going to be much harder than the first and Foothill is figured to be the toughest of the EBAL foes aside from Carondolet. It was a game Ron has been worried about for the better part of a week and he was proven correct as the Falcons, led by Emily Barrett, was motivated and executed a sound game plan to deny Amanda Daily the three point look and pack the middle to prevent Lily Wissinger from driving to the hoop. The result was a hotly contested game with Foothill ahead most of the 32 minutes. As a matter of fact, MV only tied the score twice in the first half at 17-17 and 25-25 and took a brief lead at 31-28 and 32-28 in the third quarter only to see the Falcon go on a 15-2 run to build a 9 point lead late in the third.
Brittany Nagra had a monster game protecting the paint with five blocked shots and two blocked passes the last resulted in a jump ball and turnover against the Falcons with 4.0 seconds left on the game clock. With Monte Vista hanging onto a slim 49-47 lead, the change of possession effectively ended Foothill's upset bid.
Despite the Foothill game plan to stop Amanda and Lily, the two still combined for 32 points including three more three point baskets for Daily.
Foothill ( JV ) 47 - Monte Vista 45 OT
Monte Vista (JV) 46 - San Ramon Valley 36
Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 43 - San Ramon Valley 23
Monte Vista 61 - San Ramon Valley 33
Tip off at 5:35 at San Ramon Valley HS….only took Amanda 11 seconds to hit her first shot, a 3, with the assist from Brittany! Madi was the next to score with a slicing layup between two Wolves for 2…..then Lily hit a basket. The next possession took 4 seconds; Brittany rebound and pass to Amanda, to Madi for 2, and a 9—0 start to the game. Erica had a pretty steal, and passed ahead to Lily for 2, and with 3:21 remaining in Q1 timeout Wolves, and a 13—0 Mustang advantage.
At this point in the game, the gym is almost full, and the place (at least the Mustang side of the court) is buzzing. All is not going perfect for MV, Rachel and Lauren both have 2 fouls…..Lauren has had some strong defensive rebounds. Amanda is known for her shooting, but tonight she displayed some solid passing, and rebounding as well, with 5 rebounds in the first half. Q1 was a solid display of Mustang defense, good shooting and passing……at the end of Q1, 18—3 Mustangs.
Q2 saw Brittany get her first bucket of the game, assist Lily. Then Lily hit a 3, and time out Wolves, with the scoreboard showing 23—3, and the game about to get real ugly for San Ramon. But the Mustangs shots were not falling as we have come to expect, the shooting was ok, but not what we have witnessed in the past several months. Brittany impressed with 5 assists in the first half and her usual strong D (2 blocks that I counted). The Wolves inched closer with back-to-back 3’s and the score was 25—11….but then Amanda hit another 3, Lily a 2 underneath, and the score at the intermission was Mustangs 30—Wolves 11.
Madi opened the game with two nice drives with buckets made and foul shots to follow…..it was fun hearing the packed gym, when Madi would fake her defenders and drive to the basket…..solid ball handling skills that all fans appreciate. MV scored the first 9 points of the third quarter, to take a commanding 39—11 lead, and this contest was over. The Mustangs were too quick, too strong defensively, and pass the ball too well.
Taylor made an impact with an offensive rebound, fouled while shooting and sank 1-2 free throws. Solid contributions followed by Megan and Alexis in Q4. The final score was 61—33 Mustangs…..an impressive defensive game by MV; smart, quick feet, and active hands……A Monster game by Lily with 33 points, and 9 rebounds…….Amanda had 13 points, and Madi had 9 points, 2 steals, and played stellar defense, by harassing the SR guards……..Well done Mustangs…….see you Friday at Home versus Foothill HS.
Reported by Bruce Davis
The last time San Ramon won a game against Monte Vista Lauren Akright and Taylor Freitas were in Elementary school !
Luther is bigger than I thought. She got at least two inches on Brittany Nagra ( whom I would pick any day. ) The Lincoln and Thomas girls are both unfamiliar faces but probably the future of SRV.
NCS power Santa Rosa (19-1) beat SRV in Santa Rosa on December 20th 69-42. That's about identical to our 28 points win this evening. This is one of the teams we will be fighting for the top four seed comes playoff and San Ramon Valley is our only common opponent. Traveling to Santa Rosa on 101 at rush hour is not what I personally would prefer but they are a lock to win their league and we have to beat Carondolet plus win a higher seeding to force them to make the trek to Danville.
Lily Wissinger just eclipsed her personal high with her second 30 point game this season (33) and bumped her season average back over 20 at 20.2. Amanda Daily hit a trio of three's even on an off shooting night to bring her season total to an even 60.
Now that the first half of league season is history, my worries start to surface. Aside from the lone loss at Carondolet, Monte Vista has gone 6-0 against EBAL opponents winning by an average margin of over 30 points per contest. Coaches are certainly not taking anyone for granted on the second go around. Does complacency creep in on the players ? Does the drive which is evident so far still ablaze ? Can we avoid injury as we head for the home stretch ? To have a great season, a team has to be good and lucky. The Mustangs have certainly proven they are plenty good. We just need to stay physically sound in avoiding injuries and illness ( remember we are in flu season) and go out and create our own luck. This could be a very special year.
Contributed by Keith Tao
The annual shoot-a-thon was well attended and the food out of this world good. More importantly, no player or parent was injured :) A lot of fun and much, much more enjoyable than a CAR WASH fundraiser...
That's how old fundraiser was like...
Erin Tao, Stephanie Cornell & Naveen Rasheed manning sign on Stone Valley Road
Over 100 cars were washed, but mostly not by the girls...
That's why we have the shoot-a-thon.
JV - Frosh/soph photos
Monte Vista 55 - Granada 29
Friday night at Granada HS in Livermore. Unsure if was the LOUD music during warmups, or the fact that this was finals week, but the first four minutes of the basketball game was painful to watch. Talented MV basketball players looked less than ordinary as catching, passing, shooting and defending appeared very foreign to the Mustang Ladies. After the first four minutes of Q1, Granada was in the lead 8—0. With the ball in Brittany’s hands, near the free throw line, she looked for Lily, posting low, great pass, great shot, 2—8 on the scoreboard. Next possession for the Mustangs saw Madi go coast-coast for a layup and her first 2 of the game. The Granada Matadors are not particulary quick, but they can hit the open 3, and the Mustang D was allowing open looks.
On D, Brittany’s quick hands deflected a pass, steal MV which turned into a 2 for Lily, then another Madi basket, and an 8—8 tie, and the basketball world seemed right again. Rachel had her first assist to Madi to put the Mustangs up 10—8 and timeout Granada. At the end of a strange Q1, MV up 16—15.
In Q2 Amanda hit her first 3 of the game (5 overall in the game), but not sure if it was good overall defense by both teams or, poor shooting, but MV scored just 9 points in Q2. The Matadors scored only 7…..At halftime it was the Mustangs holding on to a slim but not very convincing 25—22 lead.
Q3 saw the Mustangs play some very good basketball…….The defense was stellar, allowing just one free throw and one 3 point basket, for a total of 4 points allowed……this is the type of defense Mustang fans are accostomed to watching. On offense, Lily got hot with strong power moves, resulting in short range baskets. Amanda had a steal and drive for a layup, and the momentum was turning in MV’s favor in a big way. Madi saw Amanda open for a long skip pass, and 3 ! Next possession Amanda hit another 3, time out Granada……..MV 37—Granada 23…….after the time out, Amanda hit another 3, then Lily hit a 3, and this thing was all but over. After scoring 18 points in Q3, MV held a 43—26 advantage.
Erica made her presence felt throughout the game with solid D, smart passing, and an offensive rebound where she was fouled. She converted one of the two free throws. Taylor contributed with strong inside play and a blocked shot. One of the Q4 highlights was a long rebound by Alexis, who dribbled the length of the court, found a steaking Lily with a nice assist, and 2.
Final score 55—29……Your Mustangs were led by Amanda’s 17 points, Lily had 15 points and a very strong 10 rebounds, Madi had 13 points and 6 assists. Rachel played well with 6 rebounds and 4 assists…..Brittany had 2 blocked shots and 6 points. Weak start, Great D, wonderful Q3…..see you Tuesday against San Ramon Valley.
Reported by Bruce Davis
Through the course of a long season, a bad game here and there is almost inevitable. In most years, a subpar game at Granada meant an upset loss as this is considered one of the more challenging underdog venues in the EBAL. The Mustangs played an uninspired game tonight and still pulled out a 26 points victory...
Amanda Daily continues her torrid outside shooting with five more three pointers. Her season total three point baskets now stands at 57.
The Matador's best player Brielle Preece has missed the entire season because of an injury from playing soccer.
Granada is 2-4 in EBAL play including a 17 points win over San Ramon Valley and a 9 points victory at Amador Valley. They lost to Carondolet on the road by 58.
Contributed by Keith Tao
Granada 53 - Monte Vista 38
Monte Vista VS. Granada:
MV started the game with the intent to dominate with strong inside play, and this was evident when on MV’s first offensive possession, Jasmin Lopez took it hard to the basket and was immediately fouled and place on the line and made one out of two free throws.
Granada on the other hand had other ideas and played MV tough with strong in bound pressure, relentless offensive and defensive rebounding, and timely scoring with good drives to the basket.
MV jumped out to an 8 to 5 lead, but Granada closed the gap to 8 to 7 with 5:08 left in the 1st Period. This was due to MV allowing Granada to have too many second chance baskets which made MV foul and create easy points from the free throw line. The1st Period ended in a MV 13 to 11 lead.
MV battled hard in the beginning of the 2nd Period with aggressive plays like the charge Taylor Okazaki took denying Granada an easy lay-up, but still Granada continued to apply pressure on both the offense and defensive side of the ball, and this paid off and it led to a Granada scoring 8 unanswered points and the score at the half was Granada 24 to 19.
The 3rd and 4th Periods MV was outhustled for rebounds, steals and scoring, which allowed Granada to pull away and with 3:21 in the 3rd Period the score was Granada 31 to 21. In the 4th Period MV had to try and pick up the pressure and try and create steals which could lead to fast points and hopefully mount a comeback, but to no avail, and several MV players fouled out of the game trying to create these needed turn overs.
The final score was 53 to 38, and even though Granada had dropped three Varsity players down to JV to play in this game, Coach Steve said it best, and I quote “ We still should have won this game…..we beat ourselves”
The next game is at San Ramon on Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 7:00PM sharp, so please come out and support your MV JV Women’s Basketball Team….Go Lady Stangs !
Written by: David Gonzales
Monte Vista 68 - Amador Valley 27
It was back home in the Monte Vista gym, after playing on the road Friday and Saturday against very tough opponents…….would there be any sluggishness against a normally tough Amador Team? Nope. First points of the game were a corner 3 by Madi, and then when the Mustang press worked to perfection, and had an Amador guard trapped in the front court, the Dons Coach was forced to call time out…….in the next two possessions, Lily had back-back driving pull up jumpers from 7 feet……then Amanda got into the scoring in a big way with 2 consecutive 3’s (she had 5 three pointers in the game)……Erica played her usual strong court game, and Brittany was a force on D, with two strong blocked shots…….and with 4:51 left in Q1, Mustangs up 13—5, and at the end of period 1 it was 16—9 MV. Still a game, but it was apparent who the stronger Team was.
Q2 saw the Mustangs play some very solid defense, the hallmark of this Team……after giving up 9 points in Q1, the Lady Mustangs got even more stingy in Q2, allowing only 7 points……solid offense, great passing, and scoring contributions from Lily, Madi and Amanda pushed the lead to 23—9 with 5:29 remaining in Q2…….at the half, it was MV 37, Amador 16.
Q3 started with a long 3 pointer from Lily, and Rachel hit a few baskets as well……Rachel had a strong overall game with 6 rebounds, 6 points, and several assists. The game was over after Q3, a quarter in which MV tallied 25 points, very impressive…..and only gave up 8 points. The reserves had plenty of court time in Q4 with Alexis, Megan, Lauren and Autumn and Taylor making contributions.
Final score 68—27 MV…..Amanda led all scorers with 21 points (18 in the first half), Lily had 18, and Madi with 15…….strong D, impressive shooting and selfless passing……fun to watch…….see you Friday at Granada.
Contributed by Bruce Davis
After playing back to back games against top competitions, the EBAL foe Amador Valley appeared to be running at half speed.
The 41 point victory margin against Amador Valley is the largest in at lease 12 years - perhaps ever. This is after Monte Vista throttled back and scored only 6 points in the fourth quarter.
Amanda Daily hit five three pointers this evening, a personal best. No one at MV has scored five three pointers in a game in 12 years. She also tied her career high with 21 points. Her third three point basket was her 50th this season. Amanda now has 52 on the year, likely an on going record. On the other end, she also air-balled three times during the game which is a true rarity... Of the 17 game she played so far this year, Ms Daily had at least one three in 16 of them. As a matter of fact, she had multiple threes in 15 of the 17 games. She is working on a 14 game streak in double digits scoring.
Amazingly, Lily Wissinger scored in double digits in every game this season. Her low was 13 against Heritage and her high was 31 against Everygreen Valley in the Newark Memorial Tournament. Lily currently averages 19.8 points per contest and had 32 three pointers herself which, in a normal year, would easily have led the team.
Sonoma State bound Madison Burroughs has quietly had herself a great season as well. She had scored in double digits in seven of the last nine games and has steadily raised her average from 6.0 to 8.7 in the past month.
We don't keep tract of block shot statistics but Brittany Nagra has rejected more shots than anyone since Niveen Racheed. Tonight against Amador Valley, Brittany had at least three blocked shots in the first half alone one of them against Courtnet Seam. Again her quiet, gentle demeanor disguises her fierceness under the basket. EBAL foes may not know yet, but they would by the time they met her twice this season.
Contributed by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( JV ) 55 - Amador Valley 33
McNair 67 - Monte Vista 58
Tip-off was after 8:30 on Saturday night in Pittsburg versus a supposed strong McNair HS Team from Stockton. And this team from the Valley is really good; with three ladies that would star in EBAL or any league. Amanda got the Mustangs on the board early with a 10 foot corner jumper in transition…..followed on the other end with a Brittany block. Madi impacted the contest early with two back-to-back baskets, the first on a corner jumper, then on a quick drive to the hoop.
The McNair Team displayed a three-quarter court, zone pressing defense (similar to Carondelet) that tried to force turnovers…..their key to success is disruption, based upon their quickness and aggressive play. Early in the game, the press was a factor, but oftentimes MV was able to capitalize on the over playing style, for quick layups and open long shots……Alexis passed the ball to Amanda at the top of the key for a 3, and with 3:13 on the clock, the score was tied at 10.
There were three McNair players that seemed to stand out: #3 Mandy Coleman (very tall, combination point guard, low post….good skills), #10 Brittany Butler (guard with range and quickness), #21 Brandi Hornsby (very quick slashing to the basket, with skill). Back to the game; Lily hit a long 3 to tie the score at 15, and on the other end, Rachel playing solid D, blocked a shot on a drive by #10. After Q1, the Mustangs were down by 6 points, 23—17.
Q3 started with some hot shooting with Amanda making two 3’s, and Lily getting to the line for some of her many free throws. Brittany followed the scoring going 2-2 from the line. While the pressure D of McNair was effective, MV was playing well, and with two minutes left in the half, Lily hit a 2 to knot the game at 33…..with .04 seconds left, Erica drove to the bucket for 2 and a tie game 37—37.
The Lady Mustangs took the court for the second half, full of confidence, and knowing that if they played smart basketball, with a minimal number of turnovers, this game would be theirs……the shooting by MV was good, and their D was impressive, based upon the skills of their opponent. Lily got the scoring going in Q3 with a drive for 2 and a foul on #3, a bit later Lily again drives the baseline for 2 and a timeout MV…..with 4:20 showing on the clock in Q3, MV up 45—43.
#21 started to make her presence felt with some strong drives to the bucket for scores, slicing through the MV defense. And the turnovers and ball handling became a problem for MV during Q3, as the score was slightly in favor of McNair after the third period, 50—48.
Brittany hit Lily with a nice pass for 2 to begin the final period, but less than stellar ball control led to a 57—50 deficit with 5:28 remaining in the game. Each possession was critical, as time was running short, but too many McNair stops on D, and too few conversion on the Mustang side, left a 67—58 final outcome…..Good and great effort/results in the first half, that the Mustangs could not sustain in the second half…….MV scored 20 points in the second quarter, but only 21 in the entire second half…….Lily had a monster game with 25 points, and 5 rebounds. Amanda shot well with 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 steals. Madi and Brittany each had 8 points. Brittany played a strong defensive game against #3, and had three blocked shots.
See you Tuesday at home versus Amador.
Story by Bruce Davis
If there are such entities as good losses, this weekend's tough defeats in the hands of Carondolet Friday and Ronald McNair Saturday would qualify. Carondolet is the #1 ranked Division II team in California and 21st in the nation while McNair is one of the two best teams in the San Joquin Section along with St. Mary's Stockton, the nation's 16th rank squad. Monte Vista certainly has proven, at least to themselves if no one else, that they can play with just about any team in North Coast Section and should be considered one of the favorites to win the Division I section title.
Lily Wissinger has firmly established herself as one of the area's best players. She makes up for relative lack of size with strength, desire and a wide array of offensive skills. Against McNair, she had to match up against the 6'2" Oklahoma State bound Mandy Coleman and virtuely equaled Coleman's 28 points with her own 25 points output.
The extremely tight man defense sprung by McNair gave Amanda Daily almost no open looks at the basket but she still managed to knock down a trio of three pointers all with a hand in her face.
The continued positive development is Brittany Nagra's offense. For the second time in as many days, Ms Nagra had contributed valuable points from the post position including short jumpers to a twisting reverse lay-up. To boot, she had SEVEN block shots in the game, three more than the big Mandy Coleman. Again, for Monte Vista to be successful in the remaining games and the post season, she has to continue to put up offensive numbers to alleviate defensive pressure by opponents on the Burroughs, Wissinger and Daily combo.
Contributed by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( JV ) 44 - Justin Sienna 42
There are games you should have won and you didn't. But there are also games you should have lost but somehow won. Yesterday afternoon's game against a very disciplined and stout Justin Sienna team in Napa was such an example. Monte Vista trailed early and late but it was the final score on the board as time expired that counted and the Mustangs were on top.
Playing half court set offense the entire contest, the host team with a pair of skilled big girls had their way early leading by 8 after one quarter in a relatively low scoring contest. The lead grew to 12 at halftime and the visitors still trailed by 8 after three after winning a tough third quarter.
In any kind of a comeback, stopping the opponent from scoring is always the number one priority and Monte Vista did an excellent job with that especially with Jordan Maddox and Jasmin Lopez clogging the inside. A three pointer by Alex Popper brought MV to within three. With 45 seconds left in the game, Coach Steve set up his favorite baseline play and Taylor Okazaki, who had gotten free for just a moment running across the baseline off the screen, calmly sank a three pointer from the corner against an on rushing defender to tie the contest.
Justin Sienna missed on their possession handing the ball back to the Mustangs with 28 seconds left. The plan was to hold the ball for a last shot to either win or going OT but Maddie Mooney saw an open lane with 18 seconds on the clock, drove and dished off to a wide open Jasmin Lopez who put in the easy lay-up to give Monte Vista their ONLY lead in the entire contest as the clock ticked down to 12 seconds.
12 seconds can be an eternity but MV had fouls to give which not only killed time but also disrupted Justin Sienna's inbound play forcing a late time out with 3.1 seconds on the clock.
The final stand turned out to be chaotic and gut wrenching with both coaches screaming on the sideline and players jockeying for position. A defensive rotation error allowed the Braves' center to break free on the weak side under the basket as the lob floated in. As the MV parents gasped in horror and vision of an unwanted overtime and potential tough long drive home, her left hand lay-up trickled high off the rim as time expired at the same time the bench and stand errupted. A sweet gutsy win for the coaches and players against a very good opponent and nice bounce back from an otherwise very tough weekend.
This was truly a team effort with balanced scoring. Taylor led with 10 points followed by 8 points from Becky and Jasmin and 7 points by Maddie and Alex. Katrina Flores accounted for the remaining 4 points.
Monte Vista improves to 13-3 for the season.
Contributed by Keith Tao
Carondolet 74 - Monte Vista 58
Friday night in Concord, for a visit to the Carondelet Cougar’s court……two strong and proud Teams, both undefeated in league play. Carondelet came in 11-2 overall, MV came in 13—0. Within two minutes of the opening tip, MV was down 8—0; the Cougars are talented and very quick with their full court, trapping defense……they are like sharks, just waiting for the chance to pounce, and force you into a mistake. Brittany hit the first shot for the Mustangs, a corner 12 footer which made the score 8—2 with 5:57 left in Q1…..then Rachel hit a corner 2 and the score was getting closer, 10—6 Cougars in front.
Lily hit a 3 from the corner, assist Rachel, and the score was knotted at 10…….the only thing faster than the girls on the court, were the subbing patterns by both Coaches. Every stop in action, new players to ensure the pace for both Teams was crisp. Madi went 2-2 from the line, which pushed MV in the lead, 12—11, followed quickly by an Erica layup for 2 and a 14—11 MV advantage. It was a wild Q1, and with 15 seconds left in the quarter, Madi had the ball at half court, she shuffled back-and-forth, and made a left handed layup for two and a 19—13 MV lead after Q1…..the MV fans jumped to their feet in support of the wonderful effort, and early results.
Scoring 19 points in a quarter against the Cougars is tough to do, holding the Cougars to 13 points in a quarter is even more challenging……The Mustangs were playing with poise, and confidence……the shots were not always falling, but the D was good and the turnovers were minimal by MV. Amanda, Lily and Lauren all hit 3 pointers in Q2…..the pace was entertaining to watch…..both Teams really wanted this game……..the free throw bonus favored the Cougars early in Q2, and they maximized their trips to the line……MV was ahead at half 38—34, and the MV fans roared their approval as the girls headed to the locker room.
Q3 opened with Natalie Romeo draining a top of the key 3, and some tough possessions and several Mustang turnovers, forced a MV time out…..with two minutes gone in the quarter, Carondelet had gone on a 9—2 run and a three point lead. The good feelings in the first half, and the positive buzz at half were subdued as turnovers and sloppy play saw the Mustangs fall behind by 57—44 with 1:58 left in Q3……and what hurt as well was foul problems for Lily, Brittany and Amanda. Q3 saw MV score 9 points in the period, while the Cougars tallied 25……that hurt……59—47 after Q3.
Q4 saw Amanda hit two three’s back to back, and some great passing from Madi and Lily turned the tide a bit, but on this night Carondelet was too quick, too deep and their shots were falling when they had to……..it would be nice to visit Carondelet and have the shot clock and time clock work as effectively as their press……memory serves that this is a constant challenge for the Cougars. The final score was 74—58, a solid effort from the Mustangs…..Looking forward to having them on Mustang wood, February 11.
Madi led the scoring effort with 17 points, Lily had 12, Amanda 11, and Brittany contributed 10.
Contributed by Bruce Davis
Monte Vista did many things right but not everything right as needed to defeat Carondolet on their court where the Cougars have never lost in EBAL play. The result is a tough 16 point first loss of the season.
The Mustangs played with heart and spirit and traded punches with the #1 ranked D-II team in California for two quarters. Against a very good team, short lapses often determine the outcome of the contest. MV fell behind 8-0 to start the game but was able to climb back from the deficit with their own 19-3 run. But the Mustangs fell victim to a quick 12-2 run by Carondolet at the start of the second half and was unable to recover.
Madi Burroughs had her best game this season with a combination of superb ball handling, defense and sharp shooting. For a good part of the contest, she was at least the equal if not better against Romeo and Cast. The same effort will be needed as Monte Vista will face another juggernaut in McNair tomorrow evening in the MLK Shootout.
Brittany Nagra also put forth a fantastic effort defending the interior and rebounding. More importantly, she was able to knock down crucial mid-range outside shots when Lily Wissinger was in foul trouble and Amanda Daily not finding the range. For Monte Vista to win another section title, her offense may be key.
As expected, Erika Perez had her moments with Natalie Romeo and held her own on defense. She also contributed to the ball handling department throughout the game.
Neither Daily nor Wissinger had what they would consider hot shooting night. Still they combined for six three pointers matching Romeo and Cast basket for basket.
Lauren Akright surprised everyone, likely including coach Ron, with her first high school three point basket from the deep left corner. Almost certainly not a planned play but the team would gladly accept the gift as MV was in an early hole at the time.
Carondolet's forward Christina Chenault took more free throw than the entire MV team...
Contributed by Keith Tao
Carondolet (JV) 67 - Monte Vista 28
Carondolet 37 - Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 30
14-0 versus Carondolet
In big games, people talk about X-factors. Well, we can offer up a few from our end:
Erika Perez who absolutely terrorized JV opponents with her defense will bring an extra dimension to the game. Ron Hirschman generally does not believe in playing box and one or triangle and two type defense but at some point in the game, there will be a Erika vs Natalie moment or two. Her anticipation, speed and ability to disrupt plays can be important in a tight contest.
Rachel Tagle had more three pointers as a freshman on varsity than her sophomore, junior and now, senior year. The point is, she can shoot the ball. When Lily, Amanda and Madi are tightly guarded or double teamed, Rachel may find herself looking at an open basket either to shoot or drive.
The same can be said of Brittany Nagra. At practice today, Brittany casually knocked down a series of outside shots, some from three point land. Again, if the Cougars over plays Monte Vista's "big three," Ms Nagra can make them pay for the snub.
Pundits don't even mention tonight's game. All they talk about is Carondolet in the MLK Shootout against St. Mary's Berkeley on Saturday. The EBAL contest against public school Monte Vista isn't even an after thought. It is just as well. The Mustangs had surprised them twice at home. This may be a good year to hand Carondolet a loss at Winton Drive...
Pull one from the archive : Late December 2004, at the West Coast Jamboree semi finals, MV was thought to be the fodder against a mighty Sacramento High School squad who featured Shantrell Thomas, signed to UC Santa Barbara; Jessica Bradley, headed to powerhouse Baylor and Vicki Baugh, who would become a star at Tennessee for Pat Summit. The Mustangs pulled off one of the biggest upsets of MV history by knocking off Sacramento with a 6'5", 6'4" and 6'3" all D-1 signee starting front line. How they did it ? Great team defense, fierce rebounding by one of MV's most determined rebounder Liz Harvey, a buzzer beating 19 foot basket by EBAL MVP Kendell Williams to force over-time and four three pointers by Erin Tao, the last was the only basket scored by the Mustangs in 4:00 OT. Defense made it stand. 48-47 Monte Vista.
Contributed by Keith Tao
Monte Vista 48 - Sacramento 47 ( OT )
Playing relentless defense and continuous double teaming of their huge forwards, Monte Vista pulled off a stunning upset of the tournament's favorite earning them a trip to the Championship game against yet another team with big, skilled forwards in 13-1 Castlemont. The forward quartet of Liz Harvey, Kendall Williams, Carlyn Raphel and Kerry Beeman did a marvelous job containng Sacramento's highly touted frontline including UCSB bound Shantell Thomas and Pac-10 recruit Jessica Bradley. Monte Vista stayed close throughout the contest with Kendall Williams hitting a leaning 19 footer with 2 seconds left to send the game into overtime. MV took the lead at the 2:30 mark on Erin Tao's fourth 3 point basket and the defense made the lead stand up. Aside from Kendall Williams' heroics, Liz Harvey heavily contributed to the victory by controlling the weakside rebounding, frequently limiting the much taller Sacramento Dragons to only a single shot per possession.
Martin Luther King Shootout vs McNair
Regardless of the outcome against Carondolet, Monte Vista will have NO time to rest as immediately on the plate is a rare Saturday BIG non-tournament game against another ranked team - Ronald E. McNair high school(13-1) from Stockton. The team features a peculiar player in 6' 4" Oklahoma State bound Mandy Coleman who, at her length, is listed as a guard. Watching her play last season at the Bentley Shootout against Oakridge, the young lady, tallest on the team and court actually handled the point duty bringing the ball up court. The difficulty obviously lied in the fact that it was rather difficult to pass the ball to yourself in the paint where she also liked to roam. That situation may have changed when McNair plays Monte Vista as they are just joined by Tiara Tucker, a transfer from Brookside Christian who had to sit out the first 13 games of the year. Tucker, who has committed to the University of San Francisco, is listed at 5' 6" but probably smaller. She is a point guard that makes up for her lack of size with lightning quickness and averaged 28 points a game for Brookside Christian last season.
McNair played a weak pre-season schedule in the valley and virtually every win was against defenseless opponents with average margin of victory of 50+ points. The one good team they played against they lost to in Napa two weeks ago and they defeated Mission San Jose 61-46 in a year when MSJ is not at their strongest. But that was all before Tucker showed up. That said, Monte Vista's defense may post a challenge to a team that is used to having its way with opponents. And they know nothing about our Madi, Lily, Amanda, Rachel and Brittany...
Contributed by Keith Tao
14-0 versus Carondolet
How would we fare against the Cougars, ranked #10 in the state and #21 in the nation by Maxpreps ? Carondolet had won or shared the EBAL title all five years they were in the league. They are 71-2 in league contests and 36-0 at home. This season, they have beaten northern California power Brookside Christian by 32, Sacred Heart Cathedral by 25, Archbishop Mitty by 27 and Salesian, which had knocked off then nation's #1 team Mater Dei, by 11. Their only two losses were to Nazareth, the #1 team in New York and Mater Dei, the current #2 team in the country. Natalie Romeo will play next season at Nebraska while both Makenzie Cast and Marcella Hughes are headed with full ride to Loyola Marymount. A proud storied program at the national level.
Monte Vista, on the other hand, is the defending NCS Division I champions. While not having wins against power teams, they have steamrolled good local teams to reach their 14-0 record, the third longest in school history. No one on the Mustangs squad will be playing at the Division I level comes 2014-15 although Madi Burroughs, Lily Wissinger and Amanda Daily all make compelling case to start for the current Carondolet team. The tandem of Wissinger and Daily is the best Monte Vista has produced in over a decade. Their 35+ points combined scoring average may be unsurpassed. The inside-outside game of Wissinger will cause problem for the Cougars and if left alone, Daily's deadly outside shooting may prove costly for Corondolet. The ultimate big questions are - can Monte Vista handle the full court trapping pressure defense by Carondolet and can they stop the Cougars' own tandem of Romeo and Cast ?
Contributed by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 27 - Skyline 16
Monte Vista 65 - Livermore 38
Tuesday night Basketball at MVHS, and everyone was looking forward to continuing the momentum of the young season, in a home game versus the Livermore Cowboys. The Mustangs scored in the first 3 seconds, off of a well-conceived tip play to start the game, 2 points Madi. Then a few possessions later Lily hit a corner 3, time out Cowboys with 3:57 left in Q1, MV 11—Livermore 4. Erica came into the game late in the first quarter and made contributions right away; first Rachel found her cutting to the basket for a layup, then on the defensive end, Erica pulls a rebound, two dribbles, passes to Rachel at mid court, and Rachel drives in for a sweet left handed layup. With 10 seconds left in Q1, Erica hits Lily in the corner for another 3, and at the end of Q3, Mustangs 20----Cowboys 13……In the quarter, good offense, so-so defense.
Q2 started with a flurry of 3’s from both Teams…..Amanda had her normal solid shooting night behind the arc, as well as #44 for Livermore, who seemed to hit five or six shots from distance in the game. It’s rare that the Mustangs give up 29 points by halftime; it’s usually 50% of that total, but Livermore had the hot hand from long range, and lax D on the part of the Mustangs didn’t help the fact that at the half, MV held a not-so-comfortable 36—29 lead. Lauren played well, with some great full court hustle and 4 points to go with 2 rebounds.
Not sure exactly what the MV Coaches had to say at the half regarding defense, but it worked extremely well……The Cowboys did not score in Q3, and the Lady Mustangs tallied 21 points……Yes, at the end of Q3, the score was 57—29……Awesome defense, great offense, wonderful passing, smart basketball, and even a technical foul on the visiting Coach, with two free throws converted by Amanda.
Good contributions from all, with Lily strong from inside and outside, totaling 21 points, followed by Amanda with 18 points, 5 assists and 2 steals……..Madi had 10 points, Rachel 4, Brittany had 4 points, 7 strong boards (I believe her best game regarding rebounds), and yes, Brittany had one blocked shot…..and for 10 minutes and 15 seconds, the Cowboys were held scoreless in the second half.
Friday will be a fun game and test as the Mustangs travel to Carondelet HS, see you there!!
Contributed by Bruce Davis
Rachel Hernandez ( #44) on the Livermore team gave a preview on the potential outside firepower we may face on Friday against Carondolet. Ms Hernandez, who is a junior, has been on our defensive radar since her freshman year. Known to be a dangerous although streaky shooter, she was 5 for 7 from beyond the arc in the first half including one she sank from NBA range while being fouled, resulting in a four point play. Her shooting was the primary reason the Cowboys were able to stay close for a half. MV stayed in its zone defense in the second half although extending to ensure no one would have a free look at the basket from three point range. Ms Hernandez would not hit another three until late in the fourth quarter while Monte Vista pitched a shut out in the third quarter, their first since the game against Antioch early in the season.
Contributed by Keith Tao
Monte Vista (JV) 59 - Livermore 30
Monte Vista (JV) vs St.Patrick's Bruins of Vallejo, CA
Monte Vista 63 - Cal High 33
It was a Cold Friday outside at MVHS, where the Lady Mustangs hosted the Cal HS Grizzlies, in the second League game of the EBAL Season. The Cal Team is tall, and long; their zone held the Mustangs scoreless for several possessions. But then with Madi penetrating that zone, and finding Lily open for quick bounce passes, the scoring began…..and then some more of the same, with Lily having success for short jumpers and layups….the score after Q1 was 13—4 Mustangs.
Great passing by MV was able to wear down and find creases in the Grizzlies zone; Rachel, Brittany and Amanda passed well and it was evident early who had the better offense. Three plays stood out in Q2; one was a coast-to-coast layup by Erica for 2, that took 5 seconds or less off the clock, that girl is fast…..the next play was a loose ball in the MV front court, that had Madi and a Cal player scrambling on the floor…….Madi was able to gain control, and while still on her back, fired a bullet to Lily 20 feet away , for a layup…….the home crowd went crazy. The third and final play of the half, was with 10 seconds remaining, Rachel had the ball on the wing, reversed her dribble, and with 4 seconds on the clock, fired a pass to Amanda in the deep corner for 3, as the buzzer sounded……the scoreboard showing MVHS 27—Cal HS 7.
Q3 was more of the same; solid defense by the Mustangs, quick and smart passing, which provided open looks for baskets......the score after Q3 was 46—21, but the result was not in doubt……the reserves played much of Q4, and looked good…..Taylor hit a free throw, and Autumn hit two.
The final score was Mustangs 63—Grizzlies 33…….another solid game, predicated on defense…..with smart offensive decisions leading to layups and three pointers, that Amanda, Lily and Madi knock down with amazing consistency…….Brittany finished with her obligatory block in the game, and solid overall play……Lily had 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and at least one steal…..Madi had 13 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals…..Amanda tallied 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals………Rachel had 2 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists…….See you Tuesday when the Mustangs host Livermore.
Reported by Bruce Davis
Like Castro Valley, Cal High had trounced Monte Vista in summer league games and both teams found out summer league games were just that as the Mustangs won in regular season against the two teams by 28 and 30 points respectively.
The Grizzlies' formidable front line held a small rebounding advantage but fell far short of dominance expected by some.
Defensive lapses allowed McQuiston a pair of 1st half three pointers but she would not have another three the remainder of the game, As a matter of fact, she was held scoreless till late in the 4th quarter.
Madi Burroughs was slashing through the Cal High zone defense creating opportunities for teammates in both inside and outside scoring. She also contributed directly with 13 points which tied her season high.
Amanda Daily was cold most evening in her shooting and went 0-6 to start the game. But her buzzer beating three point basket at the end of the first half nearly brought down the house and served as a demoralizing dagger to the Cal High heart.
Lil was Lil - strong as a bull but with soft shooting touch. She time and again frustrated the Grizzlies defense with her deadly short jumpers and fierce rebounding on both ends of the court.
Monte Vista Girls are now 13-0 and 2-0 in EBAL. This is the longest winning streak since the 2007-2008 season when the Mustangs won their first 22 games.
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista ( JV ) 49 - Cal High 33
The JV squad has shown on multiple occasions to be sort of a Jackel and Hyde team with flashes of brilliance followed by lapses of inexplicable ineptitude to be, of course, followed by another run of dominance. This is, perhaps, a reflection of a team comprised of mostly 9th graders learning their craft on the fly.
Friday's home opener was no exception. A tightly contested first quarter followed by a strong 2nd quarter when the Mustang outscored the visitors 14-5 to grab a 9 point lead at the half. The game appeared well in control with 3:30 left on the clock in the third quarter and MV ahead 30-18. Then a series of defensive errors mixed in with turnovers gave the Grizzlies a 7-0 run that shaved the lead to 30-25 two minutes into the fourth quarter. Cal High scored a basket immediately following a time out to further trim the lead to three at 30-27 and the tidalwave of momentum for the visitors seemed unstoppable. As was in the case against Pittsburg in the Pirates Tournament, Steve Cornell switched to full court man to man and the Grizzlies promptly fell apart by turning over the ball three consecutive times without crossing mid court. initiated first by a pair of free throws from Madi Mooney who would followed with a driving basket and another free throw, Monte Vista went on a 9-0 "return the favor" run and seemingly seized control of the game leading again by 12 at 39-27. The young ladies from San Ramon, however, still had one more fight in them as they put together a fast 6-0 streak included a three pointer to put the squeeze back on the home team again at 39-33 with less than 4:00 left in the game. MV was not to be denied the victory as the pressure defense continued to trouble the Cal High squad. The Mustang would close out with a final 10-0 run highlighted by a driving scooping lay-up from Jasmin Lopez who would finish with 11 points for the game. Madi Mooney was fantastic on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and led the team with 15 while Taylor Okazaki, who never seemed to get off the court at the point contributed her usual 12 points and four assists. MV improves to 11-2 on the year and 2-0 in EBAL. Next up is a road trip to St. Vincent-St. Patrick for the final non-league game of the season.
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista 58 - Foothill 35
MVHS Varsity Girls 58 Foothill HS Falcons 35
Opening night for EBAL Basketball for your MV Mustangs! Tip off at Foothill HS was 7:20, and the fans were looking forward to see if the Lady Mustangs would and could carry their non-league dominance into league play…….The man-to-man defense played by the Foothill HS Falcons looked to be pretty strong at the start, but when Lily hit a long 3 from the wing, that D didn’t seem so strong. Next possession, Amanda had a quick drive to the bucket, fouled, and converted on the two free throws……5—0 MV with 6:45 left in Q1.
One of the defensive highlights in Q1 was a steal by Amanda under our basket, with a touch pass to a cutting Madi for 2……MV defense was strong in Q1, as was the offense……Lily could not be stopped, hitting four close range, jump shots, that the Falcons had no answer for……Lily had 11 Q1 points, and led MV to a 15—7 Q1 advantage.
Q2 started off with no scoring by either Team for over 3 minutes……the scoring got started when Lily grabbed a defensive rebound (one of her 11 rebounds), passed out to Alexis, who hit a cutting Lily for 2, and a free throw to complete the 3 point play…….a few moments later, Amanda hit an impressive layup, was fouled, and of course made the free throw……the offense for the Mustangs was good, ....but the defense in Q2 was superb. The Falcons only scored 5 points in Q2, some of that was due to poor shooting by Foothill, but from this fans perspective, the MV Mustangs caused a lot of those missed shots and turnovers.
At the half, MV was up 26—12.
Q3 started off with a bang, seven seconds had expired when Amanda hit a wing 3 to erase any hopes the Falcons might have of a quick comeback……but a rash of poor passes, and travelling violations by the Mustangs gave Foothill hope, and with 3:35 remaining in Q3, MV’s lead had been cut to 32—21. But the good vibes returned moments later when Rachel hit Lily with a quick pass at the free throw line, and she drove through 3 Falcons for the layup, and was fouled !! Free throw made. The score at the end of Q3 was 41—22 and the only drama left was the final score.
Q4 showed an 8—1 foul disparity, in the favor of MV, so the Bonus free throws played a factor. Madi played a wonderful all-around game, breaking the Falcons attempt to press……Rachel too was great in distributing the ball, and hit some buckets with drives to the basket, and timely passes to her Teammates and several assists. Brittany played good defense, getting 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and kept her streak going, with one blocked shot.
The final score was MV 58—Foothill Falcons 35…..Lily had an impressive inside and outside game, with 28 points…..very strong. Amanda was next in the scoring stats with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Madi had 10 points, 4 assists and 3 steals…….Great individual efforts leading to a wonderful Team win……all the girls played well, and the defense was spectacular! See you at Home versus Cal on Friday.
Reported by Bruce Davis
MV ( frosh-soph ) 37 - Foothill 35
Monte Vista ( JV ) 47 - Foothill 38
In the 4th period both teams fought hard but eventually MV pulled away and won. Final score 47-38 MV.
On the eve of the 2013-14 EBAL opener at Foothill, it may be appropriate to pause and review the first half of the season, nine months removed from a stunning NCS Division I title run. With graduation of five seniors four of which are starters, the defending champions is rightfully expecting a down year. Instead, the Mustangs ran off 11 wins in a row without a loss including titles at the Alhambra, Northgate and Newark tournament.
The team this year is smaller and with less depth. The tandem of Amanda Daily and Lily Wissinger, however, is giving Monte Vista offensive options that has not been seen probably since the days of Kim Hong and Holly Richards from 1999-2000. As great a team as the Norcal Champion squad of 2009 with Niveen Rasheed and a fantastic support cast including our current coach Nicole Vigar, no two prongs attack especially from beyond the three point arc came close to these two young ladies. The duo each had four threes on consecutive outings and the 16 three pointers by two players in two back to back games at the Newark Tournament has got to be a Monte Vista record if one was kept in that category. Daily followed with her third consecutive 4 three pointers night at the championship game against St. Joseph Notre Dame and already has 32 for the season. Along with Sonoma State bound Madison Burroughs, the trio accounted for nearly 70% of the Mustangs' offense. In addition, all three are also excellent defensive players along with Wissinger who is leading the team in rebound to boot. Senior Rachel Tagle only averages 2.3 points a game but coach Hirschman describes her as "so smart and tough." In spite of her nagging hamstring injury, she shares starting point duty with Madi and has the uneviable job of defending opponent's best player.
The post position after departure of Jaz Dilworth, Sara Jensen and Jen Casper is eptly filled in by strong rebounding junior Brittany Nagra who is also an excellent shot blocker with a nice mid range shooting touch backed up by Lauren Akright and Taylor Freitas, both sophomores.
Erika Perez, who terrorized the JV opponents with her quickness, defense and steals, carries her craft to the varsity and has been an excellent sixth man along with fellow point guard Alexis Meyer. The guard corp is further bostered by a pair of small but highly competent guards Autumn Davis and Meagan Oliviera who will be expected to provide heavy contribution next season.
EBAL is again expected to be a one horse race with perennial regional and state power Carondolet heavily favored to walk away with their fifth consecutive title. Monte Vista, however, may sneak up on the Cougers on a night when Daily, Wissinger and Burroughs all shoot well and stay out of foul trouble. Foothill, Amador Valley, California and San Ramon Valley are all tough opponents that can threaten MV on any given night although the current MV team has one of the most exciting back courts we have seen in more than a decade and EBAL foes will have to be at their very best to walk away with a victory.
Monte Vista will also participate in the Martin Luther King Shootout mid January where they will face powerhouse McNair from the Stockton area that features Oklahoma State bound 6' 2" forward Mandy Coleman and University of San Francisco bound Tiara Tucker who averaged 28 points a game last season with Brookside Christian.
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista (JV) 64 - Freedom 28
Get Well Soon, Alyssa !
JV Captain Alyssa Gonzales suffered a season ending ACL injury to her right knee in the game against College Park High School on December 20th. Her loss is beyond just missing one of our best players but a tremendous leader on the court for this very young team comprised of eight freshmen. We wish her a speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing her shooting and rebounding for Monte Vista again next season.
Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 33 - Pittsburg 27
High scorer was Lauren with 8. Rachel, Nicole, and Ariana each added 6. Other scorers were Monika with 4, Bailey with 2, and Olivia with 1.
Liberty 36 - Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph) 26
Q2 saw Liberty go on a 17 pt scoring run taking advantage of their height and speed, resulting in a half time score of Liberty 22 MV 6. MV had several fouls - luckily Liberty converted only 1/5 FTs.
In Q3 the Mustangs came back with more energy and purpose. Rachel shot a beauty from the baseline for 2 pts. Nicole and Olivia were strong on the defensive rebounds. Madeline was all over the place rebounding and converted a third attempt rebound into 2 despite being towered over by three Liberty players. Rachel made another beautiful shot from near the baseline - this time for 3 pts! End of Q3 score Liberty 31 MV 13.
In Q4 the Mustangs wide awake now! Rachel popped in 2 after a rebound. Nicole put in another 2 from under the basket. On the next possession Bailey made an assist to Nicole under the basket for another 2 - it was a thing of beauty! Yes, your Mustangs scored six points in just over a minute. The Liberty coach called a time out. Score was now Liberty 31 MV 19. Rachel shot a nothing-but-net for 2 just inside the 3 point line. Unlike previous quarters, Liberty struggled with turnovers, and MV tried to capitalize on every one. With just over a minute left in the game the score was Liberty 36 MV 21. At 0:55, Paula took a shot from about 15 feet - swish! Another Liberty turnover gave MV the last possession of the game. Lauren dribbled the ball down and made an effortless shot from just outside the top of the key - swish for 3 at the buzzer!
High scorer was Rachel with 9. Nicole added 6, Madeline 4, Lauren 3, and Ariana and Paula each had 2. The team finished in 4th place in the 2013 Foothill Classic.
Three point Shooting for Monte Vista
Evergreen Castro St Joseph Total
Team 10/14= 71% 9/16= 56% 6/17= 35% 25/47= 53%
Amanda 4/7= 57% 4/8= 50% 4/9= 44% 12/24= 50%
Lily 4/4= 100% 4/7= 57% 1/4= 25% 9/15= 60%
Madi 1/1= 100% 1/1= 100% 1/3= 33% 3/5= 60%
Meagan 1/1= 100%
Alexis 0/1= 0%
General rule of thumb comparing 2 & 3 point field goal percentages …
2 point FG --- [ 10 shots at 45% = 4.5 made shots X 2 points per = 9 points for every 10 shots]
3 point FG --- [ 10 shots at 30% = 3 made shots X 3 points per = 9 points for every 10 shots]
Assuming a team will average 45% for 2FG is a big IF but it is the reference for 30% being a 3FG cutoff point.
What got me thinking about this was some of the MV Dad’s talking about our “off” shooting night against St Joseph and wondering if the perception was correct. Part of the perception comes from the white hot 71%shooting during the Evergreen game. While I think we will shoot that well again we can’t rely on 71% every night. We were off against St Josephs but at 35% still above most thresholds to keep shooting 3’s. The old adage “shooters keep shooting” I think is correct.
In general our 3-point shooting percentage would make Steph Curry (44% career) and Klay Thompson (41% career) envious - Go Stangs!
Reported by Greg Daily
Monte Vista 56 - St. Joseph Notre Dame 33
St Joseph of Alameda is the alma mater of Jason Kidd, so they know basketball…… tipoff was 7:45 for the Championship Game and the Pilots played very well to start the game. The scoreboard showed 4—0 St Joseph after a few minutes into Q1……the Pilots were strong on the offensive boards, and their 2-3 zone took a little time for the Mustangs to get accustomed to. MV got on the board with a 10 foot jumper from the corner by Lily, and the fun was about to begin. The next bucket came on an out of bounds play, when Madi made a great pass to Amanda, for a swish and the first of Amanda’s four 3 point buckets. Madi got into the scoring column with a quick 2, to take a 7—4 MV advantage, and St Josephs called time out. The next play on offense was a crisp Brittany pass to Madi for 2, followed by a Lily offensive rebound and put back for 2. The lead was growing, but these Pilots are skilled. Madi made a great drive to the left side of the basket, avoiding #21, their Sophomore 6 foot, 2 inch Center, and crossed back-and-forth twice, finishing with an impressive layup.
Lauren finished the scoring in Q1 with a put back on a Madi miss, and the Mustangs held a slim 15—12 lead.
Q2 found some foul trouble for Lily, and the rebounds falling into the Pilots hands, as well as a few loose balls…….but MV kept their poise, and continued to play strong defense, led on the top by Madi. One of the offensive highlights in the quarter, was a lob from Brittany to Lauren near the rim; Lauren twisted around to the left side of the hoop and shot a soft lefty shot for 2. Amanda made two more three’s towards the end of the quarter, and the Mustangs held a slim 28—22 lead……it felt like our defense was doing a good job, but the Pilots converted 7 free throws in the half compared to only 2 for MV.
Q3 was the best quarter of the night for the Mustangs; Rachel started the action off with a beautiful steal in the open court, passing to Lily for a drive, foul, two free throws converted. A bit later, Brittany had one of her 5 rebounds, this one on the offensive boards, with a sweet put back for 2. With 2:55 left in Q3, your Mustangs were pulling away a bit, and St Josephs was forced to call time out…..scoreboard showing MV up 37—24.
A great defensive play by Madi, turned into an assist for her as well, as she blocked a Pilot 3 point shot, secured the basketball, passed in the corner to Lily, 3 !!
Q3 ended with MV up 44—28, and your Mustangs defense held the Pilots to only 6 points in the quarter, impressive.
The 4th quarter was filled with strong defense, and smart plays……the Mustangs pushed the ball when it made sense, and slowed the tempo at the perfect times…..Like all the games in this tournament, contributions were made by each player. Erica played strong D, Rachel ran the court well, making timely steals, and Lauren contributed 6 points. The final score was 56—33, Monte Vista, and what was impressive was MV allowed diminishing points in each quarter (12, 10, 6, 5). Lily led the balanced scoring with 17 points, 9 strong boards, and 3 assists. Amanda had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Madi contributed 13 points, 3 assists and 3 steals…….A very strong game, happy fans…….Congrats to the Mustangs!!
All-Tournament Team honors were given to Madi, Amanda, and Lily, with Amanda being named the MVP of the Tournament.
Reported by Bruce Davis
-Many of our JV players and their die hard parents returned to watch and root for the varsity in the Championship game. Thank You All !
-In case you haven't notice, the entire Foothill High School team was at the Championship Game for a little scouting. The Falcons will host the Mustangs January 7th on EBAL opening night.
-Amanda Daily had back to back to back game with FOUR three pointers. No record is kept on that stat but likely a first for a MV player...
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista 58 - Castro Valley 30
Game Two of the Newark Tourney tipped-off at 6:15 Saturday night versus Castro Valley HS. After a great game last night against Evergreen Valley HS, a letdown to begin the game might be a natural outcome; wrong…..the Mustangs started strong and kept up a great pace with excellent Defense, passing, and spectacular shooting. First points of the game came from an Amanda pass to Lily, followed quickly by a Madi pass to Amanda for a 3, and another great shooting night was underway. Castro Valley was playing a zone, and the Mustangs caused them to go to man defense when Amanda hit her second 3 in Q1. The CV Coach was forced to call a time out when Lily hit a 3 from the corner, and with 3:54 left in Q1, MV was up 13—5.
The tandem of Lily and Amanda, each had another 3 in Q1, and at the end of Q1, MV had an impressive 25—7 start. And you know how Q2 started, yes another Lily 3 and Amanda 3…..Rachel had the play of the quarter, with a strong defensive rebound, two dribbles out, and a long pass to a streaking Amanda for 2……another play that drew applause from the visiting Mustang fans, was a skip pass from Lily to Madi, two cool crossover dribbles, and drive for two…..and a foul….with the made free throw…….the Mustangs played a very strong first half, especially on defense, allowing only 2 points in Q2…….at the half, it was MV 40, Castro Valley 9.
There were eight 3 point shots made in the first half by your Mustangs……very, very impressive.Last night Brittany had two strong blocks, and she continued to shine on the defensive end, with another swat to start Q3……Everyone played well and contributed……and while Q4 was a bit sloppy, it was a game that was pretty much decided by early in Q3…..Final score was Monte Vista 58, and Castro Valley 30…….Lily was high scorer with 22 points, along with 4 from distance, and 6 rebounds. Madi played spectacular defense, and contributed 8 points, with more steals and assists than I could count. Amanda had another strong game with 20 points, four from distance……Rachel added several great defensive plays, steals, and 5 strong boards.
This Team is on a roll, and the fans are looking forward to the Championship Game on Monday night…..Congrats to the Mustangs.
Reported by Bruce Davis
James Logan 48 - Monte Vista (JV) 31
Memory of the spanking at home 11/26 is still fresh in the mind of Coach Cornell and most of the players. The rematch at the semi-final round of the Newark memorial HS Tournament promises to be a better effort...
Monte Vista 87 - Evergreen Valley 45
It had been one week since MV last played a game; so you never know how much rust will accumulate on a Team, but at tipoff at 3:15 on Friday, for Game 1 of the Newark HS Tourney, the Mustangs were ready to play. The first possession for MV was a success with a layup, made by Lily for an early 2—0 lead. The visiting Evergreen Valley Cougars seemed pretty quick, and pressed full court, even after a missed bucket. The second possession of the game for MV was on an out of bounds play, and Brittany fired a pass from the top of the key to a cutting Amanda for 2…..this was just one of several assists for Brittany who had a solid overall game.
Moments later, another out of bounds play, Brittany for 2 and an 8—3 MV lead with 6:20 remaining in Q1……strong rebound by Lily to Amanda for 2, and a 12—4 lead and timeout by Evergreen Valley, with 5:36 left in the opening quarter. Very strong start for MV, no rust detected…..right after the timeout, Lily had the ball in the corner, looking at a 3; decided to drive instead and made the layup and this game was getting very fun and high scoring for the Mustangs. All the scoring from MV were layups and very short shots…..so far.
Still in Q1, Alexis gave a nice pass to Lily for a drive to the basket, converted, and a foul. Lauren made a strong move to the basket, after an Amanda assist, foul, 2 free throws made. Right before the end of the quarter, Erica (excellent dribbling and court awareness all game) passed to Lauren, who fired to Lily for a 3! At the end of Q1, 22—16 MV.
Q2 got started with #13 for Evergreen Valley driving to the bucket, shot taken and swatted away by Brittany for one of her 2 blocks in the game. Madi was going crazy with steals and carving-up the defense with her drives; a steal in the front court by Madi, and a drive to the bucket was impressive. Rachel had her normal strong game with great open court passing and leadership. Rachel passed to Amanda for one of her early 3’s, and midway through Q2, your Mustangs led 30—19.
MV scored frequently and with ease in Q2…..all the passes were crisp, the shooting percentage was well above 50%, even from long range…..22 points were scored in Q1, but to score 29 points in Q2, is quite impressive. The score at half was 51—27. The fans were happy, and at this point Lily had 22 points……this fan was impressed with the Team’s effort, the defense, and especially the offensive ball movement and sharp shooting.
Q3 saw a repeat of the prior quarter, with exactly 29 points scored…..no cooling off on this afternoon. Highlights of the quarter were Amanda’s fourth 3 of the game, the last assisted by Megan….. followed by a Rachel pass to Lily for 2. Lauren had a brilliant lob pass underneath to Taylor for 2, then Erica made a crisp pass to Megan for one of her two baskets.
The score was 80—34 at the end of Q3, and it was just fun basketball to watch…..Q4 saw a running clock due to the score differential and the final was 87—45. Outstanding Team basketball, the Mustangs played strong and smart……Lily ended with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Amanda had 22 points, 4 from distance. Madi had 11 points, and 6 assists…….There were 10 three point shots made by MV…..All the girls contributed individually and as a Team……when the final buzzer sounded, I heard several fans say “WOW”.
Reported by Bruce Davis
MV ( frosh-soph) 33 - Pittsburg 23; Wallenberg (SF) 29 - MV 14
Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 41 - Mt. Diablo 32
Monte Vista 58 - College Park 36
Friday night, MVHS Mustangs visited the College Park Falcons for a 7pm tip off……MV got off to a quick and very effective start, 14—0 after just a few minutes of play, and with 5:01 showing on the clock in Q1, it was 16—2 MV. When the Mustangs are clicking on offense, the passes crisp, and the defense playing smart and quick, great things are expected by the fans…..and Q1 was a lot of fun. Within 40 seconds of the first period, Amanda made 2 free throws, after a drive to the bucket, then hit a corner 3 putting MV up 21—9……Brittany had one of her 4 assists on an underneath pass to Lily, great play ! While the scoreboard at the end of Q1 showed MV up 23—15, like other games, it should have been a margin of 20, not 8……some poor defense allowed the Falcons to believe they could keep this game close.
Q2 saw some real highlights; with Lily taking down a defensive rebound, passing to her outlet, and a few passes later, the ball gets back to Lily for a 3…..Rachel hit a long 2 from the top of the key, and Madi was in wonderful form carving up the defense with her dribbling expertise, and passing out to the open player. Lauren played hard and did a good job on the boards. Alexis hit a wing jumper for 2, right before half time….but the play that stands out from Q2 is a rebound on defense by Lily, two dribbles out, and a 50 foot pass to a streaking Rachel for a layup……the half time score was 36—17, and your Mustangs held the Falcons to only 2 points in the quarter.
The second half saw Brittany continue her strong passing game with back-to-back assists to Lily, and the score with 4:30 left in Q3 was 40—20, the Mustangs in control. Erica had impressive stints on D, on the boards, and in bringing the ball up the court, and finding the open player. Taylor had two nice buckets, one a turn-around jumper from 7 feet in the corner, and a driving layup, after a wonderful series of passes from Alexis to Amanda, then to Taylor who finished with a sweet shot off the glass bring the score to 51—27 in Q4.
Megan had a good floor game, with two assists…..and she hit a technical free throw after the Falcons Coach was asked to leave the gym. Autumn hit a short drive to the hoop to get in on the scoring as well.
So in the end, with the final score 58—36 MV, it was a solid victory, but with room for improvement; this team is good, and is going to get better. Lily led the team with 18 points, and had 6 rebounds. Amanda had 16 points, and three 3’s. Rachel played her normal solid game with 7 points, and Madi chipped-in 6 points. Happy Holidays !!
Reported by Bruce Davis
Monte Vista (JV) 63 - College Park 13
Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 43 - Deer Valley 24
Heritage 50 - Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 32
A tough loss for the young Mustangs to open the 2013 Antioch Christmas Classic tonight. MV started slowly finding it difficult to muster any offense. The shots were there but they were not able to convert. Meanwhile, Heritage made 3 three pointers early and led 14-4 at the end of Q1. More of the same in Q2 as Heritage took a 33-9 lead into halftime. The Mustangs did recover in the second half playing the Patriots to a 9-9 tie in Q3 and won the 4th quarter 14-8. Monika Aha led the scoring with 9 and Lauren Haus added 7. Madeline Conley and Ariana Sheikhai both contributed 6, while Nicole Pfund and Rachel Meyer added 2 points each. Next up: Pittsburg, tomorrow afternoon in a non-league match-up.
Reported by: David Meyer
Monte Vista ( frosh-soph ) 44 - Urban JV 23
Monte Vista (JV) 45 - Burlingame 28
After a one week of just practice and no games the MV girls JV BB team was looking to put all that time practicing to work to see if all those plays Coach Steve put in paid off. The girls came out with a stingy press defense by led Taylor Okazaki and Alex Popper and this created several turn overs by BHS which led to a quick 9 – 2 lead for MV. Rebounding improved dramatically in this game lead by Jasmine Lopez, Alyssa Gonzales, and Rebecca Paholski, . The second period continued with the same intensity with the inbound press defense, key rebounding and both inside and outside shooting. Taylor Okazaki had several key 3 point shots that widen the margin by as many as 20 points at one point in the game. Overall this game showed the potential of the MV Girls JV basketball team has to make this season a very good one. Taylor Okazaki led the team with 15 points, Alyssa Gonzales with 8 points, and several players had 4 to 6 points each. Jasmine Lopez led the team with 15 rebounds.
Reported by Dave Gonzales
Monte Vista 55 - Northgate 41
This was the Championship Game, of the 17th Annual Walnut Creek Holiday Tournament, at Northgate HS. There was a lot of buzz in the stands for this Friday night event. Within the first two minutes, Rachel stole the ball in the frontcourt, fired a pass to Lilly breaking to the basket to start the scoring for MV. The Lady Mustangs looked sharp early, and with Amanda hitting two 3’s in the Quarter, Northgate was forced to call a timeout, with 4:22 remaining in Q1, an impressive 11—3 lead. Later in the quarter, Erica was fouled driving to the bucket, and sank both free throws. Another Q1 highlight was Madi grabbing a defensive rebound, turning for an outlet, no pass available, so 94 feet later, a sweet coast-to-coast layup giving the Mustangs a 19—5 lead with 2 minutes left in the first quarter.
Q1 ended with a 21—7 lead for the visiting Mustangs, and it was fairly apparent who the better Team was…..but then Q2 started. The quarter was not pretty, filled with poor passes, poor fouls, and MV being outscored 11 to 7 in the second period. Northgate gained momentum in Q2, and no doubt the Broncos were not ready to accept second place, as the score at half was 28—18, but should have been a much larger margin.
The 3rd period saw another of Amanda’s 3 pointers early, followed by a strong drive by Lily to the bucket for two, but less than stellar team play, by your Mustangs, kept the host team within reach at the end of Q3, score was 44—31.
Q4 saw a back-and-forth game, with MV clearly in control (thanks to their impressive Q1). The game ended with MV on top, 55—41. The offensive production of Lily, Madi and Amanda accounted for 80% of the offense (44 out of the 55 points scored)……good shooting by all three players, with Amanda totaling 16, Lily 15, and Madi 13……. A well-deserved All Tourney Team attainment by Amanda; and MVP of the entire Tourney honors to Lily, who shined defensively, on the boards, and on the offensive end……Congrats to the MV Mustangs !
Reported by Bruce Davis
Mont Vista 47 - Heritage 27
It was a cold night in Walnut Creek when the Heritage Patriots of Brentwood and your MVHS Mustangs took the court……Q1 saw a back and forth game, with good defense from both squads, and the fans could tell this was going to be a close contest. Amanda hit a 3 with 2:40 left in Q1, to make it 10—6 MV…..and a quick basket under the hoop by Lily, with the assist from Amanda, gave the Mustangs a 12—8 lead at the end of Q1.
Madi played a strong and quick point guard when she brought the ball up, and her passes and decision making was fun to watch. Q2 got off to a good start with Rachel making a 12 footer from the corner, then Amanda made a steal and took it all the way in for a quick 16—8 MV lead early in Q2……Lily’s rebounding was impressive and timely, and at the half, MV held a 22—16 lead. The first half saw some solid defensive and offensive contributions by Alexis, off the bench.
Early in Q3, Rachel made one of her 5 steals, zipped a pass to Amanda in the corner for a 3, time out Heritage, and your Mustangs feeling better with a 29—20 advantage with 3 minutes remaining in Q3……it would turn to be the pivotal quarter, as MV held the Patriots to 4 points in the Quarter…..impressive.
It was back and forth in the final Quarter, but the stronger Team prevailed and with about 3 minutes left in the game, MV held a commanding 42—27 lead, and Coach Ron was able to clear his bench……a strong game, especially on D, with solid hustle by Lauren, as she hit the floor several times. Madi had 7 points, Lily had 13, and Amanda led all scorers with 19…….Final score 47---29……see you on Friday at 8pm for the Championship of the 17th Annual Walnut Creek Holiday Classic.
Reported by Bruce Davis
Through the first six games of this young season, The back court tandem of Lily Wissinger and Amanda Daily has combined to averaged 30+ points a game and Ms Wissinger is currently holding an 18.7 ppg scoring average which is the highest since the senior season of the great Niveen Rasheed. With 13 three pointers, Ms Daily is also on pace to hit 50+ three point baskets for the season. Only in her junior season, Amanda is a virtue lock to re-write Monte Vista's three point shooting record...
Reported by Keith Tao
Monte Vista 55 - Campolindo 46
Anytime you hold an opponent to 3 points in a quarter, you have a chance at a victory, and your Mustangs did just that on a Wednesday afternoon in the Walnut Creek Holiday Classic. But that was the Q3, and there are many more stories. The game started off with good defense and especially rebounding by The Mustangs. The scoring was evenly distributed early, with a 2 by Rachel, a 3 by Amanda, 2 from Madi, and 3 from Lily…..at the 4:37 mark in Q1 MV held a 10—4 lead and Campolindo was forced to call a time out. The next time down on offense, the pass went into the low post to Brittany, and she hit a cutting Lily for 2 and a foul shot, which was converted. Early in the game, it looked like MV would cruise, but there was a lot of fight in Campolindo, and some strong shooting from #13, who added several 3’s in the quarter to take the lead after Q1, 16—15.
Rachel was hot early, hitting her first 3 shots, and playing solid D and her normal strong floor game…….it was back-and-forth in Q2, but a 6 point lead with 1:20 left in the half, was cut to 2 points, with some sloppy passes by the Mustangs, showing the halftime score 31—29 MV.
Coach Ron must have had some words of wisdom during intermission, because the girls came out strong on Defense and Offense in Q3…..Madi hit Lily with a sharp pass where she was fouled, sinking the two free throws……there were several possessions where the ball was passed effortlessly around and across the court, finding the open player, for a wide open 15 footer, or 3…..when the Team passes like they can, it’s a thing of beauty…..and MV outscored Campolindo in Q3 13 to 3, which was key and pushed the momentum squarely in favor of The Mustangs.
Things got a bit ugly in Q4, as Campolindo cut the lead to 5 points with 5:50 left…..and Lily had 4 fouls…..but solid shooting, and timely defense, proved too much for Campolindo. Solid shooting from Lily and Amanda was impressive and certainly needed…….a key 10 footer from Brittany from the corner with 3 minutes left in the game, gave the fans some breathing room, and a 50—41 lead…….Lily had game high honors with 26 points, Amanda contributing 13, Rachel with 6 and Madi had 4…….everyone helped on D, guarding #13 as she had at least 6 three pointers, but seemed like 10.
Next game is Thursday at 6:30.
Reported by Bruce Davis
Monte Vista (JV) 44 - Pittsburg 40
The host Pittsburg squad was big and athletic, creating significant immediate match up difficulty in the paint. Monte Vista trailed early by 6 after one quarter at 10-4 but managed to close the gap in the second quarter to 12-10 at the 4:41 mark. The Pirates then went on a 10-2 run to open up a 22-12 lead with 1:49 remaining in the half. A basket by Madison Mooney and a free throw by Alex Popper closed the gap to 22-15 at the half. The third quarter ended with Pittsburg still holding the same 7 point advantage at 29-22. The Lady Mustang then switched to full court press in the fourth quarter initially cutting the deficit to 4 at 29-25 and got as close as 31-28 at the 5:59 mark in the fourth quarter. Turnovers and cold outside shooting, however, allowed the host Pittsburg team to rebuild their lead reaching 11 points at 40-29 with only 2:02 left in the contest after a breakaway lay up. This, amazingly, was when the tide turned. A tough basket by Kia Sartip sandwiched by five freethrows from Taylor Okazaki and Kyndra Cerventes brought the deficit to 4 at 40-36 with 1:03 remaining in the game. After a time out by Pittsburg, a Pirate was fouled on the inbound but missed on both free throws. Okazaki rebounded and put back her own missed shot to bring the game down to single possession with 26 seconds left. Pittsburg did not help their cause by turning the ball over allowing Steve Cornell to set up Taylor Okazaki, their only reliable long range shooter, for a make or break 3 point attempt. Ms Okazaki had missed her last two three point shots in the fourth quarter but drilled one from the right wing to give the Lady Mustangs their first lead which they would seal with two free throws from Okazaki and one from Katrina Flores. MV on the remarkable win, improves to 3-1 for the season.
Monte Vista 58 - Fairfield 17
Monte Vista opened the game with a trapping man defense and ran off with 13 straight points to start the contest. Every starter had a basket during the stretch with Amanda Daily adding a three. She would go on to sink two addition three pointers in the second quarter all from the deep left corner. The Mustangs would lead 26-5 after one quarter and 37-11 at the half. guard forward Lily Wissinger had another strong game tody mostly with inside baskets and lay ups to lead the team with 15 points and 7 rebounds while Ms Daily finished 13 points, all in the first half and 6 rebounds. With back up center Lauren Akright in foul trouble, Brittany Nigra had to play with both the first and second team ending with 12 points showing strong inside moves and soft medium range jump shots. She also collected 8 rebounds along with her 12 points. With the win, Monte Vista improves to 4-0 and will face Campolindo Wednesday in the opening round of the Northgate Tournament.
MV 55 - Alhambra 37
Lily Wissinger continues her offensive outburst this season by scoring 11 points in the first quarter, 14 at the half and 23 for the game to lead Monte Vista to a 17-6 1st quarter and 33-11 halftime advantage. The visitors would score the first 7 points of the third quarter to build a dominent 40-11 lead allowing coach Hirschman to empty his bench early coasting to a no doubt about it 18 point win to go <2-0> for the young season. Brittany Nigra has been having a quietly productive year at center scoring 4 points, collecting 10 rebounds and had another two block shots. With Amanda Daily saddled with four fouls, back up guard Erika Perez came in to contribute three steals and 6 points. MV will next play Fairfield tomorrow at 7:00 pm.
Pleasant Valley 64 - Monte Vista (JV) 45
Monte Vista JV ran into the defending upper division tournament champions in the semifinal round of the Pittsburg Pirates Invitation and found out first hand how tough the Pleasant Valley squad is. The Mustangs fell behind immediately against the well coached and highly skilled opponent and trailed by 9 after one quarter at 16-7. Trading baskets in the second quarter, Monte Vista was down only 11 in the final minute of the half when poor shot selections on consecutive possessions resulted in six straight PV points and a daunting 17 point deficit at 35-18 at the half. The Mustangs scored the first two baskets of the third quarter to trail only by 13 at 35-22 when the visitors put on a 16-3 run to blow the game open. Challenging the players to stay tough and not capitulate, Coach Cornell was able to steadiy chip away at the deficit in the fourth quarter. When point guard Taylor Okazaki drilled a three pointer from the left wing with 2:24 remaining in the contest, MV was within 13 at 56-43. But that was as close as the Lady Mustangs was able to get as Pleasant Valley responded with an 8-2 run to close out the game. Okazaki, who ran the point effectively against a strong opponent also led the team in scoring with 10 points followed by Madison Mooney with 8 and Jordan Maddox with 6. Kia Sartip showed nifty offensive moves on at least a couple of occasions finished with 5. Alex Popper also added 5 points. Jasmine Lopez fell victim to some strong inside moves but had an otherwise excellent game in the paint with 4 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Monte Vista will next play a huge host Pittsburg team in the third place game while Pleasant Valley will face St. Mary's Stockton in a rematch of last year's final.
Monte Vista 73 - Antioch 15
Two years in a row, Antioch found itself facing a stronger, faster and more skilled opponent at the opening game of the Alhambra Bulldog Tournament in Monte Vista. The Lady Mustangs was essentially unopposed in the first quarter building a 29-0 lead with guard/forward Lily Wissinger scoring an astonishing 17 points. Lily would finish with 19 points to lead all scorers. The MV bench was emptied early and frequent - led by back-up forward Taylor Freitas who scored a season high 10 points. A slightly stronger host Alhambra team awaits tomorrow in the second round of the tournament.
Monte Vista 60 - Rodriquez 36
Monte Vista graduated five seniors including four starters from its 2012-2013 North Coast Section Champiuon team. But don't call this a rebuilding year as the starting line up looks every bit as dangerous with perhaps more firepower from the periphery. It does give up some size and certainly depth compared to the previous year. The season and home opener against Rodriquez is a good example of what can be expected with this team. The "BIG THREE" of Lily Wissinger, Madi Burroughs and Amanda Daily accounted for 47 of the 60 points this evening with Ms Daily leading the way with 19 points followed closely by Ms Wissinger with 18. Madi finished strong with 8 second half points and 10 for the contest. This season's surprise player Erika Perez contributed 4 points but more importantly, continues to show coaches she can be a heavy lifter as ball handler as well as on the defensive end with her speed and quickness. Next up is Antioch HS at the Alhambra Bull Dog Tournament on Thursday.
Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Rodriquez 30 Season Opener Win !
Few will argue the 2013-14 JV team is a work in progress. With nine freshmen, coach Cornell essentially has to re-invent his team from teaching the complicated playbook to developing chemistry. The win against Rodriquez HS was not pretty by any measure. MV was out rebounded decisively and defense was spotty. But everyone played hard and there were bright moments and flashes of potentials that this can be a very good squad. But this is also going to be a team with ups and downs. So we will happily take the win and start the season 1-0. Center Jasmin Lopez led the team with 9 points followed by point guard Taylor Okazaki and off guard Alex Popper with 7 each. Madison Mooney added 5 points. Becky Paholski and Kia Sartip each contributed 4 for the night.
Scrimmage at Deer Valley High School
Random pictures from a great season...
Gunn 45 - Monte Vista 41
All good runs must come to an end. The exciting roller-coaster of a game but ultimately bitter loss closed an otherwise memorable season which saw Monte Vista collected 24 wins and the all important North Coast Section title.
It also marked the final chapter of high school basketball for six remarkable seniors who stood for everything good and precious about high school sports. Elyce Bayat, Jen Casper, Jasmine Dilworth, Sara Jensen, Taylor Partin and Angela Rigo collectively represent 19 varsity seasons, 44 EBAL and 85 regular season wins among them. During the fours years, these young ladies experienced the full emotional spectrum of wins and losses, the physical pain of injuries and perhaps personal disappointment of being on the sideline. Their comaraderie, however, was never in doubt. The enthusiastic cheering from the bench never ceased and the emotional holding of hands in the final seconds of the NCS Championship game by players who never got in the game will not be soon forgotten.
These six young ladies will soon embark on an incredibly exciting part of their lives and basketball, which had been a big part of their daily routine, may suddenly seem irrelevent. Some will go on to play at the next level, some perhaps at intramural games and others may not touch a basketball again. They will all, I promise, look back fondly on these past years.
Coach Ron Hirschman and Tony Arndt, along with coach Steve Cornell and Pat Nevins represent the finest amongst the high school coaching ranks. Incredible win numbers aside, they are parents and teachers first and basketball coaches second. Players are not viewed as mere commodities but precious goods that their parents entrust on them. And they should know - as their very own children, some with their own children now in tow - were all and will always be a part of the great Monte Vista program... Go Mustangs !
California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Northern California Regional State Tournament
Monte Vista indeed receives a #1 seed and with that comes a first round bye. The first game will be Saturday 3/9/2013 at home against the winner of San Francisco AAA runners-up Galileo and CCS D-1 winner Gunn High of Palo Alto at 7:00 pm.
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2013 North Coast Section Champions - Monte Vista
Monte Vista 50 - Heritage 42
It was almost exactly four years ago in 2009 at the same location, a Monte Vista team led by Niveen Rasheed defeated the BVAL champion Deer Valley to capture the NCS title. More than 100 games later, a completely different cast captured another NCS title, again defeating the BVAL champion and #1 seed Heritage on the court of St. Mary's College in Moraga. With more than 1500 fans on hand, many wearing the Monte Vista red and black, the visitors by sheer determination and clutch shooting, upset the favored team from Brentwood.
Heritage, which is on a 17 game win streak, surprised MV by bringing a zone defense to start the game instead of the touigh man defense they enployed in the two earlier meetings this season. Senior point guard Angela Rigo took advantage of the open looks by knocking down a pair of three pointers to stake Monte Vista with an 8-3 lead 4:00 into the game. Heritage, however, awoke to put on an 11-0 run to seize a 14-8 lead late in the first quarter spearheaded by Lexi Campbell with a couple of threes of her own. Lily Wissinger hit a jumper to stop the Heritage run keeping MV with 4 after a quarter.
The second quarter started with the teams trading baskets. The Mustangs was within three at 18-15 when Campbell knocked down her third three pointer of the half. The ensuing inbound was stolen by Sydney Berry of the Patriots who promptly scored to give Heritage their largest lead at 23-15 just before the half. Wissinger made her biggest shot of the evening by draining a three from the left wing at the buzzer to keep MV within reasonable striking distance at 23-18.
In the third quarter, a pair of free throws by Amanda Daily brought MV again to within three at 23-20. After Campbell hit one of two free throws putting Heritage up by four at 24-20, Angela stole and converted an inbound pass off the hands of Sabrina Engelstad, the Patriots' 6' 2" center to bring MV to withoin two at 24-22. Following a defensive stop, Sara Jensen found Amanda Daily open at the right corner and her long three gave Monte Vista their first lead since the first quarter. This was followed by an inside assist from Jen Casper to Lily Wissinger for a lay up and three Monte Vista free throws. Just like that, the Mustangs, which had been struggling just to stay close was ahead 30-24 with 1:07 left in the third. More importantly, Heritage's big girl Engelstad picked up her fourth foul and had to sit, dramatically altering the effectiveness of their central defense. A crazy driving bank shot from Berry trimmed MV's lead to 30-26 but a clutch three point basket from Angela Rigo with the shot clock winding down gave Monte Vista their largest lead in the game at 33-26 after three quarters.
The first 40 seconds of the 4th quarter saw Berry scored on a driving layup followed by Erin Asher stealing the inbound and scoring trimming Monte Vista's lead to three at 33-30. A pair of free throws by Rigo and Daily and a beautiful assist from Jensen to Jazmin Dilworth gave MV back their seven point advantage with 3:40 left in the game at 41-34. This was when Heritage's coach Dan Swan put Engelstad back in the game which immediately helped Heritage claw back to 42-39 and later at 45-42 following her second basket of the game. Shortly afterwards, however, Engelstad fouled out of the game on an attempt to block Dilworth's shot and the favored #1 seed would not score again.
Angela Rigo not only led the team with 15 points but was also spectacular in her ball handling second game in a row. Amanda added 13 points including 7 of 8 from the line followed by Lily Wissinger with 12 clutch points. Lexi Campbell led Heritage and all scorers with 18.
With the huge win and D-1 North Coast Section title, Monte Vista improves to 24-5 on the season and a possible #1 seed for the State Tournament which starts next week. The seeding and pairing will be announced on Sunday.
2009 North Coast Section Champions - Monte Vista
NCS Finals vs Heritage at St. Mary's College Friday 3/1/2013 at 6:30 pm
Heritage is a great team and is picked by everyone to win the NCS. But Monte Vista has little to lose as the underdog - just like the way the 2009 team surprised the favorite Deer Valley 57-40 !
Monte Vista 47 - Amador Valley 33
For the first time since Niveen Rasheed's senior season, Monte Vista has reached the North Coast Section Finals. On Friday, MV will face off for the third time this season against Heritage at St. Mary's College (6:30 pm.) The teams splitted their season series with the Mustangs taking the first game in the Alhambra Bulldog Tournament off Angela Rido's buzzer beating three pointer and the Patriots winning the second contest at the Northgate HS Tournament.
To get to the finals, Monte Vista had to get by Amador Valley who seemed to have MV's number this season, sweeping the season series. Coach Hirschman and Arndt devised a box and one defense against Ketner and used a bigger player to cover the deminutive Mack allowing her precious little open looks at the basket. The result is 6 and 4 points, that is, 10 total for the two players who tormented Monte Vista the first two time they met in league play.
The first quarter of the NCS semifinal game started slowly for both teams with the score stuck at 2-2 seemingly forever. Amador then broke through with two inside baskets from Courtney Seams for a 6-2 lead. Lily Wissinger pulled Monte Vista within 1 with a three from the right wing but Seams answer back with a basket to give AV an 8-5 lead. Amanda Daily then nailed a three from the top of the key to tie the game and in the next possession hit a 12 foot jumper to give Monte Vista their first lead at 10-8. Lily would knock down another three to stake Monte Vista with a 13-8 lead early in the second quarter but Seams and Ketner each scored to trim the lead to 13-12 mid way through the second quarter. A third three pointer from Ms. Daily from the left corner gave Monte Vista some breathing room at 16-12 from where the visitors would build up a 22-12 lead. Ahead 27-17 with less than 8 seconds left in the half, Ms. Wissinger would drain a 10 footer at the buzzer to complete a fabulous first half and a 12 point advantage for the Mustangs.
The third quarter was physical but neither team could produce much offense. Each time the Dons scored a basket, MV would answer. Sara Jensen, who had been using her length mostly on defense, knocked down a key 16 foot jump shot with the clock winding down and Jen Casper scored an 8 footer while triple teamed to help maintain the double digit lead. At the end, Monte Vista actually was able to extend their advantage to 13 after three quarters at 36-23.
Madi Burroughs came alive in the fourth quarter with 6 points including a pair of 18 foot baskets to help extend Monte Vista's lead to 40-24 from where Amador Valley would not come within 11. Angela Rigo had her ball handling skills on full display throughout the game but especially during the final minutes of the contest when AV attempted to trap the ball but simply could not corner the slippery senior point guard.
Lily Wissinger and Amanda Daily would tie for team lead with 13 points each while Madi Burroughs added 9.
Monte Vista 43 - Santa Rosa 37
Few teams can surrender 8 three pointers to an opponent and lived to talk about it. The Santa Rosa Panthers turned a potential blowout loss into a game by draining a barrage of treys including six in the second half but Monte Vista held on to eliminate the visitors and in the process advanced into the semifinal round of the North Coast Section playoff and a rematch with rival Amador Valley next Wednesday. By virtue of the win, the Mustangs also guaranteed at least a game in the NorCal Tournament in March.
Monte Vista trailed only once in the game at 3-2 and led 11-6 after a quarter inspite of missing numerous lay ups and point blank shots. Then the full court pressure forced Santa Rosa into repeated turnovers resulted in an 18-0 run and a commanding 29-6 advantage and eventually a 29-8 halftime lead.
Instead of building on their dominance, Monte Vista started to play sloppy in the third quarter allowing the Panthers to make a 11-0 run to cut the lead to 29-19. A steal and coast to coast lay up by Angela Rigo and a Madi Burroughs jumper seemingly restored order at 33-19. But defensive lapses enabled Santa Rosa's Kylie Oden to knock down a trio of three pointers late in the quarter, cutting Monte Vista's advantage to 36-29.
The final quarter was a defensive struggle. oden's sixth three pointer brought the visitors to with 7 points at 38-32 but Madi Burroughs answered hack with her own three pointer to give the Mustangs a 41-32 lead with less than 2:00 left in the contest. The closest Santa Rosa could get was the final score when they sank the eighth and final three point basket with less than 20 second left in the game.
Ms. Burroughs led MV with 12 points followed by Jen Casper with 11 and Angela Rigo with 9.
In other quarterfinal games, #1 seed Heritage defeated #9 San Ramon Valley 56-21 while #2 Amador Valley knocked off cross town rival Foothill by a score of 47-39. #5 Berkeley eliminated #4 Deer Valley in OT 50-45.
In Division II, Carondolet crushed American 91-27 while Miramonte, in their Division III quarters, knocked off Encinal 104-61 !
California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section First Round Completed
The EBAL went 2-2 in the first round of NCS Playoff with the #9 seed Lady Wolves of San Ramon Valley knocked off #8 Pittsburg Pirates 55-45 on their home court. With the win, the 16-11 Wolves has bought themselves a ticket to face the #1 seed Heritage in Brentwood on Friday.
The #7 seed Foothill Falcons also won their first round game at home against #10 Mission San Jose by a score of 41-31 to advance to face league and city rival #2 Amador Valley.
#6 seed Santa Rosa (23-6) defeated #11 Dougherty Valley 54-42 and earned a date with #3 Monte Vista (21-5) in Danville at 7:00 PM Friday. This is a rerun of last season's first round playoff easily won by the host Mustangs. This year, however, may be a bit different as Santa Rosa brings a 6' 4" and 6' 2" front court players to the contest that will test the strength of our post players.
On the upper bracket, #4 Deer Valley will face #5 Berkeley.
For updated results, please check attached link.
Monte Vista gets #3 seed in NCS Division I Playoff.
The seeding committee surprised everyone by giving the 18-8 Amador Valley the no. 2 seed in North Coast Section Division I Playoff over the 21-5 Monte Vista based on their two regular season wins over the Mustangs.
The seeding outcome, however, did Monte Vista and Amador Valley both a great favor as the three most formidable opponents, namely Heritage, Berkeley and Deer Valley, based on their #1, #4 and #5 seed are all on the upper half of the draw.
As a no. 3 seed, Monte Vista will get a bye and will face the winner of no. 6 Santa Rosa and no. 11 Dougherty Valley at home on Friday 2/22 at 7:00 pm.
Monte Vista 55 - San Ramon Valley 42
The season finale brought some tears as Taylor Partin, who missed the entire season because of shoulder surgery, scored the first basket of the game and her first points of the season with the help of the host team. It was an emotional end to a high school career which first saw her emerged as a freshman on the varsity squad.
The young San Ramon team which started a freshman, two sophomores and two juniors served notice that they will be a force in the EBAL comes next season by battling and stayed within striking distance of a more talented and seasoned MV team that started four seniors.
The Mustangs opened a 15 point lead in the first half and was ahead 27-14 with 2:15 left on the clock before the break when the Lady Wolves went on 6-0 run to trim their deficit to 27-20 and eventually trailed 30-22 at the half. Monte Vista opened up another 15 point lead late in the third quarter at 40-25 only to see it cut to 49-42 at mid fourth quarter.
Time eventually ran out on the host team when Lily Wissinger converted 5 of 6 and Rachel Tagle 4 of 5 from the freethrow line to close the door.
Lily Wissinger led the team with 13 points followed by Jen Casper and Angela Rigo each with 10.
With the victory, Monte Vista improves to 11-3 in EBAL and 21-5 overall. They now must await Sunday's NCS seeding announcement for their opponent in the playoff.
MVHS JV 40 San Ramon Valley 20
Final Game of this magical JV season tipped-off at SRVHS at 7pm on Valentines Day…..it only took 4 seconds for your Mustangs to take a 2—0 lead, after Taylor Freitas tipped the ball to Erika Perez, and she dashed to the bucket for the first of her 8 points…..another Erika layup after a suffocating press, and the scoreboard showed 4—0 Mustangs with 30 seconds off the clock. Megan Oliveira continued her consistent shooting for the season, with a corner 2 and a 6—4 MVHS lead……the Wolves have a gutty JV Team that is tall, and good on the boards, but not strong in outside shooting……the key with this game was controlling the boards and applying pressure D, and your Mustangs did a good job in both categories.
In the middle of Q1, it was looking like MVHS would make a strong run, and when Autumn Davis hit a corner 2, followed by an offensive rebound and put-back, the Wolves were forced to call a time out ……..with 3:55 left in the quarter, MVHS held a strong 12—4 lead…..that lead was bumped-up by 2, with 6 seconds left in Q1, when Alexis Meyer, made a quick inside pass to Alyssa Gonzalez for a 3 footer right before the buzzer! 14—4 Mustangs, after Q1.
Q2 was not too exciting or eventful…..Pretty good D by your Mustangs, but not much Offense……at the half, Mustangs held a closer than desired, 18—11 lead.
Q3 has been a strong period all year for MVHS, and the Team played well on both sides of the court, scoring 11 points, and only allowing the Wolves 4…..Erika started the scoring with a shot from the wing for 2, followed by an Alexis drive for another bucket……after a free throw, and with 2:00 left in the quarter, MVHS held a 25—15 lead……there was no question who the better Team was, but it was getting tough to put this game away……an assist from Erika to Taylor closed out Q3, and showed a 29—15 advantage for the Good Guys.
The first 4 minutes of Q4 were uneventful for both teams…..then SRVHS hit a 3, and the score got a little closer, 33—20, the Mustangs answered with a 3 from the wing from Autumn that allowed the Mustang fans to feel a bit better about the hopeful outcome…….Erika had a beautiful drive for 2, and with 2:25 left in the game, the deal was sealed, with the scoreboard showing 38—20 Mustangs!! The last assist / basket of the season was a sweet long court pass from Lauren Haus to Beckie Paholski, who made a great catch and layup which took the score to a final and very convincing 40—20……good game all-around…..Alexis had 6 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals…..Erika had 8 points, 4 assists, and 11 steals…..Taylor contributed 8 points, and 4 boards, Alyssa chipped-in 4 points and 2 steals, and Autumn had 10 points.
Wonderful Season…..Thanks to the dedication of Coach Steve and Coach Pat…..and special Thanks to the Mustangs #1 Basketball fan, Keith Tao, for all the great pics and for allowing this Fan to share some game highlights.
Monte Vista 40 - Foothill 22
The offense was sluggish and tentative. Normally if MV scores only 40 points, the odds are they would lose the game. On the other hand, if MV kept their opponent in the 20's, they would win just about 100% of the contests. Well, that was how this game played out. A generally forgettable offensive night but the defense was stellar, allowing Foothill only 10 points in the first and 12 in the second half. This marks first time since the season opener against a woeful Antioch team that the Mustangs held their opponent to under 10 point in all four quarters.
The game was close for a quarter when Foothill led 2-0, 4-2 and 6-4, 6-5 and 7-5 with the quarter ending in a 7-7 draw. Then MV simply shut down the host Falcons who managed only 3 point in the second quarter to trail 20-10 at the half.
Foothill scored the first basket of the third quarter but the Mustangs put on a 10-2 run and was ahead 30-16 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter saw Jazmin Dilworth and Lily Wissinger came to live offensively. A NBA three from Ms. Wissinger gave MV their largest lead at 36-17 and Foothill was never within 16 the rest of the way. Jaz and Lil each had 9 for the game to lead the team with Angela Rigo adding 7. Emily Barrett led Foothill with 7 points.
With the win, Monte Vista has itself another 20 win season at 20-5 and 10-3 in EBAL with SRV looming on the horizon Friday at 5:30 pm.
MVHS JV 30 Foothill 26
The JV fans cannot take too much more of these close games, not good for the body or mind……Alexis Meyer came out driving and scoring two early buckets, but the Foothill Falcons made their first four shots, and led after 4 minutes in Q1 9—6…..the Mustangs played poor D in Q1, were slow-of-foot, and couldn’t hit many of their open jumpers……so the Team scored 8 points in Q1, and surrendered 15 (believe it’s their second worst defensive quarter of the season…..Q4 in the home loss to Carondelet the Mustangs gave up 21).
Q2 started differently; after four minutes, Foothill had not scored a single point……this Quarter was like a baseball score, Foothill managed just 1 point, and MVHS added just 3…..so the score at halftime was Foothill 16, MVHS 11.
Q3 has been the best overall quarter for your Mustangs during the season, and the game picked up after halftime……MVHS was getting plenty of good and open looks, but very few mid range and long 3’s were falling…….the team was getting closer to Foothill, but needed to start the offense! Autumn Davis stole a pass under her basket, put it back in for 2…..Time Out Coach Steve, and Foothill ahead 18—15. MVHS was outworking Foothill on both sides of the court, and #34 for Foothill fouled and tugged on Alexis, but no fouls were called…….with about a minute left in the quarter, Erika Perez stole a ball in the Falcon front court, and accelerated coast-to-coast for a layup, and a foul……Ms Perez converted on the free throw to knot the score at 20…….with one last possession in the Q, Foothill hit a wing jumper for 3 at the buzzer, and a 23—20 lead going into Q4.
Usually if your free throw shooting is 30% in a quarter (3 for 10), you are in big trouble…….well, the ball was not falling from the free throw line, or outside the key……early in Q4, Erika had another long dribble-drive, and a dish to Taylor Freitas, for 2 !
With 5:07 remaining in the game, the Falcons still held a 23—22 lead. Another few minutes went by, and Foothill hit a long 3, and a 26—22 lead, with 3:20 left. Most of the Mustang guards had not shot the ball well in this game, but a clutch 3 pointer from Megan Oliveira pulled MVHS within 1 point, 26—25, and the clock showed 2:45 seconds left……then Taylor Freitas hit one of her sweet jumpers from the corner, and a 27—26 Mustang advantage…….the next play down on Defense, Taylor had a beautiful block and steal……Megan was fouled while shooting, and converted 1 point……..28—26 Mustangs……Taylor was fouled on the defensive end, made both ends of a 1-1, and that was it……..The offensive played just well enough to Win, the Defensive played great over the last 3 quarters, and your Mustang JV Team prevails 30—26…….the Falcons did not score in the last 3:20 of this game.
Taylor came up big, with a Double-Double, 10 points and 10 rebounds…….Erika had a great game as well running point, with 5 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 8 steals……Megan and Alexis each contributed 6 points.
Last game of the season is Thursday at 7pm at SRVH…..see you there!
MVHS JV 40 Granada 39
The last time these two JV Teams faced one another, it was January 15th at MVHS gym, and your Mustangs prevailed in a tight Defensive struggle, 35—25……Same type of ending at Granada on February 8th, but with A LOT more drama. Q1 saw the Granada JV team jump to a 6-0 lead ……like so many games, the first basket for the Mustangs came on an Erika Perez steal in the backcourt, and a layup. A few minutes later, a crisp pass from Erika to Alyssa Gonzalez tied the score at 6…..this game had a severe case of VPO (very poor officiating) which caused early foul trouble for Alexis and Taylor Freitas……with 15 seconds in Q1, some stellar ball movement for MVHS, found Erika open for an 18 foot jumper that closed the scoring, and a 10—8 Mustang advantage.
Q2 saw the hot-shooting Megan Oliveira hit a 17 foot wing jumper for one of her 13 points (seemed like she had 20), and an 18—12 lead with 4:30 left in the half. Within two minutes, another Megan jumper gave the Mustangs an 8 point lead……but the home Matadors dug deep, played solid basketball, and cut their deficit to 2, with MVHS leading at half 22—20.
Early in Q3 Taylor hit a short corner jumper, but Granada would not wilt, and soon after the score was tied at 26…….this game was very close throughout, and solid and determined play by both Teams made for a most entertaining and EXCITING contest……at the end of Q3, MVHS held a slim and not “comfortable enough” 33—27 lead.
Everyone watching this game knew it was going to be a wild Q4; early in the quarter Alexis Meyer was whistled for her 5th foul, taking her out of the game…..a 3 pointer by Megan, followed by a 3 pointer from the Matadors, then several more layups from the home team and a time out by MVHS with 5:09 left in the game, and a 36—34 slim Mustang advantage……The last 5 minutes of this game were some of the most stressful of the Season, this was a sentiment heard from many of the Mustang fans in the gym……with 1:57 left, Autumn Davis hit a corner jumper that hit iron 3 times before falling in, Coach Steve called a quick time out, holding a 38—34 lead……with 42 seconds remaining and Granada having possession, the Mustangs held a 38—36 lead……the home fans went crazy when one of their guards hit a 3 pointer and a one point Matador lead!! MVHS came down having to score, and good ball movement found Megan open in the right corner for a 15 foot swish, and a 40—39 Mustang advantage.
Solid D was played by MVHS, but a foul was called, the Matadors missed 1-1 opportunity, ball out of bounds to Granada with 4.2 seconds remaining……Taylor and Alyssa playing solid D, both seemed to block the ball from the Matador Center’s hands, Megan picks it up and Game over!!!! Hugs all around, Coach Pat nearly pulls a muscle jumping at mid court……fun game, but more fun when it was over……40—39 Mustangs……the girls played with a lot of heart, and never slowed down or gave in……these last two Friday night contests against Carondelet and Granada were impressive.
Erika played a strong game with 5 assists, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 10 points…….Megan led the scoring with 13, and also had 3 steals……Taylor contributed a strong overall game with 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 6 points……Autumn played solid D, had 4 points and 5 rebounds…..Alexis chipped in 4 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds, and Alyssa had 3 points and 4 rebounds. See you Tuesday at Foothill.
Monte Vista 74 - Granada 35
On paper, this should be a ho-hum league game with little bearing on the final league standing or seeding implications as Granada is out of the playoff and Monte Vista was expected to win and even a blowout would not improve their position in the NCS power rating.
The game, however, was played with far more intensity than onlookers would expect.
The host Matadors may not be loaded with talent, but they are well coached and determined as indicated by how they out rebounded the Mustangs in a loss last month at Monte Vista. They were clearly fired up on their Seniors' Night and made sure the game was not going to be a laugher.
Monte Vista also had something to prove after a painful loss to Amador Valley at home in which the Mustangs, for the first time this season, were beaten in every phase of the game and at times looked like they had given up.
So the score of the contest was not close. After giving up a basket to Granada in the first possession, Monte Vista went into full court press and forced numerous turnovers cummulating in a 17-0 run to take a commanding 17-2 lead five minutes into the 1st quarter.
The game from that point on became more physical and less skill as both teams played with overflowing energy but general poor control resulting in un-countable number of turnovers in transition and fouls. With 4:40 left in the 2nd quarter, the score stood at 27-13. Granada had actually out scored the visitors 11-10 since giving up a 17-2 lead. A timeout, however, restored order as the Mustangs went on a 9-0 run to take a 36-13 advantage into the locker room.
The physicality of play, however, claimed MV's Jazmin Dilworth in the first half with injury to her nose. She would not return to the game. Granada's best player Preece, who had kept the Matadors competitive with her inside strength and outside shooting was then sidelined in the second half with a broken nose after scoring 12 points.
The final quarter was notable for sparkling performance by Monta Vista's back up players. Junior guard Niki Sell knocked down a pair of three pointers along with a soft lay up to tie her season high with 8 points in 7 minutes of play. Young front court tandem of Brittang Nagra and Lauren Akright continued to show the Mustangs coaches the team should be well set after the exodus of current crop of stellar post players by combining with 10 points and 8 rebounds all in the final minutes.
Amanda Daily, who skillfully handled the full court physical pressure thrown by Granada, was fouled repeatedly but made the Matadors pay by converting 10 of 10 from the charity stripe to finish with a game high 16 points.
Team leading scorer Lily Wissinger was called upon to fill the role of Jaz after she was knocked out of the contest and promptly found her favorite niche - rebounding - finishing with eight along with 10 points.
Senior starting point guard Angela Rigo, who had a tough outing against Amador Valley, had her quickness in full display this time along with sharp shooting finishing with 14 points and four steals in just over a half of play.
Monte Vista (JV) - Amador Valley
MVHS JV 53 Amador Valley 27
The JV squad was ready to play at tipoff and quickly showed it. They made their first 6 shots and shot to a 12-0 lead just a couple minutes into the game. The defense stifled the visitors from Amador Valley as the Dons struggled to even get the ball to half-court. By the end of Q1, the Mustangs were up 18-5 and never looked back.
In Q2 the Mustangs kept the pressure on as they increased the lead to 27-5 and finished the half up 31-9. The first half saw significant contributions from the reserves, especially Beckie Paholski and Lauren Haus. Unfortunately, mid-way through the 2nd quarter, Alexis Meyer suffered an ankle injury and had to leave the game.
The 3rd quarter saw the team maintaining pressure and providing plenty of playing time for the reserves. Q3 ended with a 43-19 Mustang advantage. The 4th quarter was a lot of the same play we saw all night. The starters produced and the reserves saw lots of playing time. Olivia Addis responded with 5 rebounds and a steal for the game. Beckie finished with 6 points and 4 rebounds, while Lauren added 4 points.
The starters played well with Taylor Freitas leading the way with 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. Erica Perez was all over the court with 11 points, 7 steals, and 4 assists. Megan Oliveira and Alexis added 6 points, while Autumn Davis contributed 3 points. The scoring was rounded out with Alyssa Gonzalez adding 2. Next game will be a big one against Granada!
Grandpa Benedict with an emphatic two handed slam...
MVHS JV 36 Carondelet 28
This was my favorite game to watch of the entire season. When you are playing for 1st Place in your league at Carondelet AND you hold the Cougars to 1 point in the third Q, well that was special to this viewer…..but let’s back-up. On January 8th, your MVHS JV Mustangs hosted the Cougars and were up by 10 points entering Q4; Mustangs ended up losing by 3, and their only loss of the season. Friday night’s game started out well with balanced scoring in Q1, but some sloppy passing and slow-footed D, led to a 9—8 Cougar lead at the end of 8 minutes of play.
Q2 started out with a sweet 3 pointer by Megan Oliveira, followed by an Alyssa Gonzalez Offensive rebound and put-back for 2…..Alexis Meyer made an aggressive drive to the hoop for 2, followed by several Erika “Kaepernick” Perez steals and drives 3/4 of the length of the court to give the Mustangs a slim 18—13 lead at the half……while the Mustangs outscored the Cougars 10—4 in the Second Q, it could have been 20—4…..No question who the better Team was by half-time, and a 5 point lead is ok, but not as Large as it should have been.
Q3 has usually been a productive Q for the Girls, and this Game proved no different…….Alexis got it started with a nice left-handed layup, a long corner shot by Megan, and a TIME OUT by the Cougars with 5:21 left in Q3, and a 24—13 advantage by MVHS. Then we saw the heart, strength and intelligence of this Team rise. The Defense was excellent, leading to two Erika steals and drives for layups, and another Carondelet time out, with the scoreboard boasting a 28—13 MVHS lead with 3:57 remaining in Q3.
Q3 ended with Alexis making 2 more free-throws, resulting in a 30—14 lead…....the Defense was impressive, with Autumn Davis harassing the guards, Taylor Freitas pulling down missed shots, and ALL the girls playing at a consistent level, leading to easy baskets at the other end……1 point by the Cougars in the Third Q, very nice.
Q4 was one of the times you want the clock to keep rolling……The Cougars mounted a come-back in the last minute of play scoring 10 quick points, but this game was over early in Q4……final score 36—28, and it wasn’t really that close…….Congrats to All !
The scoring was pretty balanced, lead by Megan with 10, Erika and Alexis each had 9…….Taylor lead all rebounders with 11…….Erika had 9 steals, followed by Autumn’s 3.
Carondolet 74 - Monte Vista 60
If there was any doubt Natalie Romeo is one of the top players in the Bay Area, it would not be coming from the Monte Vista camp. The 5' 6" junior from Martinez was essentially unstoppable in the EBAL showdown game, torching the visitor for a game high 31 points along with 5 steals and 7 assists.
Going into this evening's contest, Monte Vista is well aware of the fact that Carondolet rarely loses at Winton Lane. As a matter of fact, the Cougars has not ever lost an EBAL contest at home. Their only two losses during their four years in the league were both at Monte Vista.
The game was played at a fast pace with the tempo dictated by the trademark full court pressure from the host team. MV handled the suffocating defense well in the first quarter and when Lily Wissinger converted a three pointer from the left corner, the visitors had a 12-9 lead with less than three minutes left in the first quarter. This was when Carondolet stepped up the trapping defense forcing MV into back to back turnovers igniting a 9-0 run that gave the host team an 18-12 lead at the first break.
The second quarter was not any easier for Monte Vista as they found out when you concentrate on stopping Romeo, someone else would be left open as in the case of Makenzie Cast who dropped in a pair of three's when left unguarded from the corners helping Carondolet built a 34-22 lead at the half.
Jazmin Dilworth, who played a fabulous game Tuesday against Livermore, had herself another excellent outing not only on the defensive end but also kept Monte Vista close by scoring 13 of her team high 14 points in the second half, mostly from the inside.
Lily Wissinger, who came into the game when Sara Jensen picked up her second foul in the first half, had an excellent rebounding night with 8 along with a trio of three pointers and 12 points.
Battling strep throat, Jen Casper nevertheless had a strong game defending, rebounding and scoring. Ms Casper ended with 10 points off five baskets.
Madi Burroughs and Angela Rigo each contributed 8 points while Sara Jensen rounded out a productive day for the starters with 6 points.
Monte Vista 74 - Livermore 43
Livermore started the season 10-1 but like California, has dropped 7 of the last 8 games all in league play. At 11-9, the Cowboys are struggling to make the playoff.
Against Monte Vista, the visitors had difficulty with the full court man defense thrown at them to start the game quickly fallen behind 10-2 and eventually 23-7 after the first quarter. Jazmin Dilworth scored MV's first six points and went 4 for 4 to start the contest. Her two fouls was the only reason she scored only 9 points in trhe first half as Livermore absolutely had no answer for her superior athletism.
Rachel Tagle continues with her tough defense this time as part of the general scheme to defend Livermore's long range threat. But in addition to her defense, Rachel also contributed to MV's dominant first quarter with a couple of 18 foot baskets and a pretty driving lay up from the left wing.
With Ms. Dilworth on the bench, Amanda Daily went on a mini shooting display between the second and third quarter - knocking down a variety of shots ranging from pull up jumpers to 16 footer off screen and a buzzer beating three pointer to close out a 37-18 first half. The two players tied for scoring lead with 17 points a piece.
At 18-3 and 8-1 in EBAL, the Lady Mustangs are heading into Carondolet on Friday for a showdown with the winner heavy favorite to win the league title. This time around, the Cougars will not overlook Monte Vista again. As a matter of fact, there has been quiet chatters that the host are planning to place serious hurt on the only team that has beaten them in EBAL play...
MVHS JV 50 Livermore 33
On Wednesday January 30th, we celebrate Captain Katie Good’s Birthday……so Happy Birthday Katie !!!
The game at home versus the Livermore Cowboys, like many others this season, started out with very solid Defense, but a lot missed layups and open jumpers……Megan Oliveira hit a few early baskets, Alyssa Gonzalez had her usual effective and strong scoring in the first half (9 points from Alyssa), and Erika “Kaepernick” Perez scored several layups on coast-to-coast drives……At one point in Q1, your Mustangs held a 10—3 advantage, but the Cowboys came back late to make it a slim 10—9 MVHS advantage after 8 minutes.
Q2 saw an early drive by Alyssa to the basket go in, plus she was fouled, and made the free throw…..At the 6:19 mark, MVHS held a 19—14 lead……Coach Steve implemented a full court press, which worked very well, and allowed Erika to have a game high 11 steals……on one of her thefts, Erika passed to Olivia Addis for a baseline jumper and 2 points…….At the end of Q2, MVHS held a 31—19 advantage, not bad, 21 points in a quarter.
Q3 opened with an abundance of great passing, solid decision-making, and a gradual increase of the lead……Q3 ended with a 44—23 lead for your Mustangs, and a Defensive effort that allowed only 4 points in the quarter……Becky “The Voice” Paholski played a strong game with 4 points and 5 rebounds…..Katrina Palumbo contributed 2 points…..other contributors tonight were Erika with 12 points and one of her best games of the year, and 10 points by Autumn Davis ...Alexis Meyer had a strong overall game offensively (6 pts) and defensively.
The Girls played well, lots of floor time for everyone…….next game is away at Carondelet; promises to be fun.
MVHS JV 46 CAL High 26
A quick Taylor Frietas jumper from 7 feet put your MVHS Mustangs on the board for an early 2—0 lead. The first quarter saw strong D, but some uninspiring offense…..at the end of Q1, MVHS held a 7—3 lead over the Cal High Grizzlies.
Q2 opened well with Alexis Meyer driving aggressively for a layup, followed shortly by a Erika Perez steal and pass to Beckie “The Voice” Paholski for 2 from the corner……while our free throw shooting lacked in effectiveness overall, the highlight in Q2 was Alyssa Gonzalez 15 footer from the corner, and a 9 point contribution in the first half, which ended with a 19—8 advantage for the Mustangs.
So Q1 saw MVHS score 7 points, Q2 added 12…..wonder what will happen in Q3? Alexis got the fun started with 2 swishes from the ft line. Autumn Davis had a nice offensive rebound and put back…..and with a timeout and 3:16 remaining in Q3, the Mustangs had built a 32—14 lead. Lauren Haus had a strong offensive game with 6 points, her first being an 18 footer from the left wing. Beckie too had a good all-around game, as did Katrina Palumbo, with 4 points. Q3 ended with a 36—14 MVHS advantage and 17 points in the Q.
Q4 saw two dazzling plays, one by Lauren with a steal and full court drive for 2…..then a Taylor baseline drive and reverse layup that was fun to watch……the free throw shooting improved when Bailey Manego went 2—2 from the line…..final score 46—26 and a good win, once the girls got going.
Leading scorers were Alyssa with 9 and Alexis with 7…..Erika had 9 steals, and 7 rebounds…..Taylor contributed 7 rebounds as well.
PS mvhs jv game vs srvhs notes from 1/24/13 have been updated with stats.
Monte Vista 57 - California 32
The Grizzlies came into tonight's contest having lost 10 of their last 11 games ( ironically, their only win was against San Ramon Valley ) and with a 1-6 EBAL record, residing at the bottom of the league standing.
The host Mustangs took advantage of an apparent gap in talent and jumped out to a 15-4 lead 5 minutes into the ist quarter with Madi Burroughs scoring 10 of the first 15 points and eventually 12 in the quarter.
This was when the game got weird. Monte Vista, which for 5 minutes looked the part of a far superior team suddenly went cold and would score only two points over the next 7 minutes spanning the latter part of the first quarter and first half of the second quarter. Cal High, which was on their way to another blowout loss, closed the gap to 17-13 at the 3:27 mark. Rachel Tagle's driving basket gave MV back a six point lead but with less than a minute left in the first half with the host team nursing a 21-13 advantage, Cal High would hit a three pointer to bring the game to within five where they would eventually trail at the intermission at 23-18.
The home locker room at the half was not a pleasant place to be, but the message clearly came across. MV would pick apart Cal's zone defense in the third quarter by a combination of inside and outside baskets led by Sara Jensen's 8 points while completely shuting down the Grizzlies. A 13-2 run gave breathing room for the host team at 36-20 and California would not come close again.
Sara Jensen and Madi Burroughs would lead all scorers with 14 points each aided by 11 points from Lily Wissinger including a trio of threes.
Cal High was led by McQuistan with 10 and Peng with 9.
Monte Vista improves to 7-1 in EBAL and 17-3 overall while the Grizzlies fell to 1-7 and 4-16.
Next up on Tuesaday is a home date with Livermore.
MVHS JV 48 SRVHS 43
The JV girls hosted the Wolves from San Ramon Valley High on Thursday night, and it was rather interesting…….after the first 4 minutes of the contest, your Mustangs owned an 11—2 advantage. The recipe was solid D, and hitting their shots…..but this Team gets as cold as they do hot, and at the end of Q1, SRVH had narrowed their deficit and the score was 13—11 in favor of MVHS (for those of you keeping score at home, that’s 11 straight points for the visitors). Two fouls a piece on Alexis Meyer and Taylor Freitas were not helpful in the overall cause, and some very questionable calls on Taylor under the hoop were extremely in question. The Wolves had trouble shooting from distance, but they had no trouble with offensive rebounds and short shots under the basket……With 1:54 left in the half, SRVH held a 21—17 lead, and they increased that to 25—18 at the intermission…..terrible rebounding by your Mustangs led to the change of momentum and score.
Whatever Coach Steve and Coach Pat said at halftime, needs to be written down……The Mustangs came out with a furious sense of purpose, forcing the Wolves into a time-out after scoring 8 straight points,, in less than two minutes of play !! …….a beautiful drive by Erika Perez, a quick drive by Alexis, and two corner jumpers from Autumn Davis put the home team ahead.
At the end of Q3, MVHS held a 37—31 lead, which they pushed to 10 points early in Q4……Good contributions and shooting from Megan Oliveira, Alyssa Gonzalez, and Becky Paholski were instrumental in holding off the Wolves. Mid-way through the final quarter, a steal by Erica, passing ahead to Alexis for a layup, sealed the game…….it was a bit exciting at the end, as the Wolves never gave up, but the final score was 48—43……a victory for certain, but too close for comfort…….if the girls can put together 4 good quarters , they can be dominant.
Alexis led all scorers with 14, Taylor and Megan contributed 10 and 9 respectively (3x3 for Megan !!)….Erika set the tone with 8 steals and 8 assists, and 6 points, strong game……Taylor cleaned up the boards with 8 rebounds………back at Home tonight versus Cal High.
Monte Vista 46 - San Ramon Valley 27
The San Ramon Valley Wolves endured a dismal 0-16 record in EBAL last year but rebounded with a very young but energetic corp of players that propelled them to an impressive 8-1 start this season. They came into this evening's contest with an 11-6 overall record including 3-3 in EBAL play with victories over Granada, Livermore and Foothill. They also barely lost to Alameda which had handed Monte Vista their only loss in Las Vegas in December.
The score was tied at 2-2 before MV went on a 9-0 run to open up an 11-2 advantage eventually ending with a 15-4 lead after one quarter and 25-9 at the half. San Ramon Valley scored the opening basket in the second half but MV went on a 6-0 mini-run to seize their first 20 point lead at 31-11. It looked to be a blow out in the making when the Wolves forced back to back turnovers and went on their own 6-0 run to cut their deficit to 31-17 at the 6:50 mark of the fourth quarter. While in no danger of losing the lead, the Mustangs were clearing playing down to the level of their competition. After a full timeout by Head coach Ron Hirschman, Monte Vista brough out their full court pressure that the visitors clearly had trouble with resulting in three quick turnovers all from their guards resulting in an 11-2 scoring differential and an essentially insurmountable 42-19 Monte Vista lead.
The Mustangs were led by Sara Jensen with 11 points followed by Angela Rigo with 10 points despite her foul trouble. Jen Casper contributed 9 points and Lily Wissinger added 7. San Ramon Valley was led by McGarry with 9 and Luther with 7.
With the win, MV improves to 16-3 overall and 6-1 at the mid way point of the EBAL season to share the lead with Carondolet.
MVHS JV 40--Foothill Falcons 24
The JV girls hosted the Foothill Falcons on Friday night. Old time Coaches say that good Defense never has an off night, which is a positive thing, because the Mustangs played strong D throughout this game, but the Offense was inconsistent. The Girls had plenty of good looks at the basket, but could not make many shots, had plenty of layups, and made too few, and missed too many free throws……All that negative build-up, but the Girls led after Q1, 9—3.
Q2 saw some strong play from all, and the speed of Erika Perez and a layup gave MVHS a 22-5 lead towards the end of the first half…..Alyssa Gonzalez contributed to the scoring with 8 first half points. At the half, the Mustangs held a 24—9 advantage.
Alexis Meyer got the Team started in Q3, with two swishes from the free-throw line, and an aggressive drive to the hoop moments later for a layup…..with 3:57 left in Q3, the Mustangs held a 28—9 lead, and had not given up a single point to the Falcons in over 4 minutes of play…..again, this Team can play some Defense…..the score at the end of Q3 was 29—18, as the Falcons put on a burst in the last few minutes of the quarter.
Q4 started out well for MVHS, with Megan Oliveira hitting a three from the top of the key…..The girls increased their lead in the quarter, and the game finished with a 40—24 score……There was a three-way-tie for leading scorer, with Alexis, Alyssa, and Megan all having 8 points. Taylor Frietas contributed 6 points and 7 rebounds. Erika had 9 steals, and Autumn Davis dished-off 4 assists.
Monte Vista 43 - Foothill 36
The Falcons (9-8, 3-2) came into the game trailing Monte Vista (14-3, 4-1) only by a game in EBAL play. They were clearly motivated by the fact that a win would tie them at second place having beaten Livermore, Cal and Granada. Monte Vista, on the other hand, needed to win just to keep pace with Carondolet atop the league.
The game started poorly for the host team going 0-8 from the field and did not score until the midway point of the first quarter when Jen Casper finally knocked down a jumper, followed by a pair of free throws from Jazmin Dilworth to tie the game at 4-4. The game was even at 9-9 when Angela Rigo stole a pass and went in for a basket with 6 seconds left to give the Mustangs an 11-9 lead after one quarter.
The second quarter started with MV going 0-6 from the field sandwiched by a pair of turnovers. The home team was again scoreless for nearly 4 minutes allowing the visitors to put on a 9-0 run and built an 18-11 lead. When Monte Vista clawed back to within three at 18-15, Fernandez from Foothill would drop in a three to push their lead back up to 21-15 with just over a minute remaining in the half. Baskets by Madi Burroughs, Rachel Tagle and free throws from Sara Jensen and Angela Rigo gave the Mustangs a 6-0 mini-run to finally tied the game at the half at 21-21.
The early going in the second half saw three lead changes with Foothill ahead 23-21, trailed at 24-23, led 25-24 and then trailed 26-25 when Lily Wissinger hit the first of her three consecutive jumpers. Thanks to Ms. Wissinger, MV would push their lead to four at 30-26 after three quarters but the pesky Falcons would come back to tie the score at 32-32 on a 6-2 run at the 5:29 mark in the 4th quarter and later at 36-36 with 3:17 left in the contest. Foothill, however, would not score again the rest of the game as Monte Vista's defense pitched a shutout for the final 3 minutes while winning the game on the free throw line.
Lily Wissinger, who did the heavy lifting on an otherwise miserable offensive night for Monte Vista, finished with a game high 12 points followed by Sara Jensen with 8, Jen Casper with 7 and Madi Burroughs with 6. Foothill was led by Fernandez with 12 followed by Emily Barrett with 9.
Monte Vista now stands at 15-3 overall and 5-1 in EBAL. They will spend the next four days preparing to face a much improved San Ramon Valley squad at home on Tuesday.
Monte Vista 61 - Granada 29
The Granada coaches must be at last Friday's game between Monte Vista and Amador Valley as they have taken a big page out of AV's playbook against the Mustangs. The visitors deployed a ferocious man to man defense mixed in with an abundance of pushing, slapping, grabbing similar to what we saw against the Dons. The strategy worked to a certain extent and would have been dangerous had Granada's forwards been able to finish in the paint since they clearly out rebounded MV, especially on the offensive board and generally disrupted the home team's offensive rhythm.
Monte Vista led only 7-6 five minutes into the contest and only 13-10 with a minute left in the first quarter. A Jen Casper basket and a pair of free throws by Angela Rigo gave the host a surprisingly uncomfortable 17-10 first quarter lead.
The second quarter initially fared little better as Monte Vista was unable to shake the stubborn Matadors. The teams were essentially trading baskets. The score at 5:00 was 21-14 and the spread was only 9 points with 2:00 left in the half at 25-16. To make matter worse, both Jazmin Dilworth and Angela Rigo had picked up 2 fouls and Angela had to stay in the game as Rachel Tagle's ankle injury had flared up and she was suited up but not in action. Then came a steal and breakaway lay up by Angela Rigo, followed on the next possession by a virtually identical steal by Amanda Daily who streaked down the right side of the court for another breakaway. Just like that, MV gained breathing room and eventually took a 30-16 advantage into the locker room.
Coach Hirschman then sprung full court pressure on the unprepared Granada squad to open the 3rd quarter forcing back to back to back turnovers which the gracious host converted quickly to 6 points, forcing a pair of timeouts by Granada and a 20 points lead at 36-16 essentailly ending the Matadors' upset bid.
The continued pressure turned what was a fairly tight contest into a rout. Monte Vista outscored Granada by 22-8 in the third quarter for a commending 52-24 lead after three and the bench was cleared.
Brittany Nigra, who saw early action because of Jazmin Dilworth's foul trouble and later Sara Jensen's cut lip from a high elbow pulled down 7 rebounds, went 2 for 4 from the line and picked up five fouls ! Lauren Akright, who had not seen action for a couple of games came in and promptly converted a couple of inside baskets and blocked a shot.
Jen Casper led all scorers with 13, followed by 10 points from Lily Wissinger, and 9 points each from Amanda Daily, Angela Rigo and Madi Burroughs.
Monte Vista improves to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in EBAL. There is, however, hardly time to relax as Foothill comes into town Friday and another physical contest appears to be on the horizon...
MVHS JV vs Granada Matadors JV 35--25 Mustangs Win
The JV Granada Matadors visited our JV MVHS Mustangs in what resembled a football game based on the score and the style points. At the end of Q1, the score was 7—5 Granada in the lead. This was due to 5 missed layups, poor free throw shooting and overall poor shooting from the field. At the end of Q2, Granada held a 13—9 lead……lowest offensive production of the season…..partially due to good D on both sides of the ball, and poor execution by the Mustangs.
The halftime speeches by Steve and Pat must have been strong, because the Girls started to pick-up some momentum to start Q3. Megan Oliveira hit a jumper from the wing, Taylor Freitas went 2-2 from the line, and Alyssa Gonzalez hit a sweet 10 footer from the side, for a 17—16 lead, first of the game……the overall play was intense, but sloppy…..too many turnovers, missed easy shots and wasted opportunities…….that being stated, the girls held a 19—16 lead at the end of Q3.
Alyssa had a strong offensive performance with key jumpers, and a Team leading 10 points, she was followed by Megan with 9 points, and some equally timely jumpers from the corner and wing…….Taylor contributed 8 points and 10 rebounds…..but the game was not over……The Matadors would not give up, and cut what was once a 10 point lead, to five, with 31 seconds left. Good ball control, and foul shooting by Taylor sealed the game and a 35—25 victory for the JV Mustangs…….Friday is home versus Foothill.
MVHS JV 61--Amador JV 23
After a bitter game on Tuesday, the Mustang JV Team took the court at Amador with something to prove……7 seconds into the game, Megan Oliveira had secured the tip and driven to the hoop for a nice layup and 2—0 advantage. The offense started clicking early with back-to-back Taylor Freitas goals, then four buckets in a row from Autumn Davis staking MVHS to a 14—4 Q1 lead.
Q2 opened with a short Alyssa Gonzalez jumper, and lots of playing time for Steve’s entire Team……one of the Q2 highlights was a beautiful assist from Lauren Haus to Baliey Mangeo for her two points in the game. …..Q2 saw a lot of good looks at the basket, but very little going in…..at the intermission, MVHS held a 21—16 margin, too close for the talent on this Team.
The third quarter started with the Alexis Meyer Show; first it was two swishes at the free throw line, followed by an assist to Taylor, then two more free throws for Alexis……then 4 more free throws from the point guard, going 8 for 8 from the charity stripe. In the first 2:30 of Q3, the Mustangs went on a 16—0 run and a 37—16 advantage. This was one of the most dominant quarters of Defense and Offense seen in a while…..Beckie Paholski made a nice bucket with 1:00 left in the Q, and the period ended 48—20; so that would be 27 points for the Mustangs, and 4 points for the Dons, in Q3…..quite impressive to see.
By the start of Q4, the contest was all but done, but one of two highlights of the quarter was Katrina Palumbo’s wing jumper from 17 feet….the other highlight being Katrina tackling one of Dons, in an attempt to make a steal…..one foul, two points, nice quarter Katrina.
The final score was 61—23, and the girls played well…..Taylor led all scorers with 13, Autumn contributed 12, followed by 10 from Alexis, and 9 from Megan……Erika Perez had a solid floor game with 6 steals, and several “coast-to-coast” plays for slashing lay-ups……Next week its HOME on Tuesday and Friday……Looking forward to some more Basketball !
Amador Valley 52 - Monte Vista 47
One can never blame officiating for a tough loss but the grossly partisan calls from one particular referee enabled the Dons to maximize their aggressive, physical man to man defense and ultimately handing the visiting Mustangs their first loss in EBAL.
MV had an early 12-4 lead but true to their all too often lapses at the final seconds of a quarter in close games ( Alameda, Carondolet ), they allowed Amador to score on a last second basket to trim their advantage to 14-10 after one quarter. Monte Vista was ahead 18-12 early in the second quarter when Ariah Mack hit the first of her four three pointers to close the gap to 18-15. After a Madi Burroughs basket to put the visitors up 20-15, the Dons went on an inexplicable 18-2 run spanning the second and third quarter to go up 33-22 including three treys while MV was 0-8 during the stretch, breaking the shutout only through a pair of free throws.
Down by 41-29 in the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Mustangs hit back to back three's from Amanda Daily and Lily Wissinger to cut their deficit to six at 41-35. Angela Rigo was hammered repeatedly going to the basket without call while AV was able to convert four free throws to go back up by 10. With less than three minutes to play, Rigo nailed a three to bring MV to 47-40 followed by forced turnovers and basket from Amanda Daily and two free throws from Sara Jensen. The AV lead was momentarily down to 47-44 but that was as close as the visitors could get as the calls continued to favor the home team down to the final seconds.
Angela Rigo, Jen Casper and Amanda Daily all had 10 points for the game.
Monte Vista now has to re-group and get ready for Granada at home on Tuesday.
Monte Vista 63 - Carondolet 60
It was almost exactly four years and 56 EBAL league games ago when Monte Vista last defeated Carondolet. It was also Carondolet's last EBAL loss. In between, the Cougars had won three consecutive EBAL and North Coast titles. And they have not lost to any of the EBAL opponents, ever, except for the Mustangs.
MV jumped out to 7-1, 9-2, 14-4 and 20-11 leads in the first quarter mostly by beating Carondolet's press and playing tenacious defense. When Madison Burroughs scored on a drive to the basket at the beginning of the second quarter, it appeared Monte Vista would break the game open. But the basket was dis-allowed because on a charging foul called against Madi. The visitors then took advantage of the call with Natalie Romeo converting back to back baskets to trim MV's advantage to 20-15 and suddenly, the two squads were in a dog fight. MV led 24-17 and 26-18 but could not stretch their lead beyond 8 points. The Cougars trimmed their deficit to 4 on two occasions - 28-24 at halftime and 30-26 early in the third but the Mustangs would hold ground each time. With less than a minute left in the third segment, Monte Vista was ahead 40-31, their largest lead in the second half. Carondolet, however, would respond with two quick baskets to bring the game back within five after three quarters.
The final quarter was when most drama took place. For the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, the host team would maintain a steady 5 to 7 points lead. A three point basket by Cast brought the Cougars back to within four at 49-45. Carondolet would then tie the contest at 52-52 following a pair of free throws with 3:21 left in the game. Angela Rigo, who had used her great speed and quickness to defeat Carondolet's trapping defense throughout the game, fouled out off an charging call. The visitors promptly scored on an inside basket from Nicolosi to take their only lead of the game at 54-52. Jen Casper, who had battled tirelessly on the inside then tied the game scoring on a twelve foot jump shot off a Sara Jensen assist at 54-54. Madi Burroughs and Rachel Tagle then followed each with a pair of vital free throws to push MV's lead back up to 5 at 60-55 with 0:40 left to play. The Cougars stayed alive when Natalie Romeo knocked down a three from the right wing at 0:26 keeping the visitor within two at 60-58. Coach Hirschman then call the "Lightning" play when Carondolet sprung a desperation all out full court press with Sara Jensen delivered a three quarters court pass to Amanda Daily who calmly scored on the breakaway and essentially put the game away.
This was indeed a team victory as everyone who took part in the game contributed, particularly in breaking Carondolet's pressure defense. Jazmin, Sara & Jen fighting for rebounds, Lily Wissinger diving for loose balls and hitting critical jumps shots late in the contest, Angela Rigo splitting the double team, Madi taking the point when Angela fouled out, Rachel playing the physical game with a bump ankle and Amanda doing the scoring while defending Romeo. So many heroes...
The contest also marked the first time this season four players scored in double digits led by Lily Wissinger with 13, followed by Madi Burroughs with 12, Amanda Daily with 11 and Sara Jensen with 10. Jen Casper almost made it five players in double figure with 8 points.
MVHS JV 42 vs Carondelet JV 45
First home game of the season didn’t end well for the JV squad…….the game should have had a better outcome for the Mustangs, but poor D in the Q4 sealed the deal. The game started with the Cougars taking a 7—2 lead, with Coach Steve calling a time out with 3:40 left in Q1. The quarter ended with a slight 11—10 Carondelet advantage.
Q2 got off to a good start with 2 quick MVHS buckets (Alexis Meyer and Autumn Davis) followed by two free throws from Megan Oliveira and a 16—11 advantage. Halftime saw the Mustangs with a commanding 10 point lead, 26—16.
Q3 saw Carondelet get off to a good start, and the Mustangs suffered through foul trouble…..in Q3, the MVHS committed 5 fouls, to Carondelet’s 0……at the end of Q3, the Mustangs still had a 34—24 advantage.
Poor defense in Q4, and only scoring 8 points in the quarter sunk the home Team…..Final score 45—42 Cougars.
Outstanding offensive contributions from Megan with 16 points, and Alyssa Gonzalez with 12. Taylor Freitas pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the Team……a tough game that will sting for a while.
MVHS JV vs Livermore JV at Livermore
Usually when your team does not score in the 4th Quarter, you are going to lose the game……but not for our JV Girls. But let’s start at the beginning, and as usual the first 6 points were scored by the Mustangs. A steal and layup from Erica Perez, a layup from Autumn Davis and an offensive rebound from Erika for a put-back and that 6—0 lead. Taylor Freitas played a strong Q1, but ran into some foul trouble, being replaced by Beckie Paholski…..Beckie quickly made her presence known with two quick rebounds, and a steal to end the first quarter and a 7-2 Q1 lead for the MVHS Mustangs.
Q2 opened with a flurry of defensive activity, leading to easy offensive opportunities……a quick-handed steal by Alexis Meyer, and two quick Alexis layups opened up a 17—4 lead…..the pressure D was quite impressive, and the home-team Cowboys had a lot of trouble with the quicker Mustang players. Not exactly sure, but believe the Mustangs scored 19 straight points to take a 26—4 lead with 5:05 left in Q2…….one of the highlights of the game was a high post pass into Alyssa Gonzalez, who quickly fired a strike to Lauren Haus for beautiful layup that brought the MVHS fans to their feet…..another highlight was an Autumn pass underneath to Beckie for a turnaround jumper from 2 feet and a 30—4 halftime advantage.
There wasn’t a lot to cheer about in the second half of the contest, the game was pretty much over…..the score at the end of Q3 was 37—8 and the final was 37—15.
The offensive was lead by Erika with 11 points, Autumn with 9, Alexis with 6 and Taylor with 4…..Beckie had a great game with 8 rebounds leading the team…..Erika and Alexis had 8 and 7 steals respectively.
Tuesday finds us back at our Home gym vs Carondelet…..see you there!!!
Monte Vista 56 - Livermore 34
Livermore always proves to be a tough physical opponent and this evening's contest was no exception. With a boisterous home crowd, the Cowboys took an early 2-0 lead and forced the visiting MV into back to back turnovers. The momentum, however, was short lived as Monte Vista ran off the next 11 points with Angela Rigo leading the charge with 6 of the 11 points including a couple of nifty drives to the basket. Madi Burroughs picked up her second foul early and was relegated to the bench. Jazmin Dilworth, who had missed the entire Las Vegas tournament due to a concussuin suffered at the Northgate Tournament, returned to action and promptly contributed a pair of inside baskets propelling MV to a 23-8 lead and maintained the 15 point margin at the half at 31-16.
A pair of pull up 8 footers from Lily Wissinger and three strong inside baskets from Jen Casper pushed the Monte Vista lead to 37-16 and 41-19 in the third quarter. A steal from Amanda Daily who fed Niki Sell for a fast break basket gave the visitors the largest lead in the game at 50-23 at the end of three quarters from where the Mustang cruised to a comfortable 22 point victory and 12-2 on the season.
Jen Casper led the team with 12 points followed by Angela Rigo with 11 and Lily Wissinger with 10. Niki Sell came off the bench for 7 and Sara Jensen added 6 points along with 9 rebounds and 2 block shots. Livermore's top scorer Rachel Hernandez was held to 5 points for the game.
Next up is home opener against Carondolet on Tuesday !
2012--2013 MVHS JV League Opener vs Cal High
It was opening night of League play at Cal High School, and after an Erica Perez corner jumper, a Taylor Freitas layup, and an Autumn Davis wing jumper, the visiting Mustangs held an early 6—2 lead. The Defense of MVHS was very strong at times, and the only time Cal was able to have any productive possessions, were when the Mustangs themselves had defensive lapses…..At the end of Q1, the Mustangs held a commanding 19—8 lead.
Beckie Paholski made an nice impact in the game tonight with 4 steals….very well done!
Things got a little tight in Q2 when the host Bears cut the Mustang lead to 5, at 21—16…..but a driving layup from Erica, helped close out the first half, with a 27—16 lead.
Q3 saw some bright spots for MVHS with some crisp passing, from Megan Oliveira and Alexis Meyer……Cal High has a tall team, so rebounds were not easy to come by for MVHS……the top rebounder for MVHS for Erica with only 3 rebounds (that stat is rather interesting).
The ball handling and smart court play made the difference tonight as the final score was 45—36. Erica had another outstanding contribution with 16 points, 6 assists, and 7 steals……other offensive contributions were made by Megan with 9, Alexis with 8, and Taylor and Autumn with 6 a piece. A nice road victory, the first in league play……Very nice win Girls!
Monte Vista 68 - California 27
Monte Vista opened the first half with a 10-0 run en route to a 34-13 halftime advantage followed by another 10-0 run to start the second half. It was that kind of a day for the Grizzlies who was over-matched in just about every aspect of the contest. Amanda Daily scored 10 of MV's 22 points in the first quarter and finished with 16 to tie her season high set last month against Campolindo in the Northgate Tournament. Madison Burroughs continues her steady team leading productivity with 13 points followed by Jen Casper with 10. Senior Sara Jensen who can play all five positions contributed 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for a nice all round game while Angela Rigo added 9.
With the first EBAL game in the bag, the 11-2 Mustangs will now focus on a much tougher contest on Friday at Livermore.
Championship JV Game at Newark Memorial MVHS vs Notre Dame of Belmont
The JV Championship Game of the Newark Memorial Basketball Tournament between MVHS and Notre Dame of Belmont, was a well fought game……unfortunately, for MVHS, Katie Good was unavailable to play due to a knee injury from the prior game on Friday. However, Katie’s Teammates played strong MVHS Basketball, with good D, strong and smart passing to take an early 6—1 lead after a Megan Oliveira steal and basket, an assist from Alyssa Gonzalez to Taylor Freitas for 2, another stellar pass from Megan to Alexis Meyer for a layup….at the end of Q1, the Mustangs held a 13—3 lead.
Q2 started with some foul trouble for Taylor, causing her to take an early seat (remember, no Katie)…..but what followed early in Q2 was one of the best plays in this pre Season: Alexis stole the ball near half court, and took an aggressive line to the basket between three Notre Dame players, hard to the basket on the left side, and completed a beautiful left-handed layup that brought the bench and Mustang fans in the stands to their feet, and the scoreboard showed 20—4 MVHS. At the end of the first half, MVHS held a 20—7 lead, with only 1 field goal allowed by the Mustangs in the first 16 minutes.
Q3 started out poorly for the Mustangs with seven turnovers in the first 7 minutes, some very sloppy offensive play. There were only 6 points scored in the third quarter by MVHS, one of the worst overall periods of the year. With 7 seconds left in the quarter, MVHS had the ball on an out-of-bounds play under their basket…….Autumn Davis threw long to Alexis at the top of the key; Alexis squared, shot and hit the three-pointer for a 26—14 lead at the end of Q3.
While the game was pretty much in control for the Mustangs, key free throws by Katrina Palumbo, Megan and Autumn, iced the game in Q4….Final score 39--25……Erica Perez played her usual strong game with 9 points, 6 steals, and 5 Rebounds…..Alexis had her best game of the year with a Team leading 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 steals. Other outstanding contributions were made by Megan with 9 points, and Taylor’s 9 rebounds……a good game, another Tournament Championship, and Great Defense!! Congrats to Steve, Pat and the Girls!! Very well done…..Happy New Year, see you Wednesday at CAL High.
Alameda 52 - Monte Vista 43
The much anticipated Championship game between the two top northern California teams indeed lived up to the billing.
Alameda features their Santa Clara University bound center Marie Bertholdt along with an good seasoned senior guard in Maddy Lewis.
Monte Vista got off to a good start taking an 11-6 first quarter lead despite failing to stop Bertholdt who scored all Alameda's points in the first segment. Three point basket from Lily Wissinger and a 14 foot jumper from Sara Jensen pushed MV's lead to 8 at 16-8 forcing Alameda to take a timeout to regroup. The Hornets, however, came out of the timeout with a vengence with a 9-0 run including a three point shot from their big center who clearly showed why she is a Division I player with her multiple skill sets. A pair of baskets by Sara Jensen and Madi Burroughs gave the lead back to Monte Vista at 20-17. Ahead 22-20 with possession, MV was holding for one shot with 30 seconds left on the half. An 18 foot shot from Lily bounced off the rim and Alameda, as expected pushed the ball up court with Berthold taking it coast to coast for a agonizing tying basket at the buzzer.
Alameda fed on the momentum scoring the first 4 points of the 2nd half and eventually a 28-24 lead. Amanda Daily knocked down a long three to trim the deficit to 28-27 and neither team was able to gain more than a two poinht advantage with the score tied at 37-37 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter saw Monte Vista seizing a 40-37 lead and was still holding a 40-38 lead at 4:39 when Angela Rigo, who had knocked the ball loose from Maddy Lewis, was called for a foul on the subsequent scramble and Lewis knocked down both ends of the 1 and 1 to tie the contest. MV then made two very untimely careless turnovers that opened the door for the Hornets who opportunistically took the lead with a three by Lewis from the left wing and a power inside basket from Bertholdt.
Sara Jensen hit a 15 footer to bring the Mustangs to within three at 45-42 with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Then came the absolutely fatal play. With both Bertholdt double teamed inside and Lewis tightly guarded, Alameda's small forward Johnson was left open at the left corner and nailed a three point basket to effectively put the game out of reach. The rest of the way was merely freethrow shooting for the eventually winner with Monte Vista falling to 10-2 on the season.
Sara Jensen had her best game in the tournament with 14 points, 6 rebounds and two thunderous blocks.
MV will now regroup and practice on New Year's Day to get ready to face California for the EBAL opener on 1/2/2012.
Monte Vista 64 - Chaperell 23
The semifinal game again represents a stark change from the 2nd round contest. The atheletic but relatively raw team from Neveda provided little resistance to a balanced attack from Monte Vista trailing 17-4 after a quarter and was never a threat. Rachel Tagle pace the offense with 12 followed by Amanda Daily, Madi Burroughs, Jen Casper and Lily Wissinger with 9 each and Sara Jensen with 8.
Monte Vista 50 - Lakeside 47
After an easy first round, the tournament resumed at the crowded and much smaller auxillary gym for Monte Vista. The game immediately took on a different look than the first day contest now against a smallish although active and physical opponent. Before the Mustangs could adjust, Lakeside had already taken a 7-2 lead and Jen Casper had her second foul and was on the bench. Lily Wissinger who came in for Jen immediately hit a jumper to bring the game under control. With Monte Vista trailing 12-11 early in the second quarter, back to back baskets by Madi Burroughs and Angela Rigo sandwiching a three pointer from Amanda Daily gave MV a seemingly comforting 18-12 lead which proved to be short lived as Lakeside went on an 8-1 run to retake the lead at 20-19. Only a driving basketball by Madi gave MV the thinnest of lead at the half at 21-20.
The second half was incredibly tense as the team from Lake Elsinore in Southern California opened the third quarter with a pair of inside baskets from their bruising forward #23 to assume a 24-21 advantage. Amanda Daily tied the game with a three at 24-24 and an offensive show was on. #33 from Lakeside nailed a three to give them back a 27-24 lead. Madi cut the deficit to 1 with an 18 footer and Monte Vista retook the lead with a layup from Angela Rigo at 28-27. #33 from Lakeside responded with a three to bring Lakeside up by two at 30-28. On the next possession, Lily Wissinger swished a three from the top of the key to give MV a 31-30 lead. #33 immediately hit her third trey from the left wing to give the lead back to Lakeside at 33-31. Rachel Tagle tied the game with a jumper from the corner followed by an inside basket from Jen Casper off a Madi Burroughs feed after a steal. The lead by MV at 35-33 was short lived as Lakeside scored the next 4 points to snatch back the advantage at 37-35. Rachel's second basket of the quarter and a pair of free throws from Rigo gave MV the lead back at 39-37 and eventually at 43-41 after three.
Without a shot clock, the close games tend to become a match of possessions, turnovers and foul shots. The 4th quarter slowed down significantly and became much more deliberate after an offensive outburst in the third when both teams scored over 20 points. The Mustangs was frantically holding onto a slim 48-47 lead with less than 3 minutes to play when Lakeside had a point blank opportunity to score inside but missed. They seized the offensive rebound and missed again from two feet leaving the Mustangs clinging onto the slimest of leads. Following a timeout, Monte Vista spread the floor and played the keep away game. With 0:28 left in the game, Lakeside was forced to foul sending Jen Casper to the line for an all important 1 and 1. With a big crowd watching, Jen calmly swished the first followed by a "nothing but net" second shot to give MV a big three point lead. Pressure defense particularly on #33 prevented Lakeside from setting up their drawn up three point shooting play forcing the team to expend their final timeout with 6 seconds left. The inbound pass was tipped and stolen ending a fabulous ballgame sending the Mustangs to the semifinals. Madi Burroughs again led the team in scoring with 13, followed by Lily Wissinger with 9 and Angela Rigo with 8. Sara Jensen led the Mustangs with 11 rebounds.
Monte Vista 72 - Silverado 18
Silverado was not expecting immediate full court pressure from Monte Vista and had extreme difficulty even getting the ball in place. MV took a 28-6 first quarter lead and scored 50 points by halftime, the highest first total for the season, eclipsing the Antioch game when they had 48. Ron throttled back the offense in the second half although the defenseive pressure was still on limiting Silverado to only 3 points in the third quarter. Nike Sell had her most productive game as a varsity player hitting a pair of three's and took a steal and when in for a layup for 8 points. Madi Burroughs led all scorers with 15 while Lily Wissinger had 12 and Jen Casper added 10.
MVHS JV Game 2 Newark Memorial Cougars Classic BB Tourney
Game 2 of the Newark Tournament started at 1:30, and just prior to 2pm all eyes were on the corner of the court where Katie Good was sitting on the floor after tweaking her knee in the second quarter going after a loose ball……the injury bug has had its way with Steve’s Team, let’s hope all are healthy asap for League Play, right around the corner.
Just like Game 1, the first bucket of the game for MVHS was a steal and drive for a layup by Erica Perez…..in fact, she was able to repeat this effort and drive to the hoop after several steals, making for an impressive offensive showing with 18 points !
Even though the Mustangs missed a lot of open, and easy shots in Q1, after the first eight minutes, the score was MVHS 14—Newark Cougars 2…..the Defense was strong for the Mustangs, and while the score was not close, it could have been an even greater margin……Alyssa Gonzalez had another strong game, and hit a few nice jumpers.
Bailey Mangeo played some key minutes in Q2, had a few nice rebounds, and following one solid board, passed over to Erica for a smooth 16 footer from the wing……Another key contributor was Olivia Addis with 4 rebounds in Q3 alone…..nice contributions from Bailey, Olivia, and Katrina Palumbo! Ps……the corner jumper from Katrina was a thing of beauty and hit nothing but net, but the ref thought he saw a travel call first, I am not so sure.
At the half, MVHS held a 27—9 lead and the outcome was not in doubt……Q3 started out with a great offensive passing sequence where every player handled the ball twice prior to a sweet corner jumper by Megan Oliveira for the final 2, of her 8 points.
The final score was MVHS 42---Cougars of Newark 13……other contributors were Taylor Freitas with 7 rebounds, and Autumn Davis with 5 rebounds and 4 steals……Alexis Meyer had her usual solid game, especially on the defensive end.
The Championship Game on Saturday is at 1:30 vs the Notre Dame JV Team from Belmont……should be a great contest.
MVHS JV Game #1 in Newark Tournament
The game started at noon in Newark, with Erica Perez stealing the ball from the Castro Valley Trojans at half court, and taking it the distance for a 2-0 lead. Coaches Steve and Pat are known for being Basketball gurus, but if the injury bug keeps hitting the JV Team, we will need a Doctor……Lauren Haus has a bad ankle, Megan Oliveira is nursing a sore back (but still was able to play today), and Autumn Davis rolled her ankle in today’s game, but was able to continue.
At the end of Q1, the score was MVHS 11, Castro Valley 2. All the girls received a lot of playing time in today’s contest, and with Tournament games Friday, Saturday, and the regular season starting January 2, everyone will be needed to contribute.
Q2 did not start so well for the Mustangs, as the girls were scoreless for the first 4 minutes……..the first basket coming on a scramble under MVHS basket, and while falling to the floor Katie Good shoveled the ball over to Taylor Freitas for 2 of her 14 points…..the score at the half was 21—7.
The outcome was never much in doubt, but Castro Valley played hard, and pushed the score at the end of Q3 to 33—17. With 4:57 left in the game, the Mustangs were up by 9, 36—27…..and the gap was even at 7 points at one time. But the Mustangs prevailed, winning by 11 points, 44—33.
Taylor had a solid 14 points, followed by Erica with 8, and Autumn with 7…….Alexis Meyer had a strong assist game with 7…….Rebounding leaders were Katie and Taylor with 7 and 6 respectively.
Megan played her usual strong overall game, and Alyssa Gonzalez chipped in 5 points in a solid days effort.
There was a lot of rust on the girls, looking forward to seeing how they step-up on Friday and Saturday.
Monte Vista 72 - Silverado 18
Kaylie Williams at Weslyan University
Four year varsity, three year starter, member of Monte Vista NCS and Norcal Championship team now a member of the Weslysan University ( Middletown, Connecticut ) Women's basketball team. Kaylie was team captain and led the team in scoring her last two years at MV.
Monte Vista 69 - Terra Nova 29
Terra Nova scored the first two baskets in a game started 45 minutes behind schedule and appeared to be in position to seriously challenge the visiting Mustangs. That plan, however, vanished quickly as Monte Vista allowed the host to score only a single point the rest of the quarter en route to an 18-1 run and a 13 points lead. The second quarter was no kinder to Terra Nova and a hot shooting MV squad easily opened up an insurmountable 27 point lead at half time and eventually a 40 point victory including a series of easy, uncontested layups.
Every player got into the scoring column led by Amanda Daily with 13 points including a trio of three's followed by Lily Wissinger with 11, Angela Rigo with 10 and Sara Jenson with 8.
Terra Nova was paced by Lynette Mackey with a game leading 20 out of the teams 29 points.
With the Christmas holidays looming, the Lady Mustangs (7-1) will exercise a shortened practice schedule. The team, however, will fly out to Las Vegas on Boxing Day to play a four game set in the Basic High School Lady Wolves Holiday Classic.
MVHS JV Game Dec 18 MVHS 49---Terra Nova 31
Every game has its memories, in Pacifica we had a few:
1. Watching Olivia Addis hit her first field goal of the year, with 7 seconds left in the contest, a turn-around jumper from 14 feet that hit nothing but net.
2. Coach Pat, jumping for joy and nearly pulling a leg muscle watching Olivia hit her basket
3. The 50 minute delay of the start of the game due to lack of referees
4. The very scary moment in Q3, when Megan Oliveira had a break-away layup, made the basket and was pounded to the floor.
Yep, the game was supposed to start at 5:30, but tip off was delayed until 6:20 due to a lack of referees…..the first basket of the game was Taylor Frietas hitting a turn-around jumper from 3 feet off the glass…..followed shortly by a steal from Alexis Meyer, pass to Megan, 2 pts…..Mustangs up 4—0. The starters did a great job on Defense in holding the host Tigers to only 2 points in Q1…..at the end of Q1, MVHS 9—Terra Nova 2.
Q2 started with a Katie Good rebound and put-back for 2……then a Megan steal, pass to Alexis for a layup……Megan a 10 foot jumper, followed by a steal and another 2……it was a relentless Defense, leading to Offense, and a 21—2 score with about 3 minutes left in the Q. Steve was able to provide a lot of playing time for all the girls, and at the half MVHS held a 26—10 advantage…..there were some very ugly periods in Q2 however, with stretches of poor Defense and Rebounding.
Lauren Haus had a strong overall floor game, hitting both shots from the free throw line…..every player on the Team scored at least one point, and the scoring was evenly distributed…..Katie Good led the scoring effort with 11 pts, followed by Erika Perez with 10 pts, and Megan with 8 pts……Taylor Freitas had her best game on the boards, and led the Team with 7…….There are times when this Team’s passing is a thing of pure Basketball beauty; tonight Autumn, Alexis, and Megan were in control of the game and made a lot of great decisions, getting the ball to the right player at the right time.
The final score was 49—31, and the JV Team is still undefeated and looking stellar at times, and other times, well, not as stellar. See you in Newark……and Happy Holidays !!
Monte Vista 49 - Northgate 26
Coach Ron Hirschman started Niki Sell, Brittany Nigra and Lauren Akright in the second half after the regular rotation continued to struggle, showing relatively little evidence of breaking out of their current rut. MV is bigger, more skilled and this time around, quicker than the host Broncos but the first half was a war of attrition with Northgate unable to even get off shots and Monte Vista failing to convert their bountiful of opportunities.
The host team led briefly at 4-3 after neither team could find the basket 4:00 into the contest. MV eventually ended the first quarter ahead 11-6 but Northgate cut the deficit to three at 11-8 a minute into the 2nd quarter and re-took the lead at 12-11 off two quick baskets a minute later while holding the Mustangs scoreless. An unusual third timeout by Ron in the half finally brought attention to the aquad which went on an 8-2 blitz ignited by Amanda Daily's steal and coast to coast lay up basket followed by a lay up off a steal and jumper from Rachel Tagle.
Inexplicably, as quickly as the run started, the team fell back into thier malaise, going scoreless for over four minutes and seven possessions...
The new starting line up in the second half, which also included Angela Rigo and Rachel Tagle, was on the floor for only 4:25 but completely altered the momentum and flow of the game. Against the same Broncos that had given MV so much trouble in the first half, the visitors out rebounded and out hussled the home team on the way to a 10-2 run and 31-16 lead before Northgate asked for a timeout to regroup. During the run, Niki Sell had a pair of breakaway lay ups aong with an inside basket from Brittany Nigra. Freshman center Lauren Akright contributed with four rebounds in the short stretch.
With the regulars back on the court, the lead grew to 42-19 in the 4th quarter and Monte Vista cruised to another seemingly easy win to go 6-1 on the season.
The unsettling question, however, is why this deep and highly talented group underachieves a quarter of the way into a season with high ( albeit now reduced ) expectations ? Are the seniors distracted by the understandable outside non-basketball related matters they run into their final year in high school ?
The team will next travel to Pacifica on Tuesday to face last season's CCS powerhouse Terra Nova that just graduated a pair of players to Division I College basketball. Their coach apparent takes the up coming game seriously as he was in the stands last evening scouting the Mustangs. Terra Nova may not be as formiable this season but still should constitute a good tune up prior to the Las Vegas Tournament when Monte Vista will open up against Silverado HS from Nevada.
Heritage 44 - Monte Vista 30
One of Chico State's coaches sat behind Monte Vista's bench probably scouting some of the Mustangs' junior and senior players. By the middle of the fourth quarter, she appeared to have seen enough and left without speaking to anyone. No one would have blamed her as Monte Vista turned in the weakest game of the young season scoring a mere 30 points for the game and falling to Heritage by 14. Losing to a good Heritage squad with three norcal top 40 players is not at all the issue. It is how poorly MV played that no doubt troubled the coaches. By now, everyone should be alarmed how often the team played like they did against James Logan at the Foundation Game. That loss could be chalked up as first of the pre-season but MV kept playing at that level three weeks into the season. A combination of turnovers, bad defense and poor shooting plagued the entire contest along with weak rebounding and questionable decision making.
So a 5-1 mark isn't so bad although considering Heritage got hammered 54-33 last week by St. Mary's of Berkeley, there is a very long road of improvement ahead before the team could considered themselves "elite."
MVHS JV vs Acalanes Dons JV.....FINAL Score MVHS 41-- Acalanes 25
The Mustangs got off to a 2-0 start with the first of Katie Good’s 2 points, on her way with a total of 21 points on the night from Katie ! The next possession was initiated by Alexis Meyer, with a steal and a layup and a 4-0 lead for the visiting Team….Q1 was highlighted by an Erica Perez 3 pointer, a few assists from Autumn Davis, and a really cool buzzer beater by Lauren Haus, to give MVHS a 16-5 lead after the first 8 minutes of play.
The good vibes and momentum turned quickly as Acalanes scored the first 7 points of Q2 to tighten the score at 16-12…..with some nifty passing, a skip pass to Megan Oliveira, and then to Katie, ended in a layup and a foul! Free throw was made for a slick 3 pointer…..At the half, the Mustangs lead the Dons, 25-15.
Steve Cornell’s bench played a lot of minutes with key contributions all around……while there were more turnovers, and missed jumpers than desired, the Mustangs led after Q3, 37-21.
When the Team moves the ball and runs the plays, Great Basketball is played and its beautiful to watch……The Mustangs played solid D in Q4, and brought home a 41-25 Win…..did I mention that Katie Good had 21 points? She was followed by Erica with 7 points……the 8-0 MVHS Lady JV Mustangs are playing good ball, but the best is yet to come….Nice job Ladies.
Freedom Tournament JV, GAME 3 December 8, 2012 Championship Game MV 52; Liberty 26
Freedom Tournament, GAME 2 December 7, 2012: Monte Vista 48; Freedom 38
What will be remembered as the "longest" game of one's lifetime, saw the Mustang's beat the host team Freedom Falcons 48-38 on their home court in the semi-final game. The game scheduled for 8 pm, started late and did not conclude until 10:20 pm. Nearly 2 hours!!! The 1st quarter saw the MV take an early 15-7 lead, but there was much drama along the way. Two technical fouls were called on the home team during the quarter. However, Megan Olivera and Taylor Freitas had hot hands and scored 7 and 6 points respectively to pace the Mustangs to the early lead. As the game slowly continued in the 2nd quarter the game was marked by sloppy play from both teams. Also, a record number of fouls were called...over 30 on both teams in the first half! The half time score was MV 20-18, with Lauren Haus contributing 2 FG's to lead the team in the 2nd quarter. There was lots of playing time for the bench in the second quarter: Bailey Mangeo, Alyssa Gonzalez, Katrina Palumbo, Beckie Paholski, and Olivia Addis. All had significant minutes! The 3rd quarter saw a return to more "normal" play as less fouls and turnovers were called. The starting unit built up a nice lead 38-26 with big contributions from Katie Good, Autumn Davis, Taylor Freitas. Beckie Paholski also added a FG to close out the quarter! In the 4th quarter, Freedom quickly attempted a come back by cutting the lead to 38-32 with 7:00 left. However, 2 FG's by both Alexis Meyer and Katie Good gave MV a 46-34 margin with 4:02 left. To highlight the last minute of the game, Bailey Mangeo scored her first basket of the season on a nice assist from Lauren Haus!
Statistically, Taylor Freitas led the team scoring with 12. Katie Good added 10 points and 7 rebounds. Megan Olivera contributed 9 points and 5 rebounds. Lauren Haus added 6 points and Autumn Davis led all rebounders with 9! Alexis Meyer led in assists with 3.
Game 1, Freedom Tourney MVHS vs Castro Valley HS JV game result ......49--39 MVHS
The game started out with Castro Valley making a short shot for a 2—0 lead, but that was the last time CVHS had the lead…….MVHS JV squad came out shooting well, led by Megan Oliveira, with 7 pts in Q1. Katie Good rebounded her own missed free throw, and put it back, for her first bucket of the game……and Q1 ended with MVHS up 13—7.
Q2 saw the first floor time of the young season for Alyssa Gonzalez; first time the ball was in her hands, she threw across court to Megan for three….nice assist Alyssa. Bailey Mangeo played a lot in Q2 and contributed with a tie-up jump ball, with the result being MVHS possession……At the half, the Mustangs were up 27—18.
Castro Valley continued to run their guard-oriented weave offense, with quick passes in the middle to the cutters, and the result was a close Q3, at the end of the Quarter, MVHS held a closer than desired 31—27 lead.
Q4 saw Alexis Meyer back on the court, after some early game foul trouble……a quick layup, then a 3 pointer, in which she also drew a foul, ignited the Mustang offense a bit…….Katie also had a short shot find the bottom of the net, when she was fouled in the act.
MVHS timely defense and offense proved too much for CVHS, as the final score was 49—39.
Megan led the scoring with 15 points, including 2 from long range…….Katie had 14 points, Taylor Freitas contributed 8 and Autumn Davis chipped-in 7.
Katie contributed big time on the boards with 12 grabs…….even with the victory, the Mustangs can get a lot better…..looking forward to the games ahead.
Monte Vista JV 40, Rodriguez HS 39 !!
Wow, it is very difficult to beat another Team twice in a row, but twice within four days?! That takes skill, especially when the mascot of both Teams is the Mustang……the first eight minutes of the JV game against Rodriguez HS saw 10 travelling calls on both Teams. The play and flow was sloppy and choppy. There was some wonderful passing that lead to some early baskets by Katie Good and Taylor Freitas. But it didn’t take long for Taylor and Autumn Davis to get into foul trouble. At the end of Q1, the score was 8—5 MVHS, and it was obvious it was going to be a closely contested ball game.
At the start of Q2, Megan Oliveira had a key steal, which propelled the positive energy throughout the second Quarter……..but MVHS could not pull away, and led at the intermission by a score of 20—15.
What was interesting for Steve’s young squad in Q2, was the contributions made by his bench…… Beckie Paholski, Lauren Haus, and Katrina Palumbo all had meaningful minutes and results. Katrina swished her two free throw attempts at a point in the game where points were hard to come by.
At the start of the second Half, Rodriguez came out with 6 straight points, but MVHS stopped the momentum swing, with a jumper by Autumn, and a 3 pointer from Megan……a buzzer 3 pointer by Rodriguez to end Q3, left MVHS with a 3 point lead at the end of Q3 29---26.
Q4 saw many lead changes, and solid offensive efforts by both squads. With 56 seconds remaining in the contest, the score was knotted at 39…….Katie made one of two free throws with 46 seconds remaining to give the Mustangs from Danville a one point lead that they were able to protect with good ball security down the stretch.
This game will be remembered for the bench contributions…..and all the travelling calls.
Megan led the way with 11 points, followed by Lauren and Taylor with 6 each……..Alexis Meyer contributed with a strong defensive and point guard effort…….While Katie did not have her usual 15 points tonight, she did have 11 rebounds……Congrats to the 4—0 Mustangs!!
Champions of Bulldogs Tournament - Monte Vista 63 - Alhambra 29
Full-court man defense gave the host Bulldogs great difficulties resulting in six turnovers in nine possessions, a pair of timeouts by Alhambra and a quick 17-0 lead by Monte Vista. A lapse in the beginning of the second quarter allowed Alhambra to mount a brief comeback trimming the deficit to 29-16 although a quick timeout by Ron and Tony rectified the problem and the Mustangs scored the next 10 points for a 39-16 advantage and the game was never in doubt after that. Jasmin Dilworth was a force in the paint throughout the tournament and led all scorers this afternoon with 22 and walked away deservedly with the tournament MVP honor while Sara Jensen was name to the All Tournament team. Center Jen Casper also had a very strong game knocking down mid range jumpers and making lay ups. Ms Casper ended up with a searon high 16 points. Of particular note is the return of Brittany Nigra who actually played a solid fourth quarter, especially on the defensive end. Brittany may only be making small contributions this season but should be relied on heavily comes the 2013-14 season. The 3-0 Mustang will now play Rodriquez High School Tuesday in a non-league game in Fairfield on Tuesday.
Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Rodriquez 34 Pittsburg Pirates Tournament Champions !
Just as the games against Pittsburg and Liberty, MV countered Rodriquez's superior size and athletic abilities with team work, intelligent defense and desire. Alexis Meyer and Autumn Davis combined for an amazing 17 steals that kept the Mustangs in the game. With their #20 knocking down deep three's and #24, #40 and #4 controling the board, Monte Vista managed to keep a small lead throughout the first quarter and late into the second when Rodriquez ran off 12 straight to turn a two point deficit into a healthy 10 point lead going into the intermission. Outside shooting, however, cooled off for the team from Fairfield in the second half and with #4 in foul trouble, the young ladies from Monte Vista began to chip away at their lead cutting Rodriquez's advantage to 5 after three quarters and finally overtaking the home team late in the fourth quarter. Katie Good, along with Taylor Freitas did a fantastic job keeping the taller opponents off the board while staying out of foul trouble while Beckie Paholski subbed admirably for the "bigs" when they desparately needed the rest. A long jumper from Katie gave Monte Vista a two possession and final lead at 38-34. Katie Good finished with 14 and Taylor Freitas with 10 points - their third consecutive double digit scoring !
Those of us that left the game at halftime to attend the varsity championship contest in Martinez missed a stirring comeback by the JV squad. Most, including yours truly, did not pin a lot of hope on a turn around in the second half. The fact that Monte Vista held powerful Rodriquez to only 8 points total in the second half was impressive indeed. Well done !
Monte Vista (JV) 45 - Liberty 42
When Alexis Meyer walked through the gym door at Pittsburg this afternoon, she had no clue of the task that would befall on her shoulders... Liberty was a big team. Three girls 5' 10" or taller. It would seem the key was to defend the post - at least until the first possession of the game, when a 5' 7" slender young lady from Liberty took the ball and flashed by Taylor Freitas, who is normally a solid physical defender, as if she was standing still. This freshman young lady we only knew as "Jamesha" went on to score 11 of Liberty's 13 first quarter points including 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Coaches Steve and Pat knew MV could not win without at least limiting the damage from Jamesha and hence Alexis, who is the quickest defender on the squad, was assigned the honor of "shadowing" Jamesha and denying her the basketball as much as possible. The strategy worked immediately as Ms Jamesha was held to only 4 points in the second quarter while Monte Vista maintained a slim 19-17 lead into the half. MV had leads of up to 8 points in the second half but was unable to pull away from the pesky visitors as the game was a cliff hanger much of the way. Katie Good was splendid as usual with 16 points including a basket from the wing as the shot clock was winding down. Katie also fought a valiant battle inside the paint on both ends of the court against some serious bulk pulling down a team leading 12 rebounds with Autumn Davis following closely with 9 rebounds. Taylor Freitas, who had played against Jamesha in the AAU circuit, made a statement of her own with a team and season high 16 points. Her turn around jumper in the final minute of the game gave Monte Vista their final victory margin. As for Alexis, aside from chasing Jamesha around the court, she also had 5 assists, 5 steals and four rebounds along with 6 points. Not a bad day at the office...For their trouble, Monte Vista will play in the Championship game on the floor of the large NEW Pittsburg gym. Go 'Stangs !
One for the Ages ! Monte Vista 44 - Heritage 43
The big game between the two east bay Division I powerhouses started poorly for Monte Vista. After trading early baskets, Heritage went on a 15-2 run to seize a commanding 17-4 lead after one quarter and 31-18 at the half. The Lady Mustangs had reverted back to the same sluggish listless state against James Logan 10 days ago. Unlike the foundation game, this contest not only counts towards season record but has potential major bearing on playoff seeding. The 3rd quarter started with little change on offense with MV still committing turnovers off errant passes and failure to execute plays. The defense, however, had stiffened - limiting the Patriots to only 5 points in the period - after giving 17 and 14 for the first two quarters. Trailing 36-29 early in the 4th quarter, Monte Vista forced Heritage into four consecutive turnovers but only netted one free throw in four possessions. Behind 38-30 with 4:30 left on the closk, Amanda Daily knocked down a three from the right corner and Lily Wissinger nailed a three from the left wing, bringing the Mustangs to within 2 at 38-36. The defense turned back Heritage again on two back to back possessions and when Jasmin Dilworth dropped in a lay up, was fouled and converted the free throw, Monte Vista had its very first lead in the game at 39-38. The team from Brentwood, however, did not just go away. MV's 4th quarter defense forced the Patriots to call a timeout with 2.0 second left on the shot clock but the inbound went to their 6' 2" center Sabrina Engelstadt who calmly sank a 15 footer to give Heritage a 40-39 lead. Sara Jensen, who had been quiet offensively much of the game, scored on a 18' jump shot near the top of the key to give MV back the lead at 41-40 with less than a minute left in the game. The excitment was short lived as Heritage's senior transfer from St. Mary's Stockton Lexi Campbell hit a three with 23 seconds left to give Heritage a 2 point advantage at 43-41. When Monte Vista took the court after a timeout, the options were the gunners at each corner for the win and Jaz inside for the tie. Heritage had seen Monte Vista's long range capability earlier in the game and decided to vigorously defend the corners. The big post also took away the inside option. With less than 5 seconds left to play trailing by a basket, instead of forcing the ball into the defense, senior 1-guard Angela Rigo took matters into her own hand and launched a three from the left wing. The 20-foot flight to the basket felt like an eternity, but when the ball sailed through the rim and Ron raised his fist triumphantly, Monte Vista has slayed the Heritage juggernauts - at least for one day...
Monte Vista (JV) 50 - Pittsburg 31
Due to the late start, I was only able to catch the first half of an entertaining season opener for both teams. The game was tied at 2-2 but Monte Vista was ahead the rest of the way, leading by 10 at the half and steadily pulling away in the second half. The first 16 minutes saw an outstanding performance from Autumn Davis who not only led the team in first half scoring but cotributed with her ball handling along side her back court mates of Alexis Meyer, Megan Oliviera and freshman Lauren Haus. The quartet was instrumental in the Mustangs' win by consistently breaching the Pirates' full-court pressure. Outside of the continuous demands on the guards, there was also a fierce battle in the paint with center Katie Good and frosh Taylor Freitas exchanging pushing and elbowing with Pittsburg's big post. Ms Freitas had to sit out a good part of the second quarter because of foul trouble but back up Beckie Paholski played admirably in her stead, apparently applying her water polo skills towards the hardwood sport. Kate Good led all scorers with 14 points along with 11 rebounds followed by 12 points each for Autumn Davis and Taylor Freitas. Lauren Haus led the team with 5 assists followed by Alexis Meyer with 3. Monte Vista will face an unknown Liberty team in tomorrow's second round game at 6:30 pm.
Monte VISTA 71 - Antioch 11
Against a severely undermanned Antioch High School, Monte Vista quickly jumped out to a 13-0 lead 3:05 into the contest and was ahead 20-0 when Ron withdrew the full court man defense. The Mustangs led 28-0 after one quarter after which there was liberal use of the entire bench. Freshman center Lauren Akright, despite missing several point blank opportunities, tied for top scoring honor with 15. Junior guard/forward Lily Wissinger also had 15 points, confirming the belief that she will be a big part of MV's offense for the 2012-13 season. Senior power forward Jasmin Dilworth added 9 points all collected in the first 5 minutes of the game. Despite being the only player not to have scored in the victory, point guard Angela Rigo nonetheless contributed 5 assists after which she and most of the regular starters spent much of the evening cheering from the sideline. Monte Vista will face Heritage in tomorrow's semi-final at 8:00 pm. The Patriots defeated MV twice last season and like Monte Vista, returns virtually all of last year's starters including their 6' 2" St. Mary's bound center Sabrina Engelstadt. In addition, Heritage has also added senior shooting guard transfer Lexi Campbell from St. Mary's Stockton giving them an extra weapon from the outside. The Lady Mustangs, however, will face them for the first time with a healthy Angela Rigo and one of the deepest bench in the east bay. The late evening contest should be the highlight of the tournament.
Niveen's Final Home Coming...
Ron and Tony drove all day to Los Angeles to watch Niveen Rasheed's final college homecoming game. The Tigers lost to #19 ranked UCLA at Pauley Pavilion 65-52 although Niveen did lead Princeton with 17 points along with 7 rebounds. Steve Cornell's daughter Stephanie who played along side Niveen at Monte Vista also drove up from San Diego from her coaching job at Mesa College to see her old friend. Ms. Rasheed had 19 points and 12 rebound two day earlier against UC Riverside in a 72-68 victory.
MV (Varsity) 4 - Berkeley 0 !
After a truly disappointing performance against James Logan on Tuesday, the Lady Mustangs turned in a gutsy performance against a young but still formidable Berkeley High School team that has been the absolute dominant program in Northern California Division I having won the last four sectional titles and are the defending NorCal Champion and State Finalist. Monte Vista handled the Yellow Jackets' man defense and more importantly rebounded well against a relatively small although aggressive Berkeley front ine. Jazmin Dilworth showed why she has no equals in the EBAL by pulling down 12 rebounds and generally created havoc both in the paint or up high where her physical strength, leaping abilities, speed and quickness are in a different class. Center Jen Casper also played one of her best games by driving the Berkeley squad crazy with consistent mid range jumpers as well as inside baskets. She also contributed heavily on the defensive and rebounding front. Historically, quick, atheletic teams like Berkeley and Deer Valley have great advantage in guard play. On this day, however, the Mustangs were step for step with the Yellow Jackets utilizing a combination of guards and small forwards to push the ball up court led by senior guard Angela Rego and junior Rachel Tagle.
So the real season starts on Thursday with the opening round of the Alhambra Bulldog Tournament. The first round opponent from Antioch HS will post little trouble but looming after Antioch is Heritage which had defeated Monte Vista twice last year behind their big 6' 3" St. Mary's College bound center Sabrina Engelhardt. Do we know which Monte Vista team will show up ?
Monte VISTA (JV) 3 - Berkeley 1
Monte Vista finally ran out of gas playing on the huge NBA size Berkeley High School court. But that was long after they have taken the first three quarters in fairly convincing fashion. Most of the freshman players have shown improvement but still struggled mightily against the Berkeley press but the returning JV members had little trouble finding open lanes and open baskets. Alexis Meyer, Megan Oliviera and Autumn Davis continued to provide excellent guard play although the relative lack of depth will be a concern throughout the season. Starting freshman forward Taylor Freitas continues to impress by scoring 18 points including 6 of 8 from the free throw line aided by 13 points from center Katie Good and 9 points from Autumn Davis. The JV will open its 2012-13 campaign this Thursday at the Pittsburg HS Tournament against a traditionally quick and aggressive team from Rodriquez HS (Fairfield.) The scrimmage against Berkeley should serve as a preview on their season opener opponent.
OUCH ! JAMES LOGAN 44 - MONTE VISTA 40
It is difficult to place a good spin on the outcome of this evening's contest against James Logan. The Mustangs are considered one of the top Division I teams in North Coast Section having returned all five starters from last season's 22-6 squad. Against the determined Colts, they appeared anything but...Monte Vista looked out of sync right off the tip missing back to back to back point blank baskets. Most of the team played lethargic and at times seemed lost on the court. The paint was dominated by a pair of strong but not particularly skilled Logan forwards that clearly exposed the visitors' main weakness - rebounding. Monte Vista did not help themselves by missing 21 easy lay ups plus failure to convert open shots. A push in the fourth quarter by MV made the score respectable although James Logan was in control most of the night with leads ranged from 7 to 15 most of the contest. So this game did not count but it certainly raises the question on what we should expect from this senior laden group.
MONTE VISTA (JV) 32 - JAMES LOGAN 31
There was 5.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter with the visiting Monte Vista holding onto a 30-29 lead. Center Katie Good was fouled and calmly sank both free throws after waiting out a pair of timeouts. On the ensuing possession trailing 32-29, James Logan was fouled during a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer and the Mustangs had to watch the best shooter from the Colts made two of the three shots before celebrating a thrilling win. The game marked the beginning of a new era for the JV program. With the exception of Katie Good, who scored 16 of the Mustangs' 32 points, every starter was new to their role. The back court trio of Megan Oliviera, Alexis Meyer and Autumn Davis were solid contributors last season but are now the backbone of the team. Freshman Taylor Freitas (8 points) showed why she should be a force this year by playing tough defense and pulling rebounds and scoring when the opponents are double teaming KG. So wins may not come as easily in 2012-13 as in previous years, but we can guarantee the excitement will remain.
Niveen Rasheed - final year at Princeton
It felt like it was yesterday when Niveen Rasheed led the Lady Mustangs to the NorCal Title and a berth at the State Finals against Long Beach Poly at ARCO Arena. But that was nearly four years ago. Today, Niveen "Venus", argueably one of the most dominant players to come out of northern California is leading the Princeton Tigers on a quest to win their fourth consecutive Ivy League title and the fourth consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. In spite of losing a significant portion of her sophomore year to an ACL injury, Niveen has earned just about every honor in her domain including Ivy League Rookie Of The Year, All Ivy League First Team and Ivy League Offensive Player Of The Year. We will be following her closely on her final journey as a college player and see how far she can carry the Tigers...
Below is an ESPN article on Niveen Rasheed Monte Vista '09; Princeton '13
NEW SEASON IS UPON US !
NEW SEASON is upon us... 2012-2013 promised to be a banner year for the varsity squad and coaches Ron Hirschman and Tony Arndt as it returns all five starters with several All-League honors and the bench depth was considered perhaps the best ever. Most of the younger players coming off the bench at Monte Vista could be starters for EBAL opponents. Then came the unexpected loss of Dana Outcalt, who chose to play on the varsity soccer team, Brittany Nigra, who left the team to pursue other interests and Taylor Partin, who had season ending surgery to her right shoulder last week. The Mustangs will remain formidable but the loss of three players who have been an integral part of the program will be felt. The varsity will open its season as usual at the Alhambra Bulldog Tournament followed by the Northgate HS Tournament. The team will then head to Las Vegas for the Basic HS Tournament after Christmas. A pre-season intrigue is the scheduled scrimmage against the Yellow Jackets of Berkeley HS on November 24. Berkeley has won the North Coast Section just about every year and NorCal Division I champion four out of the past five seasons. It should give MV a feel of how ready they are to challenge for the EBAL title......The JV presents a somewhat different story for 2012-2013. An undisputed powerhouse for much of the last 7-8 years, the current squad will be without many of its star players from 2011-2012. For once, the team will lack depth, particularly at the post position. Katie Good, who has been consistently dominant will return as center. She will be aided in the paint by freshman Taylor Freitas who has the strength and built of a future varsity contributor. Both players are expected to play long minutes where stamina and foul issue will play a big role in game managment by coach Steve Cornell and Pat Nevins. The good news is the availability of a solid albeit small-ish group of returning guards that will be required to pick up a larger part of the offense.
JV End of Season Banquet at Round Hill CC
A heart breaking loss to MSJ 48-47
I will spare myself the anguish of reliving the final 60 seconds of the game. Give credit to Mission San Jose for taking advantage of EVERY opportunity and they deserve to move on while MV will always be left pondering what if...
And a point to be made - the packed house at MSJ was memorable. In spite of the clear partisan lean, the sheer fact of playing in front of an enthusiastic, loud crowd fired up both teams. A shame our girls don't receive the kind of support at Monte Vista.
2011-2012 turned out to be a very good season. Better than most had predicted given lost of four starting seniors from 2010-2011. Ron and Tony continued to amaze as coaches. Returning varsity players all matured and improved while new varsity arrivals brought depth and extra dimensions. This group should constitute an awesome 2012-2013 squad and we only have "280 days" to wait to see them in action.
Monte Vista 61 - Santa Rosa 40
The host Lady Mustangs led from the very start when Angelo Rigo scored uncontested off the opening tip. A steal and quick second basket by Rachel Tagle staked MV a 4-0 start. The lead, however, was stuck at 10-4 for over three minutes until less than 1:45 was left in the first quarter when Madison Burroughs converted on a jumper and moments later, Amanda Daily, who had just checked into the game, drained a three from the right corner to give Monte Vista a 15-4 lead. Santa Rosa then scored the next two baskets to close to within 7 at 15-8 but Angela Rigo would knocked down a three to give MV a 10 point bulge after one. The second quarter was more of a seesaw battle with MV led on four occasions by double digits at 21-10, 25-15, 26-15 and 29-17 but could not extend the lead. The Panthers actually sank a long three at the buzzer to trim their halftime deficit to 9 at 29-20.
Despite the decent advantage at the half, there was this fear just below the surface that if you squander the opportunities to build a big lead and let your opponent hang around, particularly a three point shooting team, they may get hot and beat you late as in the case against Foothill.
Ron must have reminded the ladies at halftime as Monte Vista came out firing, out scoring the visitor by a score of 9-2 forcing a timeout by Santa Rosa at the 3:08 mark in the third quarter with the team ahead 38-22. Angela Rigo was devastating on defense picking Santa Rosa's pocket three times in the third quarter alone converting all into breakaways. Lily Wissinger had 5 points in the final 2:00 of the third quarter and Monte Vista by then was cruising with a 45-24 lead.
Angela finished with a game and season high 21 points and 5 steals while Madison Burroughs added 12. The rest of the team had balanced scoring with Rachel, Amanda and Jen Casper all contributing 6. More significantly, every member of the team got in the game including newly called up Nikki Sell and Brittany Nagra.
With MVAL Champion Mission San Jose handily beating Liberty 50-27, Monte Vista will face the Warriors on the road Friday in a game that will decide one of four spots to the NorCal State Tournament.
CIF-NCS Division I Bracket
Monte Vista seeded #6
CIF-NCS Division I Bracket
2011-2012 California Interscholastic Federation / North Coast Section Playoff
Sometimes a higher seed may not necessarily be ideal depending on which teams they will run into. The playoff is single elimination and every participant has a winning record. League champions get automatic home court regardless of seeding unless the opponent is also a league champion.
Your Monte Vista is expected to be seeded #4, 5 or 6 out of 14 Division I playoff teams and should face the #13, 12 or 11 seed at home on Tuesday or Wednesday. If they win that game, the second round will be on Friday or Saturday.
California Interscholastic Federation - North Coast Section
San Ramon Valley (JV) 57 - Monte Vista 40
Monte Vista was in trouble immediately and never found a way to dig out of the 14-7 deficit at the end of the first quarter. MV only shot 22.8% for the game while the Wolves was on fire hitting over 40% of their shots. Former Monte Vista JV standout Jade Montes had a spectacular offensive night scoring from all over the court finishing with 28 points including 3 three pointers in the second half. Each time the host team mounted a comeback, SRV would respond in like.
Forward Brittany Nagra led Monte Vista with 14 polints while Katie Good contributed 8 points along with 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Monte Vista 56 - San Ramon Valley 32
Monte Vista left little in doubt as Madison Burroughs dropped in a lay up to open the game and the host swiftly took leads of 6-0, 12-2 and 15-3. The lead grew to 28-9 in the second quarter and 31-13 at the half. With 0:50 left in the third quarter, coach Ron emptied the bench with his team in total control leading 45-21.
Freshman Amanda Daily went 5 of 7 including a pair of three's to lead all scorers with a career high 14 points. Madison Burroughs rebounded from a subpar outing against Cal with 13 first half points while Jazmine Dilworth appeared to have found the formula for keeping herself out of foul trouble ending up with 8 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. The team also welcomed back Sara Jensen, who missed Tuesday's game at California because of illness, to the starting line-up.
The squad will now await the announcement of their seeding by the North Coast Section seeding committee for the identity of their first round opponent with the game most likely be played at Monte Vista.
Monte Vista (JV) 44 - California 16
Brittany Nagra had her way with Cal scoring 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in just over two quarters of play. Center Katie Good was consistently solid with 6 points, 4 steals and 8 rebounds while Bridget Haus continued her late season surge with 8 points.
The Monte Vista JV team improves to 23-2 on the season and will face off a good SRV team Thursday evening for the chance of a 24 win season.
Monte Vista 58 - California 33
The Grizzlies, however, came out of the locker room on fire scoring 7 quick consecutive points including a three from #32 Villanueva to close the gap to 2 at 25-23. Monte Vista responded with a 12-0 run including baskets from Rachel Tagle, Jazmine Dilworth, Amanda Daily and Dana Outcalt to essentially seize control of the game.
"JAZ" led the balanced scoring with 10 points following by Rachel Tagle and Taylor Partin with 9 each. Ms. Partin accounted for all three Monte Vista three pointers this evening. Jen Casper added 8 while Angela Rigo had 6. Guard Erika Perez scored her first varsity basket in the second quarter off a pretty drive to the basket.
The victory by Monte Vista coupled with the 10 point Foothill loss to Carondolet clinched 2nd place for the Mustangs in EBAL and a 20-5, 10-3 season mark. With a win Thursday at home against San Ramon Valley, the team could finish with the best season record in three years.
How sweet ! Taylor, I hope you said yes...
Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Foothill 30
The foothill game was a fiercely contested one. The Falcons, undoubtedly embarrassed by their 35 point loss at home to the Mustangs came to play with strong desire to avenge and showed it.
MV led by 4 at the half 17-13 and was unable to break the game open in the third quarter with the lead stayed mostly at single digit (19-13, 21-14, 21-16, 23-16, 25-18, 27-18 and 27-20 ) until 3:15 left in the third when MV started a mini 5-0 run to finally leap ahead 32-10 with 1:23 left in the quarter. The 10 point lead going into the fourth quarter stayed pretty much intact with Foothill never able to cut it down beyond 8 and Monte Vista not able to extend beyond 11. With 0:43 left in the game and the Falcons just trimmed their deficit to 8 at 38-30 and with possession of the ball, coach Steve Cornell showed his faith by keeping his entirely freshman line up of Alexis Meyer, Autumn Davis, Alyssa Gonzalez, Natalie Coffin and Kelli Strand on the court and the visitors were unable to score again on back to back possessions.
Brittany Nagra who again was given more than usual ball handling responsibility for a power forward had a "double-double" with 10 points along with 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Katie Good, who has been consistently solid throughout the season, had 9 points and 7 rebounds while Bridget Haus turned in another stellar performance with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals while Olivia Romero added 6. Alexis Meyer hit the lone three pointer for the team, her third of the season.
MV now improves to 22-2 for the year.
Foothill 54 - Monte Vista 49
The game was notable for runs in the first three quarters. Monte Vista was trailing 4-0 when they out scored Foothill 18-4 with Amanda Daily going 3 for 3 including a three to take an 18-8 lead after a quarter. Then the Falcons, trailing 20-8, went on an 11-0 run to close the contest to 20-19. MV then went on their own 9-0 run to retake a 29-19 advantage just before the half. The host was still ahead 41-34 with 2:20 left in the third quarter and 41-36 after three but the tide was clearly turning. The visitors finally tied the game 42-42 at 4:47 and it stayed tied till 3:39 when Angela Rigo nailed a three pointer to allow Monte Vista to retake the lead at 45-42. Foothill, however, took the lead for the first time since the early going of the game at 46-45 when #20 Lamarche converted a pair of free throws with 3:06 left in the final quarter. Foothill went ahead 50-45 with 4 free throws and MV was never able to recover. A putback basket by Jazmine Dilworth with 46 seconds left in the game brought Monte Vista to within 2 at 51-49 but that was as close as they could muster as they turned the ball over while trying to set up a game tying three point attempt.
So so so important to win against Foothill...
Monte Vista (JV) - 46 - Granada 32
Monte Vista 43 - Granada 30
Both teams went scoreless for over 4 minutes to start the game. Amanda Daily finally broke the 0-0 tie with a 13 foot jumper for Monte Vista. She would drive through heavy traffic for another basket to give MV 4 of their 6 points in the first quarter for a 6-3 lead. The Matadors then score the next 5 points including a three pointer to start the second quarter for a brief 8-6 lead. Angela Rigo's three gave Monte Vista back the lead at 9-8 with 5:50 to play in the first half. The host Mustangs led most of the way in the first two quarters but could never extend a lead beyond 3 points. With MV ahead 14-13 with 16 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, Granada had apparently committed a 30 second shot clock violation but the referee inexplicably awarded the ball back to Granada who thankfully sank a three point shot at the buzzer to steal a 16-14 lead into the break.
Instead of dwelling over the bad call, Monte Vista scored the first 5 points of the second half to take first a 19-16 and moments later a 21-18 lead. The visitors', however, would tie the game with a three at 21-21. Two free throws and an inside basket from Jazmine Dilworth gave the home team a 25-21 lead heading into the final quarter.
Daily's three from the wing pushed MV's lead to 30-22 only to see that cut in half at 30-26 by a pair of Granada baskets from Kearney who has proven to be a thorn in Monte Vista's side over the season series. A free throw and baskets from Angela, Jaz plus a turn around jumper from Sara Jensen would give the host their first double digit lead at 37-26. At 37-28, Madison Burroughs would put a dagger in the Mats heart by draining a contested three from the deep right corner for a 40-28 advantage from where they would coast home for a 13 point victory against a most pesky foe.
Angela Rigo led Monte Vista with 11 points followed by Sara Jensen with 9, Jazmine Dilworth with 8 and Amanda Daily with 7. Sara Jensen also collected 11 rebounds while Jaz would snare 10.
Friday's home game will feature the Falcons from Foothill High School. The game at Foothill was won by the visitors in overtime by the smallest of margin and this upcoming game will no doubt be another tightly contested game.
Monte Vista EBAL Standing
Monte Vista is now two full game ahead of Foothill and three ahead of Granada for 2nd place in EBAL. MV is ranked 4th in North Coast Section Division I behind Berkeley, Deer Valley and Heritage although Heritage lost to Deer Valley Friday and Monte Vista should leapfrog back into 3rd place. Deer Valley will play Carondolet 2/11 and may leave the door open for Monte Vista to move up into 2nd. We must, however, win out in EBAL to have a chance to do so.
Mont Vista (JV) 52 - Amador Valley 31
With Kelli Strand started at the second guard position next to Nikki Sell, the answer was swift and decisive as Monte Vista blitzed the host Amador Valley in the first two quarters quickly seizing an insurmountable 32-12 first half lead as if they were at full force, coasting eventually to a 21 point win. Freshman guard Kyndel Sidori had a big game scoring a season high 6 points along with handling the point duties coming off the bench. Center Brittany Nigra showcased her ball handling skills when Steve Cornell used her on occasions as a "big" guard. Ms. Nigra responded with 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting including a three pointer along with 3 steals, 3 blocked shots and 6 rebounds. Katie Good also had a great night with 13 points and 5 rebounds. The one that filled up her stat sheet was captain Bridget Haus who had a fabulous outing not only with 12 points but 8 rebounds and a career best 6 assists.
After a disheartening loss to Carondolet on Tuesday, the JV squad has regrouped and not only aims for a 24-2 season but with coach Steve Cornell and Pat Nivens tinkering with perhaps next season's lineup and options.
Monte Vista 55 - Amador Valley 39
Amador Valley's basket literally developed a lid in the third quarter as the host was unable to convert any basket until there was less than two minute left in the third by which time they were already trailing 36-21. The deficit for AV was briefly cut to 11 at 36-25 but a couple of three point baskets by Amanda Daily and Angela Rigo gave MV a 17 point lead and essentially sealed the victory. Back to back baskets by Jazmine Dilworth, a long two pointer by Amanda Daily from the left corner, a 10 foot jump shot from Jen Casper plus a basket from Madison Burroughs early in the final segment put Monte Vista up 53-27 from where they would coast home to their 8 straight win in league outside of Carondolet.
Jen Casper led a balanced Monte Vista scoring with 13 followed by Madison Burroughs with 11, Jaz D with 10, Rachel Tagle with 8, Angela Rigo with 7 and Amanda Daily with 5.
The game also saw the debut of Erika Perez who was promoted to varsity after devastating her opponents for almost a season. Erika will add depth to an already deep guard pool.
Monte Vista improves to 18-4, 8-2 on the season. Next up is another huge game against Granada at home on Tuesday.
Carondolet 72 - Monte Vista 43
Carondolet (JV) 46 - Monte Vista 43
Monte Vista 59 - Livermore 56
The Cowboys took a brief 4-0 lead but with 3:46 left in the first quarter, the host's lead was only 9-8. Then Livermore's Kline hit a three pointer and was fouled in the process resulted in a rare 4-point play and their lead was suddenly 13-8. Jen Casper, who has been playing extremely well of late then scored three consecutive baskets on three possessions and gave the visiting MV their first lead of the game at 14-13 with just over 2 minutes left in the quarter. The first quarter would conclude after an exchange of baskets with MV holding the same one point 16-15 advantage. The Mustangs scored the first 4 points of the second period and led 20-15 only to see Livermore tied the contest at 22-22. The game would have three more ties in the first half at 24-24, 26-26 and eventually 28-28 at the intermission. Jen Casper led all scorers at the break with 14 points.
The Cowboys knocked down a couple of three pointers sandwiching a two point basket to start the second half to seize an 8 point lead at 36-28 less than 2 minutes into the third quarter, forcing Ron Hirschman to call a time out before the game got out of hand. With the game at 38-33, Lily Wissinger nailed a three point shot from the right corner to bring Monte Vista to within 2. The game would eventually tie at 40-40 and subsequently at 44-44 after three quarters.
Jen Casper kept Monte Vista close for three quarters and Madison Burroughs gave the Mustangs the lead for good by her ability to go by Livermore's defenders to the hoop. After a couple of driving baskets from Ms. Burroughs and a turn around jumper from Sara Jensen, MV suddenly found themselves ahead by six at 50-44. Livermore, however, simply refused to go away although each time they mounted a come back, Monte Vista would answer in like. With the visitors ahead by five at 54-49, Lily Wissinger would step up and drained her second three pointer of the evening to hand Monte Vista their biggest lead at 57-49 with 2:22 left on the clock. A victory appeared to be well in hand when Livermore scored on back to back possessions to come within four at 57-53. Rachel Tagle was deliberately foul but calmly sank a pair of free throws to give Monte Vista back a 6 points advantage with less than 30 seconds remaining on the game clock. Livermore's freshman guard Rachel Hernandez then made things interesting by hitting a three with 7.5 second remaining. MV then turned the inbound over under full court pressure and had to watch Hernandez's three point attempt clank off the rim before finally able to breathe a sigh of relief.
Jen Casper finished with a career high 22 points followed by Madison Burroughs with 17 and Lily Wissinger with 10.
With the win, Monte Vista (17-3, 7-1 EBAL) now has a three game lead over third place Livermore and Foothill both at 4-4. The Mustangs will host Carondolet on Tuesday for a shot at first place in EBAL.
Monte Vista (JV) 59 - Livermore 35
Erika Perez shot an amazing 9 of 12 from the field and 4 of 5 from the line to lead all scorers with a career high 22 point along with 6 steals and 4 assists. This was the most points scored by a Monte Vista JV player in at least four years. Megan Oliviera had 10 points including a pair of three pointers and Katie Good added 8 all played in less than a half of the game.
Monte Vista now brings its 19-1, 7-1 record against Carondolet on Tuesday for sole possession of 1st place in EBAL.
MONTE VISTA 47 - SAN RAMON VALLEY 37
The away game against the winless Wolves was more challenging with the weakened line-up. The host SRV played tough and although trailed virtually the entire game, refused to simply go away. MV led 4-0 and 7-3 but had to settle for a slim 12-11 lead after a quarter. Monte Vista then out scored the freshman ladened San Ramon Valley 11-1 with Lily Wissinger knocking down a two and a three pointer to go up 23-12. the host, however, chipped away at the deficit and managed to climb back into the contest by making a mini 7-2 run to trail only by 6 at the half at 25-19. MV center Jen Casper was instrumental in giving her team the lead by scoring 10 point in the first half to finish with 14 for the game in spite of foul trouble.
The third quarter stayed much the same with Monte Vista led by 8 at 29-21 only to see SRV cut it to 4 at 29-25. The visitors managed to post a 35-28 lead going into the fourth but unable to create any significant separation. San Ramon Valley's Allio scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 35-30 before the Mustangs ran of 6 straight points for a 41-30 advantage and the host was unable to come closer than 9.
Aside from the heroics from Jen Casper and Lily Wissinger, Madison Burroughs played for the second game in a row with the flu and contributed 10 strong points while Sara Jenson added 6 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Tagle and Amanda Daily each added 4 points all of which were critical when they were scored in this close contest.
Monte Vista now improves to 16-3 for the year and 6-1 in EBAL despite never played with everyone healthy.
Monte Vita (JV) 52 - San Ramon Valley 35
The Lady Wolves played the first quarter as if their lives depended on it. MV had a 7-3 lead which turned into a 8-7 deficit with 3:00 left in the quarter. That, however, would be the only time the visitors trailed. The remaining first half wasn't easy though. The lead was a slim 2 points at 12-10 after one quarter. MV led 14-11 but SRV got to within 2 at 18-16 with 2:07 left in the second quarter. Then Monte Vista JV's leading scorer Niki Sell buried a pair of baskets and assisted Katie Good on another pair to give Monte Vista a hard fought 10 point bulge at the intermission at 26-16.
The lead grew to 37-18 in the third quarter after the visitors out scored SRV 11-2. The game appeared well in hand when San Ramon Valley made a charge cutting the deficit to 41-29 after three. Order was quickly restored in the final quarter when Katie Good and Brittany Nigra combined for 5 quick points and a 46-30 lead.
Katie Good led all scorers with 14 while teammate Niki Sell had 11. Former teammate Jade Montes was held to 5 point on a single basket and 3 of 4 from the free throw line.
The JV squad is now on a 5 game winning streak and 18-1 on the season and 6-1 in EBAL.
Monbte Vista (JV) 57 - California 25
Tuesday is the big rival game against San Ramon Valley who surprisingly defeated Carondolet and presumably has first place in EBAL by themselves. A win would put Monte Vista into a three way tie for first. Also of significant interest is the fact that Jade Montes is now on THE OTHER SIDE, a fact coach Steve certainly will not overlook. She may well be one of the main reasons why for the first time in nearly 10 years this game has assumed relevance...
Monte Vista 45 - California 42
Never trailed in the first half despite playing porous defense and generous with the giveaways, the host decided to do both plus stopped scoring in the second half. The result was being shut out for more than half of the third quarter and stuck on the wrong side of an 8 point hole. For the second time in as many games, MV was looking down the barrel of a devastating upset loss and not showing any signs that they could fight their way out of the rut. In came Amanda Daily who promptly nailed an all important three pointer from the wing to bring Monte Vista to within 4 at 33-29 and then a lay up to close the gap to 33-31 at the end of three periods. Amanda, who leads the team in three point baskets would end up with 8 for the game. Sara Jensen's three point basket from the top of the key gave Monte Vista back the lead for good.
The host would build a 6 point lead with 2:07 left in the game off the strength of a couple of driving baskets by captain Angela Rigo at 43-37 and appeared to be in control when the Grizzlies scored on a running hook shot and then an uncontested offensive rebound and put back basket. Suddenly, outcome of the game was again in doubt with 0:57 left.
The score stayed at 43-41 with both sides unable to convert until 0:09 when Rachel Tagle, who had been playing fabulous defense, was deliberately fouled and sealed the victory with both ends of a gutsy one-and one.
So with a bit of good fortune, Monte Vista is now 15-3 and 5-1 in EBAL heading into the final game of the first turn at San Ramon Valley on Tuesday.
Monte Vista 42 - Foothill 41 (OT)
This game had the look of a blow out early on as Monte Vista took a 9-0 start and led 13-3 after a quarter. The lead was still at 10 at the half although they had failed to open up a larger lead given the opportunities they had.
The second half started well enough as the visiting Mustangs scored the first 6 points to build a 16 points bulge at 30-14 but this was where the team slammed into a brick wall. Over the next 14 minutes, the Falcons out scored Monte Vista 24-8 and looked every bit the more dangerous team. Foothill trailed the entire game but was within 2 at 36-34 with 2:24 remaining in the contest. The score stayed at 36-34 until the final minute when Meghan Craig tied the game with a driving basket. MV turned the ball over on back to back possessions and Foothill had the ball with 0:18 on the clock and had two excellent opportunities to take the only but final lead to walk away with a victory but failed to convert.
The Falcons did take their only lead in the game at the opening moment of overtime but Madison Burroughs drove the baseline to tie the game at 38-38. Then an inside basket by Sara Jensen and a pair of free throws by Angela Rigo put Monte Vista up by 4 at 42-38 with 1:01 remaining in the game. Just when the Mustangs fans breath a sigh of relief, Foothill nailed a long three pointer from the left wing to close the gap to 42-41 at 0:40. MV never got off another shot as they committed another pair of untimely turnovers as well as surrendering a hugh offensive rebound to give Foothill three opportunities in the final 30 seconds to hand Monte Vista a devastating loss. The gracious host, however, again failed to take advantage of the opportunities at hand and when Craig's final shot was deflected by MV, so went their chance for a historic comeback win.
With the victory, Monte Vista improves to 14-3, 4-1 while Foothill drops to 7-10, 2-3 and falling ever deeper into the hole they must climb out in order to qualify for the payoff.
Jen Casper led all scorers with a career high 17 points following her stellar performance last week against Granada. The dynamic duo of Craig and Clark from Foothill had 16 and 7 points respectively.
Monte Vista (JV) 58 - Foothill 23
The JV team improves to 16-1, 5-0 and now has a three game win streak since the loss to Carondolet. The squad, amazingly, has won 29 of the past 30 games. Way to go ladies !
Monte Vista 45 - Granada 37
The teams were locked in a defensive struggle in the first quarter. With less than three minutes left, Monte Vista only had a single point and Granada had none ! The host would eventually take a 4-3 lead at the end of one quarter and 6-4 early in the second. The Lady Mustangs then went on a 9-0 run to seize a 13-6 lead late in the second quarter and a 13-8 advantage into the locker room after a defensive lapse allowed Mckenzie Daly to go the full length of the court to score in the final 2.5 seconds of the half.
Pressure defense by Monte Vista early in the 3rd quarter forced consecutive turnovers and the Lady Mustangs would build a 19-8 lead only to see the Matadors put on a 7-0 run including a pair of three pointers by #12 to close to within 4 at 19-15. With MV leading 24-15, Granada's #12 would hit her third three point basket of the evening to trim their deficit to 6 at 24-18. this would stay at 6 at 27-21. The fourth three pointer by the host brought Granada to within three at 27-24. MV would take a 29-24 lead into the final segment.
The 4th quarter proved just as exciting as a three point play gave MV a 31-24 lead only to see the Matadors come within a basket at 31-29. Two of the six mostly inside baskets in the second half by Jen Casper gave another 6 point advantage to the visitors at 35-29. The following were subsequent scores : 35-30; 35-32; 37-32; 37-34 and 37-35, the latter on a three point play. A steal and a lay up by Angela Rigo and 4 consecutive free throws by Madison Burroughs closed out the game as Rigo and Burroughs each had 10 points for the game. This was the first time in a month that Angela Rigo played in more than a half and she clearly was a difference maker. Jen Casper also played perhaps her best game of the season with 14 points, 13 of them came in the second half. Ms. Casper also played tough defense on Mckenzie Daly who was held to a mere 7 point.
Monte Vista improves to 13-3, 3-1 and will face Foothill on Tuesday at Foothill.
Monte Vista ( JV ) 42 - Granada 27
After the teams exchanged baskets in the 3rd quarter with the score differential still at 10 at 25-15, Granada hit a three pointer to pull with 7 at 25-18. A steal and lay up by Erika Perez would push the lead back up to 27-18 but back to back turnovers by Monte Vista and baskets by the host Matadors brought the score to 27-22 at the end of the 3rd. A free throw and another basket by Granada narrowed MV's lead to 27-25 early in the 4th quarter and the game was at risk of getting out of hand when Niki Sell drove the lane to drop in one of her signature runners to give Monte Vista a bit of breathing room at 29-25. She then followed with a pair of 15 foot jumpers from the left wing the next two trips down and all of a sudden, the lead was back at 8 at 33-25. The Lady Mustangs would have additional unanswered baskets by Erika Perez, Alyssa Gonzalez, Alexis Meyer and Olivia Romero to run away with a 15 point victory. Erika Perez would finish with only 4 points but terrorized the host with 9 steals. Niki Sell continued with her incredible scoring streak with 12 points followed by Olivia Romero with 8.
The new win streak is now at 2 while the team improves to 15-1, 3-1. Next up on the schedule is Foothill on the road.
Big Game Against Granada Tomorrow
Monte Vista 62 - Amador Valley 27
The second half was all Monte Vista's as they outscored the Dons 23-2 in the third quarter and at one point had a 36-4 run.
Madison Burroughs led all scorers with a career best 19 points while Jen Casper showed impressive inside rebounding and scoring prowess with 11 points many in heavy traffic.
Sara Jensen had 8 points while Lily Wissinger added 7. Point guard Rachel Tagle had an excellent outing against the active Dons with 6 points, strong ball handling and tough defense.
Monte Vista improves to 12-3, 2-1 but can not rest on their laurel as they will play a tough Granada squad on the road Friday.
Monte Vista ( JV ) 51 - Amador Valley 13
Equally exciting was the rumor that San Ramon Valley has beaten Carondolet by 7 points tonight, hence preventing the Cougars from taking sole possession of 1st place.
Caondolet 80 - Monte Vista 30
Monte Vista played valiantly and kept up with the home team for a quarter and a half but eventually ran out of gas and on the short end of a 50 point loss. The Lady Mustangs true to game plan held Hannah Huffman to only 15 points while Natalie Romeo managed 21. What they could not do was limit the damage from a very good Carondolet support cast to the tune of 44 points. The third and fourth quarter was particularly difficult as Monte Vista's defense could not keep up with the pace of Cougars' attack. The visitors' marginal stamina was clearly put on display against a superior and better conditioned opponent. Perhaps this is the wake up call for the Monte Vista team to notch up their conditioning in preparation for an anticipated brutal league season...
Carondolet (JV) 40 - Monte Vista 36
Steve Cornell's 13-1 team will now have the task of restarting a new streak beginning Tuesday at Amador Valley.
Monte Vista 56 - Livermore 38
The Mustangs improves to 11-2 for the year but now must prepare to face Carondolet in three days on the road.
Monte Vista won its 26 consecutive games and improves to 13-0 for the season. The streak, however, will be very seriously challenged when they visit Carondolet on Friday. The Cougars no doubt are eager to avenge last year's 9 point loss at home.
Monte Vista 61 - Western Ranch 39
In the West Coast Jamboree Tanzanite championship game, Monte Vista again showed how tough defense, discipline and good coaching can beat a more athletic opponent.
The Mustangs used runs of 9-2, 11-4 and 14-4 in the first half to open up a commanding 38-17 lead. This was accomplished mostly with the back up rotation in the second quarter as Jaz, Sara, Jen and Dana all picked up two fouls and had to sit. Taylor Partin and Lily Wissinger had to carry the load at forward and both performed admirably in helping to build the lead. Amanda Daily came in and scored 7 quick points in the first half leading to a season high 12 points to share game scoring honor with Jen Casper who backed up a strong performance against Oakland Tech with another solid outing.
Western Ranch did not concede the championship quietly as the ladies in burgundy mounted their 10-0 run to trim the deficit to 38-27 at the 5:00 mark of the third quarter. A pair of quick inside baskets from Jasmine Dilworth and Jen Casper as well as a short jumper from Madison Burroughs quickly restored order as Western Ranch could never get closer than 16 afterwards. Ms Burroughs would score 10 points for the game and named Tournament MVP. Captain Angela Rigo played perhaps half the contest on her bad ankle and scored 7 points including a pair of steals and breakaway lay ups.
There was evenly spread out scoring for the tournament with Jasmine leading the way with 33, Madison with 32, Jen with 30, Amanda with 24, Dana with 20 and Sara with 19.
Monte Vista improves to 10-2 on the season with Livermore and Carondolet looming on the horizon next week as EBAL play begins.
West Coast Jamboree & Newark Memorial HS Tournament MVPs !
Monte Vista (JV) 43 - Santa Rosa 31 Newark Memorial Tournament Champion !
The game indeed was close although Monte Vista never trailed in the contest. The Lady Mustangs was up 9-6 after one quarter and ahead 22-18 at the half. The big girls from Santa Rosa did create moderate problem early but Brittany Nagra and Olivia Romero essentially shut down both in the second half. The sharp shooting by Megan Oliviera who had a pair of three's and Niki Sell who led the team with 13 points kept MV ahead while Erika Perez created endless problems for Santa Rosa with her 7 steals along with 8 points many from break away lay ups.
Santa Rosa did cut MV's lead down to 1 early in the fourth quarter at 32-31 but Santa Rosa would not score again while Monte Vista ran off with 11 straight points to seal the game 3 of which came from a three pointer by Alexis Meyer who took advantage of a screen by Brittany Nagra and nailed the long jumper from the corner. Bridget Haus capped her strong tournament play with 5 points while Katie Good had 4.
Niki Sell was name tournament MVP while Erika Perez and Brittany Nagra made the all tournament squad.
Monte Vista now improves to 12-0 on the season and next faces Livermore at home after the New Year.
Monte Vista 69 - Oakland Tech 29
With the score at 5-2, MV went on a 14-2 run to surge ahead 19-4 and closed out the quarter with a 24-9 advantage. Madison Burroughs had a pair of three pointers to lead the charge. The host team then broke out for a 17-0 run to start the 2nd quarter to build an insurmountable 41-9 lead during which Jazmine Dilworth and Jen Casper combined for 4 inside baskets accompanied by a pair of three's from Taylor Partin and a three from Amanda Daily. Madison Burroughs finished with a game high 14 points followed by Jen Casper with 12 and Jazmine Dilworth with 11. Dana Outcalt had another strong game with 8 tough inside points and 5 rebounds while Sara Jensen added 7.
Monte Vista 9-2 will play Western Ranch, who beat San Ramon Valley 54-45, tomorrow at 7:30 pm for the Championship
Monte Vista (JV) 41 - James Logan 36
Monte Vista 72 - San Leandro 26
Jazmine Dilworth has developed into a consistent threat leading all scorers with 15 along with 8 rebounds and three steals. Madison Burroughs had four first quarter steals leading to 8 points in the quarter and 10 for the game. Amanda Daily played significant minutes at the "1" and scored 9 points including a pair of three pointers. Dana Outcalt had a break out offensive game with 8 points while Taylor Partin added 7 and Rachel Tagle, Jen Casper and Sara Jensen each contributed 6 points.
Monte Vista (8-2 will play tomorrow at the first semi final game against an athletic Oakland Tech team.
Monte Vista (JV) 48 - Los Gatos 32
Niki Sell: 9
Megan Oliviera : 9
Bridget Haus : 7
Natalie Coffin: 4
Erika Perez : 2
Olivia Romero : 2
Autumn Davis : 2
Monte Vista now improves to 10-0 for the season.
Team From The Past...
Coach Pat & Andrew Luck
Monte Vista 53 - Dublin 50 (OT)
Approximately 90 minutes earlier, the visiting Monte Vista (6-2) tipped off against the undefeated Dublin (6-0) hoping to reverse the recent offensive difficulties and head into the holidays on a winning note. The team again started slow with the usual combination of missed lay ups, missed free throws and turnovers that plagued them this season to trail 8-7 at the end of the first quarter after leading 7-3. The second quarter saw little improvement as the Lady Mustangs had trouble effectively guarding Dublin's freshman shooter Martinez who knocked down a pair of three pointers in the first half as well as their 6' freshman center #52 who would end the day leading all scorers with 18 points. The Gaels led by as many as 6 at 19-13 but had to settle for a 21-17 advantage at the half. A pair of quick baskets by the host to start the second half gave Dublin their largest lead of 8 at 25-17. MV trimmed the deficit to 3 at 25-22 including a three point play from Angela Rigo only to see Dublin rebuilt their lead to 6 at 32-26. Three successive baskets by Sara Jensen and a tightened defense, however, allowed the visitors to climb back in the contest with Jensen's last basket knotting the score at 32-32 after three quarters.
Dublin quickly re-establish their 4 point advantage at 36-32 in the fourth but Monte Vista freshman Amanda Daily, who had just entered the game for Rachel Tagle, scored 6 quick points including a three and a two pointer to give Monte Vista their first lead since the early first quarter at 40-37. A free throw and a put back by Dublin's freshman center tied the game at 40-40 but Jen Casper knocked down a 13 foot jumper to give MV the lead again only to see the Gaels tie the score with 2:30 left in the contest. Neither team was able to score until 01:39 when Madison Burroughs drove the left baseline and put in a 6 footer for the lead but MV could not hold on to the advantage as Dublin tied the game for the fourth time in the quarter off a missed screen out. Monte Vista had the ball with 00:24 on the clock and had three opportunities to hit the winning basket but failed to connect. Worse was the fact they they left 00:09 for Dublin's Shannon Irwin to drive the left baseline leading to the dramatic pair of foul shots essentially no time left on the clock.
Irwin's first free throw hit the back rim. The second shot barely reached the front rim. And the teams were sent into the season's first overtime.
Monte Vista was dealt a severe blow when point guard and leading scorer Angela Rigo picked up her 5th foul 7 seconds into OT. One ensuing free throw gave the host a 45-44 lead. Madison Burroughs' basket gave MV back a short lived lead at 46-45 as Dublin retook the lead on their next trip down at 47-46. With 01:32 left in OT, Jazmine Dilworth who was saddled with early foul trouble made a pretty back to the basket spin move to give Monte Vista back the lead at 48-47. On the next trip down, Jaz again used her superior strength to power in a lay up for a 50-47 lead. Sara Jensen, who was instrumental in MV's come back, then connected on 3 of 4 free throw to put the game away. Sara led the team with a season high 13 points while Madison Burroughs added 11. Jasmine Dilworth finished with 8 and Angela Rigo contributed 7. Monte Vista improves to 7-2 while Dublin took their first loss and is now at 6-1. The team will take a holiday break and will play again on 12/28 at home against San Leandro in the West Coast Jamboree.
Monte Vista (JV) 52 - Dublin 40
Monte Vista led from the tip and was ahead 12-1 mid way through the first, 30-13 at the half and 44-26 after three. coach Cornell was able to utilize his entire squad while improving to 9-0 for the year. The team will next play at the Newark Memorial HS Tournament after Christmas.
Monte Vista (JV) 43 - Dougherty Valley 28
Dougherty Valley came within 1 at 20-19 less than two minutes into the 3rd quarter but Monte Vista responded with 7 straight points including a pair of jumpers from the right corner by Autumn Davis to build a 27-19 lead. DV narrowed the gap to 27-23 with two quick baskets but a long three pointer by Niki Sell and a lay up from Katie Good gave the visitors a 9 point advantage at 32-23. The Wildcats' #11 would hit a three from the top of the key to bring DV to within 6 at 32-26. Bridget Haus who was extremely tough both on offense and defense knocked down two 12 footers in heavy traffic to establish MV's first double digit lead from where Dougherty Valley would not recover. Center Brittany Nagra contributed 9 points including 3 of 3 from the free throw line but more importantly protected the paint against bigger and more athletic opponents and pulled down 5 rebounds on both the offensive and defensive end. The combination "twin tower" of Brittany Nagra and Katie Good also proved to be highly effective against Dougherty Valley's big #21 and super aggressive #33. Guard Erika Perez did not score in the game but was relentlessly disruptive against the host with steals, deflections and strong rebounding effort. Erika also drew the tough assignment of guarding the ultra fast #11 who was held to 10 points including a pair of three's. With the victory, Steve Cornell's JV squad improves to 8-0 and will attempt to extend its unbeaten streak against Dublin on Wednesday.
Monte Vista 46 - Northgate 41
Heritage 28 - Monte Vista 26
Monte Vista 46 - Acalanes 29
Monte Vista 60 - Pittsburg 24
Monte Vista (JV) 48 - Pittsburg 36
Save your ankle - wear a brace !
Monte Vista 42 - Rodriquez 41
Monte Vista (JV) 44 - Rodriquez 22
Monte Vist 70 - Concord 18
Monte Vista (JV) 44 - Dougherty Valley 31
Brittany Nagra had 5 points and 13 rebounds while Katie Good had 6 points and 10 rebounds both named to the All Tournament team. Bridget Haus had another terrific game scoring 10 points but more importantly played tough defense as well as collected 7 rebounds. She was named Tournament MVP. Megan Oliviera did not make the ALL Tournament squad but that hardly diminishes how well she played in the tournament. MO played the point position with aplomb, took down rebounds, made steals and along the way scored a game high 12 points including a pair of three's and 4/4 from the line. Olivia Romero, for the fourth game in a row, scored 6 points. Monte Vista, for the season, improved to 4-0.
Monte Vista 53 - Petaluma 30
Monte Vista (JV) 55 - Pittsburg 21
Heritage 40 - Monte vista (Varsity) 34
Monte Vista (JV) 56 - Bay Tech 10
Varsity Scrimmage Against Arroyo
winning all five segments by scores of 23-6; 11-9; 12-6; 15-11 and 10-8.
The team was led by Angela Rigo who had five three pointers and 19 points after two segments to finish with 23. Jasmine Dilworth also had a strong outing with 15 points.
Every player on the poster scored in the friendly contest.
The following is a breakdown of the scoring:
Taylor Partin 2 - 0 - 0/0 4
Rachel Tagle 2 - 1 - 2/4 9
Amada Daily 0 - 0 - 3/4 3
Angela Rigo 3 - 5 - 2/2 23
Dana Outcalt 2 - 0 - 1/1 5
Sara Jensen 1 - 0 - 0/0 2
Jasmine Dilworth 5 - 0 - 5/12 15
Elyce Bayat 1 - 0 - 0/0 2
Madison Burroughhs 3 - 0 - 2/3 8
Jen Casper 2 - 0 - 0/0 4
Lilly Wissinger 1 - 0 - 0/0 2
JV scrimmage at Arroyo High School
Monte Vista 51 - James Logan 36
The season opener Foundation game against division rival James Logan at home would offer a glimpse of the true capability of this group.
Monte Vista started the contest on a 10-1 run and for a brief moment appeared to be headed for a possible rout. The Colts, however, switched to zone defense and created its own 15-5 mini run to erase the deficit and led 16-15 after one quarter and 27-23 at intermission. Angela Rigo scored 8 of Monte Vista's first 10 points but was held scoreless for the final 10 minutes of the first half. MV on the average only allowed 37 points a game for the past half decade. To yield 27 points in a half was uncharacteristic and worrisome.
Adjustment at halftime by the Monte Vista was dramatic as the Mustangs held James Logan to only 3 points while scoring 15 resulting in an 8 points lead after three quarters. The lead expanded to double digit in the early fourth quarter and the Colts never threatened again while coach Hirschman was able to use his bench extensively.
Angela Rigo ended with a team leading 14 points, five assists and four steals. Center Jen Casper who has made steady improvement over the summer and fall finished with 12 points and an excellent overall game. Freshman guard Amanda Daily, who may be the best pure shooter on the team, made her presence known by scoring 10 points in her limited playing time including a pair of crucial three point baskets in the second half to help the host overcome the half time deficit. Sarah Jensen who just returned from volleyball playoff scored 5 while power forward Jasmine Dilworth, saddled with early fouls, added 4.
Monte Vista ( JV ) 48 - James Logan 37
The game against Logan couldn't have started better with the host quickly built an 8-1 advantage only to see the Colts rebounded to lead 9-8. MV managed to regain the lead at 14-9 after one quarter but with all freshmen on the floor, the visitors promptly went on an 8-0 run to lead 17-14. Monte Vista led 29-23 at intermission but the lead also proved short lived as Logan closed to within one at 33-32 early in the 4th quarter. Their big center who scored 20 points created major match up problem for the Mustangs. The remaining fourth quarter, however, was all Monte Vista's as the visitors tired visibly. From the 1 point differential, MV outpaced James Logan 15-5 to close out another successful season opener.
Erica Perez led the Lady Mustangs with 13 points along with 6 steals while freshman center Brittany Nagra had 9 points in her high school debut. Guard Niki Sell had a strong game at the point position scoring 8. Veteran Olivia Romero, despite painful chronic foot pain, added 6.
Amanda Daily & Jen Casper were NOT stretching Madi. They were helping her put on her ankle brace !
It's The Beginning Of Another Season - Open Gym Time !
Deer Valley 77 - Monte Vista 53
Using the hot shooting of speedy Angela Rigo and Nicole Oliviera who combined for 21 points in the first half, Monte Vista was able to not only keep up but actually built a 19-10 lead with less than a minute left in the first quarter. Switching to five super quick guards, Deer Valley forced MV into a series of turnovers early in the second period and went on a 19-4 run which turned a 5 point deficit into a 10 point lead at 33-23. Basket by Rigo and a pair of free throws by Kaylie Williams brought the visitors to within six at 39-33 going into the half. Back to back inside baskets from Taylor Fazio brought Monte Vista to within three at 40-37 thirty seconds into the third period but Deer Valley exploded for 15 straight points in the next four minutes included a trio of three pointers from #22 "MO" Moulder to essentially put the game away at 55-37. Two free throws by Rachel Tagle brought MV back to within 10 at 58-48 but that would be as close as the Mustangs was going to get to the Wolverines.
Angela Rigo and Nicole Oliviera both had 13 to lead the team. Kaylie Williams had 9 points plus 10 rebounds while Taylor Fazio added 8 points, 10 rebounds and 3 block shots. Rachel Tagle also contributed 8 point in the loss.
Monte Vista finished the season with a 19-8 record, sole possession of second place in the tough EBAL at 10-4 and a spot in the North Coast Section Playoff quarterfinals.
The game also concluded memorable high school career for Kaylie Williams, Alyssa Samia, Nicole Oliviera and Taylor Fazio with 93, 93, 93 and 89 high school wins respectively over four seasons.
Monte Vista 49 - Heritage 41
Heritage is a team with quickness at the guards and strength at the post with one of BVAL's best centers in 6' 1" S. Engelstad.
The Patriots nailed a three pointer on their first trip down court and kick started a seesaw first quarter ended with Monte Vista taking an 11-8 lead after Kaylie Williams knocked down a 15 foot jumper. The zone defense of Monte Vista troubled Heritage in the second quarter, limiting the Patriots to only 5 points while MV managed 12 to seize a 23-13 lead at the half.
Heritage would refuse to go away as they scored the first 4 points of the second half to trim their deficit to 6 at 23-17. The lead by MV was still at 6 at 25-19 when Alyssa Samia's layup and Angela Rigo's three pointer gave the Mustangs their largest lead at 30-19 with 2:43 left in the third. The visitors, however, would storm back mostly off MV turnovers, to get within 6 again at 34-30. Another 13 ft jumper by Williams and a breakaway layup from Rigo restored some margin for the host team at 38-30. A three point basket by Heritage's Cyganowski with 2:10 left in the game brought Heritage to within 4 at 42-38 but Taylor Fazio's 3 foot right handed back shot on the next possession gave the home team some breathing room and Heritage could not get any closer the rest of the way. Alyssa Samia grabbed three consecutive offensive rebounds after missed free throws by Monte Vista to stymie any hope that the Patriots would be able to mount a last ditch comeback. Samia finished with 14 points to go with a team high 11 rebounds followed by Kaylie Williams with 10 points and 7 rebounds. The MVP of the win, however, would go Angela Rigo who not only handled the Heritage trap with aplomb but added a season best 19 points to boot. Monte Vista's length up front was intimidating as they accounted for 8 block shots including 4 by Fazio and 3 by Samia.
Monte Vista (19-7) now awaits the winner of Deer Valley - Irvington in the quarter finals.
NCS Playoff - Tuesday, February 22 at HOME against Heritage HS
2010-2011 North Coast Section Playoff Seeding & Pairings...
Additional thoughts on the Fabulous JV Squad...from KT
2. The maturing of Angelyn Brown and the leadership she brought.
3. Development of Jade Montes into a true outside threat.
4. The pure athleticism of Erika Perez. The team is so deep her presence is less obvious against lesser opponents. But against the like of Carondolet, Foothill, MSJ and Castro Valley - she transformed the team. Too bad we will surely see less of Erika in the future on the hardwood as soccer IS her sport. We can always ask - "what if ?"
5. What a banner year for the entire MV freshman class - skills and depth.
6. Tip my hat to the sophomores who handled their secondary role with class.
7. Steve, Pat and I will no doubt spend many weekends debating which was the best JV squad Steve coached. Jury is still out on this year's team which could easily have been 25-1. In time, we will find out how many will play on varsity and their impact. The last 25-1 team had Alyssa Samia, Taylor Fazio and Nicole Oliviera and their only loss was to Sacred Heart Cathedral whose varsity team finished that year ranked #1 in the country by USA Today. The 25-1 team before that had last season's starting back court of Alex Smolen and Krystal Misono along with NCS and NorCal champion starter Dani Rabago as well as at least two additional impact varsity players. Their only loss that year was to the freshman squad ( ! ) of St. Mary's Stockton whose varsity team finished #1 in the nation by USA Today as well. Many pictures and stories of these two great teams from 2006 & 2007 are still on this site - go check them out !
8. The well will not be empty for coach Cornell as there will be another very good freshman class on the way including Nicole Oliviera's sister, Kelsey Hirsch and Amanda Daly to name a few.
9. Finally - BIG Thank You to Linda Perez for providing such incredible stats and coming to games even when Erika was not playing, to Kevin Outcalt for doing such great write ups on the JV including the exhaustive year end summary and to ? Katie's mom who kept the score book when Linda was out of town. Question: will you folks do it again ????? Please...
Monte Vista JV Wins EBAL Championship!
The result was a high-performance, high energy mix that utterly crushed their two opponents in pre-season scrimmages as they destroyed Arroyo High 69 to 26 and Miramonte High 95-21 (six quarter scrimmage). Rotating a starting lineup of six starters that included four guards the team featured junior Angelyn Brown at point guard, three-point bomber sophomore Jade Montes at shooting guard, swingman sophomore Taylor Partin who could drop in the longball or post up, freshman 5-10 center/forward and rebounding machine Dana Outcalt, cat-quick ballhawk freshman Erika Perez at guard, and sophomore power forward Bridget Haus coming back from a knee injury that ended her fine freshman year early. The bench was deep as well featuring sophomore power forward Olivia Romero with her strong under the basket moves, sophomore point guard Callie Starn with her extraordinary dribbling and quickness, freshman guard Nikki Sell with one of the sweetest jumpers in the league, hard-charging sophomore shooting guard Elyce Bayat, rebounding and shot-blocking sophomore forward Charlotte Sedlock, offensive rebound putback specialist freshman center Katie Good, and court-directing freshman point guard Justine Garvin.
With so much promise, the team had high hopes to do well as the regular season began. The Lady Mustangs team opened the year in the Castlemont Tournament and had a bizarre season opener last second loss to Maria Carillo High as Coach Steve Cornell was delayed at work and stuck in nasty Highway 880 traffic so junior captain Angelyn Brown took over the coaching duties with cellphone help from Coach Cornell until he arrived in the 2nd quarter. The team went on to win the consolation bracket of that tournament with guard Taylor Partin and center Dana Outcalt being named to the all-tournament team. Now in a groove, Monte Vista rolled off 11 straight wins leading up to league play, including two tournament championships. They won the Mission San Jose tournament defeating Mission San Jose - who had never lost in their tournament - in the semi-finals and then prevailed in a nailbiter of a championship game over Foothill as guard Jade Montes was named tournament MVP and Dana and Taylor were named to the all-tournament team. Next they won the Newark Memorial tournament including a come from behind win in the championship game against Castro Valley as guard Erika Perez banked in a buzzer beater at the end of regulation to force the extra time and guard Jade Montes fired in a top of the key game-winner at the buzzer as well -- Jade collected her second tournament MVP award as Dana was named to her third straight all-tournament team and guard Angelyn Brown garnered all-tournament honors as well.
Based on early season results, EBAL looked to be shaping up as a battle between Monte Vista, Foothill, and Carondelet while California and San Ramon Valley also had strong squads capable of being spoilers. Carondelet was the favorite based on their dominating pre-league play that featured only a single loss by a basket to Berkeley High considered the top JV team in northern California. Foothill only had two losses, both in tournament championship games with one of those to Monte Vista. The EBAL season opened for Monte Vista as they hosted Carondelet at home and the two evenly matched teams went into the locker room at halftime with MV trailing by one at 29-28. Freshman Guard Erika Perez had to leave at halftime as she is also a starting forward for the Monte Vista Varsity Women's soccer team and the Lady Mustangs came out a bit flat in the 3rd quarter to trail by 9. But a furious 4th quarter comeback had MV within 2 with 30 seconds left but they could never regain the ball and dropped the EBAL opener to the Cougars 52-48 despite a heroic 19 point performance from guard Jade Montes. MV then beat Amador Valley and Granada handily beforefacing a tough Foothill squad at home. Like the previous time these two teams had met it was a back and forth battle but Monte Vista once again prevailed by 5 points winning 38-33 as guard Taylor Partin gunned in 11 points and power forward Olivia Romero rammed in 8 while center Dana Outcalt collected 12 rebounds and newly arrived freshman power forward Lilly Wissinger pulled down 7 boards. Three more easy wins over California, Livermore, and San Ramon Valley had MV sitting in second place at 6-1 just behind undefeated Carondelet as the first half of the EBAL season ended.
Since EBAL does not have a season ending championship tournament, the league champion is crowned from the regular season record. In case of a tie it is head to head results and if that is tied it is which ever team won the last meeting between the two squads. To keep their title hopes alive, MV knew they had to win versus Carondelet to open the second half to deal the undefeated Cougars a loss in league play. Expecting a big crowd for the JV and following varsity contest, the game was moved to the De La Salle high school gym as the 17-2 Lady Mustangs faced off against the 20-1 Cougars. What transpired was one of the most memorable Monte Vista JV games and Coach Cornell called it one of the three greatest victories in his long and distinguished coaching career. Like the previous meeting, the teams were separated by just one point at halftime as MV was down 23-22. And like in the previous meeting Carondelet broke the game open in the 3rd quarter stretching the lead to 7. However, freshman guard Nikki Sell's deep jumper stopped the Cougar run and ignited an MV comeback fueled by guards Erika Perez and Angelyn Brown who swiped 13 balls between them and MV had caught the Cougars with 4 minutes to go at 41 points a piece. Carondelet would never score again as Monte Vista finished with a 9-0 run to stun the crowd. Junior co-captain Angelyn Brown had her best game of the season leading all scorers with 12 points and Jade Montes dropped in 10 - mostly on layups beating the Cougar press or on a feed from Erika or Angelyn after a steal. Co-captain center Dana Outcalt led all rebounders with 15 boards against the bigger Cougars and power forward Lilly Wissinger pulled down 7.
Now in the driver's seat for the title, the Lady Mustangs had to win out to claim it. They next crushed Amador Valley led by guard Callie Starn's season high 9 points, but then had an uncharacteristic struggle with a weak Granada team winning by just 6 after being down much of the game and would then face the tough Foothill Falcons for the 3rd time this season. As expected, Foothill had only lost to Monte Vista and Carondelet in league play thus far. Their title hopes were still alive as they faced both schools at home in the second half and if they could win both games they would lock up the league championship. Worried about the lackluster performance against Granada, Coach Cornell put the team through their toughest practices of the year as they prepared to face the Falcons who were the last real threat on the schedule. The game did not start out well as Foothill jumped to an 8-2 lead early. However, the second quarter turned into the Taylor Partin Show as the sophomore guard pumped in 8 points igniting a 16-2 MV run that put MV into the locker room at halftime with an 8 point lead. A stifling Mustang defense held off any hopes of a second half comeback for Foothill as MV posted a 38-28 win.
With three games left, the Lady Mustangs cruised past California, had a sluggish but easy win over Livermore and then traveled to San Ramon Valley's new gym to face the Wolves in the final game of the season in which a win would give them the league championship. The game was never close as Monte Vista played their best defense of the year going into the locker room after two quarters with a remarkable 19-3 lead and then coasting home in the second half to win by 21 points to be crowned the 2011 EBAL Women's Basketball JV League Champions. Congratulations to everyone for a great season and also special recognition to Angelyn Brown, Taylor Partin, and Lilly Wissinger who have been moved up to the varsity squad for the North Coast Section playoffs!
Overall Record: 24-2
2011 Single Game Records 2011 MV Season Records
EBAL Record: 13-1 Team Scoring: 60 vs. Livermore
Total Points Scored: 1194 Team Fewest Points Allowed: 10 vs. Sonomoa
Total Points Allowed: 803 Points: 19 Jade Montes vs. Carondelet
Average Game Score: Rebounds: 25 Dana Outcalt vs. Castro Vly
Monte Vista 46 Steals: 13 Erika Perez vs. Pittsburgh
Opponent 31 Assists: 7 Angelyn Brown vs. Dougherty
Taylor Partin 204 points Angelyn Brown 62
Dana Outcalt 203 points Erika Perez 39
Jade Montes 185 points Taylor Partin 37
Dana Outcalt 37
Dana Outcalt 215 Dana Outcalt 27
Bridget Haus 99 Erika Perez 12
Taylor Partin 90 Charlotte Sedlock 11
Steals: Technical Fouls
Angelyn Brown 90 Steve Cornell 2
Dana Outcalt 72 Taylor Partin 1
Erika Perez 71
Monte Vista (JV) 49 - San Ramon Valley 27
Monte Vista (Varsity) 51 - San Ramon Valley 29
Kaylie Williams closed out her final regular season with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Nicole Oliviera had another excellent game with 10 points, 5 boards and 3 assists. Alyssa Samia left her marks with 8 points and 8 rebounds as she left the new San Ramon Valley Gymnasium for the first and final time as a player. The squad will now wait for the seeding, and more importantly, their opponent for the first round which should be at home on Tuesday.
Monte Vista (Varsity) 52 - Livermore 35
Following an emotion drenched ceremony, the MV crew got back onto the court with all four seniors in the starting rotation and went on to convincingly defeat the visiting Cowboys 52-35. Livermore led for a brief moment when Veronica Garza knocked down a three to open the scoring but Monte Vista went on an immediate 10-0 run and never looked back. The defense led by Kaylie Williams forced the Cowboys to exhaust their 35 second shot clock on numerous occasion, severely disrupting their offensive rhythm. The home team was led by Angela Rigo with 12 points followed by Alyssa with 11. Taylor Fazio had another strong day in the low post with 10. The team now has sole possession of 2nd place in EBAL at 9-4 with an overall record of 17-7. Monte Vista also moves, for the first time this season into Eastbay ranking at #14. Next up is season finale at San Ramon Valley's new gym on Friday.
Monte Vista (JV) 34 - Livermore 21
Monte Vista (Varsity) 44 - Cal 30
Monte Vista (JV) 49 - Cal 38
Monte Vista (Varsity) 48 - Foothill 39
Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Foothill 28
Going down Memory Lane
Monte Vista (JV) 43 - Granada 37
Monte Vista JV now officially returned to 20 wins at 20-2 after 15 and 19 wins the last two seasons. The team has a chance to finish 24-2 which would trail only the 2006-07 and 2007-08 JV squad both of which finished 25-1 for all time honor. The 2005-06 team was 23-3.
Granada (Varsity) 46 - Monte Vista 42
Monte Vista (Varsity) 48 - Amador Valley 31
Monte Vista (JV) 59 - Amador Valley 24
Monte Vista (JV) 50 - Carondolet 41
Carondolet (Varsity) 72 - Monte Vista 36
Monte Vista (Varsity) 52 - San Ramon Valley 28
Monte Vista (JV) 44 - San Ramon Valley 31
Monte Vista (JV) 60 - Livermore 27
Monte Vista (Varsity) 56 - Livermore 38
Monte Vista (JV) 46 - Cal 33
Cal 48 - Monte Vista (Varsity) 47
Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Foothill 33
Monte Vista (Varsity) 58 - Foothill 36
from their favorite "Blizzard" to man defense and rotated Angela Rigo, Rachel Tagle and Nicole Oliviera on a 'do not allow to get open' assignment on #2 Craig.
Denying the ball to their star player disrupted Foothill's offensive scheme resulting in the Falcons only scoring 11 point for the first half. Ms. Craig had to expend enormous energy just to get her hands on the basketball ultimately affecting her shooting. She ended up hitting a season low 7 point for the contest. Monte Vista jumped out to a 16-4 lead and was ahead 20-6 after one period. After a short lull, the Lady Mustangs was able to push the lead to 21 at the half at 32-11 after a 12-1 run to close out the second quarter primarily on the strength of inside scoring that Foothill had great difficulty defending. The Falcons switched to full court pressure in the third period to create turnovers and managed to trim the deficit to 38-26 4 minutes into the second half. Monte Vista, however, was able to quickly right the ship on a 15-3 run to put the game effectively out of reach at 53-29 by the middle of the fourth quarter. Kaylie Williams had one of her best games this season with 16 points and 14 rebounds while front court mate Alyssa Samia broke out of her scoring slump by sinking 17 points to lead all scorers. Shooting guard Nicole Oliviera added 9 and Rachel Tagle 6. Monte Vista improves to 11-5 on the season and 3-1 in EBAL play. The team will play at Cal High's newly christened gymnasium Tuesday.
Monte Vista (Varsity) 45 - Granada 30
Monte Vista (JV) 50 - Granada 16
Monte Vista (JV) 42 - Amador Valley 26
Monte Vista (Varsity) 63 - Amador Valley 52
Carondolet (JV) 52 - Monte Vista 48
Carondolet (Varsity) 60 - Monte Vista 42
Captain Kaylie Williams led the Lady Mustangs with 11 points and 8 rebounds and was the only MV player with double digit scoring. The 8-4 Monte Vista will next face Amador Valley.
Newark Memorial Tournament Championship Game: Monte Vista (JV) 45 - Castro Valley 43 OT
Monte Vista (JV) 54 - Dougherty 43
Newark Memorial Tournament - Monte Vista (JV) 59 - Moreau 26
Monte Vista (Varsity) 71 - Tennyson 38
Montgomery 45 - Monte Vista (Varsity) 43
Bradshaw Christian 56 - Monte Vista (Varsity) 40
Oh, What A Night ! Monte Vista (JV) 47 - Foothill 42
Monte Vista (JV) 51 - Mission San Jose 33
Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Castro Valley 19
Please Remember Varsity Game Wednesday Against Dublin Is At Monte Vista @6:00 pm !
Monte Vista (JV) 51 - Mills 32
Monte Vista (JV) 45 - Pittsburg 27
Monte Vista (Varsity) 59 - Pittsburg 51
Monte Vista (Varsity) 58 - Washington SF 38
Moreau Catholic 44 - Monte Vista 42 (OT)
Monte Vista (Varsity) 39 - Castilleja 24
Monte Vista (JV) 39 - Rodriquez (JV) 28
Monte Vista (Varsity) 60 - Rodriquez 24
MonteVista (JV) 50 - Pittsburgh (JV) 29
Coach Hirschman wins #400
Coach Hirschman Wins #300 !
MV (Varsity) 42 - Liberty 34
Monte Vista (JV) 39 - Sonoma (JV) 10
Monte Vista (Varsity) 50 - Petaluma 15
Monte Vista (Varsity) 42 - Heritage 29
Monte Vista JV @ Castlemont Tournament
MV at James Logan - Not Ready For Prime Time
JV Scrimmage Against Miramonte
Varsity Scrimmage Against Miramonte
New Season - JV Scrimmage Against Arroyo
2010-11 Varsity Scrimmage against Arroyo
Monte Vista 56 - Livermore 33
Livermore (JV) 45 - Monte Vista 24
Princeton (5-0) Plays Columbia (4-1) Tomorrow For Ivy League Lead
California 47 - Monte Vista 45
Monte Vista (JV) 42 - California 26
Monte Vista 49 - Foothill 40
Monte Vista (JV) 40 _ Foothill 37 (OT)
Monte Vista 58 - Granda 29
Monte Vista (JV) 42 - Granada 17
Monte Vista 63 - Amador Valley 34
Amador Valley (JV) 59 - Monte Vista 27
Monte Vista 51 - San Ramon Valley 41
Monte Vista (JV) 53 - San Ramon Valley 33
Carondolet 56 - Monte Vista 44
Carondolet (JV) 48 - Monte Vista (JV) 30
Preview on This Friday's Away Game against Carondolet
Monte Vista 47 - Livermore 33
Monte Vista (JV) 45 - Livermore 41
Preview of MV - Livermore
Monte Vista 49 - Cal 45 (OT)
Cal (JV) 35 - Monte Vista 30
Monte Vista 57 - Foothill 40
Foothill (JV) 35 - Monte Vista (JV) 30
Monte Vista 46 - Granada 30
Monte Vista (JV) 36 - Granada 26
Monte Vista 52 - Amador Valley 28
Amador Valley (JV) 44 - MV 39
Monte Vista 46 - Castlemont 40
Monte Vista (JV) 49 - Castlemont 27
Monte Vista 43 - Antioch 41
Monte Vista (JV) 44 - Moreau Catholic 42 (OT)
Notre Dame (JV) 36 - Monte Vista (JV) 21
Monte Vista (JV) 37 - Arroyo 10
Monte Vista 42 - Mission San Jose 38
Monte Vista 58 - Valley (Sacramento) 53
Home For The Holidays
Monte Vista (JV) 42 - James Logan 37
Dublin 50 - Monte Vista 45
Monte Vista (JV) 43 - Mills 40
Notre Dame (JV) 31 - Monte Vista (JV) 23
Monte Vista (JV) 54 - Gunn 18
Monte Vista 58 - St. Patrick St. Vincent 34
Monte Vista 57 - Lompoc 32
Aragon 50 - Monte Vista 49
Monte Vista 44 - Roadriquez 43
Rodriquez (JV) 44 - MV (JV) 33
Varsity - Alhambra Tournament
JV Castlemont Tournament
Monte Vista 57 - Healdsberg 32
Sonoma (JV) 28 - Monte Vista (JV) 22
Berkeley 55 - Monte Vista 32
Monte Vista (Varsity) 69 - Benicia 27
Monte Vista (JV) 36 - San Rafael 19
Visit By Old Friends !!
Pinole Valley HS scrimmage
Miramonte 51 - Monte Vista 40
Monte Vista (JV) 40 - Miramonte 18
Scrimmage At Washington HS
Scrimmage Against Washington HS
The team has two more practices to work out the kinks before the Foundation Game at Miramontes on Tuesday.
Niveen Rasheed - Ivy League Rookie of The Week
The Journey Completed - What a Ride !
Monte Vista is NORCAL Division I Champion !
The drive to ARCO was brief but the check-in process tedious and security was tight. The NorCal Finals was a BIG DEAL ! Little needed to be said to the girls as they filed out into the bright lights of a 19,000 seat arena where LeBron James played barely 14 hours ago. This is homecourt for Kennedy Sacramento even though technically, Monte Vista is the home team with the #1 seed. Kennedy was here last year as NorCal Finalist and they appeared calm with a business as usual attitude.
The game tipped off on time and MV was visibly tight. Neither side was able to score in the first 2 minutes. The size of the arena and depth perception issue affected the outside shooting of both squads. Kennedy drew first blood on a foul shot but the Lady Mustangs went on a 6-0 run to lead 6-1 and 8-3 but Kennedy pulled even with a long three pointer at the first quarter buzzer at 8-8. The Lady Mustangs answered back with another 10-0 run in the early second quarter to push ahead 18-8 but the local team was not about to fold as Kennedy fought back to close the gap at 20-14 at intermission. Niveen Rasheed was held to only 2 points by constant double teaming and MV had trouble keeping Kennedy's Big #32 Butler from the paint who scored 8 inside points and at the same time pushed Amil Amin into foul trouble. Dani Rabago, however, stepped up huge by scoring 10 points in the first half none bigger than an offensive rebound and putback basket that stopped Kennedy's 6-0 run. In spite of the close score, everyone connected to Monte Vista knew Niveen would erupt offensively sooner or later but until then, the game was a nail biter with Monte Vista unable to score in the early going of the 3rd quarter against a tough man to man defense while Kennedy connected on a two pointer to trim their deficit to only 4 at 20-16. The spread would stay at 6 for the third period at 28-22 as neither team could control the offensive end. The tide finally turned early in the final segment when good ball movement created an open look for Alex Smolen who calmly drained a three from the right wing to give MV a 9 popint advantage and broke open an otherwise low scoring defensive struggle. Niveen added 9 hard earned points in the second half to finish with 11 but grabbed 10 rebounds and had 4 steals and 4 assists in addition to the usual suffocating defense. Four offensive rebounds and perfection from the line by Alexandria Whalen ended any hope of an upset by Kennedy who were limited to 0 point in the fourth quarter until a desperation three at the final buzzer. The final score of 42-25 sets a NorCal Finals record of fewest points allowed !
We Are Going To ARCO ! Monte Vista 68 - Lincoln 39
Monte Vista 53 - Sheldon 27
By George, we did it ! Monte Vista Is 2008-09 North Coast Section Champion !!
Monte Vista 57 - Deer Valley 40 !
Monte Vista Girls - Number 1 seed in North Coast Section !
Monte Vista 64 - Granada 29
Monte Vista 60 - James Logan 24
Monte Vista 63 - San Ramon Valley 30
Monte Vista (JV) 45 - San Ramon Valley 30
Monte Vista (Varsity) 75 - Amador Valley 33
Monte Vista (JV) 34 - Amador Valley 29
Carondelet 60 - Monte Vista (Varsity) 50
Carondelet (JV) 49 - Monte Vista 33
Monte Vista (Varsity) 55 - Livermore 22
Monte Vista (JV) 44 - Livermore 20
Camp at Gallo's
Breakfast at Beeman's
Monte Vista (Varsity) 67 - California 24
Monte Vista (JV) 45 - California 41 ( OT )
Monte Vista (Varsity) 59 - Foothill 40
Monte Vista (JV) 53 - Foothill 39
Monte Vista (Varsity) 64 - Granada 36
Monte Vista (JV) 48 - Granada 44
Monte Vista (JV) 41 - San Ramon Valley 33
Monte Vista (Varsity) 56 - San Ramon Valley 16
Monte Vista (Varsity) 80 - Amador Valley 34
Monte Vista improves to 6-0 in EBAL and 16-1 overall. With its 70-46 win over San Ramon Valley this evening, Carondelet broke the league tie and moves into sole possession of 2nd place at 5-1 while SRV drops to 4-2.