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January 20, 2010 > Washington stuns Mission in OT

Washington stuns Mission in OT

By Nick Zambrano

The report going around the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) is that Mission San Jose High School girls basketball is the real deal. They have compiled the best record out of any MVAL team (13-3, 2-0) and have beaten league rivals James Logan and Irvington high schools by an average of 28.5 points. But somehow, the report was lost on its way to Washington.

The Lady Huskies needed an extra quarter but they shocked Mission, 49-46, in a game that could be argued as the game of the season so far.

"We proved that Washington is back," Washington Coach Clarence Benjamin said.

The win props the Lady Huskies to 2-0 in league play, while more importantly boosting their overall record to 8-7.

Shay Wallace ripped a victory from Mission's hands when she nailed a three-point shot with less than a minute in regulation. The shot catapulted Washington into the extra quarter, where they sealed the deal outscoring the Lady Warriors 9-6.

Wallace collected nine points and seven rebounds, all while coming off the bench. Assisting in Wallace's effort were Sabrina Swayzer (13 points), Julia Selph (10 points) and Kaley Marden (9 points, 4 boards).

Despite the loss, Mission had tremendous distribution on the court. Jessica Woo fell two rebounds short of a double-double with her 11-point, 8-board outing. Guard Rachel Chang had herself 10 points in the effort. The Lady Warriors, were also 3-4 from beyond the arc.

John F. Kennedy 24, James Logan 64: Logan had been riding a three game losing skid since their trip to the West Coast Jamboree. It also marks the Colts' first league victory, (1-2). Kennedy dropped to 4-9 with the loss and still seek its first win in league play. The Lady Titans' first loss in league came at the hands of American High School on January 8, where they were blown out, 71-30.

James Logan 51, American 38: You can mark it two straight wins for the Lady Colts as they shut down the Lady Eagles of American on Friday, Jan. 15, 51-38. The loss marks the second in league play for American, who now stands at 1-2. However, they still hold a strong overall mark at 10-6. Up next for the Lady Eagles is another league game, this time with Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Logan improves to 14-4 (2-2) as they await Irvington's arrival on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Newark Memorial 40, Irvington 43: After opening up strong against American and Logan, Newark was looking to continue to stay hot in league play with a victory over the Lady Vikings. However, the win slipped right through their fingers. The duo of Chaunise Powell and Franchesca Ruta weren't enough to spark the Lady Cougars, who dropped to 9-8 (2-1) on the year. Powell, in addition to 15 points, also collected 13 boards, while Ruta had 14 points of her own.

Newark Memorial 58, Washington 50: Washington wasn't able to carry over the momentum from their win over Mission when they faced the Lady Cougars; Newark rebounded from their loss to Irvington.

Taylor Norman led the Lady Cougars with 17 points and seven rebounds. Powell and Ruta displayed their usual form. Powell collected 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Ruta had 13 points.

Over in the Hayward Area Athletic League, (HAAL) things are getting thick as the end of the season is slowly approaching. Hayward High School is currently in a tie for first place with Bishop O'Dowd and Castro Valley high schools, while Moreau Catholic High School is floating around .500, and Mt. Eden and Tennyson high schools are just trying to stay afloat.

Moreau Catholic 63, Tennyson 29: Megan Scully grabbed a double-double as the Lady Mariners' handed Tennyson a blowout defeat on Friday, Jan. 15. Scully - a junior - grabbed 13 points and 13 rebounds, and at one point had more points then the Lady Lancers combined.

Scully was one of three Moreau players with double-digit point totals. Elise Menicou had 12 points, while sophomore Krissy Segismundo went 3-3 from 3-point land and finished with 11 points.

The loss marks the fourth straight for Tennyson. Their last victory was a 58-41 beat down of Richmond High School on December 21.

Hayward 59, Arroyo 43: In the first match-up with Arroyo, Nailah Davis led the dominant Lady Farmers to a 67-55 victory. In that game, Davis broke out for 25 points and 17 rebounds, at the time, both season highs. The rematch on January 14 wasn't any different, as the Lady Farmers cruised to victory again.

Davis had another highlight reel performance. The ever-impressive senior collected another double-double - her eighth of the year - this time with 18 points and 18 boards.

Davis wasn't alone in the effort. Brandi Gardere contributed 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. The 16-point conquest puts the Lady Farmers on a three-game winning streak.

Hayward 45, Castro Valley 55: It was a battle for first place when Hayward hosted Castro Valley, as both teams were tied for the top spot in the HAAL. However, Castro Valley prevailed, and snapped the Lady Farmers' three-game winning streak.

Briyana Clark dished out 20 points in the loss. She was 8-13 from the field. Davis grabbed another double-double, this time with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The loss marks the first in league play for Hayward, and dropped them out of first place. They are now the owners of a 8-7 record, while holding a 5-1 mark in league play.

Mt. Eden 51, San Lorenzo 45: On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Lady Monarchs got their second win of the New Year when they defeated the Lady Rebels of San Lorenzo High School. The win puts Mt. Eden just a game under .500 at 6-7 (2-3). The Lady Monarchs will attempt to break even when they play Hayward on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m.

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