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December 28, 2010 > MVAL girls hoops shoot-around

MVAL girls hoops shoot-around

By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew

HOMESTEAD 26, NEWARK MEMORIAL 38
With a roster that carries three of the Mission Valley Athletic League's top five scorers, the Lady Cougars were able to muster just enough offense to squeak past the girls from Homestead High on Dec. 22.

Senior Kelsey Pease - averaging 14 points per game - led Newark's arsenal with her 18 points and eight rebounds. She was the only Cougar to break double digits in the points category.

Newark's other top weapons, Taylor Norman and Taylor Presley, were stagnant. Team leading scorer Norman (14.5 PPG) was good enough for six points and five boards. She is also second in rebounding in the MVAL with 8.5 per contest. Presley, who is currently averaging 14.3 a clip, scraped by with seven points.

On a brighter note, the Lady Cougars may have found another rebounding threat to go along side Norman. Sophomore Tarryn Clark snatched 10 rebounds in the Homestead affair and is now third on the team with 54 total boards.

After the Christmas break, will enjoy a slight, warm-up in the form of the Lady Cougar Classic Tournament before the start of the MVAL season. They will host an inferior Menlo-Atherton team in the opening round on Dec. 28. After the tournament is through, Newark will start MVAL play at American on Jan. 4.

MISSION SAN JOSE 47, SAN RAMON VALLEY 40
Make it 10 straight for head coach Doug Sakamoto and company. San Ramon Valley was unable to provide much of a challenge to Mission's stellar start. Practicing conservative defense, this is only the second time during the 10-game span that the Lady Warriors have let an opponent obtain 40 points or more.

The closest anyone has come to turning the tides on Mission was Castro Valley High, who fell short 50-48 back on Dec. 9.

MSJ can continue the impressive start with another great performance against Newport Harbor in the Costa Mesa Winter Classic on Dec. 27. Upon their finish in Costa Mesa, Mission will get the MVAL portion of their schedule underway when they play Kennedy on Jan. 4.

JOHN F. KENNEDY 70, YERBA BUENA 32
Kennedy junior Haley McDaniel continues to impress as she went off for 20 points against the Aztec Warriors from Yerba Buena. Along with her 20 points, she also snatched the Yerba Buena offense for six steals. She is currently the MVAL's leading scorer with 16.8 points a game.

Fellow junior Alayna McGarry got herself into the scoring act as well. The forward finished the contest with 17 points and was 8-12 from the field.

Before they can begin their march in the MVAL, the Lady Titans have two more games to go. Prior to their showdown with MSJ on Jan. 4, Kennedy will play San Rafael and Woodside.

WASHINGTON 37, MENLO 62
A 32-point third quarter from the Menlo Lady Knights erased Washington's 24-22 halftime lead and chances of establishing some momentum going into the beginning of the MVAL season. The loss marks two straight for the Lady Huskies.

Luckily, Washington can redeem themselves with a strong showing against Fortuna in the West Coast Jamboree before their Jan. 4 showdown with James Logan High.

CALIFORNIA 66, AMERICAN 74
After losing two straight to Northgate and Acalanes, the Eagles from American High, have ripped off two wins in a row, their most recent win coming against California High on Dec. 22. The 74-point surge also marked the highest point total that the Lady Eagles have put together in this young season.

Prior to their game with the Grizzlies, American dismantled an ill-equipped Fremont High, 66-24. Fremont's 24 points marks the lowest amount that American has given up since they held Ygnacio Valley to 17 points.

The Lady Eagles will enjoy a lengthy winter vacation and will finally return to action to play Newark Memorial on Jan. 4.






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