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December 16, 2009 > Prep basketball week in review

Prep basketball week in review

By Nick Zambrano
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Before their Thursday night, Dec. 9, match-up with San Leandro High School, the James Logan High School girls basketball team was on a four game winning streak, beating opponents by an average of 23 points per game.

They may have not met the spread, but the Lady Colts were still able to defeat the Pirates by a mere 15 points, 48-31.

Two-time All-Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) senior Erinn Jones led Logan's inside game with a 12-point, two-rebound performance. Aiding Jones' contributions was 6'1" sophomore Danielle Ioramo with her 11 points and three rebounds.

"We watched them play before and based off of what they ran last year, we maneuvered our plans around their defense and adjusted quickly to it," Jones said.

Camille De Leon finished her night with a nine-point performance. In her past three games, De Leon has averaged 15 .6 points per contest. Jones herself has averaged 14.3 in her last three appearances.

Logan would continue their success on Saturday, Dec. 12, when they narrowly defeated a pesky Castro Valley High School squad, 55-50. Junior Chelsea Salom led the Lady Colts with 14 points; forward Rose Tahaafe also contributed with 10 points. Head Coach Frank Borghi's squad is now 6-0 as they prepare for the Serra Kiwanis Invitational this weekend.

Also enjoying some success was Newark Memorial High School's Lady Cougars. Last weekend, Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 10-12, the Lady Cougars were crowned champions of the Monta Vista Invitational when they defeated host Monta Vista High School, 59-40.

Senior guard Chaunise Powell was named tournament MVP for her domination on the court. In the three-game sweep of the tournament, Powell averaged a double-double per contest with 19.6 points and 11.3 rebounds.

In the Monta Vista game, Powell had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Kelsey Pease also racked up 13 points and eight boards in the victory. Newark now holds a 6-1 mark on the year.

In other MVAL action, Mission San Jose High School continued to stay hot since the Sonora Kiwanis Tournament and have notched up victories over San Leandro and Arroyo high schools. The Lady Warriors beat both squads by over 30 points.

In their victory of San Leandro, Mission toppled the Lady Pirates, 59-27, and followed that by conquering the Lady Dons, 58-23. The Lady Warriors moved their record to 6-1 on the year. Mission looks to add to their win total when they take on Liberty High School, Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.

And finally, the Lady Eagles of American High School suffered their first defeat on the year when they lost to Alameda High School on Friday, Dec. 11, 62-57. The five-point loss marks American's closest game since they beat San Ramon Valley High School, 46-44, at the beginning of the month. The Lady Eagles now hold a record of 5-1.

Over in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), Tennyson High School enjoyed a 53-35 victory over John F. Kennedy high School. The Lady Lancers had two players with double-doubles for the game: center Tonisha Lacey had 13 points to go along with her 14 rebounds; and Bria Love contributed 12 points and 11 boards. Freshman Keanya Ousley put up 13 points and picked up nine boards.

The girls from Tennyson will look to improve on their 5-2 record when they face San Leandro High School, Wednesday night, Dec. 16.

Kennedy's one bright spot was sophomore guard Haley McDaniel, leading all scorers with 20-points.

Before losing to San Ramon Valley, 48-40, in the second round in the Alameda Tournament, Hayward High School showed how dominant they can be.

In the first round of the tourney, the Lady Farmers demolished Richmond, 72-32. Nailah Davis collected a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Asti Davis (11), Briyana Clark (10) and Dalisia Banks (10) also hit double figures in scoring for Hayward.

Moreau Catholic High School girls basketball are currently riding a three-game winning streak after defeating St. Patrick/St. Vincent High School on Friday, Dec. 11, 73-34. The win puts the Lady Mariners at 4-2 on the year.

In other action, Samantha Hyland from the California School for the Deaf earned herself a triple-double in the Lady Eagles' victory over Chinese Christian High School, 62-16. Hyland's stat line including 13 points, 13 rebounds and 14 steals. Ri'Charra Glenn also had a solid performance in the lopsided victory with her 18 points and seven steals.

With that impressive performance, Hyland, Glenn and the rest of the Lady Eagles now stand at 3-2 on the year.

Fremont Christian went 1-1 at the Monta Vista Invitational. After their first round loss to Monta Vista, 57-39, the Lady Warriors rebounded and beat Willow Glen High School, 51-34. Fremont Christian will take to the hardwood on Thursday, Dec. 17, when they host Mountain View Academy at 4:30 p.m.

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