ROCKVILLE — Another tough day for the Solano Community College women’s basketball team showed just how much the Falcons miss injured point guard Taylor Hamilton.
This time Solano (3-5) fell to previously winless Sacramento City College 48-36 in the consolation semifinals of the Solano Showdown, eliminating the Falcons from their own tournament.
Little more than a week prior, Solano routed Sac City by 25.
“We’re just not healthy. We’re not healthy and so you’re not seeing our real team and that’s really the theme,” said Falcons coach Matt Borchert. “We’re not the team right now that we are. That’s not how we played in Santa Barbara, that’s not how we played in Visalia, there’s glimpses of it, but we’re just not healthy, so it’s not a true indication of what we can do.”
What the Falcons can’t do with any consistency right now is score. They shot 18.9 percent from the floor Saturday and no player reached double digits. Lucy Santos led Solano with nine points and Kristina Kountouris added eight.
Again, the Falcons saw huge gaps between baskets, going 4 minutes, 56 seconds between their first and second buckets of the game, and another 2:18 before the third.
In that span, the Panthers built a 14-6 lead that was never in jeopardy.
Things got worse for Solano.
After Clay’s basket to make it 14-9 with 9:48 to go in the first half, the Falcons didn’t hit another field goal until the 18:21 mark of the second half.
They trailed 27-16 at the break.
Solano picked it up in the second half, and Sac City only outscored its host 21-20 over the final 20 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Falcons alive.
“Even with Taylor in the game, we have a lot to improve on,” Borchert said. “But you’ll see, when she plays, we’re way different.”
The Solano defense did force 26 turnovers, but many of those extra possessions were fruitless.
“There’s nothing else we can do except, right now, fight hard, and do the best you can,” Borchert said. “Defensively we still did good. We don’t play great defense, but we probably do enough to where we can stay in the game and maybe win the game, but we can’t score. We turn it back over, or we don’t make free throws.”
It’s only a matter of time before the Falcons are whole again, but there’s still a lot of work to do.
“We’ve got to keep plugging away. It’s just fundamentals,” Borchert said. “We’re not to the point with a lot of them where it’s they’ve cleared the hurdle of fundamental drills to games. They’re very, very much still in the driving range when they’re in the game.”
Solano is idle until after Christmas when it heads to De Anza for the Gervasoni Memorial Classic on Dec. 28.
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