The Tracy and West basketball teams finished the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Girls Basketball Tournament with losses on Tuesday at Tracy High, with Tracy going 2-2 for the four-day event and West going 1-3.
For the second year in a row the Napa High team finished as tournament champion, with Excel Academy of Stockton the runner-up. Patterson High placed third with Tuesday’s win over Tracy, and Liberty High of Brentwood and Gregori High of Modesto took home consolation trophies after they both went 3-1 for the tournament.
Patterson 54, Tracy 36
The Bulldogs’ shooting went cold in the second half of the third-place game against the Patterson High Tigers, who claimed the 54-36 win on Tuesday at Tracy High.
Patterson (6-2) held the lead for almost the entire game. While the Bulldogs (3-8) kept up the pace through the second quarter, Tracy’s shots would not fall for most of the third. Patterson also outrebounded Tracy on both ends of the court, and by the early fourth quarter the Tigers had a 20-point and stayed dominant the rest of the way.
Tracy coach Derek Solano said the result was that Patterson got more scoring opportunities and made them count.
“When they went to the basket they got second chances because we didn’t rebound,” he said.
Junior guard Jazmyn Gonzalez said the tournament and Tuesday’s game showed how the team can continue working together against tough opponents.
“I think we did alright but we could have done better,” Gonzalez said, adding that Tracy is finding the consistency it will need for Tri-City Athletic League play coming up in two weeks.
“The spark that we have, how we play, we’re doing better throughout the game,” she said.
High scorer for Tracy was sophomore Julissa Vargas with eight points, and Gonzalez, Tracy’s all-tournament selection, scored seven points. Junior Katie Amaral pulled in eight rebounds for Tracy.
Patterson senior Danielle Jenkins scored 16 points, and senior Ariyanna Cashen scored 13 points and collected 15 rebounds.
Orestimba 39, West 34
The West girls may have finished the Hawkins tournament with a loss on Tuesday, but West coach Emilio Guzman said it was still a positive finish after two lackluster games.
“I was very proud of the way we finished this tournament,” he said. “I’m not happy with the middle, but I’m certainly happy with the way we started and the way we finished.”
West (4-10) played a close contest with Orestima (5-5) the entire way.
Orestimba held an 18-13 lead at the half, and West quickly closed in at the start of the third quarter with a couple shots from junior Brittney Reyes. Reyes scored nine points before she sprained her thumb at the end of the third quarter and had to sit out the fourth.
Junior Alyssa Febre filled in and hit a series of shots to keep West competitive. Orestimba pulled away at the end with a field goal and three free throws.
West senior forward Kate Bell, West’s all-tournament selection and the team’s offensive leader with 15 points, said her team showed it can be effective when players stay focused.
“We were talking, passing, running the plays. Point guards Sandy Barbosa and Alyssa Febre, they just pulled through and led us,” Bell said.
“This tournament showed us all the different kinds of teams there are, just like in league there’s going to be a wide variety. I think we’ll be able to prepare and just play to whichever team we’re facing.”
Napa 53, Excel Academy 37
The Napa High Indians won their second consecutive Hawkins tournament title on Tuesday, prevailing in a physical contest against an aggressive Excel Academy team from Stockton in the championship game at Tracy High.
Napa (10-1) had the height advantage and passing skills to take a 20-8 lead in the first quarter. Excel (6-5) countered with a rough defensive press in the second half, and cut Napa’s lead to 31-29 in the third quarter. The Napa players stayed focused and kept moving the ball toward their scoring opportunities.
The two teams also battled for each rebound, but again Napa held the advantage with 6-foot-1 senior Madison VanZandt pulling in 23 rebounds.
“Rebounding was the key to this entire game,” Napa coach Darci Ward said. “Obviously Maddie (VanZandt), our post, she had great rebounds, but everyone contributed with rebounds and attacking offensively. I was really impressed. They just fought for every rebound.”
VanZandt, the tournament’s most valuable player, said her team expected Excel to be a strong competitor.
“They definitely are very athletic, so we made that a focus in our pregame talks,” she said. “(We had to) make sure that we kept rebounding hard because that was a good way to keep them off the scoreboard.”
Van Zandt scored a game-high 13 points. Excel sophomore Anya Gamez scored 12 points and junior Katelyn Teixeira scored 11.
Consolation: Liberty 80, East Union 71
Consolation: Gregori 45, Manteca 37
Modesto 35, Chavez 22
Riverbank 43, Lathrop 40
Tokay 55, El Capitan 44