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January 7, 2009 > West Coast Jamboree filled with Bay Area gems

West Coast Jamboree filled with Bay Area gems

By Tony Cogley

The Ninth Annual West Coast Jamboree girls basketball tournament got under way Tuesday, Dec. 27, and saw over 144 teams in 14 different divisions come to compete this year. The tournament is one of the biggest of its kinds and saw teams from all over California, and as far as Canada flock to the eight different locations throughout the North Bay.

Action tipped off in the Emerald Division with the Moreau Catholic Mariner girls losing their first game to the Pinole Valley Spartans, 54-46, but coming back to win out and be declared the division's Consolation Champs. Senior and sophomore centers, Alitta Boyd and Megan Scully, led the scoring attack throughout division play and in the teams wins over Pleasant Valley, 61-38, and Encinal, 69-47, in the Consolation Championship game.

The Fremont Christian Warriors also lost their first-round match in the Garnett Division against El Sobrante Christian, 30-23, but came back to make it to the Consolation Championship on day three. The girls took on Point Arena High on day two and coasted to an easy win, 54-31, a game in which seniors Katie Hayes and Kat Sloma put up 19 and 17 points respectively. The Warrior girls fell to Turlock Christian in the Consolation Championship, 37-24, and are now 5-5 overall.

Tennyson's Lady Lancers found the Jade Division to be all they could handle, losing their first two games to Rincon Valley, 49-34, and West Campus High, 70-44. The girls stepped up their performance on the third day, topping John Oliver from Vancouver, B.C., 52-30. Senior Guard Linda Huynh shined for Tennyson as the team's leading scorer for the tournament.

In the Tanzanite Division, the American High Eagles got off to a blazing start, winning their first game 46-29 over Grace Davis. Forward Tempest Early dropped 15 points, including three late fourth-quarter 3-pointers in their route to victory, sending them to second-day play against California High of San Ramon. The Eagles kept pace for most of the game, but eventually fell to the Grizzlies, 54-46. They would next take on Rodriguez High from Fairfield for third place in their division and came out on top behind sophomore shooting guard Ande Carbonel's 12 points.

The Sapphire Division saw both the James Logan Colts and Mission San Jose Warriors head into play together, although a head-to-head matchup between the two would not occur. Logan's girls won their first game, 54-44, over Clovis: sophomore guard Chelsea Solom broke out with 19 points, three rebounds and two steals. After their hot start, Logan lost their next game to Bella Vista, 48-41, despite an outstanding performance from senior forward Michaela Booker, who racked up 18 points, nine boards, two steals and a block.

Logan's struggles would continue as they faced Sanger High, suffering a decisive loss, 51-31, at the hands of the Apaches. The girls would get another chance to play a fourth game, taking on the Narbonne Gauchos for seventh place overall in their division. Booker dropped another 18 points and junior center Erinn Jones added 13 in their 56-45 win.

The Mission San Jose Warriors didn't get off to a winning start, losing their first game to the West Hills Wolf Pack, 47-31, but coming back strong against Hercules on the second day of action, beating the Titans, 50-26. Jessica Woo put up 23 total points in the first two games combined to go along with Keila Mah's 22. The Warriors would lose their next match to the Castlemont Knights of Oakland, and eventually settle for an 11th-place win over the Service High Cougars, 43-25.

The Irvington Vikings came into the Ruby Division with a record of 6-3 and were hoping to meet up with fellow Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) rivals, the Washington Huskies, who entered tournament play on a three-game losing streak. The Vikes had a tough loss to Wood High in the first round, 54-53, but came back to win their second game against San Joaquin Memorial, 47-34.

Next up, the girls took on the Temecula Valley Golden Bears and stomped out another win, 46-23, led by senior Teasara Thompson's 21 points. Thompson would then add another 13 points in the Consolation Championship game against the Armijo Indians, a game which the Vikings eventually lost, 50-45.

The Huskies of Washington got under way with two victories in their first two games against Armijo, 59-41, and Freedom, 56-42. With only Sir Francis Drake of San Anselmo, standing between them and the championship game, freshman forward Julia Selph was one rebound away from a double-double, with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Huskies double-overtime win, 62-59.

In the Championship game, the Huskies' Selph shined again with 20 points, with help from junior guards Kellie Ishisaki's 11 and Sabrina Swayzer's 10. Washington would have to settle for a second-place finish as they fell to Wood, 72-65. The Huskies will now look forward to resuming MVAL play with three more wins under their belt and a huge surge of tournament experience.

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