ROCKVILLE — In its 18th incarnation, the Solano Showdown looks a whole lot like the 17th version – at least on paper.
All eight teams are back from last year, and once again, tonight’s final game will serve as the home opener for the host Solano Community College women’s basketball team.
“The tournament’s ready to go, it just kind of flows at this point,” said SCC coach Matt Borchert. “Everyone’s back from last year and everyone’s had a pretty decent year up to this point. It should be real competitive.”
For the Falcons (3-3), it could be a challenging weekend. Freshman guard Taylor Hamilton, one of the team’s on-court leaders, has a sprained ankle and she could be sidelined for at least tonight’s 8 p.m. opener.
“That will be a game-time decision,” Borchert said. “It’s disappointing being our home opener. The people who come won’t see our real team if she’s unable, but that’s the nature of the beast.”
Borchert said the team will be smart with that decision, noting that having a healthy Hamilton in conference play next month will be far more important.
“It’ll be good for us, we need to learn to play without her and other people need to step it up,” he said. “I’m hoping it makes us better.”
That said, the Falcons are ready to go.
“We’ve had four good days of practice and the girls are excited to play at home,” Borchert said, adding that this is a busy time on the SCC campus with finals next week.
As for tonight’s opponent, Borchert said Chabot should be a good challenge.
“Chabot is 3-5, they’ve played in a couple of tournaments, we played them last year in the consolation semifinals and beat them,” Borchert said. “For the most part, they have brand new team. They’re fairly athletic, have a good coach and run the floor well.”
Chabot also beat a strong Ohlone team recently.
“It should be good matchup,” he said.
The tournament starts off with Los Medanos and Cosumnes River meeting at 2 p.m.
Diablo Valley and Shasta tip-off at 4 p.m., De Anza and Sacramento City College are set to play at 6 p.m.
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