SCC women land No. 7 seed, open playoffs at home against Cosumnes River, Friday

By From page B1 | February 26, 2014

ROCKVILLE — Opening at home in the postseason is a plus, but facing a tough opponent poses challenges.

The Solano Community College women’s basketball team landed the No. 7 seed, Monday, and will open the NorCal playoffs at home against Cosumnes River College at 7 p.m., Friday.

The Falcons (25-4) have faced Cosumnes River twice this season, defeating the Hawks 69-67 in the Solano Showdown and 74-71 in the third-place game of the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Tournament at De Anza College in Cupertino.

“That’s pretty much what I expected,” SCC coach Matt Borchert said of the No. 7 seed, Monday. “It’s pretty good. The North (bracket) is wide open. There were a couple of games early (losses) that haunted us. We could have been about a 5 seed. But (No.) 7 is not bad.”

Borchert said rebounding will be key for the Falcons to pick up a win, but likes the idea of opening the postseason at home.

“(Playing) at home will help a lot,” the coach said. “Athletes on campus will get into it and it will be a great atmosphere. It’s unfortunate the community will get stretched thin (due to all the possible high school playoff games the same night), but we are rooting for all those teams (to win Wednesday) and hopefully they all play Friday with us.”

If the Rodriguez, Vanden and Fairfield boys teams win their respective playoff openers at home, Wednesday, all three would host second-round games, Friday.
According to Borchert, the problem for the Falcons in their two games against the Hawks has been limiting the play of their inside player, Janie Myles, and the team’s tough defensive play.

“They are very athletic,” Borchert said. ” They play tough man-to-man (defense). That’s give us some issues. They have a first-team all-state player, Janie Myles, their post player. She’s been a very difficult matchup for us. Their athletic players play off of her and that’s a problem for us. And she’s a great rebounder.

 “We’ve been able to force them into turnovers. Janie has been so good, their field goal percentage has been good. We have to make it more difficult for her and get easier baskets for us.”
Also Monday, Borchert said SCC’s Taylor Hamilton was named to the all-state second team and Denisha Lundy to the all-state third team, ranking them within the top 18 players picked from Northern California.

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Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.

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