CHANDLER, Ariz. — The Vanden High girls basketball won its opening round game of the Nike Tournament of Champions, defeating Canyon Springs of Moreno Valley 63-53, Thursday.
According to coach Allison Johnson, the Vikings (6-1) were down 23-10, but managed to end the half up by three.
In the second half, Vanden went on an eight-point run, but the Cougars managed to tie it up. The Vikings pulled away in the fourth period, though, outscoring Canyon Springs 21-15.
About the score differential in the fourth, Johnson said, “We caused turnovers. The defense did a good job and was in a position to convert.”
Vanden’s leading scorer was junior guard Kayla Blair with 25, while Chantell Greer had 11.
The Vikings next game is Friday at 1 p.m. against Desert Vista of Phoenix, Ariz.
Del Oro 71, Armijo 18: At Loomis, the Indians (0-4) had trouble scoring as they found themselves on the losing side in the opening round of the Del Oro Tournament.
Passion Ware and Brittany Little led the team with four points each.
Armijo is now in the loser’s bracket and will play either Del Oro or Bishop Montgomery, Friday at 4 p.m.
Nevada Union JV 30, Vanden 24: At the Del Campo Tournament, the Vikings (5-2) opened with a loss despite Azane Lewis’ 14 points and Krystal Gonzales’ six points.
Vanden plays Foothill at 5 p.m., Friday.
Vacaville Christian 72, Delhi 23: At Vacaville, the Falcons (3-3) had a balanced attack as they opened its own Falcon Christmas Classic with a win.
Trevion Merriweather led with 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Andrew Grabowski had a double-double with 19 points and 12 boards. Matt Brown had 12 points, and Austin Barker rounded out Vaca Christian’s attack with his seven rebounds, five assists and six points.
The Falcons continue tournament play against Esparto, Friday, at 7:30 p.m.
Prep boys basketball
PETALUMA — The Fairfield Falcons opened the Casa Grande Tournament with a 68-48 victory over Windsor, Thursday.
“We were able to get to the rim early in the first,” coach Eddie Wilson said. “Easy buckets with penetration opened things up for us on the perimeter.”
The Falcons (7-2) jumped out to a 24-11 lead in the first quarter, and “never looked back,” according to Wilson, outscoring the Jaguars in three of the four quarters.
Senior Javon Adams, led Fairfield with 20 points, while DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes followed with 12. Sean Gray and Maurice Trotter each scored nine.
The Falcons will play their second-round game against Las Lomas, Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Rodriguez 59, Colfax 49: At Davis, the Mustangs (5-1) won their first game of the Les Curry Tournament, led by Rashad Abraham’s 14 points. Armani Reed followed with 13 points, while Cory Brown added 11.
Rodriguez outscored the Falcons 38-17 in the second half.
“I was impressed with our defense rotations in the second half,” coach Nathaniel Rankin said. “It was a team effort on defense.”
The Mustangs will play it’s second round game against Woodcreek, Friday.
Rio Vista 58, Buckingham Charter 53
Foresthill 54, Buckingham Charter 50: At the Falcon Christmas Classic, Vacaville, the Knights (4-5) had a rough day with only six hours between games. Chandler Stone led the first game with 15 points and scored 13 in the second.
Phil Kennedy was behind Stone in the first game scoring 12, while David Jones was the second leading scorer against Foresthill with eight.
Buckingham’s next opponent is yet to be determined, but will play at noon, Saturday.
FAIRFIELD — The Rodriguez High wrestling team defeated Franklin of Elk Grove 54-10 in a non-league match, Wednesday.
According to coach Mike Clarkston, the Mustangs; Brandon Vu, at 132 pounds, defeated Josh Villaflor 5-0, who was ranked No. 6 in the state. According to thecaliforiniawrestler.com, Villaflor was ranked No. 13 in the state as of Dec. 12. The web site has Vu ranked No. 18 in California at 126 pounds.
Other winners for Rodriguez included Marcus Ison (forfeit), Jordan Cervantes (pin), Brandon Alemania (13-0), Joemar Anicete (5-0), Malachi Estep (6-0), Marco Padilla (9-0), Brandon Diaz (6-0), Emilio Gutierrez (pin), Christian Chubbs (pin), Ryan Ballard (pin) and LT Ferrer (forfeit).