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January 2, 2018 > Lady Cougars advance to finals

Lady Cougars advance to finals

Submitted By Timothy Hess and Coach Darryl Reina

Opening Round:
The Newark Memorial Lady Cougars rolled to a 60-28 win over the Lady Eagles of Los Altos High School in the opening round of the annual Newark Optimist Club Holiday Basketball Classic on Thursday, December 28, at the Newark Memorial High School Event Center. Senior Haylee Nelson led the way with a game-high 25 points and grabbed 18-rebounds. Senior teammate Taty Tai scored 12 first-half points in the victory.

Continuing their quest for the championship, the Newark Memorial High School Lady Cougars varsity basketball team defeated the Burlingame Lady Panthers 48-35 on December 29th in a semifinal game of the annual Newark Optimist Club Holiday Basketball Classic.

The Cougars were led by senior Haylee Nelson who scored a game-high 26-points, sophomore guard Rylee Sarasua who scored 8 points; senior Kylie Chan and junior Emily Sunada each hit 2 three-point field goals in the victory.

Championship Game:
The Lady Cougars (9-0) met the San Ramon Valley (Danville) Lady Wolves (8-2) in the Championship Game on Saturday night, December 30. Trailing by as many as 12 points in the early going, the Cougars outscored the Wolves 18-7 in the second-quarter to take a 30-28 half-time lead. San Ramon Valley took a 2-point lead into the final quarter and sealed the win, making 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch. The Cougars outscored the Wolves (9-2) from the field 49-46.

Newark Memorial senior Haylee Nelson led all-scorers with 26-points, and grabbed 15 rebounds. Senior Kylie Chan added 12 points, and freshman Maleia Colker scored 11 points, including three second-half 3-point FG's. Haylee and Kylie were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Next: The Lady Cougars (9-1) host Presentation High School (San Jose) Lady Panthers (10-0) on Wednesday, January 3, with the JV contest to begin at 5:30 pm, and the Varsity game to tip-off at 7:00 pm in the Event Center.


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