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January 14, 2009 > Hayward Area basketball in full swing

Hayward Area basketball in full swing

By Gary van den Huevel

"Any win we get this year is going to take 11 players and three coaches," said Moreau Catholic boys basketball Coach Jeff Barnes following the Mariners' 51-46 win over the visiting Tennyson Lancers on Wednesday, Jan. 7. "We are basically a team with eight guards out of eleven players - no seniors and five juniors. We play hard and get better every game."

One of those juniors, Jeff Becker, led the scoring with 19 points for Moreau, who was hoping to build some momentum with their second win in three games following a discouraging 0-10 start to their season. But that momentum came to a crashing halt on a visit to Castro Valley, whose mighty Trojans jumped out to a 26-4 first quarter advantage and never looked back in a 79-25 rout. Castro Valley, ranked number 25 in the state, ended the week at 5-0 in the Hayward Athletic League and 13-1 overall. The Mariners fell to 1-3 in the HAAL, 2-12 overall.

Moreau's girls team had no such struggles against Castro Valley, with a 67-43 victory led by Megan Scully and Kayla Griffin's 15 points apiece, and Alitta Boyd's 12. Earlier in the week (Wednesday, Jan. 7), Moreau routed Tennyson, 79-20, and their two wins kept the Mariners tied for first in the league with San Lorenzo, at 3-1. (Moreau is 9-4 overall.) In the Tennyson win, Moreau was led by Stephanie Carnes and Danielle Gaumer's 16 points each.

Hayward schools didn't have much luck in preventing San Lorenzo's Rebels from keeping pace with Moreau; the Mt. Eden Monarchs (0-4 league, 5-9 overall) fell to the Rebels 46-34 in a January 7 road game before falling 38-36 to the visiting San Leandro Pirates two nights later. The Hayward Farmers (2-2 league, 3-8 overall) got off to a slow start against San Lorenzo, but actually outscored them over the final three quarters, falling short by a 49-43 margin. Jazmine Duenas scored 16 for Hayward.

In a January 7 win over Tennyson (0-4, 4-10), the Farmers were led by Nailah Davis's 11 points and 24 rebounds, 12 of which were offensive.Vanessa Washington was all over the court for Hayward, contributing 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists.

Hayward's boys team has tasted more early-season success than the girls team. Coach Iman Mattox's squad is perched alongside Castro Valley atop the HAAL with a 4-0 league record (9-4 overall). The Farmers fell behind 15-10 on Tennyson's home court, but came roaring back over the final three quarters for a 73-42 win. Berry's 21 points led the Farmers. Qaadir Ali led the Lancers with 15 points and Hammed Ali popped in 11 in the losing effort. Berry again led the Farmers with 26 points in a 70-51 home win over San Lorenzo.

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