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March 15, 2016 > Lady Cougars rally falls short

Lady Cougars rally falls short

Submitted By Darryl Reina

Playing in an exciting CIF Northern California post-season atmosphere at Los Gatos High School on March 9th, the Newark Memorial Girls Varsity Basketball Team fell behind by as many as 22-points in the first-half, and trailed 42-23 at halftime.

But the Lady Cougars rallied back in the second-half to take a 54-52 lead with just two-minutes left in the game, only to have the Wildcats respond in the closing minute to edge Newark Memorial by the score of 57-56, and end the team's post-season.

Individual scoring: ÊHaylee Nelson (game-high 22-points), Rita Evans (8-points), Maricela Matos (7-points), Tiara Banford (7-points), Tyler McNeil (5-points), Kylie Chan (5-points), Savanna Norberg-Swickard (2-points).

The Lady Cougars finished the season with an outstanding 21-8 record and many team accomplishments throughout the year. ÊThe team won the annual Newark Optimist Club Holiday Classic, had an 11-game winning streak from December 17-January 19, finished third in the Mission Valley Athletic League, were awarded the #3 seed in the North Coast Section, and advanced to the CIF Nor-Cal as the #11 seed.

Sophomore Haylee Nelson and senior Tiara Banford were named to the MVAL All-League First Team, while senior Maricela Matos and sophomore Kylie Chan received Honorable Mention recognition.

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