• 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

March 22, 2015

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...

February 22, 2015

Monte Vista 56 - San Ramon Valley 32

February 20, 2015


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...

February 20, 2015

















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

February 17, 2015

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

February 13, 2015

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

February 10, 2015

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

February 6, 2015

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

February 3, 2015

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.)

January 31, 2015


January 31, 2015

Monte Vista 47 - Granada 41 (OT)

January 31, 2015

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.



January 27, 2015

Monte Vista 52 - Amador Valley 50

January 23, 2015


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

January 20, 2015

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

January 16, 2015

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

January 13, 2015

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

January 6, 2015

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 )

December 27, 2014

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

December 13, 2014

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

May 18, 2014

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

April 6, 2014

                       Madi Burroughs

                         Four varsity letters

                  9.5 ppg, 9 three point baskets, 63% FT

                                All EBAL First team Selection

                            San Francisco All Metro Honorable Mentions

                                           Amanda Daily

                          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  

                                                  Lili Wissinger

                           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

March 18, 2014

After Thoughts:

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

March 17, 2014

NorCal Regional Tournament Quarterfinals: Monte Vista 54 - Oak Ridge 42

March 16, 2014

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



After Thoughts:

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

March 12, 2014


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

After Thoughts:

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

March 9, 2014

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

March 6, 2014

Deer Valley beat Berkeley by 10 to win NCS.

March 7, 2014

Deer valley 65 - Monte Vista 57

March 5, 2014


After Thoughts:

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

March 3, 2014

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

March 4, 2014

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 )

March 2, 2014

I pulled this from the Norcalpreps web site for entertainment...


Monte Vista 61 - James Logan 49 ( NCS Round 2 )

February 28, 2014

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


After Thoughts:

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

February 23, 2014

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 !

February 23, 2014

The broadcast is on now at 12:30 PM





Seniors' Night 2014

February 21, 2014

Monte Vista 57 - San Ramon Valley 36

February 21, 2014

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

After Thoughts:

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

February 19, 2014

Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 36 - San Ramon Valley 21

February 19, 2014

February 19, 2014    MV (Frosh/Soph) 36     San Ramon Valley (Frosh) 21
In its final game of the season, MV faced its rival SRV Wolves at home.  Coming off its best performance last week vs. Carondelet, the Lady Mustangs never trailed in the game.  MV started off quickly with a 3-pointer from Lauren and baskets from Nicole, Madeline, and Ariana and led 12-2 at the end of Q1.  Lauren started Q2 with a FG to bump the score to 14-2 before the Wolves mustered some offense.  The highlight of the second quarter was the rebound and put back for 2 points by Domi.  It was special since Domi's mother and cousin from Italy were watching from the stands!  They had never seen her play basketball before and their excitement was priceless!  The half ended with an 18-11 Mustang lead. 
For the third time today, Lauren started the quarter with a basket and MV was up 20-11.  Over the next 3 minutes, SRV managed to score a FG and a FT to come within 6 at 20-14.  Then Lauren took over.  She proceeded to score 3 straight FG's in a 1 minute span and paced the Mustangs to a 26-14 lead with 2:30 left in Q3.   A SRV FG and 2 from Nicole and Monika made the score 30-16 at the end of the quarter.
The final quarter of the game and season began with FG's from Nicole and Bailey.  MV led 34-16 with 5:12 left.  The girls coasted to the finish with Ariana scoring the final basket with 1:13 left in the game.  The final score was 36-21.
Lauren led all scorers with 15 and played her best game of the season.  Nicole add 9 points and Ariana had 4.  Monika, Madeline, Domi, and Bailey all scored 2 points each.  MV finished the season with an overall record of 16-7 (14-3 vs. Freshmen teams and 2-4 vs. JV teams).  They were the Freshmen EBAL Champs!  
Note:  The coaches rewarded 5 of the girls by dressing them for the JV game on Tuesday vs. Granada.  All 5: Lauren, Rachel, Madeline, Nicole, and Monika saw action in the 64-34 Mustang victory.  Our own girls contributed 8 points total!  Nicole scored 4, Madeline 2, and Monika 2.  Great job girls and great season!  Thanks Coach Pat!  Also, thanks to Team Mom, Heidi Haus!
Reported by David Meyer

Monte Vista 54 - Granada 37

February 18, 2014

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


After Thoughts:

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

February 18, 2014

After Thoughts

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

February 15, 2014

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

After Thoughts:

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

February 14, 2014

Carondolet 77 - Monte Vista 54

February 11, 2014


After Thoughts

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

February 11, 2014

Monte Vista (Frosh-Soph) 48 - Carondolet 47 (OT)

February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014    MV (Frosh/Soph) 48    Carondelet 47  (OT)
MV faced Carondelet this afternoon for what proved to be the Freshmen League Championship Game.  Earlier in the season, the girls had lost to the Cougars 37-30 but played without the benefit of Nicole and Madeline.  There was optimism that with both players suited up, along with playing on the home court, would prove to favor the Mustangs.  However, 3 minutes into the game and down 6-0, Coach Pat had to call a timeout to regroup.  Early turnovers were killing the Mustangs.  The team responded, scoring 7 straight points to take their first lead 7-6!  Q1 ended with MV up 9-7.  Monika led the early scoring with 5 points with Nicole and Madeline each adding 2.  MV stretched the lead to 11-7 before Carondelet went on the offensive attack, scoring 11 straight points and taking an 18-11 lead with 1:33 left in the half.  This 7 point margin was largest during the game.  The last minute saw the Mustangs score twice and the Cougars once.  At the half, MV was down 20-15.  Nicole (4) and Madeline (2) were the only scorers in Q2.
The third quarter saw the Mustangs assert themselves.  They scored the first 8 points and burst ahead 23-20 just 2 minutes into second half!  Carondelet kept up and the score was tied at 25 with 4:50 left in Q3.  MV was able to stretch out its largest lead to 35-29 with 0:30 left in the quarter.  With 10 seconds left Carondelet scored and Q3 ended with MV in the lead 35-31.  MV had scored 20 points in the third quarter, probably their great production in any quarter all season!  The scorers were Monika (6); Nicole and Ariana (4); and Madeline, Rachel, and Lauren (2).
The scene was set for a dramatic finish...After such an offensive display in Q3, MV cooled off quickly and Carondelet first tied the score at 35 with 4:27 left and then took the lead 38-35 with 3:59 left in the game.  After Ariana scored to close the gap to 38-37, Carondelet hit a 3 to lead 41-37 with 3:38 left in the game.  Coach Pat called a timeout at the 3:16 mark with the Mustangs still down 41-37.  The girls rose up and shut out the Cougars the rest of the game!  Meanwhile Nicole brought MV back by hitting 2 FT's and the a FG to tie the score at 41 with 2:28 left in Q4.  Fast forward to 1.8 seconds left...score still 41-41...MV fouled and Carondelet at the FT line shooting 2...timeout MV (Coach Pat knows when to call them)...MV fans rattling the stands...Nervous shooter...Cougars missed BOTH shots!!! Rachel rebounded!!! We are in OVERTIME!!!
Carondelet scored first, but Nicole and Monika scored next and MV was back up at 45-42 with 2:05 left in OT.  Another 3 from the Cougars tied it at 45 with 1:42 left.  Carondelet scored again and led 47-45 with 1:15 left.  Madeline was fouled with 47 seconds left, made BOTH FT's, and we were tied again at 47.  With 28 seconds left, Rachel was fouled and went to the line.  She made 1 of 2 and MV moved ahead 48-47!!!  That proved to be the final score as Monte Vista hung on to win this BIG game.
Nicole and Monika  led all scorers with 16 and 13 points respectively.  Madeline played her best game adding 8 points and Ariana 6.  Other offensive contributors were Rachel with 3 and Lauren with 2.  MV improved their overall record to 15-7 (13-3 vs. Freshmen teams and 2-4 vs. JV teams).  They are the Freshmen EBAL Champs!  The final game will be against rival San Ramon Valley next week!
Afterwards Coach Pat was ecstatic!  He thanked everyone for their support.  This game is an "INSTANT CLASSIC" he said as far as frosh games go.  Coach Pat was very proud of the girls and their ability to "dig down deep and pull out games that most teams would just roll over."  To beat Carondelet was "awesome!"  The players displayed a "we are not gonna lose attitude."   He acknowledged that the team may look "ugly at times" but get they get the job done. Coach implored the girls to remember there is one more big game against San Ramon Valley next week! 
Reported by David Meyer


Tuesday's Game Against Carondolet...

February 9, 2014


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

February 7, 2014

 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

After Thoughts:

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

February 7, 2014


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


February 7, 2014        MV (Frosh/Soph)  34    Foothill  22

For the 4th time this season, the Mustangs played the Foothill Freshmen team and for the 4th time walked off the court victorious!  This final game was a win with the widest margin of victory at 12 points.  All the other games were single digit wins, including an exciting OT win.  The game started close with MV taking an early 7-6 lead, but then MV scored the last 7 points of quarter, and led 14-6.  MV scored the first 2 baskets of the second quarter, stretching its lead to 18-6 on its11-0 run. The half ended with MV up 20-10.  Monika, Ariana, and Lauren led the offensive attack!
In the 3rd quarter, Nicole got hot and scored 3-FG's, which provided all the offense MV needed to take a 26-14 lead at the end of three.  In the 4th quarter MV kept the pressure on the Falcons while taking its biggest lead 32-16 with 3:22 left in the game.  Ariana, Monika, and Madeline all scored in the final quarter.
Ariana led all scorers with 10 points.  She was closely followed by Monika (9) and Nicole (8).  Other offensive contributors were Lauren with 4 and Madeline with 3.  Defensively, Rachel contributed a nice effort on the Foothill PG, who had been effective in the previous games.  The young Mustangs upped their overall record to 14-7 (12-3 vs. Freshmen teams).  Next up, the long-awaited rematch with Carondelet!
Reported by David Meyer
After Thoughts:
Coach Pat was under the weather for the game and Varsity Assistant Coach Coco Vigar came to the rescue and notched her first coaching win !

Monte Vista 79 - California 55

February 4, 2014


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


After Thoughts: 

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

February 4, 2014

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

February 1, 2014


January 31, 2014        MV (Frosh/Soph)  30    Foothill  26
Tonight, the young Mustangs played only their second home game this season versus league opponent Foothill High School.  The team started well, taking an early 4-0 lead, but Foothill scored twice before MV scored two more times.  With 3:00 left in Q1 MV led 8-4 and that is how Q1 ended.  Lauren had 2 FG's and Ariana and Nicole each added one to comprise the early scoring.  MV continued solid play in Q2 outscoring Foothill 8-6 to lead at the half 16-10.  Ariana, Lauren, Rachel, and Monika all added a FG for the Mustangs.
The third quarter saw Foothill scratch  away at the lead  and with 1:38 left in Q3 the score was tied at 19.  The Falcons scored the last basket of the quarter and Q3 ended with the Mustangs down 21-19.  Only Monika scored in the quarter, making 3 FT's for MV.  In the 4th quarter Foothill scored the first 5 points and took its biggest lead at 26-19.  Coach Pat called a time-out with 6:15 left in the game.  It surely helped!  Foothill did not score the rest of the game!  Our Mustangs finished on an 11-0 run producing a most exciting finish.  With the ball, and a slim 27-26 lead, Ariana found herself with the ball and the shot clock quickly winding down.  A desperation shot right before the buzzer found all net from 3-point range with only 0:10 left!!!  The Mustang fans went crazy!  Game over.  Another Mustang victory.  Monika and Nicole provided 4th quarter scoring, but Ariana scored the last 5 points to supply the winning margin.
Monika and Ariana led all scorers with 9 points each.  Other offensive contributors were Lauren with 6, Nicole with 4, and Rachel with 2.
Reported by David Meyer

Monte Vista 51 - Foothill 47

January 31, 2014


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


After Thoughts:

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

January 31, 2014

Monte Vista (JV) 46 - San Ramon Valley 36

January 30, 2014

Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 43 - San Ramon Valley 23

January 30, 2014


January 30, 2014        MV (Frosh/Soph)  43    San Ramon Valley  25
The young Mustangs traveled across town to meet their rivals at SRV and play a league game.  The team quickly took a 4-0 lead, before SRV recovered and tied the score at 4-4 midway through Q1.  It was the closest SRV ever came to the Mustangs.  The first quarter ended with a 13-5 lead.  Offense contributors were Monika with 7 and Lauren,  Rachel, and Paula each with 2.  MV continued solid play in Q2 finishing the quarter on a 10-0 run and led at the half 23-8.  Madeline, Nicole, Ariana, and Monika all put points on the scoreboard.
MV kept pace to start the third quarter and stretched its lead to 21 at 33-12 with 2:58 left in Q3.  Rachel and Ariana each scored twice and Nicole in the quarter.  SRV showed some life with a 5-0 run to close out Q3, but MV was in command at 33-17.  The 4th quarter saw everyone play a lot of minutes.  Paula and Madeline added a FT each to start the scoring but then we hit dry spell, allowing the Wolves to close the gap to 35-23 with 3:50 remaining in the game.  Playing the next 3 minutes with the starters, MV quickly scored 8 straight points, 6 from Nicole and 2 from Monika.  The Ladies played well in their first matchup with their rival and after a long layoff.
Monika and Nicole led all scorers with 10 points each.  Other offensive contributors were Ariana with 7, Rachel with 6 (5 assists), Madeline with 5, Paula with 3, and Lauren with 2 (4 assists).
Reported by David Meyer 

Monte Vista 61 - San Ramon Valley 33

January 28, 2014


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


After Thoughts

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



January 25, 2014


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.

Varsity Photos

JV - Frosh/soph photos

January 25, 2014

Monte Vista 55 - Granada 29

January 24, 2014

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


After Thoughts 

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

January 25, 2014


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

January 21, 2014

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 Thoughts


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

January 21, 2014


Monte Vista VS. Amador High School (Girls JV BB)
MV continued their strong post play against Amador and on their first offensive play they started out with a great rebound and put back by Rebecca Paholski which lead to a quick 2 - 1 MV lead.
Amador did not have good ball handlers, thus MV took advantage of this and throughout the 1st half applied their stingy in bound press which led to MV being able to run plays and eventually set up the great post plays by Jasmin Lopez, Rebecca Paholski, and Jordan Mattox.
With 6:15 left in the 1st Period Rebecca Paholski and Jasmin Lopez executed a great high low, give and go play which led to a Jasmin lay-up basket, AND she was fouled. One offensive series later Jasmin Lopez was again fouled and went to the free throw line to attempt her shots of which she made the first one and missed the second, but an opportunistic Maddie Mooney was there for the quick rebound and went right back up, missed the shot, but was fouled and made two from the free throw line. Jasmin had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal.
Maddie Mooney continued her sharp outside shooting throughout he game by nailing several shots from the elbow and top of the key, helping MV stretch their lead to 15 - 3 in the 1st Period. Maddie Mooney had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals for the game.
Jordan Mattox provide strong play off the bench and provided strong offensive rebounding and this kept the ball in play which allowed MV to have multiple second chance points attempts and stretch their lead even wider against Amador. Jordan Mattox had 8 points, 2 steals, and 3 rebounds.
Taylor Okazaki as always contributed to this game with relentless energy, strong defense, key steals and well time shots. Taylor Okazaki had 8 points, 2 steals, 1 assist, and 3 rebounds.
Alex Popper provide great guard play and pass distribution throughout the entire game setting up her teammates for wide open shots.
The score at the end of the 1st half was MV 31 - 11, and when the 2nd half started MV never looked back and extended their lead to as much as 25 points with continued strong defense, key rebounding, great inside post play, pin point passing, all of which created more second chance opportunities throughout the 3rd and 4th Period. The final score was MV 55 - 33.
The next girls JV basketball game is an away game at Granada High School on Friday January 24th, 2014 and the Tip-Off is @ 5:30PM...Sharp.
Please come out and support your MV Girls JV Basketball Team...Go Lady Stangs !
Written by: David Gonzales


McNair 67 - Monte Vista 58

January 18, 2014

 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


After Thoughts

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

January 18, 2014

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

January 17, 2014


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

January 17, 2014

Carondolet 37 - Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 30

January 17, 2014


January 17, 2014   Carondelet (Frosh) 37   MV (Frosh/Soph)  30
The young Mustangs went on the road to Carondelet for a big matchup with their EBAL rival.  Playing without the benefit of Nicole, their leading scorer (who was sick) and Madeline (attending an out-of-state family funeral) many thought that the ladies had little chance against their strong opponent.  Well, they had every chance because they played with heart and intensity, much better than their previous game!
In the first quarter, MV got FG's from Rachel and Ariana but fell behind 7-4.  Carondelet stretched the lead to 12-6 before a late MV surge at the end of the half to close the gap to 12-10.  Scorers were Ariana, Lauren, and Monika (assist from Rachel). MV kept pace to start the third quarter, but Carondelet again stretched the lead to 20-13 with a surge.  MV came right back again, powered by Ariana, Rachel, Monika, and Lauren and tied the score at 21-21 with 0:46 left in the third quarter.  A basket by the Cougars ended Q3 with MV behind 23-21.  Once again, Carondelet inched away in the 4th quarter, but Ariana was hot and scored MV's last 7 points to keep it close.  The final score of 37-30 was reflective of a very strong effort for the Lady Mustangs and we all look forward to the rematch on our home gym at full strength!
Ariana led all scorers with 15 points in playing her best game of the season to date.  The other scores were Monika with 8, Lauren with 4, and Rachel with 3.
Reported by David Meyer

14-0 versus Carondolet

January 17, 2014

Part 2

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 )

December 28, 2004

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

January 16, 2014

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

January 16, 2014

 Part 1

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

January 15, 2014


January 15, 2014       MV Frosh/Soph  27     Skyline JV  16
MV traveled to Oakland for a mid-week game at Skyline and came away with a win though it was not pretty.  Once again, the team started slowly and fell behind early.  Ariana (FG) and Nicole (FT) provided the only Q1 scoring as MV fell behind 8-3. The defense held in Q2 and the Mustangs closed the gap with baskets from Ariana and Paula along a couple FT's from Nicole.  Halftime score was 10-9 Skyline.  
The third quarter was all MV as the defense shutout Skyline and Nicole supplied the offense with 4 FG's.  Monika provided an assist on 3 of those baskets.  Q3 ended with a 17-10 Mustang lead. The 4th quarter scoring continued with baskets from Monika (assist from Lauren), Ariana, Monika (again), and Nicole (assist from Monika).  MV had stretched its lead to 25-10 with 5:25 left in the game. This represented an 18-0 run for the team!  Nicole scored the last Mustang basket on an assist from Rachel at 4:53 and a 27-12 lead.
The Mustangs took the win but must improve in the turnover category. Offensively, Nicole led all scoring with 15 points.  Ariana added 6, Monika 4, and Paula 2 points.  The team's overall record improved 11-6!  
Reported by:  David Meyer
Photos from Foothill game

Monte Vista 65 - Livermore 38

January 14, 2014


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

January 14, 2014

Monte Vista vs. Livermore (Girls JV)
MV started the game with a quick basket with a great pass down into the post to Rebecca Pahloski, and then on the next possession Taylor Okazaki hit a 3 point shot to give MV a quick 5 -0 lead.
Livermore brought a ton of intensity throughout the game especially on every in bounds play and this caused MV to turn the ball over 11 times in the 1st Half. Coach Steve quickly called several time outs to position the girls correctly and avoid these turnovers and it worked.
MV continued to work the ball into the low post where Jasmine Lopez and Rebecca Pahloski played extremely well the entire game and it showed with Jasmine and Rebecca scoring 12 and 15 points respectively for the entire game.
MV applied a strong in bounds press and overall defense for the entire game which allowed Katrina Flores, Taylor Okazaki, and Alex Popper to accumulate double digit steals and several break away baskets.
To end the half, MV continue to pass the ball well and set up plays to leave MV players open for long shots, and with 0.9 seconds left on the clock before the half, Alex Popper hit a picture perfect 3 pointer, and MV led at the half 36 - 16.
In the 2nd half MV continued to run plays until they were perfect and resulted in scoring opportunities, while Livermore remained ice cold from the field. One play in particular late in the 3rd Period was impressive when on an in bounds play by Livermore under the MV basket, Rebecca Pahloski tip the in bounds pass to herself, and charged to the basket for a quick lay up and 2 points to give MV a 43 - 14 led.
MV's largest led in the game was 53 - 20, and the final score was 59 - 30 MV.
Leading scorers this game were, Rebecca Pahloski with 15, Jasmine Sanchez with 12, Alex Popper with 11, and Taylor Okazaki 8.
Next MV JV Girls next game is against arch rival Carondelet, at Carondelet on Friday January 17, 2014 @ 5:30 PM Sharp ! If the girls ever needed your support, this would be the game to come out and support them, so we hope to see you all there..Go Lady Stangs !
Written by: David Gonzales




Monte Vista (JV) vs St.Patrick's Bruins of Vallejo, CA

Monte Vista vs. St. Patrick's
In a non league game, MV JV girls traveled to play the St. Patrick's Bruins of Vallejo, and MV's intensity from the Cal High game continued in this game with MV starting out fast. In the first minute and fifteen seconds of the game MV had a 6 - 0 lead, and Maddie Mooney started off the scoring with two free throws, followed by a steal by Taylor Okazaki, and then Maddie Mooney again hitting a jump shot from the elbow to give MV this great start..
MV pushed their lead in the 1st Period to 12 - 4 with a strong press on all in bounds plays, which resulted in several turn overs and Katrina Flores and Taylor Okazaki both had 6 steals because of their intense pressure, all of which resulted in points.
Jasmine Lopez, Jordan Maddox, and Kia Sartip had 6, 5, and 5 rebounds respectively and their fundamentally sound boxing out skills showed with all these rebounds. Jasmine and Jordan had several offensive rebounds which led to quick put back shots against their taller opponents.
St. Patrick's made a push at the 5:15 mark in the 2nd Period and cut the led to 15 - 8, and MV quickly responded with a quick steal by Maddie Mooney amongst other key shots in this period, and the score was 20 - 8 at the half. Just prior to the half Taylor Okazaki went down with an injury, but Taylor shook it off and came back in on the next stop of play.
At the start of the 3rd Period MV executed a perfect play drawn up by Coach Steve, and it set up Taylor Okazaki in the corner for a long 2 pointer. With 4:01 left in the 3rd Period Katrina Flores stole the ball at half court and sprinted to a break away lay- up that gave MV at 25 - 12 lead. MV made two additional shots by Taylor Okazaki and Jasmine Lopez, and the 3rd Period ended with a 29 - 14 MV lead.
To start the 4th period Rebecca Pahloski and Jordan Maddox tried a high low, give and go play and it was done to perfection, and it resulted in a lay up by Jordan Maddox.
Maddie Mooney led the team with 12 points, 2 rebounds and she was 6 for 6 on free throws, Taylor Okazaki had 7 points, 2 assists, and 6 steals, Katrina Flores had 5 points, 2 rebounds and 6 steals, and rounding our top producers this week was Jasmine Lopez with 5 points, and 6 rebounds.
MV finished the game with the same intensity they started with and the final score was 41 - 15....BOOM !
The next MV girls JV basketball game is at MV and it is against the Livermore Cowboys,Tuesday January 14, 2014 and Tip Off is at 5:30 PM sharp! Please come down and support your Lady Stangs !
Written by: David Gonzales


Monte Vista 63 - Cal High 33

January 10, 2014


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

January 10, 2014

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 vs. Cal High
MV's second game of the season was against Cal High, which in the past MV had dominated, but in today's game Cal High girls came out firing, and raced off to 5 - 0 lead.
MV came back with key steals from Katrina Flores, and Taylor Okazaki, and MV quickly pulled to 7 - 7 tie by the end of the 1st Period.
MV started to gain momentum by applying their strong in bounds press, and with 3:27 left in the 2nd Period MV took the lead 15 - 12. Right before the half, Alex Popper snared a rebound, and then dribbled the ball out to the 3 - point line and nailed a 3 pointer to close the half, which MV led 21 - 12.
In the 3rd and 4th Period's MV maintained their lead by providing relentless defense by all players and key rebounding by Jasmine Lopez.
At the 5:15 mark in the in the 3rd Period, Taylor Okazaki drove to the basket on the right hand side, and made the shot with a defender draped all over her, and Cal High was called for a foul as well. Maddie Mooney was instrumental in the scoring as well with several key running shots, and especially being able to take her defender one on one and beat her to the basket every single time. All of this great play increased MV's lead to 30- 22 at the end of the 3rd Period.
The 4th Period started off with Cal High making a short surge, and cut into MV's led to 30 - 25, but MV closed the game with strong coaching by Coach Steve, stingy defense and key free throws. MV won the game 49 - 33.
MV's scoring was led by Maddie Mooney with 15 points, Taylor Okazaki with 12 points, and Jasmine Lopez with 11 points.
Next game is against the Livermore Cowboys at Monte Vista and the game starts at 5:30. Please come out and support the girls!
Written by : David Gonzales

Monte Vista 58 - Foothill 35

January 7, 2014

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

January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014       MV Frosh/Soph  37     Foothill  36 (OT)
The young Mustangs played their first league game in Pleasanton against Foothill, a team they had beat earlier in the season.  The team started slowly and fell behind early against a determined and aggressive Foothill team.  Ariana, Nicole, and Rachel contributed FG's but the score at the end of Q1 was MV behind 10-6. A quick basket by Olivia to start Q2 brought the Mustangs within 2 at 10-8 but Foothill countered with a 6-0 run to take a commanding 18-8 lead with 4:05 left in the half. The next 3 minutes saw no scoring, but MV all of a sudden picked up their game.  Nicole got a shot to drop with 0:48; Olivia at 0:26 and Ariana at 0:13.  Quickly, the deficit was reduced, but Foothill lead 18-14 at halftime.
Rachel, Nicole, and Ariana started the second half with baskets and MV took its first lead of the game 20-18 at 6:04 left in Q3. MV maintained its improved play with Nicole, Monika, and Rachel all scoring to give MV a 26-22 lead at the 3:25 mark.  Foothill countered with a basket and 2 FT's and Q3 ended in a tie at 26-26.  The 4th quarter scoring began with Nicole's FG at 6:48 giving MV a 28-26 lead.  That was the only score until Monika scored at 1:31 and pushed the lead to 30-26. Foothill scored and Monika again scored on an assist from Rachel and MV remained up 32-28 with 1:03 left in regulation. Foothill scored at 0:36 and again at 0:07 to tie the game at 32-32, and we went to OT for the first time this season.
In OT, Lauren made a basket to put MV back on top 34-32, but Foothill scored a FG and then a FT to re-take the lead 35-34 with 2:46 left in OT. Nicole stepped up to make a FT and then a FG to give MV the lead at 37-35 with 1:05 left.  The last score was from Foothill, making 1 of 2 FT's at 0:48.  The Mustangs walked off the court with an exciting OT victory!  Nicole led the scoring attack with 13 points.  Rachel, Ariana, and Monika each had 6 points.  Olivia contributed 4 and Lauren 2 to complete the offensive stats.
Reported by:  David Meyer

Monte Vista ( JV ) 47 - Foothill 38

January 7, 2014

Monte Vista vs. Foothill High School
To start the 2014 season MV JV girls' first opponent was Foothill High School. MV started out strong with a 7-0 start fueled by quick baskets by Rebecca Paholski, Jasmine Lopez and Maddie Mooney. Foothill fought back by the end of the first and the score was 15-10 MV.
The second period started out with both teams trading baskets and Foothill came within one basket of tying the score, and Taylor Okazaki had several key baskets to shut down the Foothill surge. At the half the score was 27-21 MV.
To start the 3rd period, Foothill came out and closed it once again to within one basket of tying the game. Rebecca Paholski scored a key basket and was fouled to increase MV's lead to 31-27, but Foothill closed to 31-29 with 3:15 left in the end of the 3rd period. The score was 40-32 MV at the end of the 3rd Period.

In the 4th period both teams fought hard but eventually MV pulled away and won. Final score 47-38 MV.
Next Game is against Cal High at MV and the game starts at 5:30PM. Come on out and support the girls!
Written by: David Gonzales

Season Overview

January 7, 2013

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

January 4, 2014
MV JV Girls vs. Freedom High School:
In Saturdays MV JV Girls Pre-Season game vs. Freedom Girls JV team both team's had reduced squads for the game, but nevertheless both teams showed great hustle and determination.
MV rushed off to a quick 18 -2 lead in the first three minutes of the 1st Period with great team passing, precise play development, and relentless rebounding.
By the half MV's led had grown to 28 - 12, and the scoring was led by Taylor Okazaki, Maddie Mooney and Alex Popper, with key rebounding by several players including Katrina Flores, and Jasmine Lopez.
In the 3rd and 4th Periods MV continued to play well in all facets of the game and even practiced applying full court pressure in several instances which created multiple turnovers forced by Katrina Flores, Taylor Okazaki and Kia Sartip constant pressure.
The final score was 64- 28 and by far the best game to date by the entire team, and the scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals were led by Jasmine Lopez with 17 points, and 5 rebounds,Taylor Okazaki with 15 points (one of them being a 3 pointer) and 5 steals and 5 assists, Rebecca Paholski with 8 points and 1 assist, Jordan Maddox with 4 rebounds, Katrina Flores with 3 steals and 2 assists, and finally 1 assist each for Maddie Mooney, and Kia Flores.
Great win for a short handed MV JV girls team, and please note come out and support the MV JV Girls with their regular season starting on Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 5:30 PM against and at Foothill High School.
Reported by David Gonsales

Get Well Soon, Alyssa !

January 4, 2014

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

January 3, 2014
January  3, 2014       MV Frosh/Soph  33   Pittsburg 27
For the 3rd time this season, the young Mustangs played the Lady Pirates and for the third time they scored 33 points and won!  MV never trailed in the contest which started an hour late due to the late arrival of the Pittsburg team. MV quickly sped off to a 4-0 lead with FGs from Nicole and Rachel.  A 3 pointer from Pittsburg quickly closed the gap to 4-3, before MV went on an 8-0 run and closed Q1 with a 12-4 lead. 
Q2 saw MV stretch the lead to 18-6 with the offense was powered by Ariana's 2 FGs and Nicole's 2 FTs.  The half ended with an 18-10 Mustang lead. 
In Q3 the Mustangs pushed the lead back up to 12 points at 22-10 and 24-12 with Lauren and Monika providing the offense. However, the Lady Pirates scored 6 straight and at the end of Q3 MV led 26-18.
Q4 began with a 5-0 run by the Mustangs stretching their lead to 31-18 with 6:39 remaining.  FGs from Lauren and Rachel, along with a FT from Olivia led the way.  However, Pittsburg wouldn't go away and slowly the gap closed to 31-24 with 2:04 remaining.  Nicole hit a FG from the left elbow to give MV a little breathing room at 33-24 with 1:55 left.  The Mustang hung on to win the game.

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.
Reported by:  David Meyer

Liberty 36 - Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph) 26

January 2, 2014
December 28, 2013        Liberty  36     MV Frosh/Soph  26
To look at the Liberty team one would not think this would have been much of a match up - they were significantly bigger and faster.  MV's scrappy defense kept the Liberty team out of the key and prevented any scoring until 2:59 left in the quarter! Unfortunately MV was plagued by lots of missed shots! End of Q1 score Liberty 5 MV 2!

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.                        
Reported by:  Kristen Ivani and Edited by:  David Meyer

Three point Shooting for Monte Vista

January 1, 2014

                                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%

Erica                                                                                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

December 30, 2013

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

December 28, 2013

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

December 28, 2013

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...

Newark Memorial Tournament:
Game One:
In Game One of the Tournament the MV JV girls faced Castro Valley, and in the 1st Period both teams were sluggish, which lead to a 9 - 11 Castro Valley lead. For the 2nd , and 3rd Periods the game stayed close with the score never varying more than 1 to 3 points either way. In the 4th Period MV JV girls had three key possessions which they rebounded well and score on each one, which lead to a 45 - 41 MV WIN !
Game Two:
In Game Two, the MV JV girls faced James Logan, and this game was hard fought by each for the first half which MV was able to come back and tie the game at 9 - 9 mid way in the 1st Period, thanks to key rebounding by Jasmine Lopez and key scores by Taylor Okazaki. The score at the end of the 1st Period was 15 - 9 James Logan. MV JV girls fought hard with every position, but eventually were out played by James Logan and the final score was 48 -31 James Logan.
Game Three:
In the final game and with a 3rd Place Tournament on the line, MV JC girls played Menlo Atherton. The game was a very close game, which each team trading baskets, and at the half the score was 34-22 MV. In the 4th Period MV JV girls pulled away with once again key rebounding by Jasmine Lopez and Jordan Maddox, key steals by Maddie Mooney. MV JV girls eventually won the game 53 -48, and Taylor Okazaki was named to the All Tournament Team for her great overall play.

Monte Vista 87 - Evergreen Valley 45

December 27, 2013

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

December 28, 2013

December 26, 2013:    MV  33;  Pittsburg  23
In the first game of the 2013 Foothill Classic in Pleasanton the young Mustangs prevailed over the Pirates.  Maybe we should not be surprised that the girls started slowly after the Christmas Holiday break.  The first quarter was back and forth with MV down 10-7 at the end of Q1.  Rachel Meyer hit a FT to start the scoring, followed by FG's from Nicole Pfund, Lauren Haus, and Olivia Addis.  The Mustangs started Q2 with a 6-0 run to briefly take a 13-10 lead with 3:30 left in the half.  The offense was fueled by FG's from Lauren Haus, Nicole Pfund, and Rachel Meyer. Pittsburg then proceeded with its own 6-0 run to close the half with a 16-13 advantage.  The Pirates stayed in control extending its lead to 20-15 with 3:36 left in Q3.  It was all MV the rest of the way!  Nicole Pfund hit 3 FG's in the quarter and Ariana Sheikhai hit 2 FT's to pull the Mustangs within 1 point at the end of Q3 22-21.  At the start of Q4, Rachel Meyer hit 2 FT's to stake MV to a 23-22 lead and they continued their strong defense and steady offensive production the rest of the game.  The scoring leaders were Nicole Pfund with 12 and Lauren Haus (playing perhaps her best game) with 8 points.  Other scorers were Rachel Meyer with 7, Ariana Sheikhai with 4, and Olivia Addis with 2. Reported by:  David Meyer
December 27, 2013:    Wallenberg (SF) JV 29;  MV 14
In the second game of the 2013 Foothill Classic in Pleasanton the Mustangs faced a good JV team from Wallenberg in San Francisco.  Strangely, the game started with a technical foul on the SF team.  As a result, before the game started, Rachel Meyer was sent to the FT line and made 1 of 2.  The 1-0 score proved to be MV's only lead in the entire game.  The ladies played excellent defense in limiting Wallenberg's scoring, but struggled getting the ball to drop in the basket.  There were plenty of good shots taken by the team, but limited point production.  Q1 ended with the Mustangs down 8-3 and the half ended with MV down 10-7.  Bailey Manego had the only FG in Q1 and Ariana Sheikhai added 2 FG's to account for all Q2 scoring.  Wallenberg started the second half with a FT, 2 - threes, and a FG to move ahead 19-7.  They played even the rest of the quarter as Madeline Conley and Nicole Pfund contributed a FG.  Q3 ended with the Mustangs down 23-11.  The 4th quarter continued competitive, as the Mustangs defense kept them in the game.  Bailey Manego added a FT and Madeline Conley a FG to close out the scoring for MV.  The leading scorers were Madeline Conley and Ariana Sheikhai with 4, Bailey Manego with 3, Nicole Pfund with 2, and Rachel Meyer with 1.  Final game of the tournament will be Saturday at 6 pm.  
Reported by:  David Meyer

Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 41 - Mt. Diablo 32

December 21, 2013
MV 41    Mt. Diablo 32
In the final game of the 2013 Antioch Christmas Classic the Mustangs defeated the Red Devils from Mt. Diablo to win the Consolation Bracket.  The game started slowly with MV down early 5-2 but they stormed back with an 11-0 run to lead 13-5 with 1:23 left in Q1, forcing a time-out.  At the end of Q1, MV led 15-9.  MV extended its lead early in Q2 with a basket from Paula Luciano and two consecutive baskets from Domi Dattola to lead 21-9 with 4:50 left in the half. Following a timeout at 3:28, both Monika Aha and Nicole Pfund converted a free throw and a field goal to give MV its biggest lead of the game 27-11 with 1:28 left in the half.  MV took a comfortable 15-point lead at halftime 27-12.
In the second half the game got a lot more interesting. The Red Devils outscored the Mustangs 10-2 in the third quarter.  A lone basket from Rachel Meyer was the only offense from MV.  Turnovers and missed scoring opportunities plagued the young Mustangs.  Score 29-22 at the end of Q3.  The next 4 minutes in the last quarter saw more of the same and when Coach Pat called timeout at the 4:13 mark, MV's lead was only 31-30.  The timeout was effective, as MV finished the game on a 10-2 run to clinch the game and win the Consolation Bracket. 
Monika Aha led all scorers with 11 points, followed closely by Nicole Pfund with 9 and Rachel Meyer with 7.  Ariana Sheikhai added 6 points and Domi Dattola had 4.  Bailey Manego and Paula Luciano finished off the scoring with 2 points each.  Other contributions came from Lauren Haus for her court leadership and Olivia Addis for her rebounding.  Everyone's efforts contributed to the team victory.  Following the game, Coach Pat and team along with the parents all went to Olive Garden in Antioch for lunch and a gift exchange.  A great time was had by all!  Merry Christmas!!!
Reported by:  David Meyer

Monte Vista 58 - College Park 36

December 20, 2013


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

December 19, 2013

Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 43 - Deer Valley 24

December 19, 2013
MV 43   Deer Valley 24
In the second game of the 2013 Antioch Christmas Classic the Mustangs defeated Deer Valley.  The game started slowly with the score tied 5-5 at the end of Q1.  DV held a 7-5 lead briefly before the Mustangs went on a 11-0 run to break it open a bit and led 18-8 at the half.  Offensively, MV continued to have success in Q3 outscoring DV 13-5 to take a commanding 32-13 lead to start the 4th quarter.  Both teams played evenly in the 4th quarter with lots of turnovers.
Nicole Pfund played her best game of the young season to lead the offensive attack with 17 points.  She was the beneficiary of several assists from her teammates. Monika Aha added 8 points.  Rachel Meyer and  Bailey Manego each scored 5 points.  Ariana Sheikhai and Olivia Addis completed today's scoring with 4 points each.   
Reported by:  David Meyer

Heritage 50 - Monte Vista ( Frosh-Soph ) 32

December 17, 2013

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

December 14, 2013
In the final game of the Great American High School Shootout the young Mustangs were able to beat their first JV opponent of the new season!  Up to this game they have won all 3 games vs. Frosh teams but had come up short against its previous 3 JV opponents.  This game was never in doubt as the Mustangs jumped out to a 15-0 lead with 3:24 left in Q1.  The box score will show a 15-4 lead at the end of Q1 and a 27-9 halftime lead.  It was more of the same in the second half as MV lead 33-14 at the end of Q3 and finished strong with a 44-23 victory
Monika Aha led the offensive attack with a whopping 20 points.  She had plenty of help from her teammates as Ariana Sheikhai contributed 7 points and Paula Luciano added 6 in playing her best game of the young season.  Other scorers were Lauren Haus with 5, Madeline Conley with 4, and Domi Dattola had 2!  Nicole Pfund and Olivia Addis made their presence known inside with several rebounds and good defense.  Rachel Meyer kept the ball moving on offense with assists and a strong defensive effort.  Bailey Manego provided solid support on defense and contributed an assist at the offensive end. 
The team has brutal week ahead as they play 4 games in a 5 day period starting with the Antioch Tournament on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night.  The 4th game vs. Kimball High School in Tracy is scheduled on Friday at 4 pm.  Please get out and cheer our young Mustang team to victory !     Reported by David Meyer

Monte Vista (JV) 45 - Burlingame 28

December 14, 2013

                                  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 LopezAlyssa 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

December 13, 2013

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

December 12, 2013

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

December 10, 2013

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

December 7, 2013

                                                                                                                          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

December 7, 2013

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

December 7, 2013

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

December 6, 2013

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

December 5, 2013

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

December 3, 2013

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 !

December 3, 2013

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

November 23, 2013

Random pictures from a great season...

Gunn 45 - Monte Vista 41

March 9, 2013

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


                                                                CIF NorCal Regional State Tournament Draw

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.

Players Season Statistics

Stats are listed under team/roster tab on left.



                                                         North Coast Section Playoff Draw & Results

2013 North Coast Section Champions - Monte Vista

Monte Vista 50 - Heritage 42

March 1, 2013


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

February 28, 2013

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

February 27, 2013

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

February 22, 2013

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

February 20, 2013

                                                                                                                             North Coast Section Division Playoff Draw:

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.

February 17, 2013

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

February 15, 2013

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

February 14, 2013

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

February 12, 2013

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

February 12, 2013


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

February 8, 2013


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

February 8, 2013


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.

Seniors' Night

February 5, 2013

Monte Vista (JV) - Amador Valley

February 5, 2013

MVHS JV 53 Amador Valley 27

February 5, 2013

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!



February 2, 2013

Grandpa Benedict with an emphatic two handed slam...

MVHS JV 36 Carondelet 28

February 1, 2013


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

February 2, 2013


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

January 29, 2013




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

January 29, 2013



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

January 25, 2013


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

January 25, 2013

                                                  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.


January 24, 2013


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

January 22, 2013

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

January 18, 2013

                                                                                                           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

January 18, 2013

                                                        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

January 15, 2013

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

January 15, 2013

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

January 11, 2013

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

January 12, 2013

                           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

January 8, 2013

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

January 8, 2013

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

January 4, 2013





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

January 4, 2013

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

January 2, 2013

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

January 2, 2013

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

December 29, 2012

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

December 29, 2012


                                                                                                                                                           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

December 28, 2012

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

December 28, 2012

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

December 27, 2012

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

December 28, 2012


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

December 27, 2012

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

December 27, 2012

Kaylie Williams at Weslyan University

December 21, 2012

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

December 20, 2012

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

December 18, 2012



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

December 14, 2012


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

December 13, 2012

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

December 12, 2012

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

December 8, 2012

The Championship Game marked the return of Erica Perez to the JV team.  Erica was the star and leader of the team last year and has been playing with the Varsity squad this season.  Having played the Liberty team in the Pittsburg Tournament just 8 days earlier (and won 45-42), Coach Steve Cornell had a new strategy to stop Liberty's star player who had scored 30 points in the prior game.  The strategy: Box in one.  Alexis Meyer was assigned the task of guarding their scorer.  Results: she scored 6 points for the game and was in early foul trouble.  MV got off to a quick 7-0 lead on its way to 17-6 advantage by the end of the 1st quarter.  Again, Megan Olivera was hot, hitting two 3-pointers and Katie Good scored on 3 FG's to pace the Mustangs to the early lead.  In the 2nd quarter, MV blew the game open to take a 33-9 halftime lead.  It seemed like the entire team contributed in the second quarter including Beckie Paholski who made a FT.  The starters gave way to the bench during a large part of the second half as MV cruised to 40-12 lead by the end of the 3rd quarter and 52-26 at the end to win the Championship in grand style!  The 4th quarter saw Alyssa Gonzales score her first 2 FG's of the season!

Congratulations go to Megan Olivera who earned the MVP Award and to Alexis Meyer and Taylor Freitas who were selected to the All-Tournament Team!  Megan led the team with 12 points, followed closely by Autumn Davis with 9.  Katie Good added 8 points and 12 rebounds.  Erica Perez added 8 points in her debut, while Alexis Meyer scored 5 points and played strong defense.  Taylor Freitas was a presence on the boards with 7 rebounds.  Finally, we must mention that Olivia Addis fouled out of her first game!


Freedom Tournament, GAME 2 December 7, 2012: Monte Vista 48; Freedom 38

December 7, 2012

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

December 6, 2012

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 !!

December 4, 2012

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 PaholskiLauren 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!!

December 1, 2012

Champions of Bulldogs Tournament - Monte Vista 63 - Alhambra 29

December 1, 2012

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 !

December 2, 2012

                                                                          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

November 30, 2012

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

December 1, 2012

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

November 29, 2012

    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

November 29, 2012

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...

November 27, 2012



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 !

November 25, 2012

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

November 25, 2012

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. 


November 21, 2012

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.


November 21, 2012

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

November 18, 2012

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




November 13, 2012

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

March 4, 2012

A heart breaking loss to MSJ 48-47

February 24, 2012
Unless one goes all the way to win the state title, a high school basketball season generally ends with a loss ( except if you don't make the playoff.) And no loss I can recount, could be considered less than hard. As Ron and I stood in the cold air at Monte Vista's parking lot, watching the last player drove away, he turned and said ' This may be the hardest loss ever.'
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

February 21, 2012
This was a particularly nerve wrecking game because Monte Vista was expected to win. And we knew nothing about the Panthers other than the fact that they are a three point shooting squad and their leading scorer was injured two weeks ago and would not even suit up for the game.
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

February 19, 2012
A bit of disrespect by giving Monte Vista the #6 seed but in reality, this is the absolute best seed for us as all the formidable opponents are on the opposite side of the draw. Thought we would be given a #4 or #5 which would pitch us against either Pittsburg or Livermore. Santa Rosa is an unknown but probably less athletic squad than the Pirates and hopefully less physical than the Cowboys.

CIF-NCS Division I Bracket

2011-2012 California Interscholastic Federation / North Coast Section Playoff

February 19, 2012
The North Coast Section seeding committee will meet tomorrow at 8:00 am and will post the playoff seeding for each division ( boys & girls ) when they are ready. The posting is usually not in order and can start with any division. Link to the CIF/NCS website is below. When the division seeding is posted, that specific division will be highlighted and clicking on it will reveal the entire seeding chart.
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

February 16, 2012
For most players, the loss to San Ramon Valley Thursday evening was hard as they must wait nine months before getting a chance to wipe the bitter taste off their mouth. For Olivia Romero and Bridget Haus, however, this loss was particularly difficult as both might have played their final high school basketball game.
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

February 16, 2012
The Lady Mustangs finished their 2011-2012 East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) campaign with an emphatic 24 point victory over rival San Ramon Valley. In so doing, they have compiled a remarkable 21-5 regular season record including 11-1 against Foothill, Amador Valley, Livermore, Granada, California and San Ramon Valley.
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

February 14, 2012
Cal High's bench looked decimated as the seasonal flu took its toll, much like Monte Vista's bench two weeks ago. The difference is - MV's depth allowed the team to sail through its opponents even with multiple players out sick while the Grizzlies did not have such luxury. Playing with only 6 suited up players, Cal fell behind quickly and was able to put up only 5 points for the half to trail 22-5. The visiting Monte Vista exploded for 17 points in the third quarter to go up 39-9 after three and Steve Cornell played his bench the entire fourth quarter cruising to his 23rd win of the year.
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

February 14, 2012
Coming off a difficult loss to Foothill last Friday and having lost at Cal the previous two seasons all pointed to a tough bounce back game. And Monte Vista had its usual slow start allowing the Grizzlies to run off 10 straight points in the first quarter to trail 12-8. Sensing the sluggishness of the starting rotation, coach Ron Hirschman brought in a different combination and saw the tide turned in the second quarter. Taylor Partin led the way with a pair of three pointers in the second period to spark the visitors to a 13-2 run ending with MV ahead 25-16 at the half. The defense, in particular was solid in holding Cal High to only 4 points in the second quarter.
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...

February 12, 2012

Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Foothill 30

February 10, 2012
Some thought the JV squad has lost motivation after losing the chance to win league title. But at this stage of the season, there are a lot of emotion swings going on and lack of motivation surely would not be one. There are players who may be finishing their final high school basketball season and want to leave a lasting memory. There are players contemplating on where they will be playing next year and a strong showing may make a difference to the coaches. And there are the young players who are auditioning for next season's playing time and possibly starting roles. And, of course, there is the allure of a 24-2 season. One the players can brag about for the rest of their lives.
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

February 10, 2012
Monte Vista scored 49 points for the game. When two players from Foothill, namely Craig and LaMarche combined for 43, MV was in big trouble. Megan Clark from the Falcons added the 7 points to put the visitors over the top and Foothill is now within a game of the Mustangs. It is less so about who finishes the consolation second place in EBAL but the way both the offense and defense wilted in the second half - not dissimilar to the 1 point overtime win at Foothill four weeks ago when MV blew a 16 point second half lead and was lucky to slip away with a victory. The quickness of Foothill and the slashing style of relentless attack of the basket gave MV serious difficulties. Monte Vista was in constant foul trouble and the referees were quick to call minor contact fouls resulting in numerous trips to the free throw lines by the visitors.
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...

February 8, 2012
There are so many reasons why the game against Foothill now looms as the most crucial contest for the rest of this season. A win for Foothill brings them to within a game of Monte Vista with two to play for 2nd place in EBAL. A loss likely puts MV out of contention for a top four seed in the upcoming North Coast Section playoff. A loss derails the goal of sweeping the six schools outside of Carondolet. Oh yes, it would also be the first home loss at the Monte Vista gym to an EBAL opponent other than Carondolet in five years...

Monte Vista (JV) - 46 - Granada 32

February 7, 2012

Monte Vista 43 - Granada 30

February 7, 2012
Granada and Monte Vista in recent years had some memorable defensive struggles resulting in several insanely low scoring contests. Tuesday evening game proved to be off the same script.
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

February 7, 2012
EBAL Standings

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

February 3, 2012
The bench of Steve Cornell looked like an infirmary with Alexis Meyer, Autumn Davis and Natalie Coffin all still in street clothes plus newly disabled Megan Oliviera. This is on top of loss of Erika Perez to the varsity this week. Did this set the MV team up for an unthinkable back to back loss ?
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

February 3, 2012
The visiting Monte Vista appeared listless and devoid of energy in the early going of the game, fell behind 5-0 and 10-4 in the first quarter with six turnovers before closing to within three at 11-8 after one. The second quarter was just as ominous in the beginning with Amador Valley scoring the first 3 points to lead 14-8 and later 16-10. To make matter worse, Jazmine Dilworth, Sara Jensen and Rachel Tagle all picked up two fouls each and had to sit while AV was shooting bonus most of the second quarter. With 5:58 left in the first half, Jen Casper completed a three point play and Monte Vista was within 3 at 16-13. Suddenly, the tide turned in the visitors' favor and in the next 120 seconds, MV out scored the Dons 5-1 and just like that at the 4:05 mark, Monte Vista had its first lead of the day at 18-17. Ariah Mack dropped in a three for Amador Valley to give them a 20-18 lead but that was to be their last as the Mustangs ran off 8 consecutive points and took a 26-21 lead into the locker room.
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.


January 29, 2012

Carondolet 72 - Monte Vista 43

January 31, 2012

Carondolet (JV) 46 - Monte Vista 43

January 31, 2012

Monte Vista 59 - Livermore 56

January 27, 2012
Monte Vista continues its string of heart stopping narrow victories - this time by three points on the road at Livermore. Instead of playing poorly or blowing large leads, MV actually played short handed ( Angela Rigo out with concussion, Jazmine Dilworth still weighed down with the flu ) and battled against a spirited and dangerous opponent backed by a partisan crowd and managed to find a way to win.
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

January 27, 2012
While the varsity squad seems to have to fight for its life every game, the JV simply rolls over its opponents. This evening, they made an excellent Livermore team looked foolish bolting out to a 31-14 half time lead and an insurmountable 51-19 advantage in the third quarter. Coach Steve Cornell again sat the entire starting lineup part of the third and the entire fourth quarter and still won going away by 24.
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.


January 24, 2012
The team continues to be in a rut due to a combination of factors the latest is the flu making the round now affecting both Madison Burroughs and Jasmine Dilworth. Monte Vista also played without Angela Rigo who suffered a non basketball related concussion and had to sit out the game.
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

January 24, 2012
SRV, after defeating Carondolet, had losses against Foothill and Granada, hence trailing both Monte Vista & Carondolet in EBAL standing by one game. A loss against MV would put them two games back and essentially out of running for the EBAL league title.
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

January 20, 2012
The JV had another easy outing with the outcome of the contest decided by the end of the first quarter, in this case 23-8.
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

January 20, 2012
Monte Vista has to be living a charmed life. Having blown a 16 point lead in the second half against Foothill and came away with a one point overtime victory, the Lady Mustangs again decided to roll the dice, this time at home against the underdog Cal Grizzlies.
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)

January 17, 2012
There are games no matter how ugly and poorly they were played, the coaches are just happy they escaped with a win. They can screamed at the girls the next day at practice, but at the end of the week, it would just be another win. On the other hand, the game against Foothill could very easily be one of those agonizing losses that ruins your season...
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

January 17, 2012
Steve Cornell's team played a near perfect first half out scoring the host Falcons 22-4 and 12-3 in the first two quarters to take a commanding 34-7 lead into the locker room. The lead grew to 41-9 in the second half when he emptied his bench which battled the host team with virtually equal zeal. Monte Vista entered the fourth quarter leading 46-16 and finished the contest 58-23, adding 5 points to the lead while the entire starting line-up was on the sideline such was the depth of the JV squad. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that every member of the team scored which is a rare feat and the first time this has happen in well over a year.
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

January 13, 2012
For the past 10 years, I don't remember ever having an easy game at Granada. For some inexplicable reason, the games at Granada were always fiercely contested and always close regardless of the record of the teams. Granada's senior center Mckenzie Daly is considered one of the best players in the league and the year's first meeting between the two 12-3 squads for 2nd place in the EBAL, as expected, turned out to be a thriller.
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

January 13, 2012
When you are the top dog in the league, everyone gets fired up to play you. Other than the loss to Carondolet 10 days ago, Monte Vista had not been pushed. Granada provided the first test. Ahead 10-3 in the first quarter, the visiting Mustangs appeared to be in cruise control. The Matadors, however, scored the next 6 points to pulled within one at 10-9. Monte Vista answered with an 11-0 run in the second quarter and was ahead 21-9 and streaking in with less than 10 seconds left in the first half for an apparent easy lay up to go up by 14 into the break. The lay up, however, was blown and Granada grabbed the ball going the other way and scored at the buzzer to be only down by 10 at 21-11 at the half. The four point turn around did not appear to be that crucial at the time as Monte Vista was clearly in control. That notion, however, would change in the second half.
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

January 12, 2012
Granada's upset loss to Cal Tuesday left EBAL wide open for 2nd place with Granada, Livermore, California and Monte Vista all at 2-1 although only Monte Vista out of the four teams has played Carondolet to date. A victory tomorrow will go a long way to solidifying MV's spot. The link below has the latest EBAL standing and national, state, section and division ranking of each team.

Monte Vista 62 - Amador Valley 27

January 10, 2012
Monte Vista started this pivotal game nicely with Madison Burroughs first nailing a three pointer then followed with a lay up to lead 5-0. Then Jasmine Dilworth was inadvertently struck on the nose and had to leave the game because of a subsequent nose bleed. The event quickly changed the momentum and the visiting Dons outscored the host 10-2 the rest of the first quarter to go ahead 10-7. When Amador Valley's Wagner, who scored 29 points against Carondolet knocked down a three from the left wing to give AV a 13-7 lead, there was serious concern whether Monte Vista can right the ship and prevent the game from getting out of hand. Madison Burroughs, however, made certain her team would not lose back to back league games by scoring the next 4 points and all of Monte Vista's first quarter offensive output to cut the deficit to 2. The host then built a 15-13 lead which grew to 21-17. AV's Wagner then hit her second three pointer with 12 seconds left in the half to allow the visitors to draw to with one at 21-20. Ms. Burroughs then dropped in a runner at the buzzer to hand MV a 23-20 lead going into the locker and new momentum for the second half.
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

January 10, 2012
Monte Vista scored the first 13 points of the contest and never looked back in the 38 point victory over a shell shocked Amador Valley team. The Lady Mustangs bounced back from the bitter 4 point loss at Carondolet last Friday to raised their season record to 14-1, 2-1 and the beginning of a new win streak. Most of the final quarter was to set up Kyndel Sidori for her first points of the season. Kyndel, who missed most of the first half of the season because of a foot injury, netted her first high school basketball point off a free throw. Niki Sell continued her offensive prowess again led all scorers with 14. Alyssa Gonzales had her hot hand scoring a season high 6 points while both Brittany Nigra and Olivia Romero also contributed 6 each. Guard Erika Perez had another field day with 8 steals.
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

January 6, 2012
Playing Carondolet is tough enough at full strength. To be on the road and without the service of Jasmine Dilworth who has to sit out because of concussion and Angela Rigo because of recurrent ankle injury proved simply too much to overcome.
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

January 6, 2012
All streaks must come to an end and Monte Vista JV's 26 game unbeaten streak was broken this evening as the Cougars took advantage of Monte Vista's missed lay ups and poor free throw shooting to squeak out a tight 4 point victory. The visiting Lady Mustangs missed at least four easy baskets in the early going of the game to trail 8-0 and as many as 12 points late in the first quarter before rallying to tie the contest at 18-18 at the half. Autumn Davis made the only three point basket for MV during the second quarter come back. Monte Vista trailed the entire second half although the largest deficit was only 6 at 33-27 and 36-30. When Erika Perez drove the entire length of the court for a coast to coast basket, Carondolet's lead was trimmed to 38-36 although turnovers in the final minute and failed free throw conversions doomed the visitors. Erika Perez did everything tonight including running the point, breaking carondolet's press, making steals and leading the team in scoring with 10. Niki Sell and Brittany Nigra each added 6 while Bridget Haus contributed 4 points.
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

January 3, 2012
Monte Vista dominated the season opener against Livermore from the early going of the game and never trailed in the contest. The host deployed a mix of man to man and blizzard defense forcing Livermore into numerous turnovers while building a 28-13 lead at half time after a buzzer beating 19 footer from Rachel Tagle as the first half expired. Jasmine Dilworth used her shot blocking abilities to intimidate the visitors' shooters while Madison Burroughs continued her offensive renaissance with her third consecutive double digit game with 11 points tying Amanda Daily who also had her back to back double digit output including a back breaking three pointer in the fourth quarter when Livermore had just crawled back to down by only 16. Jen Casper and Jaz both finished with 8 points and 7 and 9 rebounds respectively.
The Mustangs improves to 11-2 for the year but now must prepare to face Carondolet in three days on the road.

The JV games are always interesting as the teams change substantially each season and no one knows what to expect from their opponents. Livermore has always been known as a drive to the hoop and three point shooting team over the years and this JV squad turns out to be much the same. Monte Vista scored the first 4 points, Livermore hit a three and that was as close as the contest went. The game was at 10-4 when Niki Sell drained a pair of three pointers to lead Monte Vista on a 19-1 run and a 29-5 lead, essentially putting the game on ice. Livermore has a pair of excellent guards in #10 and #14 but the offense was completely shut down by Monte Vista. The Lady Cowboys also did not help themselves by converting only one of ten free throws in the first quarter ! Brittany Nigra was dominant as usual but was saddled with fouls through out the game. She did end up with 11 points and 11 rebounds along with 3 thunderous block shots. Olivia Romero added 8 points and 8 rebounds while Bridget Haus and Katie Good each scored 6 points and pulled down 12 and 11 rebounds respectively. Guard Nike Sell, who has been on fire offensively of late, scored a career high 18 points to lead all scorers.
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

December 30, 2011
The coaches from SRV and Livermore were on hand during the Jamboree and had to go away impressed by how hards the ladies played and how tough the defense was.
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 !

December 30, 2011
Madison Burroughs was named 2011 West Coast Jamboree Tanzanite Division MVP while her best friend Niki Sell was named MVP at the Newark Memorial HS Tournament during the same weekend !

Monte Vista (JV) 43 - Santa Rosa 31 Newark Memorial Tournament Champion !

December 30, 2011
There were concerns about matching up with the two big forwards from Santa Rosa and about attacking their extended zone defense. Some even thought this might be the best team they would face this season to date.
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

December 29, 2011
The Lady Mustangs forced 10 turnovers in the first half and converted them into 16 points en route to a 48-15 halftime lead over the shell shocked Oakland Tech.
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

December 29, 2011
The Monte Vista JV squad won its 24th consecutive game since middle of last season by beating James Logan for the second time this season to advance to the Championship game of the Newark Memorial HS Tournament against a big and strong Santa Rosa team. The final score was the closest Logan could get since the early going of the contest. Captain Bridget Haus matched her season high with 12 points while Brittany Nagra added 9. Erika Perez rebounded from her recent scoring drought by scoring 7 points and Niki Sell, Autumn Davis and Katie Good had 4, 4, and 3 points respectively to round out the MV scoring.

Monte Vista 72 - San Leandro 26

December 28, 2011
Monte Vista ran away with this game leading 25-4 after one and 46-10 at half time.
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

December 28, 2011
Katie Good :12
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...

Back Row: Erin Tao, Stephanie Cornell, Kendall Williams, Carlyn Rafael, Felicia Lopez, Carlie Nagel, Lindsey Mason. Front Row: Sarah Harvey, Kate Cornell, Katherine Buckles, Lauren Gray.

Coach Pat & Andrew Luck

December 23, 2011
Andrew was thrilled to meet guys from the high school that sent Ryan Whalen, Zach Ertz and Brett Nottingham.

Monte Vista 53 - Dublin 50 (OT)

December 21, 2011
The Gaels' senior guard Shannon Irwin was fouled with 3.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter of a 44-44 tie game and went to the line for a pair of free throws...

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

December 21, 2011
This wasn't a particularly pretty game overall but one phase of the contest that was superb was the outside shooting of the starting guards. Niki Sell connected on eight baskets including a three pointer for a career high 17 points while Megan Oliviera hit five outside shots for 10 points along with her usual smooth ball handling. Freshman Kyndel Sidore who had just started playing following recovery of her foot injury saw her most extensive court time. Center Brittany Nagra was her usual dominant self at center and finished with 12 points while Bridget Haus contributed 6.

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.

Old teammates including Amil, Coco, X, Dani, Christi were at Stanford...Many of the current Monte Vista varsity players were also present.

Niveen's Homecoming

December 17, 2011
This is Niveen Rasheen's first trip back to the Bay Area and a small crowd was on hand at Stanford to greet the former star forward from Monte Vista. Considered one of the very best woman basketball players ever from the east bay, Niveen's last season was lost following a devastating ACL injury in the middle of a fabulous season. Following a successful reconstruction surgery, she is now again the star at Princeton leading the team in scoring at 17.2 a game. The Tigers put up a tough fight against the #4 Stanford Cardinal but eventually lost 85-66. They will be at Santa Clara tomorrow evening before catching a redeye back east.

Monte Vista (JV) 43 - Dougherty Valley 28

December 17, 2011
Coach Steve Cornell knew going in that this would be a tough contest. Playing a strong Dougherty Valley on their home court with revenge on their mind would test the resolve of the Lady Mustangs. The game did not start well for MV who missed their first eight shots and promptly fell behind the athletic Wildcats 5-0, 7-2 and eventually 10-4 at the conclusion of one quarter. DV scored the first basket in the second quarter giving them the largest lead at 12-4. Monte Vista, however, came alive both offensively and defensively scoring 10 points in a two minute span while shutting out the host team to seize their first lead at 14-12 at the 2:30 mark and 18-15 at the half.
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

December 16, 2011
Playing in their fourth game in four days, the MV players are tired and showed it in the first quarter against the host Broncos when they fell behind 6-1 and eventually 11-8 at the end of a quarter. This, incidentally, was their biggest deficit this season in the first quarter. The deficit was 6 at 18-12 mid way through the second quarter when the visitors put together a 12-2 run to end the half giving Monte Vista a 24-20 lead going into the locker room. Momentum appeared to stay with MV in the third quarter as the Lady Mustangs scored the first two baskets and on multiple occasions led by 10. They were, however, unable to break the game open due to repeated missed opportunities and continued woes at the line converting only 4 of 11. With a loud home crowd on their side, the Broncos cut their deficit to a single possession at 41-38 with three minutes remaining in the contest but that was as close as they would get as late baskets by Jen Casper and Sara Jensen closed the door on Northgate's hope of a come back. Angela Rigo and Jen Casper led the team with 10 points a piece while Sara Jensen added 8. Ms Jensen was also named to the ALL TOURNAMENT squad. Jasmine Dilworth had another strong game with 7 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals and two blocked shots. Freshman Amanda Daily added much needed offense in the second quarter with 6 including a breakaway lay up to help Monte Vista come back from the early deficit. Monte Vista improves to 6-2 on the year and will face Dublin at their new gym on Wednesday.

Heritage 28 - Monte Vista 26

December 15, 2011
Playing with a sprained ankle, junior point guard Angela Rigo was given the unenviable task of sinking two free throws to send the game into overtime after Sara Jensen nailed a three pointer from the deep left corner to bring Monte Vista to within two at 28-26. The first shot went long and Heritage escaped with a two point victory over a dejected MV squad who missed connecting on multiple lay ups and converted only 5 of 18 free throw opportunities. The Lady Mustangs was held to the lowest offensive output in years and at several points in the game appeared to have completely folded its offensive game. The team, however, continued to play with determination and climbed back from a 16-10 and 19-12 fourth quarter hole to keep it a single possession contest at 19-16, 23-20, 25-23 and finally at 28-26. Despite the loss, the team played solid defense making it extremely difficult for the Patriots to score. Their star center Sabrina Engelhart was held to only two baskets and 10 points. Jasmine Dilworth herself only collected 6 points but had two thunderous blocks and two deflections in the second half to help fuel the comeback. The 5-2 MV will now face the host Northgate in tomorrow's third place game at 6:30 pm.

Monte Vista 46 - Acalanes 29

December 14, 2011
The game plan was to stop Acalanes' 6' 1" guard Sophie Taylor from inflicting excessive damage from the outside and to that end, Monte Vista was clearly successful as she was held to 10 points with only a single three pointer for the game. Free throws kept the Dons in the game early but they have no answer to Jazmine Dilworth who dominated the inside for 10 first half points before foul trouble limited her minutes. Three point baskets from Rachel Tagle and Taylor Partin right before the break gave Monte Vista a 29-16 lead and Acalanes could come no closer than 12 in the second half. Jazmine Dilworth finished with a team high 12 points followed by Madison Burroughs with 10 and Rachel Tagle with 7. Junior point guard Angela Rigo again played limited minutes because of her sprained ankle but was able to contribute 9 points and 4 steals. She no doubt would be a force when fully healthy. MV will face Heritage tomorrow in the 1st semi final game at 6:30 pm. Heritage (7-0) handed Monte Vista (5-1) their only loss of the season in the Alhambra Tournament and there is added incentive to hang a loss on the undefeated Patriots whose defense will be a challenge for the Lady Mustangs.

Monte Vista 60 - Pittsburg 24

December 13, 2011
Key to beating an athletic team like Pittsburg is to get out early and seize the lead. MV executed that plan perfectly as Angela Rigo stole a couple of passes immediately after the tip off for easy coast to coast lay ups helping the host built a 19-0 lead in the first quarter. 9 of those points came off back to back to back three points by Taylor Partin who finished with 11 points. Monte Vista extended the lead to 39-12 at the half and withstood a lull in the third quarter to easily cruise home to a comfortable 36 points victory to improve to 4-1 on the season. G/F Madison Burroughs scored a season high 16 points to lead all scorers while forward Jasmine Dilworth had another strong game despite missing half the contest because of a nose bleed. She finished with 6 of 7 from the free throw line for 10 points.

Monte Vista (JV) 48 - Pittsburg 36

December 13, 2011
Playing the same team three times in three weeks is never easy. As expected, the team came out flat against the Pirates and trailed 9-7 and 11-8 in the early second quarter before going on a 13-5 run to close out the half with a 21-16 advantage. The game remained in a sluggish mode in the early going of the third quarter with the host holding on to leads of 25-18, 28-18 and 35-26 when Brittany Nagra sank a 22 foot three pointer followed by a long bank shot to ignite a 9-1 run and blew the game open at 44-27. Ms. Nagra finished with a team high 12 points. Katie Good continues her strong inside game with 8 points and Bridget Haus added 7 to help the Lady Mustangs go 6-0. On her first game back from ankle injury suffered during the Pittsburg Tournament, Erika Perez contributed 8 points and collected her usual 8 steals. Next on the schedule is a rare meeting with Casa Grande on Friday and a rematch against Dougherty at Dougherty on Saturday.

Save your ankle - wear a brace !

December 9, 2011
Virtually all D-1 colleges mandate wearing ankle brace for basketball practice and game. It can prevent or reduce the severity of ankle injuries. Images above are those of Erika Perez who sprained her ankle in the Pittsburg game and Angela Rigo who sustained her injury during practice.

Monte Vista 42 - Rodriquez 41

December 6, 2011
The team won its past two games easily without the service of starting point guard Angela Rigo who sat out with a bad ankle, but a quick and athletic Rodriquez squad quickly made it obvious why Rigo is indispensable. Monte Vista was troubled by the quick and aggressive defense including several early blocked shots and deflected passes. The Lady Mustangs also did not help its cause by failing to execute plays and committing 12 turnovers in each half along with poor shooting from both the field and line. Monte Vista scored the first 4 points but allowed Rodriquez to surge past with a 12-2 run to trail 12-6 and eventually 14-8 after one quarter and 21-18 at the half. The contest was tight in the third quarter with both teams squandered scoring opportunities. The host finally tied the game at 23-23 and briefly led at 25-23 and 26-25 only to see Rodriquez retook the lead at 28-26 after three. The fourth quarter proved to be an even greater challenge for both teams with neither side able to produce meaningful offense. Monte Vista at one point had four consecutive possessions all ending in turnovers. Rodriquez, however, was equally generous with their turnovers and poor shot selection. The game was frozen at 30-30 for nearly four minutes with the visiting team finally broke through for a short jumper to lead 32-30 and with just over two minute left in regulation 33-32. Jasmine Dilworth tied the game at 33-33 making a crucial free throw and Monte Vista had the ball with 25 seconds left in the contest for a possible winning shot but missed the jumper with 9 seconds on the clock allowing Rodriquez to take the presumed final shot. The visitors, however, promptly turned the ball over giving MV another chance at ending the game in regulation. Jen Casper had a great look from 8 feet but her shot rattled out of the basket sending the game into overtime. The 4 minute extra segment produced its share of drama with Monte Vista seemingly in control when Madison Burroughs first swished a 15 foot shot from the right wing, then drove the lane for a lay up to give the home team a 4 point lead and 37-33. Burroughs hit another jumper from the same spot in the wing to give MV a second 4 point lead at 39-35 but Rodriquez refused to go away by banking in a desperation three from 23 feet out to bring them within one at 39-38. Leading by 3 with 50 seconds remaining, Monte Vista missed on back to back 1 and 1 opportunities. A made basket by the visitors brought the game to a 1 point affair at 42-41. MV went to the line for the final 1 and 1 and naturally misfired giving Rodriquez the final possession. This was the root of the last controversy as Rodriquez's point guard drove to the basket at the final seconds and missed the winning basket but there was obvious contact in the attempt but no foul was called and the Lady Mustangs escaped with a victory that on a different night or on a different court could easily be a loss. Jasmine Dilworth and Madison Burroughs led the team with 12 points each and Jen Casper contributed 8. Monte Vista improves to 3-1 for the season while Rodriquez suffered its first loss at 4-1.

Monte Vista (JV) 44 - Rodriquez 22

December 6, 2011
Monte Vista was leading by a slim 9-7 margin when Megan Oliviera drained her second buzzer beating three pointer in as many games to give the host a 12-7 advantage after one quarter. The Lady Mustangs was able to push the lead to 10 on two occasions, the second was at half time when MV took a 24-14 advantage into the locker. Katie Good followed her All Tournament performance at the Pittsburg Pirates Tournament with probably her best outing of the young season scoring 14 points most came in the second half when Monte Vista was able to steadily increase its lead to 34-17 after three and the final score of 44-22. Forward Olivia Romero also had possibly her best game of the season with 9 points while point guard Nikki Sell added 7. Freshman Autumn Davis dropped in a three, her first of the season. The team improves to 4-0 for the season with Pittsburg on the horizon.

Monte Vist 70 - Concord 18

December 4, 2011
Concord was completely overwhelmed from the tip allowing Monte Vista to streak to a 34-9 advantage which ballooned to 50-10 at intermission. The lead was at 52 after three quarter when the running clock mercifully closed out the contest. Three players had double digit scoring including Rachel Tagle with 12, Jazmine Dilworth with 12, Jen Casper with 10 and Lilly Wissinger had 8 points all in a frantic first quarter. Back up forward Dana Outcalt also contributed 8 points while Sara Jensen and Madison Burroughs each contributed 6. MV improves to 2-1 for the season and will face a 4-0 Rodriquez HS squad on Tuesday at the home opener.

Monte Vista (JV) 44 - Dougherty Valley 31

December 3, 2011
The Championship game of the Pittsburg Pirates Tournament lived up to its billing with a tight contest early on with MV holding a slim 11-9 lead after one quarter. The lead was pushed up to 14-9 only to see Dougherty Valley came back to within 1 at 14-13 and moments later at 16-14. Katie Good than scored on back to back possession to give MV a six point lead at 20-14. Off a defensive rebound with just over 5 seconds to play, the Lady Mustangs made it all the way across mid court with Olivia Romero finding Megan Oliviera at the left wing for a long three at the buzzer that gave Monte Vista a 9 point bulge at the break......The 3rd quarter was all Mustangs' as they pulled off a 13-2 run to build a 36-16 lead from where Dougherty will not recover.
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

December 2, 2011
The team rebounded from a disappointing 6 point loss to Heritage to defeat Petaluma and even the season record at 1-1. In spite of the convincing victory, Monte Vista still played an uneven up and down game opening the contest with a 20-0 run then allowed Petaluma to cut the lead to 25-12 at half time and 25-16 in the third quarter before forcing four consecutive turnovers and out scoring the opponent by 20-6 to build an insurmountable 45-22 lead. Center Jen Casper had an outstanding first half scoring 10 of her game high 13 points while guard Taylor Partin had her second strong game coming off the bench to score 11 including a pair of three-pointers. Sara Jensen finally broke out of a slump with a 10 point performance all in the final quarter. Jasmine Dilworth and Madison Burroughs each had 6 points while freshman Amanda Daily contributed 4. The team will face the winner of Concord / Mt. Diablo tomorrow at 11:30 am. Monte Vista will be playing without starting point guard Angela Rigo who also sat out today's contest with a sprained right ankle.

Monte Vista (JV) 55 - Pittsburg 21

December 2, 2011
Playing the Pirates for a second time in 5 days actually made it simpler for the visiting Lady Mustangs. Unlike last week's contest in which Monte Vista took a whole half to figure out how to solve the more athletic opponent, the squad took an early 4-2 lead and never looked back. MV led 31-16 at intermission and 49-16 after 3 quarters again allowing coach Steve Cornell to utilize his entire roster. The inside combination of Brittany Nagra, Katie Good, Natalie Coffin, Bridget Haus and Olivia Romero accounted for 40 of the team's 55 points led by Brittany Nagra's season high 16 points and Katie Good's 10 points. The forwards were able to dominate inside scoring was in no small part due to pin point passing of the point guard trio of Niki Sell, Megan Oliviera and Alexis Meyer. The only downer for an otherwise excellent outing is the ankle injury sustained by Erika Perez who will likely miss the championship game against a tough Dougherty Valley team.

Heritage 40 - Monte vista (Varsity) 34

December 1, 2011
MV suffered it's first season opener loss in nine years falling in the opening round of the Alhambra Bulldog Tournament to a good Heritage team that features two of northern California ranked players. Heritage took a 12-6 first quarter lead in spite of having to sit their star center who picked up two early fouls trying to defend MV's active Jasmine Dilworth. The Mustangs was unable to take advantage simply because of woeful free throw shooting in the first half going 0-7 in the first quarter and 1-9 at the half. The game was tied at 19-19 at intermission on the strength of Angela Rigo's back to back steals and breakaway lay up on a badly swollen ankle. The game slowed to a halt in the 3rd quarter with neither team able to score effectively. The Patriots' big Sabrina Engelstadt began to take control of the inside with a combination of lay ups and foul shots while the Lady Mustangs was unable to convert from the paint or outside. Taylor Partin, however, came off the bench to provided a much needed 3-point basket and 7 points while Angela Rigo led the team with 13. Monte Vista will face Petaluma tomorrow at 3:30.

Monte Vista (JV) 56 - Bay Tech 10

December 1, 2011
The undermanned small charter school from Oakland was quickly overwhelmed by a relentless full court pressure from the Lady Mustangs to trail 22-2 after one quarter and 40-7 at the half. Baytech was athletic and impressively resilient but was clearly not used to playing against a shot clock resulting in numerous shot clock violations. Katie Good led all scorers with 13 and Bridget Haus, freshly switched back from guard to forward, added a season high 12 points. Brittany Nagra had her usual strong outing with 10 while Olivia Romero contributed 6. Equally impressive was the ball handling and passing skills of guards Megan Oliviera and Nicki Sell who also added 5 points. The 2-0 Monte Vista will face the winner of Pittsburg and Miramonte in the semi final tomorrow at 8:00.

Varsity Scrimmage Against Arroyo

Monte Vista successfully concluded its preseason with a five segment 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

November 25, 2011
The scrimmage was dominated by the visiting Lady Mustangs from the tip off who are more game ready than their counterpart. MV won the first segment 19-0 with the host team only got off a single shot. The second segment was equally impressive for Monte Vista as they held their opponents scoreless until the final second. Coach Steve Cornell was able to utilize his entire bench top to bottom liberally while preparing for the real season opener against a certainly tougher Pittsburg Pirates team on Monday.

Monte Vista 51 - James Logan 36

November 22, 2011
The Lady Mustangs brings to 2011-12 season a virtually new line-up having graduated it's entire front court of Kaylie Williams, Alyssa Samia and Taylor Fazio along with starting guard Nicole Oliviera. Head coach Ron Hirschman and assistant coach Tony Arndt knew this years team would be talented but extremely young with NO senior on the roster.
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

November 22, 2011
Most members of last season's 24-2 JV squad have either retired from basketball or moved on to varsity. The team is now comprised of five returning players and EIGHT freshmen ! This may be a true "re-building" year for coach Steve Cornell if not for the arrival of freshman forward Brittany Nagra and full time commitment from last year's sophomore sensation Erika Perez who give Monte Vista size inside and speed / athleticism outside.
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 !

October 22, 2011
The Open Gym has just completed its third week and new players are beginning to arrive. With several key varsity players still competing in volleyball, the open gym gives younger players a chance to go toe to toe with returning members of both the JV and Varsity team.

It's The Beginning Of Another Season - Open Gym Time !

September 27, 2011
1st Open Gym will be Wednesday 10/5/2011 at Stone Valley Middle School from 3:30 to approximately 5:30 pm. Until official start of practice second week of November, open gym will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Bring plenty of water and a pair of running shoes. If prior years are any indication, there will be conditioning...

Deer Valley 77 - Monte Vista 53

February 25, 2011
The winning formula against Deer Valley includes breaking the pressure, protecting the paint, getting rebounds, limiting turnovers and using the clock. Monte Vista did a credible job handling the trap and DV did relatively little damage inside. The host team, however, decisively out rebounded the visitors on the offensive board resulting in multiple second and third chance baskets and more importantly forced numerous turnovers which helped ignite two runs, one in the second and the other in the third period that essentially decided the game's outcome.
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

February 22, 2011
There is a certain finality to playoff games. It's lost and you are done for the year. All teams go into the state tournament with extra incentives, particularly seniors who may be playing their last high school contest.
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

February 20, 2011
As expected, Monte Vista was awarded a #6 seed and a home game against 17-9 Heritage ( which we beat in the Alhambra Tournament.) Game time is 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 22, 2011. Be there !

2010-2011 North Coast Section Playoff Seeding & Pairings...

February 20, 2011
The NCS seeding committee meets this morning at 8 am to determine seeding and pairing for all six divisions ( Boys & Girls. ) Division I this year will be even more challenging with Carondolet moving up from Division II. Berkeley (25-1) will have the #1 and Carondolet (23-3) the #2 seed. The rest will be up to the committee. BVAL champion Deer Valley (19-7) may be #3 and Mission SJ (24-2) and James Logan (21-5) should be # 4 & #5 depending on the outcome of their game last night. If Mission SJ wins, they may have a shot at #3 with a 25-2 record. Monte Vista should be the best of the rest at 18-7 and will likely get the #6 seed. Their opponent is hard to say but may be Liberty, Pittsburg, Foothill or Irvington.....Result will be post as soon as they become available.

Additional thoughts on the Fabulous JV Squad...from KT

February 19, 2011
1. Incredibly good decision to move Taylor Partin to the wing position. Relieved her of the burden of bringing up and distributing the ball and giving her a chance to rebound which she turned out to be quite a beast inside, allowing her to drive which she did plenty and very effectively and still allowing her to handle the ball with frequency. Of course, Taylor also had more open looks at the basket from beyond the arc where she made those opponents who decided to stop her drive pay.

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!

February 18, 2011
Finishing with a 24-2 overall record and 13-1 mark in EBAL play, the Lady Mustangs completed one of the most memorable seasons in Monte Vista JV women's basketball history as they won the league title and also the Mission San Jose and Newark Memorial Tournament Championships early in the season. With a young team featuring one junior, six sophomores, and five freshman and coming off a 5th place finish in EBAL last season, Coach Steve Cornell didn't exactly know what to expect as he started practices. Unlike the previous season which had a team with good height but lacking quickness, this team was fast and smart with deadly outside shooters and very mobile post players but no one over 5-10. Looking to take advantage of the team's athleticism and to score off transition as much as from the set offense, the coaches installed a pressing and trapping defense and brought back the complex Blizzard defense that had produced the record-setting back to back 25-1 JV seasons a few years ago.

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

Scoring:                                         Assists:
Taylor Partin 204 points               Angelyn Brown 62
Dana Outcalt 203 points              Erika Perez 39
Jade Montes 185 points              Taylor Partin 37
                                                        Dana Outcalt 37

Rebounding:                              Blocks:
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

February 18, 2011
Needing a win in their final game to claim the EBAL league title, the Lady Mustangs traveled to San Ramon Valley High to play in their brand new gym for the first time. SRV had given the Mustangs a bit of trouble earlier in the season before falling to MV 44-31, but there was no repeat tonight. MV unveiled a trapping fullcourt press to start the game that San Ramon could not solve and this game would have been over in the first half if the Mustangs had converted more of the steals into points. Never trailing after opening the game on a Bridget Haus power move bucket, and leading 7-2 after the first quarter, Monte Vista went into the locker room at halftime with a 19-3 lead after having their finest defensive half of the year. In the third quarter the offensive energy increased as center Dana Outcalt and forward Olivia Romero combined for 10 of the 14 points to up the lead to 19 points and in one 34 second span the crowd enjoyed the Charlotte Sedlock Show as the center/forward had a steal, assist, rebound, and knocked down 2 free throws as she took over the game for a time. The fourth quarter started with guard Callie Starn driving in a layup off a steal and continued as a fun celebration for the 24-2 EBAL champs as they closed out the season and the rival Wolves by a final score of 47-26. Leading scorers for the game were Dana with 14 points, Olivia with 6, guard Taylor Partin with 5, guard Angelyn Brown with 4, center Katie Good with 4, and forward Lilly Wissinger with 4 as well. Taylor had 10 rebounds for a personal season high, Dana collected 9, and Katie had 6 boards. The defense produced 26 steals with the top thief being Dana with 6 followed by guard Elyce Bayat with 4 and Taylor with 4. A team leading three assists were dished out by guard Nikki Sell, Angelyn, and Taylor while guard Justine Garvin had one of her more impressive performances of the year with her all around play at both ends of the court.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 51 - San Ramon Valley 29

February 18, 2011
This was San Ramon Valley's senior night. Since the Wolves did not make the North Coast Section Playoff this season, this would also be the final game for the team and final high school game for their four seniors. That should be incentive enough to put up a strong showing which the Green & Gold did. After trailing 0-8 to start the game, San Ramon Valley played Monte Vista even for the remainder of the half, actually out scoring the Mustangs 10-9 in the second period to trail only 24-14 at the break. The visitors surged ahead 32-17 with a mini 8-3 run to start the third quarter and appeared on the way to blow the game open when SRV ran off 5 straight point to trim the deficit to 10 at 32-22 late in the third quarter. A pair of inside baskets by Jasmine Dilworth, however, pushed the lead back up 36-22 and eventually 38-22 at the end of three. Monte Vista would control the final period and cruised to a 51-29 win to lock up sole possession of 2nd place in EBAL at 10-4 and 18-7 for the season. San Ramon finished at 4-8 and 10-16.
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

February 15, 2011
SENIORS' NIGHT always evokes mixed emotions and yesterday evening was no exception. The game against Livermore would be the final regular season home game for Taylor Fazio, Nicole Oliviera, Alyssa Samia and Kaylie Williams - four players who seem to have arrived as young freshmen just yesterday will graduate and move onto college later this year. Each, however, has left her mark both in the school as well as on the Monte Vista basketball program. Taylor was a member of perhaps the best JV squad ever at MV under Steve Cornell at 25-1 and Nicole, Alyssa and Kaylie were the last varsity members on the NCS and NorCal Championship team that played for the California Interscholastic Division I State Title at ARCO.
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

February 15, 2011
Riding their second 11-game winning streak of the season, MV appeared to have one of the season's easier games on tap as the Livermore team that they had defeated 60-27 on the road came to the Lady Mustangs' home court. But the Monte Vista offense failed to show up as the team shot a season low 16% from the floor, including scoring just 2 points in the entire 3rd quarter. Thanks to MV completely dominating the boards (the 50 rebounds were a season high) and a tough inside defense that gave up almost nothing in the paint, the Cowgirls were even colder than the weather outside and never mounted a serious threat after being down by 9 at the end of the first quarter. Taking a 21-10 lead into the locker room after guard Nikki Sell drained yet another buzzer beating jumper, the two teams settled into a low-scoring defensive struggle in the second half that resulted in just about even scoring as MV prevailed 13-11 for the final half. The 34 total points was MV's second lowest of the season, just ahead of the 31 they scored in the season opening loss to Maria Carillo in a shorter 7-minute quarters tournament game. Co-Captain Dana Outcalt led the team in scoring and rebounding with 7 points and 11 boards, forward Lilly Wissinger pumped in 6 points, guard Taylor Partin had 5 points along with 5 rebounds, power forward Bridget Haus had a great game collecting a season high 9 rebounds and adding four points as well and center Katie Good tied her season high as she deftly cleaned the glass for 7 rebounds. With a 12-game winning streak and a 12-1 record in EBAL and is at 23-2 overall, MV plays Friday night at the San Ramon Valley new gym to attempt to wrap up the EBAL JV title.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 44 - Cal 30

February 11, 2011
When these two teams met at Cal's new gym earlier in the season, Monte Vista was on a four game winning streak and alone in second place in the league. The Grizzlies surprised the visitors by dominated the board and handed MV a bitter 49-47 road loss. The rematch was a tight contest from the tip off. The Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead when Nicole Oliviera knocked down a three pointer on their second possession. Neither team could muster more than a two point advantage in the first period with Cal briefly ahead 6-5 and MV led at 5-4, 7-6 and eventually 9-7. When Sara Jensen scored on a baseline jumper from the right earlier in the second quarter, Monte Vista had their largest lead at 13-8 but a 7-0 run by Cal pushed the visitors ahead 15-13. A driving basket from Rachel Tagle knotted the game at 15-15. A pair of converted free throws by Angela Rego gave the home team a 19-16 lead only to see Cal bounce back at 19-18 and had the chance to take the lead into the locker room but had to settle for a 19-19 halftime tie when they could only hit one of two from the line at the waning seconds of the first half. .....During much of the week, coach Hirschman was not sure if captain Kaylie Williams would be cleared by the medical staff in time to play. She was and her presence was made known to open the second half by first scoring on a high low play 40 seconds into the half. Ms. Williams then converted both free throws when she was fouled going to the basket after grabbing an offensive rebound. Center Taylor Fazio then single handedly put the Grizzlies away by putting on a show in the 3rd and 4th quarter. With MV up by a slim 23-19 margin, she blocked a lay up attempt by Cal's Delang, got the rebound and started a fast break during which she took the missed shot and scored as a trailer. In the next three minutes, Taylor brought down four additional offensive rebounds and scored a pair of inside baskets to give Monte Vista a 29-19 lead they would not surrender. Ms. Fazio finished one of her best games this season with a team leading 14 points, 13 rebounds- 6 from the offensive end and 4 block shots. Nicole Oliviera also had a terrific outing scoring 11 points including a shot clock beating long jumper from the top of the key with two defenders hanging on in the first half. Alyssa Samia also heavily contributing to the reversal of fortune by controlling the paint. She finished with 6 points and 10 rebounds. In all, Monte Vista out rebounded Cal 41-19 limiting them to only 5 on the offensive side compared to 20 they gave up at Cal. The team also allowed Cal ZERO three point basket. With the win, the Mustangs improves to 8-4 in EBAL, tying them for second with Livermore and 16-7 overall. The upcoming game Tuesday at home against the Cowboys will determine 2nd place in the league and perhaps seeding order in the NCS Division I playoff.

Monte Vista (JV) 49 - Cal 38

February 11, 2011
Cal High always appears to create difficulty for Monte Vista and tonight was no exception. The host Mustangs had amble opportunities to build a commanding lead in the first quarter but missed lay ups and turnovers kept the Grizzlies close. MV settled for a 16-10 1st period advantage but had to withstand a big charge by the visitors. Leading 18-14, Taylor Partin was called for a technical foul which resulted in a one on one followed by a pair of free throws and possession to California. When it was all said and done, the lead was down to 18-17. Monte Vista, however, was able to bounce back to seize a 24-19 cushion at the half. With Taylor nursing three fouls, Monte Vista started the third quarter with her on the bench. The result was a 4 minute and 30 second scoring draught. It was a good thing California was almost as inept on the offensive side, managing only a single free throw during the span, allowing Monte Vista to maintain a 24-20 lead. A driving basket from Lily Wissinger finally took the lid off the basket and pushed the home team's lead to 26-20. Two free throws and a lay up from Katie Good gave Monte Vista its largest lead at 30-20 heading into the fourth quarter. The momentum was carried over to the final period with Charlotte Sedlock contributing a pair of baskets in a 6-0 run to open the 4th while limiting the Grizzlies to only a single point for over 12 minutes. With the deficit at 41-26, Cal made one final counter attack and managed to cut Monte Vista's lead to 45-36 but back to back steal by Erika Perez and resulting breakaway baskets effectively closed out the contest. This would be Erika's final game with the JV squad this season as she heads onto soccer national camp in southern California. Ms. Perez ended the evening with 6 points, 6 steals and 5 rebounds and left no doubt to her immense impact on this year's team. Taylor Partin led Monte Vista with 8 points while Dana Outcalt, Katie Good and Charlotte Sedlock all contributed 6. The JV now stands at 11-1 in EBAL and an impressive 22-2 for the season. Next up is Tuesday at home against Livermore.

Scary Moment...

February 8, 2011
With less than five minutes left in the game and Monte Vista finally had the game comfortably in hand with a 48-34 lead, captain Kaylie Williams took a nasty fall while going for an offensive rebound striking the right side of her head on the floor. For a frightening several minutes, spectators and teammates held their breath while Kaylie remained on the floor holding her head in pain. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when she was able to walk to the bench and appeared to be fine other than an obvious large lump on her forehead...Prior to her injury, Ms. Williams was having one of her finest games of the season with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals plus an assist and no turnover !

Monte Vista (Varsity) 48 - Foothill 39

February 8, 2011
In a virtual must win game after a bitter loss at Granada last Friday, coach Hirschman saw his team held scoreless for nearly 4 minutes and fell behind 7-0 to open the first quarter. Monte Vista was behind 10-3 when they put together a 10-0 run off the strength of 6 points from Kaylie Williams to take a 13-10 lead. A second three point basket by Megan Clark, however, tied the game at 13-13 at the first period break. The second quarter was a tight battle with neither team able to establish control. MV held a slim 17-16 advantage when Ms. Clark knocked down her third three to give the Falcons a 19-17 lead at the 6:00 minute mark. She would finish with 5 three's for the evening. A three point play from Sara Jensen ignited a 9-2 Monte Vista run to push the Mustangs up 26-20 but Clark's fourth trey of the first half with 4 seconds to go brought Foothill to within three at 26-23 at halftime. Early second half continued to be a seesaw affair. Foothill knotted the game at 26-26 and went briefly ahead 28-27. The game was tied at 30-30 with 4:30 left in the third when Kaylie Williams powered in three inside baskets along with a couple of free throws as well as a three pointer from Angela Rigo to propel Monte Vista to their largest lead at 41-32 at the end of three periods. The advantage was pushed to 48-34 less than four minutes into the final quarter and the visitors was able to coast home from for their 15th win of the year and reclaims sole possession of 2nd place in EBAL at 7-4.

Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Foothill 28

February 8, 2011
In a critical must win game for Monte Vista to keep their EBAL title hopes alive, the Lady Mustangs invaded the Foothill gym to face the Falcons for the third time this season. In their previous two meetings, MV had won both with each game coming down to the final seconds. Foothill had only lost to Monte Vista and Carondelet and if they could knock off the Mustangs in this game and then defeat Carondelet later in the week they would win the league title. Featuring a high-scoring offense with sharp-shooting guards and big inside post players, the Falcons jumped out to an early 8-2 lead before the Mustang defense stiffened and MV fought back to be down 8-6 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was one of MV's finest of the year as the defense slammed the door allowing just 2 points and guard Taylor Partin took over on the offense as she knocked down 2 three pointers and scored 8 of MV's 12 points in the quarter as the team took a 18-10 lead into the locker room. The third quarter saw Foothill battle back as they spread the floor to allow their quick guards to isolate on a single defender and drive to the basket as they cut the deficit to 5 to start the 4th quarter. The final quarter began with Monte Vista forcing turnovers as cat-quick Erika Perez swiped a pair of passes and fed power forward Lilly Wissinger to extend the lead out of the danger zone. Knocking down their free throws in the final minutes, the Lady Mustangs ended with a 10 point victory holding the 19-4 Falcons to their lowest point total of the season. Taylor Partin led MV in scoring with 13 points while Lilly Wissinger had a season-high 9 to go along with 5 rebounds. Erika Perez led the team in steals with 4 and assists with 3 while scoring 4 points and center Dana Outcalt led the teams in rebounds with 7. Monte Vista raises it's record to 21-2 and next faces Cal High at Monte Vista on Friday.

Going down Memory Lane

Monte Vista (JV) 43 - Granada 37

February 4, 2011
Based on the 36 point margin of victory at Monte Vista last month, this game should be a cake walk for the 19-2 Mustangs. But game outcomes are not always easy to predict based on past performances. Tonight's contest is a prime example of Monte Vista perhaps looking past the Matadors to next week's showdown with Foothill. Except for the first game against Carondolet, this is the only time this season MV trailed in all of the first three quarters. Instead of bolting out of the gate with a huge lead like the last contest, Monte Vista allowed the Matadors to seize a 9-2 lead and had to fight the entire evening to climb out of the hole. Behind 11-7 in the second period, MV ran off 8 straight points to take a 15-11 advantage and appeared on the verge of blowing the game wide open when inexplicably, the team went ice cold offensively and defensively allowing the host squad to stage a 8-0 run of their own to trail 19-15 at the half. Monte Vista went 0-7 in the stretch and appeared baffled by Granada's zone defense. Granada scored first in the second half to take their largest lead at 21-15. Monte Vista continued to miss from both the inside and outside and trailed 25-20 into the final minute of the third quarter when they converted back to back baskets the last one by Lily Wissinger with 7 seconds left on the clock to trail 25-24 going into the final period. Then Taylor Partin put on perhaps the finest individual performance this season in a quarter by knocking down 12 points in less than three minutes including a pair of three pointers, a mid range jumper, a reverse lay up plus two free throws sandwiching another three point basket from Jade Montes to propel the visitors to a 43-29 lead from which they coasted home without being threatened again. Taylor finished with a season high of 16 points while Dana Outcalt and Lily Wissinger each contributed 7 points. Erika Perez led the team with 7 steals along with 6 rebounds and Olivia Romero added 4 points and 3 boards.
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

February 4, 2011
The Matadors took advantage of Monte Vista's poor free throw and outside shooting to hand the visitors their fourth league loss of the season, the most in seven years. The victory also avenged a 15 point defeat earlier in the season. The game was close in the first half with neither side able to establish a significant lead. Granada, however, led most of the contest except for a stretch in the third quarter when Monte Vista took a short lived 27-22 lead giving way quickly to a one point deficit off two back to back three pointers by the host team. Trailing by as many as 6 points in the fourth quarter, MV was able to cut the deficit to 2 at 44-42 after a basket by Taylor Fazio with just over a minute to go but could get no closer as Granada went 2 for 2 from the line in the closing seconds to seal the win. Nicole Oliviera led Monte Vista with 12 points and Kaylie Williams added 11 along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Alyssa Samia was held to only 5 points but did grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 5 assists and collected 3 steals. Sara Jensen had her best offensive outing in over a month with 6 points. The team, however, was only 5 of 11 from the line which was the difference in the contest. With the loss, the Lady Mustangs drops to 14-7 for the year and 6-4 in EBAL.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 48 - Amador Valley 31

February 1, 2011
As the season winds down, no game is easy and none can be taken for granted. Amador Valley currents ties for last place in EBAL but clearly wasn't about to just hand over a victory to the host team. The Dons jumped out to a 4-0 lead off three quick Monte Vista turnovers before the Lady Mustangs woke up ultimately taking a tough fought 10-8 lead after one period. MV charged out in the second period to go ahead 15-8 and 17-10 with Madi Burroughs scoring all 5 of her points including a sweet three point play but had to settle for a slim 19-16 lead at intermission when Amador Valley drained a three pointer to close out the quarter. Unhappy with the first half, coach Ron Hirschman brought out a different starting line up with Jen Casper, Jasmine Dilworth, Miranda Bidwell, Rachel Tagle and Madi Burroughs and promptly opened up a 10 point lead at 27-17. The visitors, however, managed to trim the deficit to 27-23 half way through the 3rd quarter but that was the closest Amador Valley was going to get as Monte Vista peeled off three straight baskets two by Kaylie Williams sandwiched by a lay up from Alyssa Samia to re-establish a 10 point lead at the end of the third period at 33-23. The final period was all Monte Vista's with Kaylie Williams knocking down a three, Miranda Bidwell putting back a missed lay up and Jasmine Dilworth grabbing an offensive rebound and powered through a basket to close out the stubborn visitors. Balanced scoring was the theme of the evening with Kaylie Williams leading MV with 9 points and 6 rebounds followed by Taylor Fazio who had 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Miranda Bidwell had a season high 7 points including her first three point basket of the season while Nicole Oliviera and Alyssa Samia both had 6 and Jasmine Dilworth added 4. Jen Casper had her longest outing on the court this season and played a solid game finishing with 5 rebounds and a basket. Monte Vista is now 14-6 for the season and 6-3 in EBAL looking forward to visiting Granada on Friday.

Monte Vista (JV) 59 - Amador Valley 24

February 1, 2011
This was typically a let down game after the big win against Carondolet but the Lady Mustangs pounded on Amador Valley from the tip off building up a 17-3 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Virtually everyone got into the scoring column led by Taylor Partin with 13, Callie Starn with 9, Lily Wissinger with 7, Bridget Haus with 6, Nikki Sell, Olivia Romero and Elyce Bayat each with 4. Three other players each had 2 points. The JV squad improves to 19-2 for the season and 8-1 in EBAL play.

Monte Vista (JV) 50 - Carondolet 41

January 28, 2011
In a battle of the two leading teams in EBAL, the 17-2 Lady Mustangs invaded the De La Salle Gym to avenge their earlier defeat to the 20-1 Carondelet Cougars. Unlike the first contest at Monte Vista, this time the Mustangs jumped out to an early lead but the Cougars battled back with a full court press and three inside players all taller than the tallest that MV had to offer to close the gap to 2 at the end of the first quarter. The second half saw 7 lead changes as the Carondelet gambling press either produced turnovers or gave up easy layups to the MV guards. Carondelet scored last in the first half and went into the locker room with a 23-22 lead. In the 3rd quarter the Cougars' outside shots started to fall in and they built a 7 point lead at one point and finished the quarter leading 35-30. Faced with a daunting task of mounting a 4th quarter comeback in a crowded hostile gym against one of the best teams in northern California, the Lady Mustangs rose to the challenge and with a lock down defense and total control of the boards against the taller Cougars finally caught Carondelet at 41-41 with four minutes to go on a sweet 15 footer by guard Taylor Partin. After forward Lilly Wissinger muscled in a shot from under the basket off an offensive rebound and center Dana Outcalt stole the inbound pass after the Carondelet timeout, the Cougars had to resort to fouling when they were down by four with about a minute to go. The Mustangs hit six more from the charity stripe and never gave up another point to finish a spectacular 20-6 fourth quarter blowout to shock the stunned home crowd as forward Charlotte Sedlock swished in the 50th point on a perfect free throw. There were plenty of heroes for Monte Vista as power forward Lilly Wissinger had her best game yet with 9 points and 7 rebounds - much of her production came in the pressure-packed 4th quarter, Dana Outcalt had an amazing 15 rebounds against larger Cougars, almost half the Mustang points came from guards Angelyn Brown who led all scorers with 12 and Jade Montes who tallied 10 as they both beat the press for numerous layups and then sank their free throws in crunch time, guard Erika Perez swiped seven balls and dished out a team high five assists, guard Nikki Sells came off the bench to hit a big 12 foot jumper in the 3rd quarter that stopped the Carondelet run that was threatening to break the game open, and Taylor was all over the court as she finished with five rebounds, four steals and dropped in 9 points as well. Coach Cornell calls this one of the three greatest wins he has had as a coach and this positions the 18-2 Monte Vista JV squad in the driver's seat in the race for the EBAL title.

Carondolet (Varsity) 72 - Monte Vista 36

January 28, 2011
To compete with Carondolet, Monte Vista would have to play air tight defense, limit turnovers and have a big offensive night. Failing any of the three usually means a defeat. Failing all three would be recipe of a dreaded rout. The Lady Mustangs could not come close to duplicating the JV squad's accomplishment. As a matter of fact, they played one of their collective weakest games of the season and the result was a blow out in the hands of one of the best teams in northern California. With the score at 6-4 in the first quarter, MV made six consecutive turnovers over a 2 minute span to trail 12-4. That was just the beginning of a long night during which Monte Vista made a total of 40 TO's, none more disconcerting than a 16-2 run by the Cougars in the beginning of the third period all via steals and lay ups. A 38-22 half time deficit suddenly became 54-24 and the contest officially became a game for the bench players...

Monte Vista (Varsity) 52 - San Ramon Valley 28

San Ramon Valley converted 11 three pointers last Friday to shock a high flying Cal team three days after Cal upset Monte Vista at home. Suddenly, beating SRV took on a whole new challenge. The game started with teams trading baskets but back to back three point basket by Hunter gave SRV an 11-7 lead. Taylor Fazio, however, had a pair of quick inside baskets to tie the game and the host Monte Vista managed to hang onto a slim 13-12 advantage after one period. The game was at 15-14 in the second quarter when Angela Rigo, who has been shooting the ball well, nailed three consecutive three pointers two from the right wing and one from the right corner to push the lady Mustang up by 10 at 24-14 and eventually a 28-18 lead at the half. The defense took over in the third quarter limiting San Ramon Valley to 1 of 10 shooting and only one basket for the period while scoring 16, six of which came from Kaylie Williams off offensive rebounds. Ms. Williams finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Angela Rigo led all scorers with a career high 18 points to go with 3 assists and 5 rebounds.. For the game, Monte Vista out rebounded San Ramon Valley 43-23. With the win, the lady Mustangs moves into sole possession of 2nd place in EBAL at 5-2 and 13-5 overall. Carondolet now looms on the horizon for a Friday contest in Concord.

Monte Vista (JV) 44 - San Ramon Valley 31

The Lady Mustangs opened the game with a 9-0 run versus their crosstown rivals and never were seriously challenged in this game. Leading 31-18 at halftime, Monte Vista built the lead to 40-20 early in the 3rd quarter when Coach Cornell pulled his starters for the rest of the game as the super subs played tenacious defense, especially in the 4th quarter when they limited SRV to no baskets from the floor as the Wolves tallied their only points with free throws. Jade Montes and Taylor Partin were in the groove with the longball as both nailed three pointers and jumpshots early in the contest to lead the scoring with 11 and 7 points respectively. Forward Olivia Romero heated up faster than a microwave, just as she did in the Foothill game last week, as she poured in 5 points over a span of a few minutes. Power forward Bridget Haus lead the team with 6 rebounds, while center Katie Good cleaned up collecting 5 boards, and guard Angelyn Brown wiggled her way through the trees to also grab 5 rebounds while dishing out a team leading 3 assists for the game.

Monte Vista (JV) 60 - Livermore 27

January 21, 2011
Playing for the first time since a season ending 21 point loss last year to the Livermore JV, the Lady Mustangs expected a tough game considering the Cowgirls had reached the semi-finals of all their pre-season tournaments. It was not to be the case as MV blew the game wide open in the first quarter as they rang up a 20-6 lead. With a 24 point lead at halftime, Monte Vista put the game on cruise control in the second half as they posted their highest point total of the year to beat the Cowgirls by 33 points. Scoring leaders were center Dana Outcalt with 12, power forward Bridget Haus had a season-high 11, guard Jade Montes added 9, and guard Taylor Partin with 8. Dana had 8 rebounds, Bridget collected 6, and guard Angelyn Brown grabbed six boards while also leading the team in steals with 5. Guard Erika Perez was her usual ballhawk self, but also led the team in assists with 5 as her pinpoint passing threaded the Livermore defense all night. A season record 12 Mustangs scored in the game as Monte Vista raised their record to 16-2 for the season and 5-1 in EBAL.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 56 - Livermore 38

January 21, 2011
Three days after arguably one of the most difficult losses of the season, Monte Vista turned in perhaps their best performance of the year by coming into Livermore and handing the Cowboys a rare home loss. More importantly, the Mustangs erased the dismal rebounding performance against Cal High by thoroughly dominated Livermore in the paint. MV raced out to a quick 6-1 and 17-11 first quarter lead. Nicole Oliviera was 4 of 5 in the period hitting jumpers from all over the court. The lead was expanded to 28-19 at the half but Livermore quickly trimmed their deficit to 28-23 with a pair of baskets off Monte Vista's turnovers the first minutes of the third quarter. Alyssa Samia countered with a basket and two free throws to give MV back a 9 point lead at 32-23 but a three pointer by the Cowboys cut the lead to 32-26. That, however, was as close as the host team was going to come in the half as Monte Vista would reel off 8 straight points to build a commanding 40-26 advantage. Taylor Fazio had back to back baskets in the run including a high low assist lay up from Kaylie Williams and an offensive rebound and put back. The lead was pushed up to 48-30 and later 53-33 in the fourth period as MV controlled both ends of the board led by Alyssa Samia who had a season high 14 rebounds - 8 from the offensive side and 19 points including her first career three point basket. Kaylie Williams added 10 boards along with 6 points while Taylor Fazio contributed to the rebound dominance with 7. The game could not have gone so smooth without the quickness and ball handling skills of sophomore point guard Angela Rigo who is rapidly developing into the field general coach Hirschman had envisioned. Ms. Rigo neutralized the Cowboys trapping defense and disrupted their offense with 4 steals. To boot, she scored 9 points and handed out 5 assists none more pretty than in the fourth period when she penetrated the paint, drew three defenders and deftly flipped the ball to a wide open Taylor for a easy lay up that almost brought down the house. With the win, Monte Vista improves to 12-5 for the year and 4-2 in EBAL tying Livermore for 2nd place.

Monte Vista (JV) 46 - Cal 33

January 18, 2011
The Grizzlies by all accounts should not present a serious challenge to the Lady Mustangs. They do not have great size nor possess great speed. They lost to Foothill and Amador Valley which Monte Vista beat, the latter very handily. But Cal High came to the game with intensity while Monte Vista played with indifference. The result is a very close contest - perhaps too close for comfort. MV led 7-2 and 10-4 but the game was tied 11-11 after a 7-1 Cal run. Monte Vista went back on top 15-11 but a 7-2 run by the host team gave Cal an 18-17 lead. Only a basket in the final seconds gave Monte Vista a slim 19-18 lead heading into the locker room. Teams exchanged baskets three times early in the third period with MV continued to hold onto a single point lead at 25-24. The visitors, however, exploded for 11 unanswered points late in the third quarter to seize a 36-24 lead only to see Cal created their own 9 point run trimming Monte Vista's lead to merely 3 at 36-33. Coach Cornell rotated back in the starters and Cal never scored again while MV reel off 10 straight points capped by a jumper from Nicki Sell. With the win, the JV squad improves to 15-2.

Cal 48 - Monte Vista (Varsity) 47

January 18, 2011
Other than Carondolet, the only EBAL team Monte Vista lost to the last three years was Cal high this past season. The loss was due primarily to a match up issue with their inside players. The same Cal players presented an identical problem this evening with another dominating performance on the offensive board giving the Grizzlies multiple second and third chance baskets. The game began in ominous fashion with MV turning the ball over on their first three possessions. They trailed 4-0 before even able to get off their first shot. The first half, however, was a tight contest with a total of 8 lead changes ending with Monte Vista ahead 19-18. The first 4 minutes of the third quarter was a similar affair. the game was tied at 30-30 when MV went on an 8-0 run to lead 38-30. California responded with 12 consecutive points including a pair of three's to go up 42-38 at the end of the third period. The final quarter was a defensive struggle with both teams committing numerous turnover. The Grizzlies knocked down a crucial three point basket when the game was knotted at 42-42. Rachel Tagle basket from the left corner was ruled a long two and MV trailed by a point at 45-44. Two turnovers by Monte Vista foiled any chance of over taking Cal and the team had to resort to fouling in the final seconds ultimately giving Cal a unsurmountable 48-44 lead. A desperation three from the corner by Nicole Oliviera at the buzzer gave the final score.

Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Foothill 33

January 14, 2011
The last time these two teams met was at the championship game of the Mission San Jose Tournament and that was a seesaw battle that was not decided till the final two minute of the contest. Foothill came into town this evening with revenge in mind and jumped ahead 9-7 after one period. Monte Vista, however, had a dominating 2nd period when they out scored the Falcons decisively 13-5 to lead 20-14 going into the half. Olivia Romero had her best game of the season scoring 6 of her 8 points in the first half. Foothill emerged in the second half with new found vigor cutting the deficit in half with an early long three pointer followed by a MV turnover and easy lay up to trail only 20-19. The teams traded baskets most of the third quarter. With Monte Vista up by only 1 at 26-25, center Dana Outcalt was hit in the eye and had to come out of the game. Back up center Katie Good came in and quickly scored a pair of baskets to help MV re-establish a 7 point lead at 32-25. Another three point basket by the Falcons trimmed MV's lead to 32-28 in the fourth but Jade Montes scored on a drive up the middle to push Monte Vista up by 6. In the final 2 minutes, Foothill had to resort to fouling, a tactic that would have worked as the Lady Mustangs had not been a strong free throw shooting squad this season. Friday, however, was a different story as Jade Montes hit both her shots in the fourth and Taylor Partin was 7 of 8 from the line to lead all scorers with 11 as Monte Vista was able to hold off the usually potent Foothill to win by a final score of 38-33. The JV team improves to 14-2 and 3-1 in EBAL. Dana Outcalt, who sat out the 4th quarter, led the team in rebound with 12 along with 3 assists.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 58 - Foothill 36

January 14, 2011
Foothill's Madison Craig lit up Cal High for 36 points earlier in the week and coach Hirschman made it a mission to not allow that to happen to Monte Vista. MV switched
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

January 11, 2011
Tough defense by Monte Vista stymied Granada for much of the contest limiting the Matadors to single digit 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter and a grand total of only 17 points after three periods. Granada's zone defense also created some offensive issues for Monte Vista although enough outside shooting from Rachel Tagle, Angela Rigo and Nicole Oliviera enabled the Lady Mustangs to maintain a comfortable lead and was not seriously threatened throughout the game. Captain Kaylie Williams was limited to only 5 points but grabbed a season high 14 rebounds. Sara Jensen led the team with 5 assists while Alyssa Samia handed out four. Angela Rigo was the only MV player with double digit scoring with 10 while Nicole Oliviera and Rachel Tagle each contributed 8. Monte Vista improves to 10-4 on the year and 2-1 in EBAL. Next up is Foothill at home on Friday.

Monte Vista (JV) 50 - Granada 16

January 11, 2011
The Lady Mustangs had their easiest game of the season as they rolled over the Granada High Matadors winning by a margin of 36 points that could have been much bigger. Coach Cornell used the opportunity to get everyone lots of playing time and tried a number of different combinations on the court. Scoring early and often, MV built a lead of 15-3 after the first quarter and then turned back a minor run by the Matadors in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-13 lead into the locker room at half time. The 3rd quarter was all Monte Vista as they scored 17 unanswered points and held Granada scoreless enroute to a 25-3 second half fueled by tenacious defense and dominating the boards over the smaller squad from Livermore that featured only one real rebounder - the rough and tumble burly #20 who was called for a technical for elbowing guard Justine Garvin in the mouth -- Justine calmly sank both free throws, the first technicals the team has shot this year. Center Katie Good continued her emergence as a strong presence in the paint as she tallied a season high 12 points leading all scorers and grabbed 5 rebounds as well as blocking two shots. Rounding out the top scorers were center/forward Dana Outcalt who had 8 points as did guard Taylor Partin which included knocking down two long 3 pointers. Forward Bridget Haus led the team in rebounding with 6 boards, guard Nikki Sells tied her season high with 6 points while dishing out a game high 3 assists and racking up three steals, and forward Charlotte Sedlock caused problems down low for Granada as she snared 4 rebounds and blocked a shot as well. Ten Mustang players scored, a high for the season, as the team ran it's record to 13-2 and will face rival Foothill on Friday in an EBAL game that is a rematch of the Mission San Jose Tournament Championship Game that saw MV prevail over the Falcons in one of their toughest games of the year.

Monte Vista (JV) 42 - Amador Valley 26

January 7, 2011
Intent on bouncing back from their first defeat in over a month, the Lady Mustangs traveled to Pleasanton to take on the Amador Valley Dons for the first time this season. The game was never in doubt as MV jumped up big early, never trailed, and cruised to a 15 point victory. The Mustang full court press produced lots of steals and easy buckets as guard Angelyn Brown and guard Erika Perez swiped 11 balls between them turning those thefts into 18 points through driving layups or sweet assists. The leading scorers were guard Jade Montes with 12 points, center Dana Outcalt with 10, forward Taylor Partin with 7, and Erika with 6. Center Katie Good had her best game of the season and unveiled a new level of ferociousness as she cleaned the boards and led both teams with 7 rebounds in the contest. Monte Vista is now 12-2 for the season and levels their record at 1-1 in league play.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 63 - Amador Valley 52

January 7, 2011
The game had the feel of an upset from the very beginning when host Amador Valley jumped out to an early 8-4 lead and carried to a 14-11 advantage at the end of the first period. The lead was extended to 19-13 and later 22-15 early in the second quarter mostly off the strength of four three point baskets - three by guard Tanoda who would finish with five treys and 17 points for the game. Monte Vista, however, was able to tighten the defense and chip away at the deficit primarily by working the ball inside to center Taylor Fazio who had 9 points at the half and finished with 13 for the game along with 8 rebounds and three block shots. MV finally went ahead for the very first time just before halftime 26-25 when Angela Rigo nailed a straight on three. First two minutes of the 3rd quarter was a seesaw affair and the teams were tied at 28-28 when Sara Jensen dropped in a three point basket from the left wing to push Monte Vista up 31-28 which in turn ignited a 23-5 run ending with MV ahead 54-33 from where they were able to cruise to their first EBAL win of the season. Rachel Tagle arguably had her best game of the season with 14 timely points including 3 of 3 from the line after being fouled while attempting a three point shot. Kaylie Williams and Nicole Oliviera each contributed 10 points with Kaylie adding11 rebounds and Nicole 5 assists. With the win, Monte Vista improves to 9-4 and will next played Granada at home on Tuesday.

Carondolet (JV) 52 - Monte Vista 48

January 4, 2011
Riding an 11 game winning streak the Lady Mustangs went up against a much bigger and undefeated Carondelet squad that was a battle from the start to the last seconds. Falling behind early as the Carondelet full court press resulted in several turnovers and easy baskets for the Cougars, MV came storming back behind the three point shooting of sophomore guards Jade Montes and Taylor Partin to trail by just one at 29-28 at halftime. Without ballhawk Erika Perez in the second half and a cooling off of the outside shooting, Carondelet pushed their lead to 10 late in the third quarter and seemed to have the game in hand. But the 4th quarter belonged to Monte Vista and featured key scoring from the bench by forward Olivia Romero, guard Nikki Sells, and guard Callie Starnes -- and with 30 seconds left center Dana Outcalt hit a baseline jumper just inside the 3-Pt. line to close the gap to two at 50-48. Alas, MV was never able to get the ball back and Carondelet left victorious. Jade had a season high 19 points, Taylor added 7 points along with leading the team in steals with 5 and assists with 4, Dana scored 6 and led all rebounders with 13 boards while also blocking 5 shots, Callie Starnes had a big game as she scored 5 including three clutch free throws as a total of 9 MV players scored in the contest. The 11-2 Lady Mustangs will next face Amador Valley on Friday.

Carondolet (Varsity) 60 - Monte Vista 42

January 4, 2011
Coming off a last second 2 point loss to Long Beach Poly, nation's #2 ranked team by USA Today, Carondolet moved into town to open defense of their EBAL title. Armed with Stanford bound Erica Payne, northern California #1 ranked junior Hannah Huffman and freshman sensation Natalie Romeo, the Cougars proved to be a tough match up. Monte Vista, however, put up a spirited contest with an aggressive zone defense in spite of Carondolet's known outside shooting ability. The Cougars took a quick 5-0 lead but the first quarter turned out to be a close affair with Carondolet only holding a slim 15-13 advantage thanks to three point baskets by Nicole Oliviera and Kaylie Williams as well as a long bank shot by Taylor Fazio as the first quarter clock expired. The game stayed close in the second quarter with Monte Vista briefly taking a 19-18 lead only to fall behind by 6 at intermission including a buzzer beating three pointer from the visitors' Natalie Romeo. The third quarter was less kind to Monte Vista as the pressure full court defense by Carondolet finally caused breakdowns from Monte Vista's tired starters. A 12-0 run gave the Cougars a 21 point end of third quarter lead at 50-29 as Monte Vista struggled to put points on the board managing only a grand total of 5 points in the third segment. A strong finish by the second five of Monte Vista poduced the final score, which turned out to be a respectable outcome against a formidable foe.
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

December 30, 2010
Monte Vista faced Castro Valley for a second time this season in the finale of the Newark Memorial Tournament and it was a much different squad than the one that fell to the Mustangs 38-19 in the Mission San Jose Tournament ten days ago. MV's biggest lead was six points late in the first quarter as they got off to a good start and were up 10-4 before Castro Valley scored two late layups in the quarter to cut the lead to 2 at the first intermission. This was the story of the game as Monte Vista couldn't shake the Warriors as the Lady Mustangs held leads of 2 points again at halftime and 4 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. Castro Valley finally took the lead and stretched it to 3 points at 36-33 late in the fourth quarter. With MV still down by two and with one last chance, a 15 foot bank shot by Erika Perez to tie the game with just 7 seconds left sent this championship contest into overtime. In the overtime period, Castro Valley scored early and took a 43-41 lead but free throws by Taylor Partin and Dana Outcalt evened the contest at 43 apiece. The game appeared to be in Castro Valley's hands as they were at the charity stripe with the game tied and very little time remaining, however they missed the free throws and Monte Vista hustled the ball down the court as Erika zipped a pass to Jade Montes at the top of the key who launched a buzzer-beater that found nothing but net as she was buried by celebrating teammates. Dana, playing with a thumb brace on her shooting hand, led all scorers with 15 points and had an astounding 25 rebounds, Jade added 10 points along with 4 steals and 4 assists, Bridget Haus had another big game as she netted 7 points and added 7 rebounds as well, Taylor was clutch in overtime as she scored 7, and Erika added 6 points - including a coast to coast driving layup in OT off a rebound - along with a season high 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Dana and guard Angelyn Brown (who was an assist-machine throughout the tournament) were named to the All-Tournament Team and Jade was selected as tournament MVP. Monte Vista has now won 11 straight and enters league play next week with an 11-1 record and two tournament championships.

Monte Vista (JV) 54 - Dougherty 43

December 29, 2010
The Lady Mustangs rolled to their 10th straight victory of the season as they knocked off Dougherty Valley in the semi-finals of the Newark Memorial Tournament today. It was a tale of two halves as MV came out smoking hot in the first half against a team with the biggest frontline they've faced all year. Behind the hot shooting of Jade Montes(8 baskets which included two three pointers), the pinpoint passing of Angelyn Brown, and the aggressive play on both ends by center Dana Outcalt (6 points, 3 blocks, and 3 steals before being lost for the rest of the game with a jammed thumb just 1 minute into the 2nd quarter) MV jumped to a 21 point lead at halftime going into the locker room with a score of 35-14. But this game was far from over as Dougherty Valley fought back in the second half against a depleted Mustang squad playing without Dana and still missing Erika Perez and center Katie Good by pounding it inside and employing a pressure defense that forced a season high 29 turnovers from MV. Valiant efforts by power forward Bridget Haus who ended with 7 points and 7 rebounds working in the tall timber in the second half, Jade's season high 18 points for the game, a key post-up bucket by Taylor Partin, and two clutch free throws from Nikki Sell thwarted the comeback and Monte Vista moved on to the finals. They will face Castro Valley at 1:30 tomorrow in the championship game.

Newark Memorial Tournament - Monte Vista (JV) 59 - Moreau 26

December 28, 2010
With a depleted holiday season roster down three players, even before guard Callie Starnes went out in the second quarter with an ankle injury, the Lady Mustangs opened the three-day Newark Memorial Tournament on Tuesday morning versus Moreau Catholic High School of Hayward. The smaller squad size had no effect on MV as they rolled to a 25-8 lead after the first quarter on the sharpshooting of Jade Montes and Taylor Partin. Moreau Catholic was never in it as MV built the lead each quarter to produce it's highest scoring game of the year. The offensive stalwarts of Jade Montes, Dana Outcalt, and Taylor Partin with 13, 12, and 7 points respectively contributed as expected, but guard/forward Elyce Bayat was the story of the game as she made quite the statement with 10 points - many off of great feeds from forward Bridget Haus - and a team leading 6 rebounds while guard Justine Garvin also had a big game with 5 points and 4 rebounds. Guard Angelyn Brown led the team in steals with 6 and assists with 4 setting up much of the early scoring. The team faces off at noon tomorrow for the first time against rival Dougherty Valley in the second round of the tournament.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 71 - Tennyson 38

December 29, 2010
Monte Vista rebounded after two tough losses to rout Tennyson in the 7th place game of the West Coast Jamboree. Nicole Oliviera broke out of her scoring slump with 15 points while captain Kaylie Williams added 12. MV jumped out to a 10 point lead after one quarter but Tennyson held its ground in the 2nd quarter and at one point in the third quarter was only down 8 before the Mustangs went on a run to open up a 27 point lead to end the segment. Jen Casper had a season high 5 points while freshman Lilly Wissinger had 4. Starting guard Rachel Tagle had another solid game including contributing 9 points. The 8-3 Monte Vista now has the unenviable task of facing national powerhouse Carondolet at home to open the EBAL season.

Montgomery 45 - Monte Vista (Varsity) 43

December 28, 2010

Bradshaw Christian 56 - Monte Vista (Varsity) 40

December 27, 2010
A two week lay off and a 10 am start showed as Monte Vista suffered its biggest loss of the season to D-5 power Bradshaw Christian at the opening round of the West Coast Jamboree. MV has no answer for the inside presence of UC Davis bound Lauren Beyer and Vanguard University bound Jordie Smith each accounted for 12 points. The back court department also had trouble with the quick point guard Jasmine Jones who led all scorers with 18 including four three pointers. Monte Vista did not help themselves hitting only 3 of 11 from the free throw line. No one from the Lady Mustangs had more than 6 points. MV will face Montgomery at 2:30 tomorrow at Las Positas College.

Oh, What A Night ! Monte Vista (JV) 47 - Foothill 42

December 23, 2010
Monte Vista capped a fabulous tournament with a hard fought victory over EBAL rival Foothill to win its first tournament of the season. The highly anticipated game lived up to the hype with the two evenly matched teams each had its moments resulting in 10 lead changes and the final outcome not settled till the final 3 minutes of the contest. With 5 seconds left in the first quarter, Foothill drained a 3 pointer from the deep left corner on a set play to turn an 8-9 deficit into an 11-9 lead. The second quarter started in Monte Vista's favor with the Lady Mustangs out scoring the Falcons 7-1 including a three point basket from Jade Montes from the left wing to lead 16-12. Foothill, however, countered with their own mini 6-0 to re-take the lead at 18-16 and later 21-20 and ultimately 25-23 at the half. Monte Vista had opportunities to tie the game or take the lead but was 0-4 from the line in the final minute of the first half. The second half was much the same with the game deadlocked at 27-27 when Monte Vista used a 7-2 run to take its largest lead of the contest at 34-29 only to see Foothill took advantage of a pair of untimely turnovers to trail only 34-33 after three quarters. MV rebuilt its lead to 37-33 but the Falcons again tied it at 37-37 half way through the final segment. The tide finally turned for good in Monte Vista's favor when Dana Outcalt snatched an offensive rebound off a missed jumper from Bridget Haus and the possession ended with Erika Perez shaking off two defenders at the baseline for a lay in. This was followed by a pair of sorely needed made free throws from Nikki Sell and another driving lay-up from Erika Perez. The Falcons finally showed a crack in its armor in the waning minutes making three turnovers in four successive possessions handing Monte Vista an insurmountable 47-39 lead with 45 seconds left on the clock. A Foothill three pointer accounted for the final score of 47-42. Jade Montes finished with 12 points and was deservedly named Tournament MVP for outstanding all round play throughout the tournament. Taylor Partin who had 13 points along with 8 rebounds and Dana Outcalt who scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds were both named to the All Tournament team. Captain Angelyn Brown was given the Sportsmanship award. The fifth starter Erika Perez had another truly outstanding game with a dozen of steals and deflections combined with 7 points which included the pair of critical driving baskets that essentially sealed the win for Monte Vista. The team is now 8-1 and looks forward to next week's Newark Memorial HS Tournament when they will open up against a good Moreau Catholic squad.

Monte Vista (JV) 51 - Mission San Jose 33

December 22, 2010
Since the inception of the MSJ tournament in 2007, the host team has won the championship each year. Coach Steve Cornell and Pat Nivens knew going in that this would be a tough semifinal contest given the traditional strength of the host team and clear home court advantage. The players, however, would have nothing of that racing out the gate with a fierce trapping defense and jumping ahead of the Warriors quickly by a score of 14-2. A three point basket by MSJ cut the lead to 14-5 and the teams traded baskets in the final minutes of the first quarter with Monte Vista holding an 18-10 lead. With 1st quarter time running down, guard Nikki Sell intercepted a pass, took a dribble and swished a long three point shot at the buzzer to hand the visitors a stunning 21-10 advantage that no one envisioned. Monte Vista kept the pressure on Mission San Jose in the second quarter and at one point led by 15 but a buzzer beating lay up by the host team's 6' 2" center trimming their halftime deficit to 11 at 30-19. The second half gave the defending champion and host little to celebrate as MV managed to build on several occasions an 18 points lead. Each time Mission attempted a rally with a three pointer, MV would respond with a like three point basket. Jade Montes was particularly lethal knocking down a couple of critical three's and a long two from the corners to lead all scorers with 12 points along with handling the ball and pressuring the opposing guards on defense. In the absence of a true center, Dana Outcalt had to heroically anchor the post position against not only an aggressive MSJ front line but their big center. Ms. Outcalt collected 9 points for her effort along with a bruised elbow and knee... To add depth to the paint, Taylor Partin was moved from the point position to forward where she displayed strength and rebounding ability possibly even to her own surprise. Taylor finished with 8 points for the evening. Captain Angelyn Brown continues to play well defensively but now accompanied by her improved offense scoring 8 points for the second consecutive evening. Of course, there is the ubiquitous Erika Perez who continues to amaze the coaches with her ability to cause turnovers either by direct steals or deflected passes. Her presence on the court alone created headaches for the opponents without even taking into consideration her scoring ability (6 points tonight.) With the victory, Monte Vista (7-1 has moved into the championship game tomorrow evening against a very good FOOTHILL squad.

Monte Vista (JV) 38 - Castro Valley 19

December 21, 2010
Taylor Partin hit a 15 foot jump shot off the first possession of the game followed by a three pointer from the right wing the next trip down and the rout was on. Monte Vista took a 12-2 first quarter lead, building it to 23-7 at the half on hot shooting and tough defense. The Trojans showed first signs of life at the beginning of the third quarter scoring the first 5 points of the half trimming MV's lead to 23-12 but that was as close as Castro Valley was going to get as Monte Vista ran off 6 straight points 4 of which came from captain Angelyn Brown who had another excellent game finishing with 8 for the evening. Taylor Partin led all scorers with 9 while Dana Outcalt added 7 along with 10 rebounds. Erica Perez contributed her usual hounding defense and 4 points. With its sixth straight victory, Monte Vista JV improves to 6-1 and moves into the tournament semifinals tomorrow against the winner of host Mission San Jose and Amador Valley.

Please Remember Varsity Game Wednesday Against Dublin Is At Monte Vista @6:00 pm !

December 19, 2010

Monte Vista (JV) 51 - Mills 32

December 20, 2010
Monte Vista jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never trailed in the opening game of the 16 team Mission San Jose Tournament as they built a 25-14 halftime lead against a scrappy Mills High squad that resulted in a rare negative turnover ratio for the Mustangs for the game (-10). MV turned up the offense and cruised in the second half as they added another 27 points on way to their highest offensive total of the year. A spectacular run of 8 straight points by power forward Bridget Haus mid-way through the 3rd quarter put away the Vikings for good. Center/forward Dana Outcalt led the team in scoring with 10 points and added 11 rebounds for another double-double, Bridget had a breakout game as she totaled 8 points and 7 rebounds and tied for the team lead in assists (4) and steals (3) for the game, the guard combo of Jade Montes and captain Angelyn Brown were highly productive as Jade poured in 8 points and Angelyn scored 5 while adding 4 assists and 3 steals, freshman guard Nikki Sells came off the bench to set personal season highs with 6 points and 4 rebounds, and forward Taylor Partin added six points as well. Erika Perez continued her thieving ways as she tied for the team lead with 3 steals. The 5-1 JV advance to round two of the tournament and will face Castro Valley on Tuesday night at 6 P.M.

Monte Vista (JV) 45 - Pittsburg 27

December 15, 2010
The last time Monte Vista played Pittsburg was three weeks ago at the Castlemont Tournament when the game was held in a cramped, dim gymnasium. This time, the game was played at the brand new, brightly lit, cavernous Pittsburg main gym which has a seating capacity of close to 3000. The outcome of the contest, however, remained the same as MV fought off the pesky Pirates to pull away in the fourth quarter for a relatively comfortable 18 points victory. The Lady Mustangs jumped off to a quick start to lead 14-7 after one quarter. Pittsburg kept the game within reach in the 2nd and 3rd quarter and trailed only 32-23 when MV ran off 8 straight points to start the 4th quarter and never looked back. Center/forward Dana Outcalt had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while guard Jade Montes re-acquired her scoring touch from last year to turn in a season best 12 points tying Dana for team high. Erika Perez had her hands literally in everything scoring 9 points along with 13 steals. The team recorded an astounding 41 steals for the game to offset the quicker host squad. Elyce Bayat knocked down a couple of pull-up jumpers in the second half and Nikki Sell converted a couple of turnovers into easy lay up baskets in the fourth quarter to help Monte Vista build the final margin. The 4-1 JV will play next week in the Mission San Jose Tournament.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 59 - Pittsburg 51

December 15, 2010
This was the first time since last season's West Coast Jamboree that Monte Vista played without starting center Alyssa Samia. Given the depth of the front line, coach Hirschman figured the Lady Mustangs should manage for one game. Everything went according to script until Kaylie Williams picked up her 4th and Taylor Fazio her 3rd personal foul in the 3rd quarter...Until that point, Pittsburg had not been within 12 points most of the contest and trailed by 16 on a couple of occasions each after freshman guard Rachel Tagle had knocked down a three. With Alyssa out, Jasmin with limited availability and both Kaylie and Taylor in foul trouble and on the bench, MV had to play with three guards and front court rotation of Sarah Jensen, Miranda Bidwell and Jen Casper. The group managed to keep a 10 point advantage for Monte Vista entering the final quarter but things started getting interesting when the Pirates started to apply full and half court pressure forcing some turnovers but mostly hurried shots. Twice Pittsburg cut the lead to 7 off three pointers and with less than three minutes left in the game, they trimmed their deficit to 6 at 50-44. But that was as close as the host team would get as Taylor Fazio closed the game out with a pair of baskets and two free throws finishing with a season high 14 points along with 13 rebounds. Kaylie Williams led the team with 15 points in spite of playing with 4 fouls most of the second half. Sara Jensen, who had to move from small forward to power forward and center proved her value by collecting 9 rebounds plus handing out 4 assists along with 6 points. Rachel Tagle finished with 9 points including a pair of three's. With the win, Monte Vista improves to 7-1 and will be off till next week when Dublin Gaels come to town.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 58 - Washington SF 38

December 11, 2010
George Washington HS from San Francisco presents a different challenge for Monte Vista. Primarily asian, the team is small but quick and aggressive to the ball. The game was close in the first quarter with Washington ahead at 5-4 and 7-6 but a three pointer from Angela Rego from the left wing and basket from Alyssa Samia gave MV a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Coach Ron Hirschman was determined to take advantage of the size mismatch and relentlessly pounded the ball into the paint. Center Alyssa Samia responded by scoring a career high 23 points including 8 inside baskets and 10 trips to the line along with 4 steals and 4 thunderous blocks. Washington emerged from the locker room with full court pressure forcing several early turnovers and trimming a 27-14 halftime deficit to 9 at 27-18. Monte Vista responded with 6 straight points including a fade away three from senior Nicole Oliviera who was bothered by the flu to seize a commanding 15 point advantage and Washington was never able to get closer than that margin. Captain Kaylie Williams was held to 2 points but pulled down a team leading 9 rebounds and dished out 5 assists along with an armful of scratches from the pesky defenders. Point guard Angela Rego continues her strong aggressive play on both ends of the court and Miranda Bidwell had her most productive game this season with 6 points. Monte Vista improves to 6-1 on the year and will next play at Pittsburg on Wednesday.

Moreau Catholic 44 - Monte Vista 42 (OT)

December 10, 2010
The team suffered its first loss of the season in heart breaking fashion in the semifinal game of the Terra Nova Tiger Tournament. Monte Vista trailed from the very start and managed only 12 point at the half to fall behind by 8 at 20-12. MV still trailed by 8 after three quarters when they mounted a furious rally to gain the lead at 37-35 with less than a minute left in regulation. Poor free throwing shooting and a critical turnover allowed the Mariners to tie and send the game into overtime. Monte Vista was playing for the win at 42-42 when another critical turnover gave the ball to Moreau Catholic with seconds left on the clock who scored on a running floater to gain the right to play in the championship game. Monte Vista will face Washington HS of San Francisco in the third place game.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 39 - Castilleja 24

December 9, 2010
Monte Vista improves to 5-0 by taking down last season's Division V power and Norcal Finalist Castilleja School employing mostly man to man defense including guard Rachel Tagle using her toughness against Castilleja's high scoring 6' center vonKapller who accounted for 19 of her team's 24 points including 7 in the first quarter and 13 at the half. MV never trailed in the contest and was ahead by 8 at 23-15 at the intermission then building the lead to 31-17 after three quarters by limiting Castilleja to only one basket. Nicole Oliviera led the Lady Mustangs with 10 points with Kaylie Williams adding 8. Alyssa Samia and Angela Rego both contributed 7 points in the win. The Lady Mustangs will face HAAL powerhouse Moreau Catholic in the semifinal tomorrow at 6:00 pm.

Monte Vista (JV) 39 - Rodriquez (JV) 28

December 7, 2010
The quick and athletic squad from Fairfield proved to be more than a handful compared to the recent foes of Pittsburg and Sonoma. Monte Vista promptly fell behind as they have no answer to Rodriquez's big post who scored at will using her size advantage. The visitor seized a 15-8 lead after one quarter and threatened to blow the game open when Steve and Pat's JV members decided to tighten their defense holding the free wheeling Rodriquez team to only 2 points in the second quarter while scoring 8 including two baskets by Jade Montes to trail only by 1 at the break. The second half did not start well as the visitors scored on their first three trips down to lead 22-16 when Taylor Partin knocked down the first of her two three's from the right wing to trim the deficit to 3. A turn around lay up by Dana Outcalt brought Monte Vista to within 1 and the momentum shifted for good in favor of MV as the Lady Mustangs would build a 28-23 lead at the end of the third quarter. Rodriquez got as close as 30-24 but Monte Vista would put the game away by breaking the visitors' full court press using the quickness of Erika Perez and well executed 3 on 1 and 3 on 2 fast breaks. Captain Angelyn Brown had an excellent all around game on both ends of the court and led all scorers with 10 points while Dana Outcalt had 9 and Taylor Partin added 8. Jade Montes finished with 6 points. The team will have a short break in the schedule and will next play the Pittsburg Pirates next Tuesday.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 60 - Rodriquez 24

December 7, 2010
After a lackluster practice yesterday according to Ron and Tony, the team responded with patience and tenacity against an athletic and quick team that typically gave Monte Vista trouble. The Lady Mustangs took a quick 4-0 lead to start the game en route to a 14-4 first quarter and 26-10 half time advantage capitalizing on repeated turnovers by the visitors. Rodriquez came out with full court pressure in the third quarter momentarily created panic in the MV back court and slicing the lead to 26-16. That, however, would be the closest Rodriquez was going to come as the guard combo of Nicole Oliviera, Angela Rego and Rachel Tagle would quickly adjust to the trap creating easy baskets on the other end. The big lead of 40-18 after three quarters allowed Ron to freely substitute, allowing minutes for every member of the squad. Center Taylor Fazio led the team with 12 points and 5 rebounds while captain Kaylie Williams had her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 boards. Point guard Angela Rego continues to impress the coaches with her hustle, quickness and ball handling skills but also showed her ability to help on the offensive side by scoring 10 points including a three pointer during the second quarter to turn back the Rodriquez rally. Freshman Lilly Wissinger saw her longest outing on the court in this young season and took advantage of the opportunity to collect 3 points including her first varsity basket. The team will have a day of practice tomorrow and then face Division V power Castilleja at the Terra Nova Tournament on Thursday.

MonteVista (JV) 50 - Pittsburgh (JV) 29

December 4, 2010
Monte Vista improves to 2-1 after defeating Pittsburg in the consolation final of the Castlemont Tournament. MV jumped out to a 12-4 lead after one quarter and took a 19-12 advantage into the half. The third and fourth quarter, however, belong to the Lady Mustangs as they took control of the contest by building a 15 point cushion after three off the offensive strength of Taylor Partin who had a career high of 16 points. Dana Outcalt continues to be a steady producer with 6 points including 4/4 from the free throw line. Erika Perez also contributed 6 points including the lone three pointer in the game from Monte Vista. In total, eleven of the thirteen MV players scored in this contest. Next up is at Rodriquez (Fairfield ) on Tuesday.

Coach Hirschman wins #400

December 4, 2010
Almost exactly 4 years ago to the day - against Rodriquez HS at home - came win #300. As we filed out of the Monte Vista gym, I told Ron I was looking forward to celebrating his 400th win. Coach Hirschman looked at me and just laughed. Fast forward four seasons and amazingly we are now starting a new quest for #500. Looking back, Tony's daughters, Steve's daughters, Pat's daughter and my daughter all came through these gym doors. In big and small ways, they all helped to mold Monte Vista girls basketball program into one of the very best. Under Ron Hirschman, the program competes with the tradition of honor and integrity. The cast may be different and there will be new heroes and contributors but the place and the script will remain the same...

Coach Hirschman Wins #300 !

In his 17th years at Monte Vista, Ron Hirschman now ranks with the like of Dan O'Shea of Pinole Valley and Gene Nakamura of Berkeley High in tenure and with his 300th victory, joins a small, elite fraternity of the winningest coaches in the state. Teams coached by Ron Hirschman at Monte Vista have made the NCS playoff the last 13 consecutive year and 15 of his 17 years of coaching. His teams also reached the NorCal regional championship twice, one game short of contending for the California Interscholastic Federation north state title in 1997. In the 2003-04 season, Monte Vista claimed the rare triple crown honor by capturing the EBAL title in frosh, JV and Varsity with 24, 20 and 22 wins respectively. A particularly distinctive hallmark of the Monte Vista Girls basketball programs is their high academic achievements alongside their successes on the court. MV's teams have won multiple North Coast Section Scholastic Awards for being one of the top three basketball academic programs in the vast NCS region which reaches the Oregon border. Nice going coach. We are looking forward to reaching 400 wins, starting tomorrow !!

MV (Varsity) 42 - Liberty 34

December 4, 2010
It was a seesaw first quarter with Liberty led by 6-5, 9-5, 9-7 and eventually 11-9. Monte Vista went ahead 13-12 early in the second quarter but turned the ball over on three straight possessions to help the Lady Lions ignite a 10-0 run and a 22-13 lead. With 2:30 left in the first half, Liberty was still ahead by 9 at 26-17 when MV scored on three back to back possessions while holding Liberty to no score to cut the halftime deficit to three at 26-23. By picking up defensive intensity and eliminating costly turnovers, Monte Vista was able to finally tie and subsequently went ahead at 29-28. Liberty made one final move off a baseline jumper to lead 30-29 but that was their last threat as the trapping zone defense from MV completely shut down Liberty's offense which only managed 2 point for the final quarter. Nicole Oliviera knocked down a crucial jumper from the right corner when the shot clock was down to 3 seconds to give Monte Vista a 36-32 lead then added a deep three from the same corner on the next trip down to pad the lead to 39-34. Freshman guard Madi Burroughs then calmly sank another three pointer from the left wing to stake Monte Vista the final victory margin and coach Hirschman's 400 career win. The varsity squad now improves to 3-0 for the season and will head into Fairfield to play Rodriquez on Tuesday. Alyssa Samia and Nicole Oliviera led the team with 9 points each while Kaylie Williams added 7.

Monte Vista (JV) 39 - Sonoma (JV) 10

December 3, 2010
Interviewing Steve Cornell after today's game was far easier than yesterday as the Lady Mustangs toke advantage of their relative quickness over Sonoma to claim victory #1 for the season. MV used full court pressure the entire contest and forced the opponent into numerous turnovers which were converted easily into points. Monte Vista(1-1) led 27-10 at the break and did not allow Sonoma any score in the second half. Center/forward Dana Outcalt had quite a day scoring 14 points and collecting 10 rebounds along with 4 steals. Bridget Haus assumed her new role as power forward by scoring 6 points while grabbing 4 rebounds along with the usual defensive "dirty work."

Monte Vista (Varsity) 50 - Petaluma 15

December 3, 2010
Considering it has only been one week since the scrimmage against Miramonte and 3 days since the debacle at James Logan, the transformation is just short of amazing. Using a fierce defense and hustle from up and down the lineup, Monte Vista created extreme difficulties for Petaluma to run their plays limiting the Trojans to only 15 points for the entire contest and none in the first quarter. The lopsided score allowed coach Hirschman to rest the seniors and tinker with the younger players. At one point in the fourth quarter, three freshmen and two sophomores were on the court at the same time while stretching the lead. Freshman guards Rachel Tagle and Madi Burroughs continued to show why they may well be the future stars at Monte Vista as the pair contributed a trio of three pointers and combined for 21 points with 14 from Ms. Tagle. Angela Rego had her second outstanding game in a row directing the flow of the offense and playing tough defense. Senior center Taylor Fazio had her second 8 point game while Sara Jensen nailed a three pointer along with a couple of superb assists that prompted coach Hirschman to summon the young lady to the sideline for a double high five...Monte Vista (2-0) will play tomorrow in the title game against Liberty at 2:30 pm.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 42 - Heritage 29

December 2, 2010
Head coach Ron Hirschman called this a "must win" game and the team responded. The offense remained sluggish but defense intensity picked up significantly compared to earlier scrimmage games against Miramonte and James Logan. Monte Vista held Heritage to single digit scoring in all four quarters en route to a hard fought but convincing win in the season opener at the Alhambra Bulldog Tournament. The victory advances Monte Vista into the semifinals against an always tough Petaluma squad. Alyssa Samia broke out of a mini slump with a double-double with team leading 12 points and 10 rebounds along with 3 assists and 3 blocked shots. Center Taylor Facio added 8 points and using her great length to grabbed 8 rebound. Captain Kaylie Williams still struggled to regain her form but managed to score 8 points including two big offensive rebounds and putbacks the second came at a critical moment off a missed shot to give Monte Vista a much needed 7 point cushion. MV led 18-12 at the half but Heritage came out of the break strong and closed the gap to 23-22 off a layup. After Monte Vista surged ahead on an 8-0 run to lead 31-22, the pesky ladies from Brentwood again staged a comeback at 31-27 including a three pointer. The game was not decided until inside the final 2 minutes when a Heritage intentional foul on Nicole Oliviera (8 points) gave MV two foul shots and possession and essentially the game. Point guard Angela Rego also had an excellent game playing defense and handling the press. Ms. Rego finished with 4 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Monte Vista JV @ Castlemont Tournament

December 2, 2010
The 2010-11 season got off to a highly unusual start on a rainy Thursday evening in Oakland when coach Steve Cornell was delayed at work and captain Angelyn Brown had to step in to become the first player coach in memory at MV... With coach Cornell on the phone and Angelyn calling out the lineup and plays, the JV squad managed to keep the game close by trailing only 9-4 when Steve arrived late in the first quarter. The team was dealt another blow when lightning fast guard Erika Perez had to sit out most of the game because of shortness of breath from the flu. Monte Vista found itself down by 9 at the half but came back to within 2 in the third quarter only to trail again in the fourth by as many as 12 points. The lady Mustangs mounted another comeback behind three points baskets from Taylor Partin and Jade Montes and was behind only 32-31 with less than a minute remained in the contest with the ball when Jade Montes' potential go ahead floater was cleaning blocked by Maria Carrillo's center who went on to win the game by the final score of 36-31. Monte Vista will next play Sonoma tomorrow at 4:00 pm.

MV at James Logan - Not Ready For Prime Time

November 30, 2010
The Foundation game re-confirmed coach Hirschman's assertion that the MV varsity team is far from ready for the season opener this Thursday against Heritage HS at the Alhambra Bulldog Tournament. The team again showed breakdowns on both the offensive and defensive end resulting in a sound 41-25 defeat in the hands of an aggressive and quick Logan squad. Freshman guard Rachel Tagle was a lone bright spot in an otherwise forgettable contest. Senior Nicole Oliviera led Monte Vista with 10 point.

JV Scrimmage Against Miramonte

November 27, 2010
The JV team dominated the scrimmage from the start taking a 16-4 lead into the second quarter. Every player contributed in both the offense and defense and for Erika Perez, she was simply a one man wrecking crew. Using her superior quickness and ability to anticipate the passes, she was able to generate 11 steals several leading directly to breakaway baskets. The six returning sophomores played well for the second week in a row as well as the five freshmen. The team appears to do fine for the time being without a true center...Next up is Thursday at the Castlemont Tournament in Oakland.

Varsity Scrimmage Against Miramonte

November 27, 2010
The scrimmage against a good, well prepared Miramonte squad quickly exposed the amount of work MV has to do to put itself in position to compete against the elites. The Matadors started fast hitting 6 of 7 of their first outside shots to dismantle Monte Vista's zone defense. Miramonte was ahead 8-0 before Alyssa Samia's reverse lay-up put the Mustangs on the board. The three-quarter court trap from the Mats also gave Monte Vista fits producing numerous turnovers from the guards and forward alike. The middle half of the game saw both teams used their entire roster and was closely contested. Miramonte then used repeated dribble and drive attacks in the 4th quarter forcing MV into numerous fouls and dominated the free-throw line. The one bright light was brief action on the court from Jasmin Dillworth who has been sidelined the better part of 2010 because of an ACL tear. The team has relatively little time to right the ship as they travel to James Logan on Tuesday for the annual Foundation Game.

New Season - JV Scrimmage Against Arroyo

November 20, 2010
The 2010-11 JV squad features seven returning players and five freshmen. The departure of center Paige Southmayd, forwards Jenna Cordesius, Jen Casper and guards Marissa Grant and Kristen Huey will definitely be missed. The new team is smaller but faster in no small part due to the arrival of super athletic Erika Perez. Part of the lost height at the post position is filled in by Dana Outcalt who is not only long but has three point range starkly demonstrated today against Arroyo. Sophomore guard Elyce Bayat was extremely active throughout the contest and was strong to the basket as well as displayed a soft touch with her mid-range jumpers. Bridget Haus, who was lost to an ACL injury last season, played with her trademark ferocity. The bulky knee brace may be cutting down her speed but did little to dampen her intensity as shown by her inside rebounding and scoring. Starting guard Callie Starn also shares similar philosophy while on the court showing coach Steve Cornell her reckless disregard of her body while diving for loose balls. In short, it was a good first scrimmage and gave cause for optimism for a successful season for both coach Cornell and coach Pat Nivens.

2010-11 Varsity Scrimmage against Arroyo

November 20, 2010
Senior guard Nicole Oliviera signaled clearly she will be having a great season by almost single handedly outscoring Arroyo. Nicole played with supreme confidence and scored with a variety of mid-range jumpers mixed in with an occasion three to lead the team with 21 points along with partial ball handling and press breaking duties. Freshman Rachel Tagle also played up to billing with strong ball handling skills and defense. Ms. Tagle also incidentally dropped in 13 points including several nice looking outside jumpers. The projected starting front line of Kaylie Williams, Alyssa Samia and Taylor Fasio took a back seat today to allow the varsity team to showcase their five new members ( Taylor Partin-3 points, Lilly Wissinger-3points, Madi Burroughs-5 points and Jen Casper-3 rebounds ) in a 63-34 win.

Monte Vista 56 - Livermore 33

February 12, 2010
There is usually no game that is considered a "MUST WIN" during the regular season. This evening's contest against the Cowboys was as close as it comes to a "MUST WIN" following Tuesday's 2 point loss to Cal High. A loss to Livermore would mean dropping into third place in EBAL, something Monte Vista had not known for many years. The game did not start well as the host Cowboys quickly took an 8-3 lead when Monte Vista went 1 of 7 in shooting to start the game. Momentum, however, would drastically shift later in the first quarter as the Lady Mustangs went on a 19-1 and eventually a 24-3 run to seize a 27-11 halftime advantage. A strong defense kept Livermore's offense scoreless for over 6 minutes and in single digit till the final seconds of the first half. The lead would grow to 40-18 in the third quarter before Livermore made one final 7-0 run, cutting the deficit to 40-25 after three quarters but would come no closer. Starting point guard Krystal Mizono suffered an Achilles tendon injury during the game and was replaced by back up guard Angela Rigo who showed great speed, ball handling skills and good shooting touch finishing with 10 points. Kaylie Williams led all scorers with 19 points plus 11 rebounds while Alex Smolen contributed 12. With the win, Monte Vista improves to 10-2 in league 19-5 overall.

Livermore (JV) 45 - Monte Vista 24

February 12, 2010
This is why coach Steve Cornell considers the JV team an absolute enigma. Three days after they demolished California High, the team took a giant step backwards and was thoroughly beaten by the Cowboys. The visitors was trailing only 4-2 when Livermore took a 10-0 run and jumped ahead after one quarter at 14-2. Monte Vista trailed 20-11 going into the second half but was blitzed by a devastating 17-3 third quarter that essentially put the game away. There was scant individual highlights with Jenn Casper led the team with 5 points. Nina Rondoni, however, had a season high 4 points.

Princeton (5-0) Plays Columbia (4-1) Tomorrow For Ivy League Lead

February 11, 2010
Former Monte Vista star Niveen Rasheed will lead her 19-2 Ivy League leading Princeton Tigers into snowy New York to take on second place Columbia Lions. Niveen's old MV teammate Erin Tao who is closing out her senior year at Columbia will be there to greet her. Niveen will square up against the nation's leading rebounder Julie Lomax at Dodge Center.

California 47 - Monte Vista 45

February 9, 2010
9 turnovers and 8 offensive rebounds allowed in eight minutes was a deadly recipe for a disaster and Monte Vista found themselves quickly in a jam falling behind 14-9 after one quarter and the second quarter was no better as the Grizzlies went up by 32-20 at halftime with every indication for a blowout. MV was able to stay as close as a dozen points was squarely the heroic of Alex Smolen who nailed a trio of three's as Monte Vista's offense was completely stifled by Cal High's quick zone defense. The Mustangs came out in the second half with a new attitude and slowly started to chip away at the deficit. Behind by 14 two minutes into the 2nd half, The Lady Mustangs closed to within 7 at 35-28 following a Krystal Mizono three and 37-30 at the end of 3 quarters. Two quick baskets from Kaylie Williams brought MV to within 3 points at 37-34 and again at 41-38. The comeback was at hand when Angela Rigo dropped in a three of her own from the top of the key and Alex Smolen's baseline driving basket tied the game at 43-43 with 2:30 left on the clock but a quick counter basket by Cal High and a Monte Vista turnover resulted in a breakaway basket put the visitors back in the hole again at 47-43. A putback cut the MV deficit to 47-45 but a critical turnover on the subsequent possession doomed the Mustangs who still had a shot to force overtime but the 18 foot shot from right wing clanked off the rim as the buzzer sounded. Alex Smolen led all scorers with 16 points with Kaylie Williams added 14.

Monte Vista (JV) 42 - California 26

February 9, 2010
The JV squad delivered coach Steve Cornell's 200th JV victory with a resounding 42-26 win over the California Grizzlies, avenging a five point loss earlier in the season. Monte Vista came out on fire and quickly took a 4-1 and eventually an 11-1 lead after one quarter. The lead grew to 15-1 and 17-2 in the second quarter and 24-8 by halftime. Olivia Romero had 6 first half points while Jenn Casper dropped in 8 of her team leading 10 points also in the first half including three soft 15 foot jumpers. With the lead at 30-10, Cal High made a mini run with 7 straight points to trim the deficit to 30-17 but the Lady Mustangs responded with their own 10-1 run to break the game wide open at 40-18. Paige Southmayd and Kristin Huey each had 4 points during the run. Paige ended with 9 points for the night while Kristin contributed 6. With the win, Monte Vista JV improves to 6-5 in EBAL and 14-9 overall.

Senior Night

February 5, 2010
February 5 marks the evening reserved to honor the two team captains and graduating seniors Krystal Mizono and Alex Smolen. Both players were members of the fabulous JV squad of 2006-07 and 2007-08 when they went 51-2. They were also members of the 29-3 2008-09 EBAL, North Coast Section and NorCal Division I Champion team. The two young ladies are on pace to win 100 games at Monte Vista for their career !

Monte Vista 49 - Foothill 40

February 5, 2010
Unlike the NCS and NorCal winning team from last season, every win this year was hard fought and this evening's contest was no exception. The extremely young but talented Falcons has NO senior on their squad and they have been paying the price to learn how to play the game by taking tough losses. There is, however, visible improvement since the first half of the season as they challenged the bigger and more experienced home team at every turn. Fell behind 9-0 to open the game, Foothill was looking at a possible quick blowout loss. They were, however, able to battle back primarily using outside shooting and closed the deficit to 25-20 at the break including five three's in the first half. Monte Vista extended the lead to 33-24, forcing a timeout by the Foothill coaches. A two pointer plus another three again trimmed the lead to 33-29. The Falcons were trailing 35-31 to start the 4th quarter when back to back baskets by Alyssa Samia plus a three point basket from Krystal Mizono allowed Monte Vista to rebuild a 10 point advantage at 42-32. The two teams essentially traded baskets in the final 4 minutes of the game ending with the host team taking a 9 point victory. Kaylie Williams, Krystal Mizono and Alyssa Samia all finished with 12 points while Nicole Oliveira played a strong game on both ends of the court and contributing 11 points. These four starters accounted for 47 of Monte Vista's 49 points total output. Megan Craig of the Falcon led all scorers with 24. With the win, MV improves to 18-4 for the season and 9-1 in EBAL.

Monte Vista (JV) 40 _ Foothill 37 (OT)

February 5, 2010
The Monte Vista JV team lost to Foothill last month 35-30 due primarily to abysmal 5 of 23 free throw shooting. This evening, the Lady Mustangs hit 8 of 13 from the line and was rewarded with a thrilling overtime victory at home in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd. The game did not start off well as Foothill jumped to a 10-6 first quarter lead but Monte Vista managed not to let the contest get out of hand by mounting a small 2nd quarter come back to trail only by a point at 16-15 at the half. The Lady Mustangs then took a 23-18 lead in the 3rd quarter but allowed Foothill to tie the game at 23-23 at the end of three quarter. MV led momentarily at 27-24 and was tied with Foothill at 27-27 when the Falcons knocked down a three point basket with less than 4 minutes remained in the game to go back ahead 30-27. This was when Taylor Partin nailed the first of her season high three treys to bring the host team back to a 30-30 tie. She then sank another deep three from the left corner to snatch the lead back at 33-30. With Monte Vista up 34-30 with less than a minute remaining, Foothill managed to score a basket to bring the game to within 2 at 34-32. A missed front end of a one and one allowed Foothill one last shot with 6 seconds left on the clock which they took advantage of by banking in a runner as time expired to force overtime. Overtime was just as exciting as Taylor Partin dropped in another three pointer from the corner to give Monte Vista a 37-34 lead A counter basket by Foothill trimmed the MV lead to one at 37-36. A 6 foot baseline floater from Jade Montes gave Monte Vista back a 3 point advantage which was cut to 39-37 with less than 30 seconds left. A free throw by Kristin Huey secured the 199th career win for coach Steve Cornell and brought Monte Vista back to .500 in EBAL at 5-5 while Foothill dropped to 7-3. MV currently stands at 13-9 on the season.

Monte Vista 58 - Granda 29

February 3, 2010
Alyssa Samia continues her recent strong performance by leading Monte Vista to a methodical victory at home against Granada. She scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in not much over 2 quarters of play, dominating on both the offensive and defensive end of the court. Nine out of ten players scored in the contest marked by 7 points from Natalie Reveto who doubled her season output in one game. Angela Rigo continues to show she has deep range by knocking down a pair of three pointers. With the win, Monte Vista remains on tract to achieve 20 victories for the season with 17 wins against 4 losses, 8-1 in EBAL and five games to go. Monte Vista moved up one spot to #19 this week in the San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Metro top 20.

Monte Vista (JV) 42 - Granada 17

February 2, 2010
A relatively easy blowout win is the perfect remedy against the tough loss at Amador Valley on Friday. Monte Vista needed it and they got it at home this evening when the team put up one of its better performances this season in a 25 point victory over the visiting Matadors. The host team limited Granada to only 17 points, one of the lowest allowed in the 2009-2010 season. And 11 players scored - led by season high 14 points from Jenn Casper and 10 points from Callie Starn who is having a renaissance second half season. The Lady Mustangs improves to 12-9 on the season and within one game of .500 in EBAL at4-5.

Monte Vista 63 - Amador Valley 34

January 29, 2010
The team came into the game knowing they have to push hard to stay focused against an 0-7 but feisty league opponent. There was a lapse in the third quarter but Monte Vista showed why they are second in the league by otherwise dismantling the host Dons scoring a near season team high 62 points. Junior center Taylor Fazio scored an amazing 12 points in the 4th quarter to finish with a season high 18 points tying Kaylie Williams for team high. Kaylie also controlled the board on both ends by snaring 17 rebounds. Alyssa Samia contributed 12 points to give MV an unbeatable 48 points from the three center forward position. If counting the 6 points from Miranda Bidwell and Sara Jensen, the Lady Mustangs front line would account for 54 of the 62 points for the evening ! Monte Vista improves to 7-1 in EBAL and 16-4 overall. Next up will be Granada at home on Tuesday.

Amador Valley (JV) 59 - Monte Vista 27

January 29, 2010
Coach Cornell suffered his worst loss in years this evening against a very good Amador Valley team. Monte Vista was held to a season low 5 points for the first half and gave up a season high 22 points to the Dons in the fourth quarter. Jade Montes and Jenn Casper led the team with 6 points each while Marissa Grant continues to go the line even though she has not been taking advantage of the hard earned charity. Ms Grant finished with 5 points but was only 1 of 6 in free throw shooting. Callie Starn maintained her offensive surge adding 4 points in an otherwise dismal offensive evening for the visitors. MV is now 3-5 in EBAL and 11-9 overall.

Monte Vista 51 - San Ramon Valley 41

January 26, 2010
Following a spirited contest against league leading Carondolet, Monte Vista found itself trying to get up against rival San Ramon Valley who are clearly motivated to upset the favorite home team. MV's leading scorer Kaylie Williams again found herself in early foul trouble and ended up with a season low 4 points against her average of nearly 14 points a game. The rest of the team, however, stepped up to make up the deficit including Angela Rigo who saw her most extensive playing time this season and responded with a pair of three pointers and season high 8 points. SRV stayed close during most of the game trailing 10-6 after one and was within 2 points at 15-13 when Monte Vista went on a 9-2 run to open up a 9 point lead at the half. The advantage at one point grew to 17 but a late charge by the Wolves reduced the final margin to 10. Alyssa Samia, Alex Smolen and Krystal Mizono had 11, 9 & 7 points respectively for the game while Nicole Oliveira added 6. Freshman forward Sara Jensen followed up her strong game against Carondolet with 4 points and 4 rebounds. Monte Vista improves to 15-4 for the season and 6-1 in EBAL. The team currently ranks #10 in all northern California Division I by NorCalpreps.com, #11 by Contra Costa Times in the eastbay and #12 in the Bay Area Metro by San Francisco Chronicle. Next up is Amador Valley on the road on Friday.

Monte Vista (JV) 53 - San Ramon Valley 33

January 26, 2010
This early Tuesday contest turned out to be the easy game coach Cornell has been waiting for. The Lady Mustangs jumped on SRV early and never looked back. Callie Starn continues to improve on her offensive productivity following up her 6 point performance at home against Livermore with a season high 10 point to lead the team. Olivia Romero also had an outstanding game with 8 points, the most output since her season high 12 points at Castlemont. Angelyn Brown also tied her season high with 6 points, again accomplished against Castlemont earlier in the new year. With the victory, MV improves to 11-8 overall and 3-4 in EBAL.

Carondolet 56 - Monte Vista 44

January 22, 2010
Early game jittery, poor shooting and stifling trapping defensive pressure put Monte Vista into a deep 14-0 hole by the end of the first half. The scoring futility also marked the first time in over a decade that the team was shut out in a quarter. The Lady Mustangs was able to put up 10 points in the second quarter but the deficit grew to 22 as the host Carondolet was able to counter with 18 points many came in the form of steals and lay ups. The lone bright spot in the first half was the play of Taylor Fazio who was effective in the paint while starter Kaylie Williams was suffering the effect of an accidental elbow to the stomach and Alyssa Samia was in foul trouble. Taylor not only defended, rebounded but also accounted for 6 of MV's 10 first half points. She finished with a season high 10 points. The second half started much like the first with Carondolet stole the inbound and went in for an uncontested basket. A much needed Krystal Mizono 3 pointer cut the deficit to 38-14 and started a gradual run towards parity on the court. The Cougars was able to claim a slim 13-12 advantage for the remainder of the third quarter although still up by a sizable 25 points at 51-26. The fourth quarter, however was all Monte Vista's. Even though Carondolet has substituted most of their front line starters at the early part of the final segment, Monte Vista was also playing with their second rotation. MV's defense has turned the table on Carondolet's bench, limiting them to a season low 5 point while scoring 18. Part of that fourth quarter run was sparked by back to back three pointers by Sara Jensen who also played tough defense using her size. Angela Rigo showed why she has the making of the next great Monte Vista point guard with flashy ball handling and quick hands. She finished with three steals, 2 assists and a break away lay-up. Credit must also go to all three starting guards, namely Alex Smolen, Nicole Oliveira and Krystal Mizono who showed tremendous poise during the game while under intense pressure. Seldom in Monte Vista's history is a defeat taken with such pride. But tonight's 12 point loss against virtually the same Carondolet team from last year must be viewed as a success and a preview of what to come in the future when one considers Carondolet's margin of victory at home last season against our State Finalist team with Niveen Rasheed was 10...

Carondolet (JV) 48 - Monte Vista (JV) 30

January 22, 2010
Monte Vista fell behind 15-0 in the early going but mounted a furious second comeback to trim the half time deficit to 24-15. Jenn Casper had 6 points in the second quarter and finished with 8 for the game. A three pointer by Jenna Cordesius from the left wing early in the fourth quarter brought Monte Vista to the closest they have come since the first quarter at 38-28 and gave hope that the Lady 'Stangs may have a chance to catch the host team. Continued turnover woes, however, allowed the Cougars to go on a 10-2 run to close out the otherwise closely contested game. Jade Montes led MV with 11 points and officially leads the team in scoring for the season.

Preview on This Friday's Away Game against Carondolet

January 21, 2010
Monte Vista has two more wins and one less loss than the Cougars. That's where the edge on paper ends. Carondolet played a tough schedule with wins over state powers such as Bishop O'Dowd, Hanford, St. Joseph of Santa Maria and La Jolla Country Day. Both Monte Vista and Carondolet had lost to Berkeley, MV by 22 and Carondolet by 7, the latter at the Martin Luther King game at Cal Monday. The Cougars, which is the overwhelming favorite to win the EBAL is also at 5-0 in league. Both Monte Vista and Carondolet allowed just over 30 points a game to their league opponents but the Cougars outscore their opponents by 50 points a game while MV managed less than 20 per win. Monte Vista struggled to beat Livermore at home 47-33 while Carondolet destroyed the Cowboys 94-29 in their prior meeting. Carondolet also has four D-1 College caliber players in their starting rotation spearheaded by 6' 2" forward Erica Payne who is rated #1 among all juniors in northern California. As a comparison, our own Kaylie Williams is rated #19 in the Norcal top 40. Senior shooting guard Ricki Radonovich has signed with Santa Clara and 6' 3" senior center Erin Boettcher will play next season at New Mexico. Potentially the best player of the group may be sophomore 5' 10" guard Hannah Huffman. Monte Vista, without Jasmine Dilworth for the rest of the season will have to play their absolute best to stay close. Come early to Carondolet and make a lot of noise. Don't forget, there is also going to be a great JV contest before the varsity game that should pitch some friends against friends...

Monte Vista 47 - Livermore 33

January 19, 2010
The first quarter lived up to the billing of a tight contest with the score tied at 7-7 and 11-11. The host Monte Vista finally broke through for a 16-13 first quarter lead after a late 5-2 spurt. 10 of those first quarter 16 points came from senior Captain Alex Smolen which included a pair of three's to open the game. Monte Vista's hallmark defense took control in the second quarter limiting the Cowboys to only 3 points taking a 26-16 lead into the locker room. Not all were good, however, as MV squandered numerous opportunities to seize a larger lead, leaving the door open for Livermore to stage a comeback. The second half indeed turned out to be a struggle as Kaylie Williams picked up her third foul early in the third quarter and her fourth early in the final quarter, keeping MV's top scorer and rebounder on the bench during significant portion of the second half. Livermore trimmed a 12 point deficit to 7 on two occasions but could get no closer as their outside shooting was fortunately off target. The low scoring affair came down to free throws and Krystal Mizono and Kaylie Williams were a combined perfect 13-13, essentially slamming the doors on the visitors. Krystal finished with 11 points while Alex Smolen had 12. Kaylie Williams added 8 and Alyssa Samia contributed 7 along with 10 rebounds 5 on the offensive end. Monte Vista improves to 14-3 for the season and a perfect 5-0 in EBAL play. On the schedule, however, is Carondolet on Friday...

Monte Vista (JV) 45 - Livermore 41

January 19, 2010
Livermore Hit a three pointer one minute into the contest giving the visitors a quick 7-0 and later 8-1 lead. Monte Vista, however, responded with a its own 7-2 run capped by a three point basket from captain Jenna Cordesius to trim the defecit to 10-8. But Livermore was able to stretch their advantage to 19-11 with MV managed to stay close partly on the strength of Callie Starn's 6 first half points as well as long range shooting from Taylor Partin who contributed a three pointer of her own late in the first half ending with Livermore ahead 23-18. Another three point basket by Livermore early in the third quarter gave the Cowboys their second 8 point lead at 26-18 but momentum shift would dominate the third quarter as Monte Vista went on a 14-6 run highlighted by two steals and breakaway baskets from the ultra quick Marissa Grant to tie the game at 32-32. This was followed by Taylor Partin's second three pointer of the contest, giving the home team their first lead at 35-32. The third quarter ended with the host team barely holding onto a slim 35-34 lead. The tight contest would extend into the fourth quarter with livermore tying the score at 37-37 and 39-39. MV would go ahead 40-39 but continued poor free throw shooting prevented them from building on the lead. Finally five out of six made free throws from Paige Southmayd would secure MV the badly needed win, improving its record to 10-7 and 2-3 in league. Taylor Partin led all scorers with a season high 11 points while Olivier Romero added 6.

Preview of MV - Livermore

January 17, 2010
Livermore is a program on the rise. Coach Gaza has turn this once EBAL doormat into a winner. The Cowboys are 10-5 on the season. More importantly, they are 3-1 in league play with wins over Amador Valley, San Ramon Valley and Foothill. Their only loss was to Carondolet last week. This is a team with good size and speed and may be the toughest opponent in EBAL outside of the Cougars of Carondolet. To continue the Monte Vista winning streak which is at eight, Kaylie Williams will have to stay out of foul trouble and the rest of the team will have to rebound better than shown against Cal High.

Monte Vista 49 - Cal 45 (OT)

January 15, 2010
With the score at 19-14 in the second quarter, Monte Vista went on a 10-0 run to close out the half at 29-14 with Alyssa Samia scoring 12 of the 29 points along with 7 rebounds. It would appear that the game was well in hand but the Grizzlies had a different idea as Cal opened the second half with a 12-4 run taking advantage of Monte Vista's inability to rebound ultimately trimming the deficit to 37-30 at the end of the third quarter. Krystal Mizono knocked down a three point basket from the top of the key at the early moments of the fourth quarter to briefly extend MV's advantage to 10 at 40-30. Monte Vista, however, would go scoreless for 4 full minutes while Cal High's Vashirin, who led all scorers with 27, scored 8 consecutive points to bring the game to a 2 point affair at 40-38. Kaylie Williams would give Monte Vista a short lived 42-38 cushion on a 13 foot jumper before fouling out only to see Cal closed the gap to 42-41. A turnover gave Cal the ball with 26 seconds left and Vashirin drove through Monte Vista's zone defense and was fouled while going to the hoop with 2.8 seconds left on the clock. Two made free throws would give Cal a stirring comeback and major upset but #11 missed the first although connected on the second to force overtime. Without Kaylie Williams, the MV offense was in disarray and continued failure to rebound made the prospect of winning their 8th consecutive game grim. This was especially true when the Grizzlies seized a 45-42 lead with just over a minute left in overtime. Fortune, however, would change quickly in Monte Vista's favor as senior captain Alex Smolen swished a three pointer from the deep left corner to tie the contest giving Monte Vista new life followed immediately by a steal and lay up by Nicole Oliviera to give the home team a lead they would not relinquish. Cal's last chance vanished as the ball was stolen by Krystal Mizono who then calmly sank a pair of free throws to seal the hard fought win improving Monte Vista to 13-3 and tying Carondolet at the top of EBAL at 4-0. Krystal would finish with 12 points to share team high.

Cal (JV) 35 - Monte Vista 30

January 15, 2010
Playing without Paige Southmayd was a huge handicap both in terms of defense, rebounds and inside scoring but what doomed Monte Vista (9-7, 1-3) in a close contest was again poor free throw shooting for the second consecutive game. The Lady 'Stangs were 5 for 23 in a 5 point loss at Foothill and was 5 for 21 in today's defeat. Similar to the previous loss, MV was in the game till the final moments. Trailing 28-23 in the fourth quarter, Taylor Partin connected on a three pointer and Marissa Grant picked off a pass on the next play and went in for a lay up to even the game at 28-28 with MV eventually led 30-29 with less than four minutes left in the contest from a pair of rare made free throws by Angelyn Brown. Monte Vista, unfortunately would not score again missing their final 4 free throws while Cal was 4 of 5 down the stretch. Marissa Grant finished with a season high 8 points to lead the team while Taylor Partin added 6 and Callie Starn contributed 4 points.

Monte Vista 57 - Foothill 40

January 12, 2010
It was obvious from the tip that it wasn't going to be an easy game as Foothill kept up with Monte Vista blow by blow taking an 8-6 lead off the first of Megan Craig's trio of three pointers. A three by Alex Smolen gave MV back the lead which grew to 12-8 only to see the Falcons retake the lead with 5 straight points again including a three. Monte Vista was able to take a 16-13 lead after one quarter but was unable to shake the home team in the second quarter. As a matter of fact, Foothill regained the advantage momentarily at 23-22 only to trail by the tiniest margin of 26-25 at the half. Monte Vista extended the lead to 32-27 in the third quarter after a pullup basket from Kaylie Williams only to see the Falcons tied it at 32-32 from another three pointer from Megan Craig. Coach Hirschman called a time out and installed a rover to trail #2. The strategy was obviously successful as Ms. Craig would not score again in the contest. Back to back three point baskets by a red hot Alex Smolen plus a lay up from Alyssa Samia all within a minute gave MV a quick 40-32 lead from where they would not look back. Reserve guard Natalie Reveto put the icing on the victory by swishing a three pointer from the right wing just before the buzzer, her first of the season. Alex Smolen finished with a career high 18 points tying Kaylie Williams for game high. Alyssa Samia also had a terrific offensive game finished with a season best 15 points. Monte Vista improves to 3-0 in EBAL and 12-3 overall.

Foothill (JV) 35 - Monte Vista (JV) 30

January 12, 2010
Based on pre-season results, Foothill is believed to be among the elite EBAL squads. The MV Mustangs, on the other hand, has been struggling with inconsistency, especially on the offensive end. The game unfolded in ways coach Steve Cornell did not expect. The defense held the powerful Falcon to only 17 first half points while getting them into foul trouble. Monte Vista went to the line 13 times against only twice for the host - but was able to connect only on 2, a fact that would come back to haunt the Lady 'Stangs. Trailing 17-14 at the half, Monte Vista was able to over take Foothill two minutes into the third quarter at 20-19 and led by three points on two occasions. Accurate outside shooting, however, gave the Falcon a slim 27-26 lead going into the final quarter. The game stayed close until a three pointer and a rebound and putback gave Foothill its largest lead at 6. Full court pressure at the final minute gave Monte Vista multiple opportunities to cut into the deficit but the visitors were unable to find the basket going 0-7 to close out the game. The loss dropped MV to 1-2 in EBAL play and 9-6 overall. Next game will be at home against California on Friday.

Monte Vista 46 - Granada 30

January 8, 2010
Granada High School had proven over the years to be a difficult place for visitors to win and coach Hirschman was mindful of it. Monte Vista was also without starting forward Jasmine Dilworth for a second consecutive game because of her knee injury. Granada took a quick 2-0 lead but that would be their first and last as the Lady Mustangs scored the next 7 points to grab a 7-2 advantage. The game was close at 7-5 with 9 seconds left on the quarter clock when Alex Smolen banked in a 25 footer from the left wing to give the visitors a 10-5 lead after one. Control of the offensive board allowed Monte Vista multiple second and third chance baskets resulting in a 16-8 second quarter advantage and a 26-13 lead at the half. Granada evened the rebounding in the second half but Monte Vista still managed to built a commanding 30-14 lead midway into the third quarter. The lead, however, was trimmed to 30-20 but a pull-up jumper from Kaylie Williams plus a killer three pointer from Krystal Mizono, her third in the game restored the comfortable advantage. Kaylie finished with 13 to lead the scoring while Alex Smolen had 11. Alyssa Samia added 9 points plus 9 rebounds, 6 on the offensive end. Monte Vista improves to 11-3 with their 6th wins in a row and 2-0 in EBAL. Foothill away is next on the schedule.

Monte Vista (JV) 36 - Granada 26

January 8, 2010
Following a disheartening loss at home to Amador Valley, the JV team showed both desire and hunger against Granada taking an early lead and never allowed the Matadors to climb back into the contest. MV was ahead 10-6 after one quarter, then exploded for 15 points in the second quarter to take a 25-15 lead into the locker with Jenna Cordesius and Paige Southmays both contributed 6 points. The lead grew to 14 in the third quarter but a 6-0 run by Granada narrowed the gap to 8. A three point basket by Taylor Partin from the right wing quickly put an end to the rally and Granada was not able to mount any threat after that. Cut lip and all, Jenn Casper returned to the starting lineup and scored 6 points, tying for game high while Jade Montes added 5 while Marissa Grant contributed 4. MV improves to 9-5 on the season and 1-1 in EBAL play.

Monte Vista 52 - Amador Valley 28

January 5, 2010
Monte Vista came out of the gate running scoring the first 8 points of the game to take a 16-4 commanding first quarter lead spearheaded by freshman forward Sarah Jensen who showcased her shooting by hitting a pair of three pointers to lead all first quarter scorers with 9. Amador Valley showed their only threat late in the second quarter when they cut a 15 point deficit to 11 with the the final 4 points of the half. The home team, however, was not going to allow its league opening night be spoiled as they seized control again with a 16-7 third quarter to go ahead 42-22 including a couple of baskets by another freshman Miranda Bidwell. Kaylie Williams again led the team with 14 points and Alyssa Samia added 8 along with 3 steals and 8 rebounds. The team improves to 10-3 on the year and will now travel to face a formidable foe in Granada on Friday.

Amador Valley (JV) 44 - MV 39

January 5, 2010
If there are any silver linings in tonight's season opener loss, they are the fact that the team did not give up and that Kristin Huey almost single handedly pulled the team out of the deep hole with a career high 12 points, all in the second half including a three pointer. The two squads were mired in a low scoring struggle with MV ahead 7-6 when Amador Valley went on an inexplicable run when every shot they put up went in while Monte Vista went into a complete scoring freeze. When it was over, the Dons were ahead 29-10, a stunning 24-3 run. Monte Vista began their come back at the waning seconds of the first half when they scored the final 4 points and closed the gap to 29-14. The second half saw a reversal of fortune with Monte Vista put on a 18-8 run to climb within 5 at 37-32 after three quarters. They were within 4 points in the fourth quarter on several occasions but was ultimately unable to completely overcome the one time 19 point deficit. Paige Southmayd, as usual, was a beast in the paint, contributing 9 points along with 15 rebounds while Jenna Cordesius added 6.

Monte Vista 46 - Castlemont 40

January 2, 2010
Playing for the first time this season without Kaylie Williams, the Lady Mustangs nevertheless jumped out to a 10-0 lead and was ahead 20-6 mid way through the second quarter and 25-12 at the half. Things started to unravel towards the end of the first half when Alyssa Samia had to stay on the bench because of foul trouble and Jasmine Dilworth who had missed the previous three games due to a foot stress reaction twisted her left knee and had to leave the game. That effectively removed the entire Monte Vista starting front line and Castlemont took advantage mercilessly and cut the lead to 33-32 at the end of the third quarter including a 14-2 run. Situation got even more precarious when captain Alex Smolen who was having a fine game hitting a trio of three's up to that point was stepped on by Castlemont's center and had to come out of the game. The guard tandem of Nicole Oliveira and Krystal Mizona had to withstanding full court pressure by the Knights but managed to keep the game under control. Alex Smolen returned to the game late in the fourth quarter and promptly nailed another three pointer to give MV a 38-35 lead after Castlemont had just tied the game at 35-35. The three point lead, however, did not hold up as Castlemont closed the score to 40-38 and ultimately tied MV at 40-40. This was when Krystal Mizono hit her third three pointer of the day from the deep right corner to push the MV lead back up to three from there Castlemont would not threaten again. Alex Smole finished with a season high of 14 points to lead the team while Krystal Mizono finished with 9. Back up center Taylor Fazio again played an excellent game starting for the injured Kaylie Williams scoring 7 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Nicole Oliveira continues her strong defense along with scoring 6.

Monte Vista (JV) 49 - Castlemont 27

January 2, 2010
This is probably the most balanced offensive game of the season. Against a depleted Castlemont team, Monte Vista was able to utilize the entire bench and fresh legs against a tired corp of 5 player for the Knights. MV jumped out to a 14-1 lead in the first quarter en route to a relatively easy 22 point victory. Olivia Romero had a season high 12 points to lead the team. Monte Vista, however, had four players each with 6 points including Jade Montes, Angelyn Brown, >B>Callie Starn and Paige Southmays. Guard Taylor Partin added 4 points and Jenna Cordesius contributed 3. The Junior varsity team, which improves to 8-4 on the season, now awaits the start of the EBAL league campaign on Tuesday against Amador Valley.

Monte Vista 43 - Antioch 41

December 30, 2009
With Alyssa Samia and Jasmine Dilworth both unavailable due to injury, 6' back up center Taylor Fazio was pressed into the starting role and showed for the second day in a row why she deserves playing time. Her length, court vision and shooting range were pivotal in Monte Vista's first West Coast Jamboree title. Taylor finished with 4 points, 5 rebounds along with a steal, a block shot and an assist. On a day when her shots were not falling, Kaylie Williams still managed to put up 21 points to lead all scorers. Freshman guard Angela Rigo also demonstrated for a second day why she is so appealing as the point guard of the future. Her quickness was clearly evident at yesterday's contest against a quick MSJ team and was on display again today against the Antioch Panthers, particularly their super swift #10. Alex Smolen also quietly had an excellent game with 7 points and 8 rebounds. One of her baskets was a soft, 19 footer over an on-rushing defender as the shot clock was winding down in the third quarter that gave Monte Vista a 2 point lead. The game was tied at 9 after one with Monte Vista taking the slimmest 22-21 lead into the locker room at halftime compliment of a 70 foot three pointer by Antioch at the buzzer. The score was deadlocked at 30 after three quarters with Monte Vista trailing at one point 35-32 in the fourth quarter when the host Panthers banked in yet another three point basket. The Lady Mustangs cut the deficit to 35-34 off a Sarah Jensen 16 foot basket and finally retook the lead 36-35 with two minutes left in the contest. Unlike yesterday, better free throw shooting, the last pair by Kaylie Williuams with 6 seconds left in the contest sealed the game and made the last second driving basket from the Panthers meaningless.

Monte Vista (JV) 44 - Moreau Catholic 42 (OT)

Monte Vista has a huge size advantage over a tiny Moreau Catholic team. Center Jenn Casper was able to utilize her size to dominate the paint giving Monte Vista early leads of 10-6 and 19-14 at the end of the first quarter and at the half. Monte Vista, however, missed the opportunity to put the opponent away while it had the chance as the Mariners methodically cut into the Monte Vista lead in the second half trailing only 29-25 after three segments. The game became a tight contest in the fourth quarter. With the game tied at 39-39, Monte Vista held the ball for the final shot but a driving floater by Jade Montes was off the mark and MV had to withstand a missed last shot by Moreau to go into overtime. Returning to strategy of working the ball to Jenn Casper which gave MV the early lead, the Lady Mustangs was able to seize control in OT while limiting the opposition to no basket in the overtime. Jenn Casper, who was elected to the All Tournament Team, finished with 11 points sharing team lead with Jade Montes who also had 11 points. Olivia Romero contributed a season high 7 points along with 4 from Elyce Bayat who had a strong tournament.

Notre Dame (JV) 36 - Monte Vista (JV) 21

December 29, 2009
Unlike the last time the two teams met, Monte Vista took an immediate lead and was ahead by five after one quarter at 11-6. A mountain of forced and unforced turnovers sank the second and third quarter as the team managed a season low of 1 and 2 points respectively in the 2nd and third quarter turning the lead into an 8 point deficit at 23-15. While the game is still within reach, the fourth quarter brought little improvement as the team continued to make turnovers ending with a disappointing 15 point defeat. The 6-4 JV will take on Moreau Catholic in tomorrow's 3rd place game.

Monte Vista (JV) 37 - Arroyo 10

December 28, 2009
Without Paige Southmayd, the team took on a completely different look. Instead of relying on her dominant inside presence, the JV squad has become more balanced on offense against a clearly undermanned Arroyo team at the opening game of the Newark Memorial HS Tournament. Elyce Bayat had a long awaited breakout game sharing team high of 6 points with Taylor Partin. Jade Montes added 5 points while Angelyn Brown, Olivia Romero, Kristin Huey and Jenn Casper all had 4. Monte Vista jumped out to a 9-0 first quarter lead en route to a commanding 25-2 advantage at the half before throttling back, cruising to the season's largest victory margin at 27. Next up in the semifinal game, however, is the tough Notre Dame Belmont team that the team lost to in the Mission San Jose Tournament.

Monte Vista 42 - Mission San Jose 38

Monte Vista (7-3) moves into the Championship game of the West Coast Jamboree against the Antioch Panthers by upending the smaller but quicker Mission San Jose Lady Warriors this evening. MV fell behind 10-5 after one quarter but the defense stymied MSJ in the second quarter to take a 17-15 halftime advantage which it built up to 25-19 in the third quarter limiting Mission SJ to only four freethrows in the quarter. The defensive struggle turned into a track meet in the final quarter with Monte Vista ahead by 9 points on two occasions, the first on a 'nothing but net' three pointer from the left wing by Alex Smolen as the 30 seconds shot clock expired. The Lady Mustangs, however, left the door open by converting only 4 out of 12 freethrows in the final 3 minutes, allowing Mission San Jose to close the gap to 3 points although no closer. Nicole Oliveira led the team with a season high 12 point along with her usual stellar defense. Kaylie Williams added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Monte Vista 58 - Valley (Sacramento) 53

December 28, 2009
J. Morris, the quick guard from Valley High School gave Monte Vista all it could handle and kept the visitors from Sacramento in the game with 27 points, 14 of them in the fourth quarter. The bigger Lady Mustangs led 14-5, 26-13 and 44-29 at the end of each of the first three quarters but had trouble handling the full court pressure sprung by the Vikings and the 16 turnovers in the second half (28 for the game) allowed Valley to cut the big deficit to 48-44 with 4 minutes left in the game. A 15 foot basket and 1 of 2 free throws by Taylor Fazio gave Monte Vista back a 10 point lead at 56-46 only to see it trimmed to four again at 57-53 thanks to a couple of three point baskets by Morris with less than a minute remaining in the contest. Valley, however, was unable to get any closer as time expired. Kaylie Williams led MV with 19 points with Alyssa Samia adding 13. Taylor Fazio finished with 7 points while Miranda Bidwell contributed 6. Monte Vista will face Mission San Jose tomorrow at 5:30 PM in the semifinals.

Home For The Holidays

December 25, 2009
Dani, X, Amil, Niveen, Kendyl and Coco are all back for Christmas and gathered to cheer for Monte Vista during the game against Dublin. Dani is a senior at Carondolet, Alexandria is at Cal Poly, Amil at UC Davis, Niveen at Princeton, Kendyl at University of Colorado and Coco at the LA School of fashion Design.

Monte Vista (JV) 42 - James Logan 37

December 23, 2009
The JV team improves to 5-3 with a nail bitting win over James Logan. MV led the entire contest and was up by as many as 12 points in the second half at 34-22 when it went completely cold. Logan was able to cut the lead to 34-32 but never able to seize the lead. Jade Montes was unstoppable in scoring a career high 13 points to lead the team. Jenn Casper had another strong outing with 10 points with Paige Southmayd adding 6. Monte Vista will face Arroyo in the opening game of the Newark Memorial High School Tournament at 9:00 AM Monday morning.

Dublin 50 - Monte Vista 45

December 22, 2009
There had been few occasions in Ron Hirschman's coaching career when a loss was considered a success. The 5 points defeat in the hands of the Gaels fell into that category as the extremely young Lady Mustangs over came the initial jittery and played one of their better games against a very good Dublin team that would surely be a favorite to win the DFAL. Monte Vista had 10 turnovers in the opening quarter and fell behing 11-2, 16-5 and 18-7 just to climb back in the contest with a 15-7 run to close the half trailing only 25-22. The final basket at the buzzer was knocked down by freshman forward Sarah Jensen who finished with 4 points along with an excellent overall game. MV tied the contest at 25-25 off a three point basket from Krystal Mizono and later at 27-27 at which point Dublin ran off 6 straight points including a pair of steals and breakaway lay ups. The deficit would prove difficult to overcome as Monte Vista on several occasions came within 4 but could not get closer. Krystal finished the evening with 9 points with a trio of three pointers. Senior Alex Smolen also nailed a pair of three point baskets, the last cutting the deficit to 40-36 with four minutes left in the game. AlyssaSamia led the team in scoring with 12 points. Freshman forward Jasmine Dilworth missed her first start of the season with a foot injury. Her absence was made up by the season debut of Taylor Fazio who played substantial minutes and contributed 4 rebounds, 1 asist along with 2 points.

Monte Vista (JV) 43 - Mills 40

December 22, 2009
This game was a tale of two halves. Mills applied full court pressure during the first two quarters and the Lady Mustangs had difficulties responding resulted in multiple turnovers and yet another big deficit of 24-16. Mills, however, decided to withdraw the press which turned out to be a bad decision as MV turned in an 18 point quarter including a 10-0 run to seize a lead they would not relinquish. The win, nevertheless, was not secured until the final buzzer as a string of missed free throws kept Mills within striking distance in the closing seconds. With center Paige Southmayd in early foul trouble, co-captain Jenna Cordesius was moved into her old forward position which proved to be more suited to her game as she responded with a season high 12 points. Jenn Casper also had an outstanding game tying Jenna for team high with 12 points. Point guard Jade Montes continues her consistant output with 7 points as Paige Southmayd added 6 and Taylor Partin contributed 5. Monte Vista improves to 4-3 and will next face James Logan tomorrow at 3 PM.

Notre Dame (JV) 31 - Monte Vista (JV) 23

December 21, 2009
The roller coaster season continues for the JV team. After a top to bottom good game against Gunn, Monte Vista again stumbled against a strong opponent - falling behind early, did everything possible to climb out of the hole and fell short at the end. Notre Dame's zone defense was design to collapse on Paige Southmayd who fought gallantly to snatch 13 rebounds and scored 6 points but ultimately could not carry the team to victory. Jenn Casper added 5 and Angelyn Brown and Jade Montes each contributed 4. Monte Vista will likely face Mills High School tomorrow at 4:30 PM.

Monte Vista (JV) 54 - Gunn 18

December 19, 2009
The Monte Vista JV team and coach Steve Cornell & Pat Nivens had to sit on a hard fought loss to Sonoma followed by a disappointing loss to Rodriquez for 11 days with no way of finding out the true heart of this year's squad. The team took the court this afternoon in the first round of the Mission San Jose Tournament against an unknown foe Gunn High School from the Central Coast Section and quickly showed every one in the gym that this team will contend for the title. The Lady Mustangs used full court pressure to create multiple turnovers en route to an early 13-0 lead. The team eventually settled for a relatively slim 23-11 halftime advantage but could take solace they held Gunn to only a single basket in the half and played everyone by the end of the first quarter. The defense tightened in the 3rd quarter, shutting out the opponent while delivering 17 points led by center Paige Southmayd who had 12 rebounds 3 blocks and 3 steals along with a team high 13 points. Fellow post Jenn Casper added 10 points including 6 straight to start the contest. Jade Montes continued her recent surge scoring 8 points six of which came off steals. To complete the team effort, Callie Starn and Charlotte Sedlock had 6 and 4 points respectively, all were first time baskets while Olivia Romero matched her season high with 6 points. Taylor Partin who just joined the team was immediately comfortable adding instant ball handling depth along with 2 points. Kristin Huey and Angelyn Brown had 3 and 2 points, rounding out the scoring. MV will next face the old nemesis Notre Dame Belmont at the Round of Eight Monday at 7:30 PM.

Monte Vista 58 - St. Patrick St. Vincent 34

December 12, 2009
For the second consecutive game, every active player got on the floor as Monte Vista improves to 5-2 with a convincing victory over a smaller and undermanned St. Patrick - St. Vincent team. The game was closest at 9-7 at which point the Lady Mustangs ran off with 6 straight points for a 15-7 first quarter lead and eventually built a 30-14 halftime advantage. Kaylie Williams stayed out of foul trouble and controlled the paint with a career high 16 rebounds plus 15 points while center Alyssa Samia added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Nicole Oliveira put forth another strong outing with 9 points and 5 steals while freshman forward Miranda Bidwell backed up her excellent outing against Lompoc with another strong performance with 6 points spelling Jasmine Dilworth who had to sit out most of the contest due to a nose bleed. Back up freshman point guard Angela Rigo saw her most extensive playing time this season and demonstrated why she has the tools to be the future 1-guard for Monte Vista. The team will now have a 9 day break before a tough away game with the Dublin Gaels.

Monte Vista 57 - Lompoc 32

December 11, 2009
Monte Vista rebounded from a disheartening 1 point loss the evening before with a 26 point victory in the second game of the Pinole Valley HS Tournament. Coach Hirschman utilized the entire team with his free substitutions led by Alex Smolen and Jasmine Dilworth each with 12 points. Freshman forward Miranda Bidwell also contributed a season high 8 points including her first varsity three pointer. MV jumped out to a 21-5 first quarter lead off three quick inside baskets from Dilworth and never looked back. The team improves to 4-2 and will face St.Patrick-St.Vincent in tomorrow's third game.

Aragon 50 - Monte Vista 49

December 10, 2009
Unable to reduce turnovers ultimately proved to be the down fall of the Lady Mustangs as the team took a tough one point loss at the Pinole Valley HS Tournament. Trailing by two with 0.9 second left on the clock, Kaylie Williams calmly drained a pair of free throws to send the game into overtime at 40-40. Fell behind at 40-45, Aragon's center fouled out of the contest which opened up the inside with MV scoring 8 consecutive points the last three on a three pointer by Krystal Mizono. Aragon, however, answered with a three point play next trip down to knot the game at 48-48. Kaylie Williams hit one of two free throws to give Monte Vista back a one point advantage which was short lived as Aragon's point guard was fouled driving to the basket, The pair of free throws with 5 seconds left was the difference in an otherwise tight, entertaining but error filled contest. Monte Vista's three post players accounted for 41 of the team's 50 points led by Kaylie Williams's 15 points. Alyssa Samia had 14 points and freshman Jasmine Dilworth added a career best 12 points.

Monte Vista 44 - Roadriquez 43

December 8, 2009
Alex Smolen scored a season low 1 point for the game but what a point that was ! It came with 7.8 second left in a 43-43 game with Monte Vista desperately trying to hang on after blowing a 41-33 lead half way into the fourth quarter. Alex was fouled at mid court and went to the line and nailed the all important front end of an one & one. She then missed the second shot but managed to grab the rebound and ran out the clock as the Lady Mustang escaped with a nail biter at the season home opener. Ms Smolen also handed out 6 assists along with an astounding 9 steals. Of course Monte Vista would not even be in position to win the game on Alex Smolen's last second heroic had it not received a monster game from Kaylie Williams who scored her back to back career best 24 points along with 14 rebounds to prove she is a legitimate D-1 college prospect. Kaylie dropped in 18 of those 24 points in the first half to keep Monte Vista ahead the entire contest. The lead was 25-21 at intermission and eventually grew to 41-33 on the strength of a pair of three pointers by Krystal Mizono who added a difficult floater in heavy traffic to give Monte Vista back the lead after Rodriquez tied the score at 41-41. Freshman Jasmine Dilworth contributed 5 points but provided important rebounds and defense on Rodriquez's fame 6'2" center Khristina Hunter who was held to a manageable 17 points. Monte Vista improves to 3-1 and set to play Thursday against Aragon High School at the Pinole Valley HS Tournament.

Rodriquez (JV) 44 - MV (JV) 33

December 9, 2009
The injury bug continues to haunt The Monte Vista JV squad now adding Olivia Romero to the list with a finger injury sustained in practice. With Bridget Haus also out with a knee injury, Captain Jenna Cordesius had to make an early return with her fractured digits. The quick and aggressive Rodriquez JV team gave Monte Vista significant difficulties with their man to man defense much like the Sonoma Lady Dragons MV faced Saturday at the Castlemont Tournament. Numerous turnovers made it difficult for the home team to score, particularly in the second half. After trailing 19-14 going into the break, the Lady Mustangs fell behind by double digits virtually the entire second half never mounting any serious threat against the visitors. Paige Southmayd continues to be a one man wracking crew scoring 11 points and collecting 8 rebounds. Jade Montes had her second straight strong scoring game with 7 and both Marissa Grant and Jenn Casper added 6 points.

Varsity - Alhambra Tournament

JV Castlemont Tournament

Monte Vista 57 - Healdsberg 32

December 5, 2009
Rebounding from a tough loss to Berkeley, the Monte Vista Lady Mustangs took third place in the Alhambra Bulldog Tournament with a solid 25 points win over Healdsberg. Kaylie Williams who had a tough game against the Yellow Jackets turned in a career high 19 points along with 12 rebounds. Center Alyssa Samia came up with her third double digit outing with 12 points including 6/7 from the line. With Jasmine Dilworth in foul trouble the whole game, fellow freshman Sarah Jensen competently filled in at forward with 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Nicole Oliveira had her best scoring performance as a varsity player with 9 points while senior guard/forward Alex Smolen added 7 points and 5 rebounds. Monte Vista (2-1) next faces Rodriquez HS on Tuesday as season home opener.

Sonoma (JV) 28 - Monte Vista (JV) 22

December 5, 2009
Monte Vista JV (2-1) matched up against a tough sophomore and junior only team from Sonoma high school this evening in the championship game of the Castlemont Tournament in Oakland. In the absence of Coach Steve Cornell, assistant coach Pat Niven was at the helm and the Lady Mustangs put together a tough man to man first half defense and held the high power Sonoma Dragons to only three points per quarter and seized a 12-6 advantage at the half. Marissa Grant kept Sonoma's most formidable #5 to only 2 points at the break by denying her the basketball. Jade Montes had 6 first half points and finished with 8 for the game to lead the team including a couple of tough, heavily contested jump shots. Sonoma opened the second half with a 5-0 run to close the gap to one at 12-11. Jenn Casper's bank shot put MV back up by three at 14-11 but four quick points from the Dragons gave Sonoma the first lead in the game at 15-14. Monte Vista, however, answered with a putback by Jade Montes and a long two by Angelyn Brown to reclaim the lead after three quarters at 18-15. Difficulties with inbound plays and turnover under pressure doomed the Lady Mustangs as the Dragons put on a 9-0 run to open up a 6 point lead at 26-18 including the only three pointer for the game. A pair of free throws from Marissa Grant trimmed the deficit to 26-22 but the team could get no closer after that to take its first loss of the season. Jade Montes, Jenn Casper and Paige Southmayd who scored only 4 points but grabbed 10 rebounds, tied up four jump balls and intimidated opponents with her size and strength were all named to the ALL TOURNAY TEAM. The only bad news from an otherwise fun tournament is the right knee injury suffered by Bridget Haus during the first quarter of the contest who was hurt while scoring a driving basket. The loss of Bridget is significant as she is the team's first player off the bench as well as possibly the toughest member of the squad.

Berkeley 55 - Monte Vista 32

December 4, 2009
As expected, Berkeley presented the young Monte Vista team with great challenges including superior strength, quickness and general athleticism. The swarming Yellow Jackets pressured MV into turnover after turnover and out rebounded the Lady Mustangs by a ratio of 3:1, especially on the offensive end. Their guards also hit five three pointers against the Monte Vista zone and the team converted 15 of 17 from the free throw line. The result was a convincing victory that was a bit closer than the final score indicated. Early in the fourth quarter, a three point basket from Krystal Mizono cut the deficit to 43-32 but that was the closest Monte Vista was to get as Berkeley ran off the next 12 point to put the game away comfortably. Alyssa Samia led Monte Vista with 13 point while Jasmine Dilworth added 7. Kaylie Williams was in foul trouble early and had to sit out most of the first half. She finished with 5 points. The team now awaits either Healdsburg or Petaluma in tomorrow's 3rd place game at 1:00 PM.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 69 - Benicia 27

December 3, 2009
MV spotted Benicia a 5-0 lead but woke up to take a 18-7 lead after one and 35-12 lead at halftime en route to a 69-27 victory. Four players scored in double digits led by Kaylie Williams with a career high 18 points followed by Alyssa Samia and Jasmine Dilworth each with 14 and Alex Smolen with 11.

Monte Vista (JV) 36 - San Rafael 19

December 3, 2009
The San Rafael Bulldogs applied full court pressure the entire contest and created major confusion on the young Monte Vista squad which struggled to maintain control and run their plays. Twin posts Jenn Casper and Paige Southmayd used their size advantage to keep the Lady Mustangs ahead most of the first quarter. As a matter of fact, Jenn Casper scored the first 6 points for MV which held a short lived 4-0 lead. Most of the first half, however, was a defensive battle with both teams committing numerous turnovers and neither able to capitalize on the opportunities. The halftime score of 16-15 with MV up by one pretty much told the story. The third quarter, however, saw the Mustangs pulled off a 16-0 run while shutting out their opponent punctuated by back to back inside baskets from both Paige Southmayd and Jenn Casper followed by a stolen inbound pass and reverse layup by Paige Southmayd who led the scoring with 10 points while Jenn Casper was close behind with 9. Lightning quick point guard Marisa Grant and forward Bridget Haus each added 5 points. Monte Vista will face host Castlemont in tomorrow evening's semifinal contest.

Visit By Old Friends !!

November 28, 2009
Last years players Nicole Vigar and Kendyl Bachelor returned home for the Thanksgiving Holiday and dropped in to watch the scrimmage against Pinole Valley High School.

Pinole Valley HS scrimmage

November 28, 2009

Miramonte 51 - Monte Vista 40

November 24, 2009
Coach Ron Hirschman knew early on this year would be a challenge with five freshmen on the squad and no returning starter. The Foundation game essentially confirmed his concerns, particularly the difficulties against pressure defense and defense against a polished big post player. Monte Vista led most of the first half and went into the locker room with a 19-15 lead on the strength of Alyssa Samia's 11 first half points and generally good defense. MV was still ahead 31-28 middle of the third quarter when the full court pressure by Miramonte caused multiple turnovers. The Mats went on a 12-0 run with Gonzaga bound Stephanie Golden led the way with 8 points during the stretch to lead 40-31. Alex Smolen's three pointer cut the deficit to 6 but that was the closest the Lady Mustangs could come. One bright spot aside from Alyssa Samia was the performance of Nicole Oliveira who not only scored 10 points but played tenacious defense throughout the contest. Co-captain Kaylie Williams was in foul trouble most of the evening and finished with 5 points and 7 rebounds.

Monte Vista (JV) 40 - Miramonte 18

November 24, 2009
Balanced production highlighted the Foundation game for the JV squad which easily handled the Matadors at Miramonte HS. Center Paige Southmayd led the team with 9 points despite stating after the contest 'I need a lot of work in my game.' Team captain Jenna Cordesius suffered a serious hand injury but scored 7 points in the first half before exiting. Jenn Casper had 6 points while Angelyn Brown and Olivia Romero each contributed 4. Monte Vista led the entire way and was ahead 21-8 at halftime.

Scrimmage At Washington HS

November 21, 2009
No matter how deep the entering freshman class is, replacing all five starters will not be easy and Coach Hirschman knows it. Monte Vista embarked on its NCS and State Regional Title defense against a tough Division I foe and came away with a hard fought 42-38 unofficial victory with five freshmen on its roster. Playing without graduated star forward Niveen Rasheed presented a noticeable change to both the offense and defense although on Saturday, Alyssa Samia responded with 10 points while Kaylie Williams pulled down 12 rebounds to partially offset the loss. Alex Smolen also added a pair of three pointers to continue where she left off last season. Tuesday's Foundation Game against Miramontes and their GONZAGA bound center Stephanie Golden will give some gauge on where this year's team is as Monte Vista took a decisive victory last season at home with Niveen dominated both ends of the court.

Scrimmage Against Washington HS

November 21, 2009
No matter how many times a play was run in practice, it could never truly simulate game speed. The first quarter of the scrimmage at Washington HS gave Coach Cornell's team, which is filled with freshman newcomers, a taste of what it's like in a real game when the speed is ten times faster and the defenders are all around ready to put a hand in your face and push you out of the paint. The JV squad looked out of sync for the better part of a quarter and trailed 10-7 before it settled and went on a 21-0 run through the next two and a half quarters to take a commanding 28-10 lead, eventually closing the contest out with a final, unofficial score of 35-16.
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

November 21, 2009
After two games as starting shooting guard for Princeton, former Monte Vista star Niveen Rasheed leads the Tigers in scoring, rebound, assists and steal...

The Journey Completed - What a Ride !

March 22, 2009
So Poly won 57-33. They are an excellent team, a national power. The final score, however, does not at all reflect how close the game was for better than two quarters and how the call made 2 seconds before the half against Niveen Rasheed was the difference. Regardless, Monte Vista showed the incredible toughness and determination that made this team the best ever in the history of the school. The 2008-09 North Coast Section and CIF Northern Regional Champions.

Monte Vista is NORCAL Division I Champion !

March 14, 2009
Embassy Suites Sacramento is a lovely hotel on the river and the cooked to order breakfast from the grill was terrific. Head coach Ron Hirschman, however, did not eat. It is probably a good guess he also didn't sleep well. It was not easy to get twelve young ladies to gather at breakfast at 7:30 am but they were all there on time. For the young ladies, this was to be an exciting day but not necessarily much more. For coach, this would be the day he returned to ARCO after a twelve year absence and if it all worked out, it would be a personal landmark, a large feather on an already illustrious career cap. A recognition long overdue.
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

March 12, 2009
Both teams scored a basket in the opening minute of the NorCal semi final game. The small but quick Lincoln team then took a 6-2 and eventually 12-6 lead the latter on the strength of back to back three pointers. Just when the spectators started to wonder if this could be the beginning of an upset, Monte Vista went on a 53-8 tear to take a commanding 59-20 lead by the end of the third quarter. The bench was cleared and everyone from MV got in the last local contest as all future games in the state tournament will be held at the 19,000 seat ARCO arena. Niveen Rasheed was instrumental in breaking Lincoln's press along with scoring 15 of her game high 19 points in the first half. She also finished with 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Alexandria Whalen was virtually unstoppable with 13 points in a little more than a half. Dani Rabago also had 13 points along with 8 rebounds while Amil Amin added 9. The Lady Mustangs will face Kennedy HS of Sacramento, last years NorCal finalist to Berkeley, in Saturday's NorCal Final. Kennedy surprised Deer Valley this evening 44-40 in overtime.

Monte Vista 53 - Sheldon 27

March 10, 2009
The game following the historic NCS Championship victory was potentially a downer. With an Athletic Sheldon team visiting from Sacramento, there were plenty of reasons for Coach Ron Hirschman to be concerned. While the game was played without visible emotion, the outcome remained the same. Even with Niveen Rasheed on the bench due to two early fouls, Monte Vista was able to secure a 14-4 and 23-9 leads at the end of the 1st quarter and at the half on the strength of the defense and Alexandria Whalen's 13 points. Niveen returned in the 3rd quarter and the lead was quickly increased to 40-15 at the end of three and the victory virtually secured. Niveen finished with a triple double including 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The Lady Mustangs will now face Lincoln High School from San Francisco on Thursday for the right to play at the NorCal championship game at ARCO arena.

By George, we did it ! Monte Vista Is 2008-09 North Coast Section Champion !!

Monte Vista 57 - Deer Valley 40 !

Erin Swete

Starting JV guard Erin Swete suffered a serious knee injury in the championship game of the Newark Memorial HS Tournament. This was the only downer in an otherwise very good tournament. We wish Erin a speedy recovery and looking forward to having her rejoin her teammates on the basketball court.

Senior Day is always difficult for it is usually the final regular season home game and many graduating players may never again set foot on the court on which they have spent a big part of their young lives. This year is particularly hard on the coaches as it represents one of the most bountiful classes in Monte Vista's girls basketball history having brought the program back to back to back 20 plus wins seasons and three consecutive EBAL titles. This class has also not lost a home EBAL game since 2006, when these young ladies were freshmen. Amil Amin, Niveen Rasheed, Nicole Vigar and Alexandria Whalen are all rare four year varsity players with both Ms. Whalen and Rasheed carry the supreme honor of four year varsity starters. Christi Beeman follows her sister's footsteps with three letters and will leave Monte Vista with the most combined JV-Varsity victories at 23-3, 27-3, 25-3 and ???. Kendyl Bachelor only saw varsity action one year but anchored two of Monte Vista's best ever JV squads with 25-1 and 25-1 record. Niveen Rasheed, whose #24 is permanently retired, will finish with the school record in rebounds and steals along with over 1,600 points.

Monte Vista Girls - Number 1 seed in North Coast Section !

February 22, 2009
The North Coast Section selection committee honored the success of the Monte Vista team by awarding us the all important #1 seed on the merit of our record and strength of schedule. MV will receive a first round bye and will play the winner of California and James Logan on Friday with the boys.

Monte Vista 64 - Granada 29

The North Coast Section (NCS) was correct in its seeding as the #1 seed Monte Vista will meet the #2 seed Deer Valley this Saturday for the section championship at St. Mary's College. Deer Valley eliminated defending NorCal Champion Berkeley from the playoff with a convincing 62-50 win at home while Monte Vista took care of upset minded #5 Granada with a 64-29 victory. The win is MV's third over the Matadors this season and earned the Lady Mustangs an automatic berth to the NorCal Regional Tournament regardless of outcome of Saturday's contest. Niveen Rasheed was hampered by fouls in the first half and Granada stayed within striking distance trailing only 28-16 at the break but Dani Rabago hit back to back three pointers to open the third quarter and the rout was on. Niveen finished with a almost routine 23 points while Alexandria Whalen added 13 including a pair of three's as well. Monte Vista improves to 25-2 on the year.

Monte Vista 60 - James Logan 24

February 27, 2009
James Logan stayed with Monte Vista for 6 minutes, trailing only 13-9, when the Lady Mustangs went on a 24-1 run primarily from 20 forced turnovers to lead 37-10 at the break. The visitors were introduced to the athletic prowess of Niveen Rasheed who dominated the first half with 21 points before finishing the game with 24 points along with 11 rebounds and 8 assists. The third quarter was nearly as lopsided when the lead grew to 56-19 when coach Hirschman cleared the bench. In addition to Niveen's 21 first half points, Alex Smolen showed why she is the team's leading 3-point shooter by nailing a trio of first half three's two were buzzer beaters at the end of the first and second quarter. Alex finished with four 3-pointers and 12 points. MV now awaits the winner of tomorrow's game between Granada and Newark Memorial in Wednesday's semi final game. #2 Deer Valley HS beat #7 San Ramon Valley tonight 57-29 and will face #3 Berkeley in the other semi final.

Monte Vista 63 - San Ramon Valley 30

February 21, 2009
The final 2008-09 regular season was played in front of a pack house at Dougherty Valley HS that witnessed the conclusion of regular season play from some of the finest players ever to don a Monte Vista varsity basketball jersey. As expected, MV jumped out to a commanding 22-8 first quarter lead but saw the Wolves fought back in the second quarter to trail 34-16 at the half. A dominant 18-4 third quarter gave the Lady Mustangs a 52-20 advantage with the game closed on an even fourth quarter. Niveen Rasheed finished the game with 21 points followed by Dani Rabago with 12. Sophomore center Alyssa Samia had an excellent game with 9 points and 6 rebounds mostly in the fourth quarter. Monte Vista finished the regular season at 13-1 in EBAL and 23-2 for the season. The team will gather tomorrow at Danny's to wait for the North Coast Section seeding outcome.

Monte Vista (JV) 45 - San Ramon Valley 30

February 20, 2009
The drama was not spared in the final game of the 2008-09 season. The favorite Monte Vista trailed 7-6 after one quarter, bounced back to take a 21-16 lead into the locker room only to give up 6 straight points and trailed 22-21 and later 25-24 in the third quarter before both the offense and defense put it together for a 21-5 run to turn a tight contest into a rout. Taylor Fazio continues her dominance in the paint this season by scoring 17 points and snatching 15 rebounds. Jenna Cordesius and Jessica Gephardt each contributed 6 points while Natalie Gallo and Kristin Huey added 4 each. Coach Steve Cornell's JV squad finished the season 11-3 in EBAL play and 19-7 for the season.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 75 - Amador Valley 33

February 18, 2009
On an emtional night, Niveen Rasheed went out to show the home crowd one more time why she may be the all time best player at Monte Vista by recoding a rare triple double including scoring 22 points in the first half, 33 for the game, 11 steals, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Amil Amin added 13 points, Alexandra Whalen contributed 9 with junior Dani Rabago adding 7. The MV squad can seal a tie for the EBAL title with a road victory against San Ramon Valley on Saturday.

Monte Vista (JV) 34 - Amador Valley 29

February 18, 2009
For a quarter, it appeared the ills from the second half of the Carondelet game carried over to the Amador Valley contest as the MV girls fell behind miserable 15-6 and eventually by as many as 18-6 before waking up to trim the deficit to 7 at the half at 19-12 by outscoring the Dons 6-1. Monte Vista cut Amador Valley's lead to 22-21 at the end of the 3rd quarter and bolted ahead to stay in the fourth primarily on the strength of center Taylor Fazio's 10 points in the quarter. Taylor ended up with 20 of the team's 34 points with Jessica Gephardt adding 5 and Kristin Huey 4. Monte Vista improves to 10-3 in EBAL and 18-7 overall.

Carondelet 60 - Monte Vista (Varsity) 50

February 13, 2009
Mitch Stephens of the San Francisco Chronicle called this game a "battle of State Powers" between Monte Vista and Carondelet. Going in, MV knew there was no room for error if they were to upset Carondelet again, this time on their home court. The game did not start out well as Monte Vista fell behind 6-0 quickly and Nicole Vigar picked up a pair of fouls within 3 minutes and had to sit. For the second game in a row, sophomore forward Kaylie Williams had to step in and again played admirably, particularly on the defensive end. Monte Vista was able to score the next 7 points and took the lead at the 2 minute mark, eventually taking a 14-12 advantage into the second quarter. Foul trouble continued to plague the Lady Mustangs with Amil Amin and Alexandria Whalen both picked up two fouls in the second quarter and had to come out of the contest. At this point, the game was a dog fight with 8 changes in lead but when star Niveen Rasheed picked up her third foul before the half and had to sit, things began to go Carondelet's way. The Cougars turned a 3 point deficit at 24-21 quickly into a 31-27 lead at the half. A three point basket at the opening possession gave Carondelet their largest lead up to that point at 34-27 but Monte Vista was able to trim it to 34-31 and a missed breakaway layup could have cut the deficit to one. Instead, the Cougars scored the next 4 points to retake a 7 point lead at 38-31 which they maintained into the beginning of the fourth quarter at 42-34. Two three point baskets by Rebecca Radonovich brought Carondelet their largest lead at 12 but Niveen Rasheed put on a one man show by scoring 10 unassisted fourth quarter points to keep MV in striking distance but cold shooting prevented Monte Vista from cutting into the lead hence ending a 12 game win streak. Niveen finished with a game leading 24 points while Dani Rabago added 11. The team will take the weekend off and refocus on the remaining game against Amador Valley and San Ramon Valley before beginning of the playoff run.

Carondelet (JV) 49 - Monte Vista 33

February 13, 2009
Every Monte Vista JV fan recognizes the importance of Taylor Fazio, primarily because of her scoring, rebounding and shot blocking prowess. On Friday, the fans also saw the extreme value of Taylor against full court pressure as she and Jessica Gebhardt teamed up beautifully to render Carondelet's press completely ineffective in the first half allowing MV to build an 11 point lead at the half at 27-16 with Taylor Fazio scoring 14 of the 27 points. The dream of sweeping all three contests from Carondelet unraveled quickly when Ms. Fazio picked up her 3rd and 4th foul in rapid succession and had to leave the game. The Cougars scored 8 straight points to trim the deficit to 27-24 before Kristin Huey gave MV back a 5 point lead with a 15 footer. The wheels than completely came off for Monte Vista as 4 consecutive turnovers including inability to inbound under full court pressure ignited a 25-2 run for the Cougars who turned a potential disaster into a rout in under two quarters. Both Taylor Fazio and Jessica Gephardt failed to score in the second half, the first time this has happened this season. The Monte Vista JV now drops to 9-3 in EBAL play and 17-7 for the season.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 55 - Livermore 22

February 11, 2009
The visiting Lady Cowboys again gave Monte Vista a hard fought battle by steadfastly refusing to get blown out. Livermore stayed within 15 points for the entire first half when Niveen Rasheed had to sit because of foul trouble and was within 20 points in the third when Niveen erupted for 16 second half points including 11 in the fourth quarter. Ms. Rasheed finished with 21 points along with 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals all for barely two quarters of play. When Monte Vista was struggling without their leader, Dani Rabago stepped with with a series of deadly jump shots that essentially prevented Livermore from cutting their deficit to single digit. Ms. Rabago collected 16 points for the game. Center Amil Amin had to sit out the game to rest her injured big toe and her starting position was admirably filled by sophomore forward Kaylie Williams. Senior guard Kendyl Bachelor contributed a season best 5 points in a strong fourth quarter. MV is now 21-1 overall and 11-0 in league play.

Monte Vista (JV) 44 - Livermore 20

February 11, 2009
Monte Vista routed Livermore at home this evening with unexpected ease to avenge last month's heartbreaking overtime loss to remain within a game of the league lead setting up a big showdown against Carondelet this Friday. MV's defense was stellar limiting Livermore to four single digit quarters. Scoring was led by Taylor Fazio with 13 points followed by 9 points from Sara Purlee who had just returned from a wrist injury that had cost her service for two games. Jessica Gephardt finished with 8 along with Kristin Huey with 4. Monte Vista improves to 17-6 on the season and 9-2 in EBAL.

Camp at Gallo's

February 8, 2009
The entire varsity squad plus most of the JV players showed up for a fundraiser camp with 7th and 8th graders along with the coaches. The gym was graciously provided by Mr. Bob Gallo whose daughter Natalie is a member of the JV team.

Breakfast at Beeman's

February 7, 2009

Monte Vista (Varsity) 67 - California 24

February 6, 2009
For the first time this season, Monte Vista trailed in a league contest when the Grizzles took a 4-0 lead to open the game. The game stayed close for 5 minutes with MV only holding a slim 7-6 lead when the Lady Mustangs erupted and went on a 34-7 run to lead 41-13 at the half and eventually coast home with a 41 point win. Nicole Vigar did her usual yeoman's job on defense but added back to back to back breakaway steals in the 2nd quarter to demoralize the visitors. Niveen Rasheed led the balanced scoring with 15 points while Amil Amin added 11, Dani Rabago 10, and Krystal Misono with 8. Nicole Oliveira saw her most extensive playing time and contributed 5 points. Monte Vista improves to 20-1 on the year with a 10-0 EBAL record. The team will entertain Livermore at home on Wednesday before traveling to face Carodelet on Friday.

Monte Vista (JV) 45 - California 41 ( OT )

February 6, 2009
The two best players on the JV squad were both stricken with the flu and coach Cornell had to use a patch work team to face the quick and determined Grizzles at home. Losing center Taylor Fazio severely affected MV's ability to rebound and in the paint scoring. Team captain Jessica Gebhardt, however, stepped up despite of her fever and single-handedly kept Monte Vista in the game. The Lady Mustang had built a 25-15 lead in the third quarter and appeared to have the game in control when Cal High mounted a major come back aided by its control of the offensive board finally pulling even at 33-33 on a long three pointer. MV retook the lead on a free throw 34-33 but the Grizzles grabbed the lead with 1:21 left on a putback basket at 35-34. Jenna Cordesius made one of two from the foul line to tie the game at 35-35 and Monte Vista turned back two offensive possessions from Cal High and actually had three shots to win the game in regulation with less than 20 seconds to go but failed to convert. A crucial 12 foot basket in overtime by Angelyn Brown who finished with a career best 8 points, big rebounds from Natalie Gallo and 4 of 5 free throws by Jess Gebhardt finally closed out the game, giving Monte Vista an 8-2 league record and 16-6 overall going into next week's showdown with Livermore and Carondelet to decide the league champion. Jessica Gebhardt finished with a season high 20 points. Jenna Cordesius also came up strong by scoring 10 points matching her season high.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 59 - Foothill 40

February 4, 2009
Monte Vista took a 12-0 lead after one quarter extending it to 17-0 before Foothill finally got on the board. The lead was at 47-20 after three quarters and the bench was again cleared with MV eventually cruising to a 19 point victory. The game witnessed another outstanding performance by Niveen Rasheed who had 17 points along with 7 steals. Senior guard Alexandria 'X' Whalen had one of her best games of the season with 14 points. With the win, MV improves to 9-0 in league play and 19-1 for the season. The Lady Mustangs will host Livermore on Friday.

Monte Vista (JV) 53 - Foothill 39

February 4, 2009
A virtual replay of the last meeting at MV, the Lady Falcons led after one quarter and came back from a 17-11 deficit to within a point at 19-18 at the half. The game remained close in the third quarter with the game within one at 23-22 and 25-24. Monte Vista, however, outscored Foothill 6-2 to close out the quarter with a 31-26 advantage. Taylor Fazio, who has been dominant lately, scored on three consecutive possessions to give the visitors a 39-28 lead which grew to 16 points late in the fourth segment. Taylor Fazio finished the game with a career best 21 points on 10 baskets with Jenna Cordesius adding 9. Kristen Huey who was given a surprise start by coach Cornell contributed 6 points along with Natalie Roveto. Monte Vista improves to 7-2 in EBAL and 15-6 for the season.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 64 - Granada 36

January 31, 2009
Granada gave Monte Vista their toughest challenge in league outside Carondelet when they played at Monte Vista and coach Ron Hirschman was determined not to let the Matadors stay close in this contest. Granada stayed competitive for a minute or two with the score at 4-2 and 6-4. But MV then ran off 17 straight unanswered points and built a commanding 23-4 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and 40-16 at the half. Granada's standout guard Katie Thrall was held to only 5 points while MV was able to substitute liberally halfway through the 3rd quarter when the game was clearly under control. Niveen Rasheed had another big half with 17 points finishing 21 for the game after playing sparingly in the second half. Amil Amin continues her resurgence with another double digit scoring game with 11 plus 4 block shots. Monte Vista improves to 8-0 in EBAL and 18-1 overall.

Monte Vista (JV) 48 - Granada 44

January 30, 2009
Monte Vista pulled to within a half game of league leading Carondelet at 6-2 by defeating the Matadors on their home court thus avenging the bitter overtime loss at home earlier in the month. MV led each of the first three quarters although Granada stayed within striking distance the entire time and finally made their move late in the fourth quarter when they took the lead at 44-43 with less than 30 seconds left on the clock. Taylor Fazio, however, was fouled in the very next possession and calmly sank a pair of free throws to give Monte Vista back the lead at 45-44. Natalie Roveto then sealed the victory by first hitting one of two free throws, then stole the inbound and fed Natalie Gallo for the insurance basket at the buzzer. Taylor Fazio finished with 17 points along with 15 rebounds while Jessica Gebhardt contributed her workman-like 11 points along with much needed ball handling while Sara Purlee continued her recent strong play by adding 7 points. Monte Vista improves to 14-6 for the season.

Monte Vista (JV) 41 - San Ramon Valley 33

January 28, 2009
'A win is a win' could not be more appropriate for this rival game at home. Monte Vista jumped out to a 13-7 first quarter advantage, building it to 15-7 at the opening moment of the second quarter but was shut out by the Wolves the rest of the half. SRV took the opportunity to trim the deficit to 15-14. Coach Steve was so distraught he declined to call any play in the third quarter only to see his team rebuild a 6 point lead at 28-22. The fourth quarter started well for MV who quickly extended its lead to 40-26 but had to hang on for a 41-33 win after yielding 7 straight points to the Wolves to close out the contest. Taylor Fazio led all scorers with 14 while Sara Purlee had one of her best offensive games with 9 points. Jessica Gebhardt also had 9 points along with 6 assists. Monte Vista improves to 13-6 overall and 5-2 in league play.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 56 - San Ramon Valley 16

January 27, 2009
This was one of those rare occasions when the girls and boys team play back to back on the same court against rival San Ramon Valley. The result was a sold out gym rocking for three straight hours. Using full court pressure, MV forced 5 turnovers in the first minutes of the contest and jumped out to a stunning 18-0 lead in the first quarter with Niveen Rasheed single handedly outscored SRV with 21 first half points finishing with 23 for the night. The early, unchallenged big lead, unfortunately, appeared to take the fire out of the Lady 'Stangs who went on to play a relatively uninspired game. The bench, on the other hand, was the beneficiary of a large lead and continued to play stout defense while Alyssa Samia came through with a strong outing scoring 9 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Monte Vista, the 15th ranked team in California, improves to 7-0 in EBAL and 17-1 overall while SRV drops to 4-3 in League and 10-8 for the season.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 80 - Amador Valley 34

January 23, 2009
There was some concern the Lady Mustangs may have a case of the letdown after Wednesday's huge win over Carondelet. The worries, however, was unfounded as Monte Vista dominated the host team and sent the regular starters to an early shower. Amador Valley stayed close for about five minutes when the score was 14-11. MV then went on a 10-2 run to close out the quarter ahead 24-13 followed by a 17-1 second quarter to put any doubt on the outcome to bed. Niveen Rasheed, as usual, led all scorers with 24 along with 12 rebounds followed by 12 points from Amil Amin who has had a renaissance in her offensive game scoring double digits in three consecutive contests. Krystal Misono had her best scoring game this season hitting 3 out of 4 three point attempts to register 9 points while Kaylie Williams added 6 points and 8 rebounds.Alyssa Samia also contributed 6 points and 6 rebounds as a preview of next season's team.
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.

Monte Vista (JV) 31 - Amador Valley 29

January 23, 2009
Natalie Roveto kept up her recent torrid scoring pace with a season high 13 points and Monte Vista needed every one of them as they squeaked by host Amador Valley 31-29 after leading by as many as 8 points in the first half. Taylor Fazio had 10 points while Jessica Gebhardt added 6. The Lady Stangs is now 4-2 in EBAL and 12-6 for the season. Next up is San Ramon Valley on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 53 - Carondelet 42

January 21, 2009
The well anticipated showdown between two of the best teams in northern California unfolded in an excited packed gym under playoff atmosphere. Carondelet, the San Francisco Chronicle 2nd ranked metro team, had won the tough LaJolla Country Day tournament in San Diego in December and had two victories over Archbishop Mitty which had earlier handed Monte Vista their only loss of the season. The game was also attended by coaches from Santa Clara and Princeton along with multiple members of the media and numerous alumni players and parents. Coach Ron Hirschman has always pride himself in defense and Monte Vista started the game in like fashion with smothering defense on the potent Carondelet guards and forwards holding the Cougars to a season low 12 first half points. Not a shot was uncontested and every rebound battled. On the offensive side, Niveen Rasheed again showed why she is one of the very best players in northern California by putting up 17 points in the first half including 10 in the second quarter. Carondelet simply had no answer for her athletic abilities. The lead at halftime was a stunning 33-12 which surprised even the stoutest MV supporters. The Mustangs held the advantage in the first 4 minutes of the third quarter with a lead of 42-21 but then went scoreless for nearly 8 minutes. With Niveen on the sideline with 4 fouls, Carondelet was able to trim the deficit to 42-31 and later 48-41 but a huge three pointer by Amil Amin put Monte Vista back up by 10 and two free throws by Kaylie Williams essentially iced the game. Niveen Rasheed finished with 22 points to lead all scorers along with 11 rebounds and Amil Amin added 10. Alexandria Whalen contributed 8 points while Dani Rabago held the Cougars' leading scorer Ricky Radonovich to 8 points all came late in the contest. Nicole Vigar played her usual tough defense keeping highly touted Erica Payne completely off the offensive basket with only 5 points. Monte Vista improves to 15-1 and 5-0 in EBAL.

Monte Vista (JV) 39 - Carondelet 38

January 21, 2009
Five days after one of the toughest losses for coach Steve Cornell, his team redeems itself by upsetting Carondelet at home in dramatic fashion. After calling a time out with 5.4 seconds left on the clock, MV worked the ball to Jessica Gebhardt who missed a floater from the right baseline but Taylor Fazio grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled with 0.5 seconds remaining. Taylor, who is the team's best free throw shooter, calmly stepped to the line and swished the shot to give Monte Vista the huge victory. The game started off well for the Lady 'Stangs who played with great intensity. The squad jumped out to a surprising 14-6 first quarter lead and eventually stretched the lead to 21-6 mid way through the second quarter. The team then went ice cold and allowed the Cougars to score the next 10 points including a three right before half time to cut the lead to 21-16. The second half continued with MV still stuck in a scoring drought with Carondelet pulling even at 21-21 on a three point play. MV then scored the next 6 points to push ahead 27-21 only to see Carondelet ran off with 7 straight including a three to allow the Cougars to leapfrog Monte Vista 28-27 for the only time in the game. The momentum swings continued as the Mustangs regained control with 8 straight points of their own stretching into the fourth quarter. MV led at 35-28 and later 37-31 but turnovers and spotty defense allowed Carondelet to tie the game at 38-38 leading up the final heroic by Ms Fazio. Taylor finished the game with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Jessica Gebhardt and Natalie Roveto each added 10 points. New team member Nikki St. Laurent contributed a season high 4 points in the win. Monte Vista improves to 11-6 and 3-2 in league. Next up is Amador Valley.

Monte Vista 69 - Livermore 47

January 16, 2009
As expected, Livermore was deadly from outside the three point arc as the Cowboys showed why they are the only team to have led Carondelet after one quarter by nailing nine three pointers against Monte Vista. MV, however, never trailed in the contest on the strength of Niveen Rasheed who scored a season high 25 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, 10 on the offensive side. Amil Amin also broke out of her season long slump by scoring 16 points while Alexandria Whalen added 9. The Mustangs now await the show down with Carondelet next Wednesday while improving their record to 14-1, 4-0

Livermore (JV) 53 - Monte Vista 48 OT

January 16, 2009
Coach Steve Cornell calls this his more disheartening loss in years after squandering commanding leads with the game winding down and the win apparently in hand. MV led 22-15 at the half and 32-26 after three quarters. As a matter of fact, Monte Vista was leading 42-37 with under a minute left with the ball. In stead of using the clock, the ball was turned over after an ill advised shot, allowing Livermore to score and cut MV's lead to three. The Lady Stangs still had a 3 point lead with 6 seconds left but the Cowboys nailed a last second three pointer to send the game into overtime and Monte Vista never recovered from there. After back to back 25-1 seasons and 24 consecutive league wins, Monte Vista is now 10-6 and 2-2 in league while Livermore improves to 4-0. Jessica Gebhardt had another outstanding offensive game with 16 points and 7 assists but missed on both free throws late in the game that might have given Monte Vista an insurmountable lead. Taylor Fazio and Natalie Roveto each added 8 points.

Monte Vista ( Varsity ) 69 - California High 28

January 14, 2009
The new California High coaching staff threw one of its best teams in recent years at Monte Vista and was competitive for most of the first quarter trailing only 10-7 when the visiting Mustangs reeled off 25 consecutive points led by the incomparable Niveen Rasheed who had 16 points in the first half along with 8 rebounds. Niveen finished with 20 points, 8 assists and 4 steals in just under 3 quarters of work. California High did not go away quietly as they mounted a small run in the beginning of the third quarter to trim Monte Vista's lead to 41-23 but the Mustangs answered back with a 17-0 run of their own to effectively put the game out of reach. Alexandria 'X' Whalen had one of her best offensive games this season with 15 points while Dani Rabago added 14. MV improves to 13-1 on the season and 3-0 in EBAL. Livermore is next on the schedule prior to the big, much anticipated showdown with Carondelet.

Monte Vista (JV) 52 - Cal 44

January 14, 2009
The Monte Vista JV team continues to baffle coach Steve Cornell with its inability to put together a complete game. The team opened the contest with an uninspiring first quarter, trailing the underdog Grizzlies 14-10 amongst a partisan Cal High crowd. The Lady 'Stang, however, bounced back on cue with an impressive second quarter when it scored 18 points while limiting Cal High to only 7, turning a 4 point first quarter deficit into a 7 point half time lead. The lead grew to 12 in the third quarter on three occasions but the team had 5 minutes of collapse in the fourth quarter allowing the host team to come within 5 twice. MV, nevertheless, closed out the game on a couple of Taylor Fazio's baskets. Taylor finished with a season high 17 points. Natalie Gallo also had a season high 11 points along with 6 points from Sarah Purlee . An unexpected offensive contributor was Angelyn Brown who scored 5 points including her first three pointer of the season. Monte Vista is now 10-5 for the season and 2-1 in EBAL. Next up is Livermore.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 61 - Foothill 35

January 9, 2009
Niveen Rasheed held the ball for a last shot near halftime and easily nailed a 15 footer with 6 seconds left on the clock then picked the ball clean off the Foothill point guard for a lay in at the buzzer. That was an example of the absolute dominance she had against the Foothill Falcons scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds along with 4 assists and 4 steals in the first half alone as Monte Vista built a 14 point first quarter and 19 point first half lead. The lead exploded to 54-17 after three quarters when coach Hirschman emptied the bench. Dani Rabago had 11 points and Alex Smollen added a pair of three pointers. Amil Amin had 10 rebounds along with 6 points after a hand injury limited her playing against Granada. Monte Vista improves to 12-1 for the year and will travel to California on Wednesday.

Monte Vista (JV) 40 - Foothill 23

January 9, 2009
For two and a half quarters, coach Steve Cornell was living a nightmare. After dropping the season opener to Granada Wednesday evening, the JV squad appeared to be embarking on another upset loss to underdog Foothill. An early 5-0 lead disappeared when the Lady 'Stangs started playing uninspired basketball ultimately allowing the Falcons to come back and eventually taking a 16-14 lead into the locker room. The game was tied at 18-18 3 minutes into the third quarter when MV sudden woke up and scored the next 8 points in rapid succession and finished the 3rd quarter outscoring Foothill 17-4. Foothill was limited to 3 points in the fourth quarter and never managed to mount any come back. Jess Gebhardt had another big game scoring 17 points to lead all players. Taylor Fazio added 8 points and 12 rebounds. Monte Vista JV improves to 9-5 on the year and 1-1 in league. Next up is California in San Ramon.

Monte Vista (Varsity) 46 - Granada 33

January 7, 2009
Most pundits expect the EBAL title to belong to either Monte Vista or Carondelet. They are hence forgetting a very good Granada team capable of upsetting the favorites on any given night. The 2008-09 season opener pitched MV against the Matadors at home and Granada showed why they should not be under-estimated by battling the Lady 'Stangs from opening tip till the very end. Monte Vista built a hard fought 8 point lead after one quarter