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SRJC WOMEN’S NIGHT OUTDOES ALL

by / Saturday, 28 December 2013 / Published in News

Tournaments this time of year can make for a long day.

The first local team started at 11:30 and the last game ended about 10 pm.

It was wall to wall high school basketball and even a JC Womens game that deserves the big headline.

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Former Casa Grande star Gretchan Harrigan is off to a good start this season.  In the first twelve games of the SRJC Women season she has averaged 23.1 a game and 8.2 rebounds.  She hit the 20 point mark in nine of her first twelve games and the 30 point mark twice.   She has also had four double-doubles.

She trumped all of that in the first game of the San Jose Invitational.

Harrigan scored 41 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in a 73-65 win over Canyons.

There will be more information coming on this game.

The SRJC Women are 7-6 on the season.  They meet San Joaquin Delta tonight in the second round.    That is a team they have seen before and will see again.   They haven’t seen them on the court yet only in person as they won the Santa Rosa tournament two weeks ago.   The two teams are in the same league.   San Joaquin is 11-2 on the year and ranked No. 3 in the state.

WEIRD START

The opponent for the Montgomery Boys basketball team was switched at the last second.   The Vikings were scheduled to meet Morningside, a team from Inglewood, in the first round of the National Prep Classic which is being played in Southern California. Morningside had mechanical issues so a quick change was made and the first round opponent was changed to Central Catholic, a team this part of the area knows more for its football program.

Montgomery had less of a problem with the change then the other two teams effected jumping out to a 16 point first quarter lead and going on to a 48-31 win to raise its record to 5-2.

Morganside lost its game to Orange Lutherian.

Montgomery faces a severe test in Round Two meeting El Camino Real tonight at 8:30.  They are 7-3 and ranked No. 29 in the nation.

GOOD DAY FOR WINDSOR

The good is for both the Boys and Girls.

The Windsor Boys moved to its own tournament championship game as they easily handled Northgate 60-35.  A 16-2 second quarter run put them in control. Sadik Sufi scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.  Sufi is two for two in the tournament on having double-double games.

This is the second time in the four year tournament that Windsor, who is 7-3 on the season, has made the championship game.    The first time they made it was the first tournament in 2010 in which they lost to Northgate 67-53.

In this championship game Windsor will meet Washington who held off Maria Carrillo 58-53.   The championship game will begin at 5 pm.

The third place game at 3:30 is between Maria Carrillo, who fell to 7-4, and Northgate.

As for the Windsor Girls they are in the Coral Bracket in the West Coast Jamboree.

Good start for them as a 15-0 third quarter put away a 61-32 win over El Camino and raise its record to 8-1. 

Windsor, who is the defending champions of this bracket, will meet Campolindo in the second round game tonight starting at 8 pm.  Campolindo is 5-4 on the season after a first round 65-41 win over Chico.

REST OF WEST COAST JAMBOREE

It was a mixed bag as counting Windsor the local teams went 3-5.  The other two winners were Casa Grande and St. Helena.

Casa Grande pulled away in the fourth quarter and defeated Pleasant Valley 50-38 behind 11 points by Brooke Santander.  The Gauchos are 5-2 on the season and will meet the bracket defending champion Valley Christian in the second round at 5 pm.   Valley Christian has a 64-7 record over the last two plus seasons including 7-0 this year.

St. Helena held off Redwood Christian 35-32 in a first round game in the Onyx bracket.   They meet Orestimba, a team from Southern California, in the second round today.

The rest of the local teams lost, including The Santa Rosa Panthers, who suffered their first loss of the season.  They started the season 6-0 all one sided games.  This was also a one sided game, just the Panthers were on the wrong end losing to Brookside Christian 71-44.

Cloverdale, Montgomery, Petaluma and Pt. Arena also lost first round games.

All second round action is today.

ONE OTHER TOURNAMENT

Rincon Valley Christian is hosting a Boy-Girl tournament.  Both championship games are tonight.

The Boys championship game is between Willits and Rincon Valley Christian which tips at 8 pm.

Rincon Valley Christian is 7-4 on the season.

Willits is 9-2 and has made headlines with wins over Maria Carrillo and Ukiah on its way to winning the REIBT tournament in Healdsburg.

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