Vikings win big over Falcons

By From page B7 | January 31, 2014

FAIRFIELD — It was the more experienced team that ran away with the game.

The Vanden High girls basketball team added another win to its record in a 66-17 rout of Fairfield High in Solano County Athletic Conference play at Jim Boyd Gym, Thursday night.

The Vikings (16-5, 5-0 SCAC) went on a 28-0 run to start the first quarter, outscoring the Falcons (2-19, 0-5) 30-2 in the first eight minutes.

Fairfield attempted its first shot of the game at the 4-minute, 36-second mark, and its only basket came on an Ebony Hughes floater in the lane with 28 seconds left in the quarter.

“I have a bunch of freshman and sophomores on the team,” Falcons coach Mike Gilliard said. “Its kind of hard when you’re competing against an experienced team like (Vanden).”

Fairfield had two freshman and two sophomores in the starting lineup, while the Vikings had one of each.

The second quarter was better for the Falcons as they scored seven, but were still down at halftime, 48-9.

Vanden’s Kayla Blair had eight points in the second quarter – finishing with a team-high 21.

The Vikings were less efficient in the third quarter as they only outscored Fairfield 5-4.

Vanden missed seven shots in a row, before finally scoring on a Brittney Livingston bucket at the 2:05 mark.

“I thought we got sloppy in the third quarter,” Vikings coach Allison Johnson said. “I was frustrated with our lack of crispness in the third quarter.”

The Falcons leading scorer was Lia Williams with seven points.

Before the game began, freshman Julia Blackshell-Fair was awarded the Jim Capoot award from the West Coast Jamboree – an award that has never gone to anyone other than a senior.

“I wasn’t expecting the award,” Blackshell-Fair said, of the award named after fallen Vallejo Police Officer and former Vallejo High girls hoops coach Jim Capoot. “It means a lot and I appreciate it. It gives me confidence for my game.”

In JV action, the Vikings took home a 54-7 victory over Fairfield. Aryel Mooreland led with 13 points, while Krystal Gonzalez had 10.

Vanden hosts Benicia on Tuesday.

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