The Napa Valley College women’s basketball team won 2-1 in the competitive Ventura College tournament last weekend and beat Santa Monica 74:59 on Saturday after narrowly losing 70:68 to Cypress on Friday and out of college The canyon was beaten with 85:38 on Thursday.
At the head of the storm (3-3) on Thursday were Nicole Gleeson (12 points, 5 rebounds, 7 steals) and Maizy Armstrong-Brown (4 points, 9 rebounds).
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On Friday, NVC gave the No. 12 team in Southern California everything they could and narrowly missed a 3-point attempt to win in the end. Mirah Jackson played her best game of the year for the Storm with 22 points and 3 rebounds. Gleeson added 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks, and Amaree Bennett also had 12 points.
Pioneers against Santa Monica were Gleeson (19 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks), Bennett (18 points, 5 rebounds), Jackson (12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists), Armstrong-Brown (11 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds ) and Addison Alsbury (5 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals).
Napa Valley will next play on December 3rd in Round 1 of its first Storm Surge tournament.
College basketball for boys
AmCan 1-1 against Fairfield teams
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On Friday night in Fairfield, the Wolves fell 63:61 to Rodriguez after surviving a slow start, early foul problems and a tough crowd to wipe out an 18-point lead towards the end of the fourth quarter and narrowly missed a layup reaching out to send the non-league game into overtime.
American Canyon scored 4 points in the first quarter and fought to stop the Mustangs’ hot shooting. Khai Curry and Max Parmigiani suffered their third foul in the second quarter and took them out of the game for a long time. Curry failed in the comeback early in the fourth.
Mikey Pierce led the Wolves with 20 points, his second 20-point game of the season, and Max Parmigiani added 16.
“On a night when everything to prevent it – bad problems, cold shooting, hostile environment, injuries, hot opponent shooting – our boys never got out,” said Scott Hayburn, American Canyon head coach. “Being behind at 18 felt like losing 4 because everyone in the gym knew we had a run in us and we would fight until the final whistle. We just made it, but in the end I think we learned more from this loss than we would have if this layup kicks in. “
The Wolves bounced back on Saturday with a 70-49 win over Fairfield at home. They jumped 20-8 ahead, but the Falcons reduced the gap to 2 points in the middle of the second quarter with a 12-2 run.
American Canyon responded, however, and led by 10 points at halftime. Fairfield never got any closer than that as the Wolves’ press and half-field defense topped the rest of the evening, creating sales and confusion.
Pierce had 20 points, his third straight 20-point performance to open the season. Curry also scored 20 points and Raekwon Bell added 10 points.
The momentum and energy didn’t turn until late in the second quarter when Curry turned a steal into a thundering two-handed jam in front of a home crowd.
“I used to advise against flashy play and highlight reel dunks like that, but I really want the kids to have fun and show themselves,” said Hayburn. “Games like that are so fun in high school basketball, and I want the players to know we’re having fun here. We have high standards and responsibilities, but we mustn’t forget why we play in the first place.
“After such a painful defeat last night, we really had to come out at our home opener, play at a high level and really have fun. Khai had one of the best games of his career, both offensively and defensively. Some colleges will get a real game changer when they add it to their list next year. “
Varsity boys soccer
American Canyon 2, Vallejo 2
Both teams scored a goal in the second half of the season opener on Thursday, with a visit from American Canyon scoring a goal and assist from Junior Emmanuel Garcia, a goal from Junior Edgar Serrano and an assist from Emmanuel “Primo” Garcia in the sophomore year.
JV boys basketball
The Crushers defeated Vallejo on Saturday 57:47 and improved to 2-0 in the season.
Vintage Jace Lopez led all scorers with 20 points. Nathan Marroquin and Eli Mindle, who scored two threes, added 6 points each. Siam Sabbagha had 5 points and Lucas Hauser and Brady Hearns each had 4 chips.
In a 68:49 home win against Windsor, Sabbagha had 15 points, Adam Drozdowicz 14 and Lopez 11 led the Crushers. Head coach Chuck Johnson said Marroquin played a good defense while scoring 8 and giving Hearns 7.
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