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January 25, 2011 > Pease record day not enough for Newark

Pease record day not enough for Newark

By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, the Newark Memorial Lady Cougars basketball team has endeavored a few hardships. They're 1-6 in their last seven games - that win came against Washington back on Jan. 13 - and more notably, they can't get the lid off of the hoop. That was the case against them on Jan. 18, as they were dismantled by the Lady Vikings from Irvington High, 53-43.

"It's a big win for us," said Irvington (9-10, 2-3) head coach Michael Senadenos. "They've been working hard all year, we've had a couple tough losses but I think they'll have a lot of confidence for the rest of the year."

The Lady Vikings kept Newark in check for practically the entire first half. In the first quarter alone, the Lady Cougars only mustered eight points. The second frame was none better, and at the end of one half, Irvington was riding a comfortable 35-15 lead.

To add salt to the wound, Lady Vikings' sophomore Nicole Ho outscored Newark on her own, scoring 16 of her 18 points in the first half. Newark had to find an answer to their scoring blues, and they did in the second half. Enter Kelsey Pease.

The senior hit back-to-back three pointers to narrow Irvington's margin to 42-22 with four minutes left in the third. Pease's performance sparked a 16-4 run by the Lady Cougars to end the third and brought them closer to Irvington at 46-32.

"I've got to give my teammates credit for passing the ball, and when it went in they kept going to me and I just wanted to get the job done," Pease said. "I was telling them to get aggressive and go after it because we want to fight all the way through the fourth quarter and until the very end."

Pease added 15 points to her previous nine in the third alone. She would go on to finish with 30 points and 10 rebounds. The 30 points is the season high for an individual player from Newark this season.

"I've wanted all year to use her as base-up shooter, she certainly was effective doing that and gave us a good second half lift," said Newark coach Darryl Reina of Pease.

Aside from Ho, Irvington got contributions from Jennifer Mulder and Katie Lopez. Mulder (12) was the other Lady Viking to cross into the double figures. Lopez racked up nine points and nine rebounds.

Irvington now jumps over Newark and claims fourth place in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), while the Lady Cougars now sit in sixth place, one game ahead of last place John F. Kennedy.

It was another one of those nights for the Lady Cougars (9-10, 1-4) when the James Logan Lady Colts (15-4, 5-0) embarrassed them on Jan. 20. They were unable to get on the scoreboard until Tarryn Clark hit a trio of free throws midway through the second quarter.

Logan found the basket with ease and once again showed how deep and versatile they really are. 10 of the 11 girls on the roster recorded at least one bucket. The Lady Colts' leading scorer, Rose Tahaafe, had 15 points and did so coming off the bench. Christina Campbell also continued to improve with eight points and seven rebounds.

Taylor Norman was Newark's lone bright spot as she recorded a double-double consisting of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kelsey Pease suffered a bit of a set back from her 30-point game against Irvington and managed seven points and five rebounds.

Logan has their biggest test of the year this week as they play Mission San Jose on Jan. 25. Both the Lady Colts and MSJ are tied for first place in the MVAL at 5-0. Both games are set for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

Another MVAL game, another win for the Lady Warriors. MSJ is 6-0 since their only loss against Huntington Beach in December's Costa Mesa Winter Classic. Since losing that game, the Mission defense has only allowed 31.5 points per game.

Washington was able to scrap some offense together in the forms of Julia Selph and Chessie Santeramo. Both girls notched 12 points; Santeramo was 63 percent from the field and Selph racked up 10 rebounds.

American's destruction of the Lady Titans marked the second time this season that the Lady Eagles (12-7, 3-3) have beaten an opponent by 40 points or more. It was also the worse loss that Kennedy (5-12, 0-5) has suffered all year, they have been beaten by 38 points or more three times already.

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