Eagles go down at Valley Christian
A dream season for the Del Oro High girls basketball team came to an abrupt end Thursday night in San Jose.
The Golden Eagles bowed out of the CIF Northern California Division III playoffs, falling to Valley Christian of San Jose 68-63 in the second round.
The game was won at the free throw line. The Warriors made 23 of their 31 charity tosses, while Del Oro was a dismal 14-for-29 from the stripe.
“They were much more proficient from the line,” head coach Mike Takayama said. “We were down 10 at one point in the fourth and came back and got within three and had our chances to close even more but it just wasn’t meant to be tonight.”
Valley’s A.J. Newton caused fits for the Golden Eagles
“She did a great job of getting down the lane,” Takayama said. “She did a great job of penetrating. She caused a lot of havoc for us.”
Jazmine Davis scored a game-high 27 for the Warriors, including 12 of 15 free throws.
Crystal Sewell finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds for the junior-laden Eagles (26-6). Belle Obert had 14 points and 19 rebounds and Madeline Campbell added 16 points.
“It was a great run,” Takayama said. “(The seniors) played an integral part of our team chemistry. They didn’t pour all the points in necessarily, but they really kept the team together. We started four juniors and a freshman tonight, so we’re encouraged about the future. We have nothing to hang heads (about).”
McKinleyville 57, Colfax 30 at McKinleyville — The Falcons had a poor shooting night and no answer for Panthers star Sage Romberg, a Washington State commit who scored 15 of McKinleyville’s first 17 points and finished the game with 17 of her own, playing only four minutes in the second half.
“They’re very good,” Colfax head coach Dave Campbell said of the Panthers (28-3), who led 22-11 after one quarter and 36-14 at halftime. “They have one of the highest-recruited kids in the nation, and everything they put up was going in the hole. We shot the ball horribly. If we would have shot the ball well, they still would have beat us but it would have been a closer game.”
Michelle Walker scored a team-high six for the Falcons. Cassandra Campbell and Haley Biles finished with five apiece and Cathy Hinrichs added four.
Ashley Scott, K.C. Capuchino, Erica Heikila, Audrey Lewis and Emily Colon all scored two points each as Colfax finished the year 19-13.
Seniors Campbell, Capuchino, Colon, Hinrichs and Lewis shared the court as the final buzzer sounded.
“They’re a great group of kids,” the coach said. “The seniors that played this year have had great careers at Colfax and they have all the attributes to be a basketball player. They love to play the game, they have great attitudes. Senior leadership like that got us where we are today. It’s a special group of kids.”
St. Mary’s 67, Colfax 54 at Berkeley — The Falcons (27-6) stayed within striking distance throughout, cutting the Panthers’ lead to a point with four minutes left before turning the ball over down the stretch and watching St. Mary’s pull away.
“It’s hard to judge their athleticism until you play them and they’ve very athletic,” head coach Mike O’Connell said. “We had a hard time staying in front of them, and they were able to make some big plays. They had a lot of weapons. I was proud of our effort. We battled the whole game.”
Five Panthers scored in double figures.
Three of Colfax’s nine seniors led a balanced effort for the visitors. Ryan Salmonson scored 14 while Joey Jergo and Justin Witt finished with 13 points apiece.
“It was just a special year all around,” O’Connell said. “I’m probably the luckiest coach in the whole state. I had 18 guys who always worked together, never chipped at each other. We did some great, great things this year.”