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December 21, 2010 > Logan's Fillies riding hot start

Logan's Fillies riding hot start

By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew

The James Logan High girls basketball team has done it again.

The Lady Colts - or the Fillies as they like to be called - have started the 2010 season with a remarkable five-game winning streak. This is the second year in a row in which Logan has started off a season on fire. Last year, Logan ripped off nine straight wins before notching their first loss.

"We've been here before," head coach Frank Borghi said. "We know the position that we're in, we're familiar with it. Again, we're just trying to get better everyday and trying to learn from our past experiences."

The latest opponents to fall at the hands of Logan were the San Leandro High Pirates. The Fillies overcame a shaky first half to beat the Lady Pirates, 50-32, due in part to the opportunities presented by their defense.

"Our performance is predicated by our defense. When we're going well, when we're defending well as a team, it opens up everything for our offense," Borghi commented.

Leading 23-21 at the end of the first half, Logan was victimized by a San Leandro turnaround that put the Lady Pirates up 27-24.

They were able to reverse San Leandro's fortunes by performing a 180 of their own, this one of the 6-0 run variety. At the end of the three, Logan had grabbed full control with a 41-32 lead.

With the help of senior Camille De Leon and junior Jazmine Reed, Logan shut down the Lady Pirates' offense and did not allow a field goal in the final frame.

"That's always been our goal, I wasn't aware of that," Borghi admitted. Reed finished with a game-high 19 points; De Leon had 13 of her own.

"She (Reed) definitely earned it, it was nice to see her have the kind of game she did tonight," Borghi said. He also went on to comment about De Leon's game.

"She (De Leon) finds a way to make plays despite her size," he said of his 5'2" guard who was making impressive defensive plays all night.

Logan finished out the week by finishing off Heritage High on Saturday, 40-31. They now stand at 6-0. The Fillies will continue to open the doors to their home court for another four straight games. Presentation High will try to topple Logan's hot streak on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

After narrowly escaping the first round of the Monte Vista Invitational with a 51-47 against San Jose High, the Lady Cougars could not muster any offense in their second round contest against Pioneer High, also from San Jose.

Even with sophomore standout Taylor Norman going for 21 points and six rebounds and Taylor Presley helping with 11 points, the Newark offense sputtered after the first quarter. From the second quarter on, the Lady Cougars could not break into double digits.

However, a chance for redemption is right around the corner. Newark (4-2) will be back on their home court to play a lowly Milpitas High team on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

The girls from James Logan aren't the only Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) team to begin the year red hot. The Lady Warriors checked Castro Valley High off the schedule for their fifth consecutive win. Prior to their match-up with the Lady Trojans, MSJ's strength has been the stable play of their defense. Through five games thus far, Mission has surrendered a mere 34.2 points a game.

The defense showed up again on Saturday, Dec. 11 when they held Piedmont High in check, 49-37. This win notches Mission (7-0) ahead of Logan (6-0) in the MVAL. Up next on the calendar is a Dec. 16 travel game to play Antioch High.

The Lady Huskies dropped to 2-3 in their 2010 campaign. After leading in the first quarter, Washington was unable to supply a response for the sting of the Lady Hornets. Their 39-point total was the lowest since their season opener against Livermore High in which they scored 35.

Despite the negative outcome of the game, the Lady Huskies had some bright spots. Junior Chessie Santeramo and freshman Brianna Booker had 16 points each. To go along with her 16-point clip, Booker was 50 percent from the field and collected six boards.

Up next on the schedule will be another tough test for the Lady Huskies. They will try to defend their home court against a Dougherty Valley High team that is currently riding a five-game win streak and averaging 62.6 points per game. Tip-off is set for Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

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