Falcons capture tourney
The host Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team got 12 points from Brooke Hodges and 11 rebounds from Lauren Jackson in a 55-38 Lady Falcon Christmas Classic finals win over Newark Memorial Saturday.
The Division V Lady Falcons, who lost in the final minutes in last year’s Classic, were motivated from the opening whistle according to head coach Rob Hodges.
“We challenged the girls to play a Division I team from the Bay Area and show we can compete,” he said.
FLC’s Brittany Allen, who totaled 15 assists in three games, was named tournament Most Valuable Player.
Hodges and Chrysten Cotney also earned spots on the all-tourney team.
Jackson also had nine points and five blocks in the win. Kaitlin Cramer chipped in eight points. Lindsay Hayward finished with nine rebounds.
FLC plays in the Reno Tournament Dec. 12-14.
NU TAKES THIRD
Ronnie Ellis and Sara Eidman scored a team-high 13 each to lead the Nevada Union girls basketball team to a 66-28 win over Atwater and third place in the Golden Valley Tournament in Merced Saturday.
Ellis and Tracy Malone, who finished with eight points on the night, were named to the all-tournament team.
“We’ve put together four straight championships in Merced and I’m sure the crowd was happy not to see Nevada Union in the championship game, but we were determined we’re going to take home some hardware, no matter what,” NU head coach Craig Strohm said.
Ali Daley and Tanya Noe each finished with 10 points in the win. Sara Prout chipped in five points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
NU will host Placer (Auburn) 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
BRUINS NET WIN
Meghan Noud scored a team-high 18 and Maya Bryant tallied seven steals to lead the host Bear River girls basketball team to a 55-52 win over Vacaville Saturday.
Bear River trailed the 2001 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Lady Bulldogs by five points after the first quarter, but got a big lift from Bryant on the both sides of the ball in the second quarter.
She scored three of her six points and snagged five steals in that stanza, as the hosts outscored Vacaville 19-10.
“Her play really helped turn the game around for us. She played huge and helped us get back in it,” Bear River head coach Duwaine Ganskie said.
Cassie Smith and Nicole Scott each scored seven points for Bear River.
Amy Pistone drained a pair of three-pointers to finished with six points. Christina Guerland added five points, including a three-pointer.
Bear River plays in the Reno Tournament Dec. 12-14.
Chad Smith scored a team-high 21 and Gary Daley added 19 more but it wasn’t enough as the Nevada Union boys basketball team dropped a 78-70 decision to Davis to take eighth in the 24th Annual Bill Cartwright Tournament in Elk Grove Saturday.
NU led 52-42 going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 36-18 to take the loss.
NU plays at Lodi 7 p.m. Tuesday.
NU WATER POLO
Jesse Kirkpatrick and Matt Haas were voted to the All-Sacramento Valley League first team Dec. 3.
The seniors led the Miners to a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament in early November.
Juniors Quincy Van Vleck and Ian Hicks, and senior Greg Balow were named to the second team.
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