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January 13, 2010 > Girls prep basketball recap

Girls prep basketball recap

By Nick Zambrano
Photos By William Mancebo

In a game that is sure to set the tone for the 2010 Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) in girls basketball, the Newark Memorial High School Lady Cougars edged out the American High School Lady Eagles, 67-60, last Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Despite a 17-point performance by junior guard Camille Harris, American drops down to 8-5 (0-1) on the year. Newark, on the other hand, bounced back from a three-game losing streak to go 8-6 (1-0).

"Newark just played a great game," American coach Cheri Craddock said. "I think it's tough to make silly mistakes. Some of things we talked about at halftime and made those same mistakes. I felt like we really didn't get out there and adjust."

It was a game of two halves, as Craddock and her Lady Eagles actually held a 38-32 lead at halftime. Their constant three-point attempts frustrated Newark early on. Ande Carbonel, along with Harris, posed Newark's biggest threat, a one-two punch from the beyond the arc. Together, the two combined for 30 points: Carbonel had 13 of those.

Senior center Sarah Ballings was another positive note for the Lady Eagles. The 6-foot-2 Ballings collected a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The second half belonged to Newark. In their last game against St. Ignatius, the Lady Cougars were held to only 30 points and saw just three girls crack the scoreboard. This game was a different story, as four of the Lady Cougars really got into the act.

"I knew we had a lot of contribution, it was outstanding," Newark coach Darryl Reina said. "I can't be more proud of the effort tonight."

Taylor Norman set the pace for Newark with her 15-point, nine-rebound performance. Chaunise Powell didn't fail to impress either, collecting 14 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Franchesca Ruta and Briana Farris also got into the mix, contributing 11 and nine points respectively.

Tied at 49 apiece with less than 30 seconds in the third, Newark was looking for something to get them over the hump. They did find that something in the form of the rare four-point play.

Carbonel, trying to stop the bleeding for American, fouled Misha Hicks from just beyond the arc on the left wing as she drained a 3-pointer with a free throw to come. Hicks would go on to make the free throw and give the Lady Cougars a 53-49 lead, and from that point on, Newark would not look back.

"That four-point play what changed the game, it was as silly as it gets," Craddock said.

The Lady Eagles pulled the game within six points but couldn't get it any closer than that as Newark kept taking advantage of their time spent in the bonus.

"Every league game is going to be like kind of a rivalry game," Reina said of the league win. "Everybody in our league is going to be capable of beating anyone on a given night, so it was a nice way to start the season."

After American, Newark faced off with James Logan High School, who had lost their opener to Mission San Jose High School, 49-29. In that game, Logan gave up 11 points to Rachel Chang and 10 to Jessica Woo.

Logan dropped their second straight league contest when Newark edged them, 62-58, on Friday, Jan. 8. Powell and Ruta both lit it up, collecting 21 and 20 points respectively. The loss drops Logan to 12-4.

Washington High School opened up on the road with a 49-42 win against Irvington High School.

The Lady Huskies had three players in double figures: Deja Bishop and Chessie Santeramo had 12 points, while Sabrina Swayzer had 11.

Irvington also dropped another one to Mission on Friday, Jan. 8, 54-17. That loss marks their ninth in a row.

In the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), Hayward High School maintains first place in league play with two-straight wins over San Lorenzo and San Leandro high schools. They are 4-0 in league play as they head into their second match-up with Arroyo High School on Thursday, Jan. 14.

The Lady Mariners of Moreau Catholic High School split their last two games, starting with a loss to Bishop O'Dowd High School, 56-30. They did, however, rebound with a 62-22 win against San Leandro. Both Tennyson and Mt. Eden high schools are searching for their first victory in league play.

California School for the Deaf put themselves in a position to battle for third place in the Bay Counties League (BCL) when they defeated Cornerstone Christian High School, 62-18. The Lady Eagles were led by Natalie Lizarraga who had 16 points. The battle for third place commenced Tuesday, Jan. 12, with the CSD taking on Contra Costa Christian. Results were unavailable at time of press.

In other action, Fremont Christian High School saw their six-game winning streak snapped when they were shut down by Immaculate Conception High School, 41-34. The Lady Warriors will attempt to rebound on Wednesday, Jan. 13, when they travel to Oakland to face St. Elizabeth High School at 5 p.m. Fremont Christian currently sits second in the BCL.

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