ROCKVILLE — It’s not too often a team can win basketball games when they’re out-rebounded.
That was the case with the Solano Community College women’s basketball team, Sunday, during the Falcons’ 60-52 win over Chabot College – the win giving SCC the title in its own Solano Showdown.
Solano pulled down 39 rebounds, but the Gladiators grabbed 47. On the flip side, Solano forced Chabot into 30 turnovers, while giving up the ball just 19 times.
The win ups the Falcons’ record to 7-3 on the season heading into Christmas break.
“It’s fantastic,” said SCC Coach Matt Borchert. “This is really, really good. We got a great start in Santa Barbara and then went to Visalia and played pretty well. We had a big meeting in Visalia. We were trying to find our identity, what we are doing and how to find our passion a little bit. Our energy level goes up and down.
“To come back from that and mature in the three practices that we had, to come out and beat these three teams, I’m really, really proud of the girls. To come home, in our home opener and get three wins at home, that is really big for us.”
The Falcons fell behind 11-8 with 13 minutes, 50 seconds to play in the opening half, but a 3-pointer by Adrianna Jones and back-to-back baskets by Christen Voyles and Nikki Andaya, the tournament MVP, gave SCC a 15-11 advantage.
They would never relinquish the lead again.
The Gladiators got within 24-22 with 3:45 left in the half, but the Falcons got the last two buckets of the half, one by Denisha Lundy and the other by Laura Lawson for a 28-22 lead at the break. Solano forced Chabot into 17 of their 30 turnovers during the game’s first 20 minutes.
“I thought defensively we did well,” said Borchert. “We wanted to press them, but it was the third game in three days and we looked a little tired, and Chabot looked like they were going to handle that. So we decided to play real tough half-court man (defense).
“We still got some turnovers out of it, and that’s great. That’s a credit to the girls. I thought our post defense was really good, and then just enough execution on offense.”
Solano opened the second half with two quick scores before Chabot answered with a 3-pointer. Solano then scored the next five points for a 37-25 lead with 15:39 to play.
The Gladiators tried to stay in the game, scoring 11 of the next 16 points, but SCC out scored Chabot 16-14 the rest of the way to seal the victory.
Lundy led the Falcons with 13 points, Sunday, while Andaya and Taylor Hamilton each had nine. Justice Robinson led the team with 12 rebounds, with Lawson chipping in 11.
Hamilton and Ariel Clay, who scored seven points against Chabot, were named to the all-tournament team.
Greer Kleber led Chabot with 14 points, and Bri’ale McCoy had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Falcons are now off until Dec. 26 when they open the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic at De Anza College in Cupertino. Their first opponent will be a familiar one.
“We’re going to have a nice break and all the finals are done,” Borchert said. “We get to rest a little bit. We’ll have four great practices and have a great Christmas and then come back to play Chabot again in the opening round of the Gervasoni Tournament. So that will be pretty interesting, and we’ll go from there.”