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No. 3 Montclair Prep-Van Nuys too much for Eagles, defeat FC in SoCal Regionals
After missing a three-pointer earlier in the fourth quarter, junior Ashlyn White, right, ties the score at 47 with about two minutes left in FC's 53-49 win over Poly of Pasadena, March 9. White's 5 of the Eagles' 7 points final points sealed the win as FC advances to Round 2 of the Southern California Regionals.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2009-10, Part II--
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Be sure to visit the 2009-10 girls' basketball schedule and the Eagles' home page or FC's roster page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 23-8 overall, and 8-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 11. The No. 6 Eagles lost their final game of the season to No. 3 Montclair Prep (Van Nuys, CA) in the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern California Regional playoffs, March 11.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL, 2009-10
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL STATE DIVISION V PLAYOFFS
MONTCLAIR PREP ENDS EAGLES' SEASON
Facing a rested Mounties team in Van Nuys, the Eagles were overmatched by No. 3 Montclair Prep (Van Nuys, CA) in the first half and lost in the second round of the CIF Southern California Regionals, March 11.
While FC regrouped in the second half, playing the Mounties even thoughout, Montclair Prep rode its 12-4 first quarter and 36-13 halftime leads to a 61-37 win over the Eagles. Senior forward Chantel Dooley had 26 points and junior guard Lindsay Anderson had 8 points to lead Prep.
The No. 6 Eagles were led by West Sequoia League MVP Paige Maltos but the senior had just 10 points while senior Tatiana Fontes who had 9 points. Senior guard Da Eun Sunwoo said she was disappointed in the result but praised those who traveled by rooter bus to cheer them on.
"We struggled the first half, but we pulled it through the second half," Sunwoo said. "It wasn't our best game, but we played hard. We had an amazing student section, and we are very appreciative. We want to to thank them for all the support this season."
Sunwoo, who often was a defensive spark, scored 2 points.
"Every year we have made it a goal to get to Selland, but this year we made it a goal to get there and win. We have accomplished something that the past four years of seniors have worked for and because of them we have been able to reach that goal." --Junior Ashlyn White
While the season-ending loss was tough to swallow, junior Ashlyn White's focus afterwards was upbeat as they still finished 8-0 in the WSL for the third straight season, won the CIF Central Section Division V title and a state playoff game.
"I feel the team has done an amazing job this year," White said. "Every year we have made it a goal to get to Selland, but this year we made it a goal to get there and win. We have accomplished something that the past four years of seniors have worked for and because of them we have been able to reach that goal." White finished the game with 5 points.
Sunwoo agreed with her long-time teammate and expressed how positive she felt after playing together for years.
"I am sad because it was the seniors' last game, but we accomplished what we wanted," Sunwoo said. "I will never forget this season and my team. It was a pleasure to be on a team with them; I love them so much."
With FC leading by two points with less than 30 seconds left in the game, senior Tatiana Fontes, right, drove to the basket and was fouled. Her two points put the game out of reach. Fontes scored 13 points in the Eagles' 53-49 win over Poly of Pasadena, 53-49, March 9.
EAGLES EDGE POLY, ADVANCE TO 2ND ROUND
In a CIF Southern California Regionals playoff thriller, the No. 6 Eagles overcame the spirited play of the visiting No. 11 Poly (Pasadena, CA), earning a 53-49 victory, March 9.
With the Panthers leading, 47-44, and with just over two minutes remaining, junior guard Ashlyn White ignited the crowd and her teammates with her only three-point shot of the game. And while a Poly time-out briefly quieted the crowd, FC rode the momentum to victory. FC controlled the last 90 seconds, scoring key free throws, sending them to a second round tilt with No. 3 seed No. 3 Montclair Prep-Sepulveda (Van Nuys, CA), March 11.
White scored 5 of the Eagles' last 7 points as her teammates feed her the ball when senior center Paige Maltos was double and triple teamed. However the strategy may have backfired, leaving White open just beyond the arc.
"Paige had the ball under the basket but all their players crashed the boards," White said. "I yelled at her about three times for the ball and she threw it back out to me. In a split second I remembered coach Sheila Kamps' voice telling me 'whenever you shoot, think it will be a swish.' I took a quick breath, and sent it with confidence."
The ball barely touched the net and the game was tied with just over 2 minutes left. After the time-out, the Maltos pulled down the next rebound and stopped the Panthers who subsequently fouled her about 30 seconds later under their basket.
Maltos scored 20 points for FC, including the go-ahead free throws with 90 seconds left to play in the game.
"I was pretty nervous," Maltos said, "because I missed the previous free throws. I was telling my teammates to make these kind of shots so I did some self-talk and knew I had to come through for the team. After the first one swished, I knew I had the confidence I could do this just like in practice."
FC's defense held and the Panthers were only able to score one basket in the last three minutes. White salted the game away with two free throws, finishing with 13 points.
"I wasn't scared because I knew that we were up by three, but I knew that If I did make it, it would make the lead greater and harder to come back from," White said. "What helped was my teamates that encouraged me saying you can do this and make them we believe in you."
The teams traded the lead throughout the game as the two were tied at 13 at the end of the first quarter. And while Poly led by five near the end of the second, senior forward Tatiana Fontes brought the crowd to their feet with a field goal with 5 seconds left. The Eagles trailed, 29-26, at half-time.
"It was a very high intensity game," Fontes said, "and the funnest I've played in my high school career. We kept together and stayed united, which is how we overcame the tight score. Our composure and fans gave us an advantage on Poly."
Fontes finished the game with 13 points and said her friendship for her teammates was very important and definitely contributed to their success on the court.
While the Eagles only led by one, 38-37, at the end of the third quarter, the game was in doubt until Maltos and White's stand near the end of the game. Sophomore guard Nicole Hensley scored 4 points and junior guard Bridget Teixeira added 3 to round out the Eagle scoring.
Sophomore guard Michelle Miller led the Panthers with a game-high 27 points; junior guard Jade Richard and freshman guard Courtney Foster each had 6 points in a losing effort.
The No. 6 seed Eagles will travel to Van Nuys, CA, Wednesday and play the No. 3 Montclair Prep-Sepulveda Mounties on March 11 at 7 p.m. A rooter bus is planned to take students, parents and friends to the Round 2 playoff game. The bus will leave campus by 2 p.m. and return by midnight.
Thanks to the generosity of a donor, there is no cost to ride the bus. The only cost is the entrance to the game. Admission prices are: Adults, $9; high school students with ID card, $5; and seniors (65+) or children under 12, $5. Please call the high school office at 559.299.1695, ext. 125, or e-mail Michelle Regnerus to reserve a spot on the bus.
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL STATE DIVISION V PLAYOFFS
After winning their CIF Central Section Division V championship against Central Valley Christian, the No. 6 State ranked Eagles will host No. 11 Poly (Pasadena, CA), in the first round of the CIF Southern California Regionals state playoffs, March 9. The Panthers are 22-4 and are led by sophomore guard Michelle guard Michelle Miller who averages 31 points per game.
First round Regional tickets are $5 for students with ID cards and $9 for adults. Game time is 6 p.m. (Please note the time change as per Poly High School request).
CIF CENTRAL SECTION DIVISION V PLAYOFFS
FC BEATS CAVS FOR FIRST D-V CHAMPIONSHIP, March 5
Not to be denied a fourth time, Paige Maltos took the Eagles on her back and soared to their first CIF Central Section Division V girls championship.
While the Cavaliers (Visalia, CA) shut down the 6-foot-4 senior in the first half, Maltos carried the team in the second despite playing with foul trouble. No. 1 FC, riding a 16-game winning streak, defeated No. 2 Central Valley Christian (CVC), 49-40, as Maltos scored all of her 19 points in the second half and hauled down 10 rebounds at Selland Arena, March 5.
"This is amazing, amazing," Maltos said as fans, reporters, parents surrounded her and the winning team. "I can't believe it happened! I'm definitely in la la land right now! I didn't expect anything for me personally but we all just wanted the game so bad. Our team has worked hard and over come so many obstacles."
From the opening tip-off it seemed as though FC would face more adversity as the team fell behind 10-2 in the opening quarter before one of junior guard Ashlyn White's one of two three-pointers cut the lead to 10-5 at quarter's end. The team struggled at the free throw line as well, going only 5-19 for the game.
However, it was the Eagle defense which kept them in the game. FC had 16 steals and key shot blocks and countless defensive stands as the two teams settled for a defensive battle in the second quarter. Turnovers became the norm as Cavaliers had 27 while the Eagles had 22. The half ended with CVC leading, 15-11.
"We knew we matched up well with them and it was going to be a game of individual matchups," coach Josh Tosland said. "It would come down to who would show up. Our defense was strong in the first half but we couldn't get anything to fall. We also were trying to hard to drive the lane and then we would just throw up poor shots."
At the half coach Tosland appeared to change tactics and the Eagles moved the ball side-to-side and fed the ball to Maltos who was covered all afternoon by CVC's center, junior Amy Weststeyn. However the Cavalier forward could not stop Maltos in the third as the Eagle dominated the middle, scoring 12 points. White added 5 points and the Eagles led the rest of the way, outscoring the Cavs, 19-8, in the third.
"We knew our offense would come around the second half," Tosland said. "We made some adjustments to pass first and then look to drive and it seemed to get ourselves in positions to run our offense better. Our defense only gave up 12 made baskets to CVC and a few of those were off of loose balls or offensive rebounds."
White finished the game with 14 points and 8 rebounds while Weststeyn managed 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Junior guard Kacie Van Hofwegen led CVC with 10 points.
The fourth began with FC leading, 30-23, and this time the Eagles would not be denied, except for a scare with 3:11 left. CVC got to within two when the rallied with seven straight points to cut the lead to 38-36.
Tosland said when the team needed a stop, it came down to individuals stepping up to keep FC moving towards it first championship.
"DaEun (Sunwoo, '10) and Nicole (Hensley, '12) played great defense and only allowed their leading scorer No. 12 (Van Hofwegen) to make one basket down the stretch," Tosland said. Hensley and Sunwoo's pressure caused Cavalier miscues whenever they were on the court. Hensley also had 3 steals while Sunwoo picked the Cavs twice.
However, FC arguably played their strongest at the end as they broke open the game with a 9-2 run. Maltos, named the game's MVP, scored seven of the Eagles' 11 points, ensuring her final year would end with a championship. FC had lost the last three championship games, all at Selland Arena.
"Paige and Ashlyn did a great job tonight of stepping up and leading us offensively," Tosland added. "We need them to do that every game and they came through. Every year is different, but we knew it was hard to not think of previous years, but this group had great leadership to keep us focused on what we wanted to do."
While White, who also had 5 steals, gave much of the credit to her teammates for the win, her confidence on the court showed.
"I just knew that the game goes by fast and you don't want any regrets," White said. "You just got to stay calm and not give up. I just looked for opportunities. My dad told me if I want to make three three-pointers, I had to shoot 10. After making the first, the momentum started and CVC started to get frustrated. Paige sealed off their big girl and my teammates made some great passes. After Chelsea (Shuman, '10) scored her big basket that changed the momentum, we just started saying 'no fouls' because we were confident we could defend against them."
Shuman finished the game with 4 points while junior Bridget Teixeira had 5 points to round out FC's top point-getters. Sunwoo's only 2 points came at a key point late in the second, scoring on a drive through the paint.
The Eagles are now 23-7 and will likely host a Southern California Regional game, March 9. FC's next opponent, game-time and seeding will be announced, March 7. Central Valley Christian (24-5) will go on the road for their first game.
For more information, read the Girls' basketball team earns Central Section DV title. Check back, as this article will be updated with quotes from players, photos and a full slideshow.
EAGLES DEFEAT KINGS CHRISTIAN, FACE CVC IN DIVISION V FINALS, March 3
With a berth in the CIF Central Section Division V Championship game at stake, the Eagles outlasted No. 4 Kings Christian (Lemoore), 57-45, March 3, sending FC to Selland Arena for the 4th year in a row.
Throughout, the game the score was close, but the Eagles managed to keep the lead most of the game. After the first quarter, the Eagles lead, 11-6, and by the end the of the first half they scored 27 while the Crusaders had 19 points. Kings Christian pressured FC the whole game, making it difficult for the Eagles to get across half court to set up their offense.
"I think what helped the team is that we were nervous for the game instead of expecting a win," Bridget Texiera, '11, said. "This made us work harder for a win, because we really wanted it."
The Crusaders outscored the Eagles, 16-15, but they could not closethe first half gap: 42-35. The Eagles WSL MVP, senior Paige Maltos, scored 31 points, the most for her this year.
"I did not realized that I had score so many points," Maltos said. "I was surprised when I heard the news, but I could have done it without my teammates who made great passes."
A relieved Josh Tosland was happy the team weathered a half court press by the Crusaders, but the Eagle coach knew the visitors would give them trouble.
"We were more worried about the Kings game than a next game at Selland," Tosland said. "The styles of play were so different against Kings. They have speed and shooters but are small and we have size. Size won out with Paige carrying us on her back offensively. We held it together and didn't turn the ball over much in their press but struggled scoring. It was nice to get through it."
The Crusaders top scorer was sophomore Savannah Heskett with 19 points. Junior Ashlyn White chipped in 9 and sophomore Nicole Hensley had 7 for the Eagles.
The Eagles will now advance to CIF Central Section Division V Valley Championships against No. 2 seed Central Valley Christian (Visalia) at Selland Arena, March 5. This is their fourth time in a row getting this far, and third time they enter the game undefeated in WSL play.
"After the game it felt like a relief," Maltos said. "This is my fourth time going to Selland, so my mindset quickly switched to focusing on what Friday will bring."
Championship tickets are $8 for students with ID cards and $11 for adults. Game time is 2 p.m.
CIF CENTAL SECTION DIVISION V PLAYOFFS, Feb. 23
After finishing their regular season 20-7 overall record and 8-0 in the West Sequoia League, FC earned a No. 1 seed for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Section Division V playoffs. They will next host No. 4 Kings Christian in the semi-finals, March 3. No. 2 Central Valley Christian and No. 3 seed Immanuel also play March 3.
The finals for the section will be at Selland Arena, March 5 at 2 p.m.
FC WRAPS UP PERFECT SEASON, DOUBLE UP PARLIER, Feb. 18
With a perfect West Sequoia League season at stake, the Eagles regular season ended much the way it started. With a No. 1 playoff seeding at stake, FC overwhelmed Parlier, 70-32, Feb. 18.
The team had three season goals for the season, including a top-three finish in a tournament and win the WSL. The Eagles placed third place in three tournaments in the first half of the season.
FC jumped out to a 23-5 first quarter lead and never looked back. Even though the Eagles allowed Parlier to score 14 points in the second, they finished the half leading, 40-19.
"It's hard to play that last game and stay up after winning league and but with playoff seedings still waiting, the girls rose to the occassion and really dominated from the start," coach Josh Tosland said.
Two senior forward stepped up to pace the Eagles: Paige Maltos scored a game-high 22 points and was deadly accurate while Tatiana Fontes added 12 points. Parlier was led by Jenna Robles who had 15 points.
"Paige played big from the start and finished her shots 9 for 11," Tosland said. "Tatiana hit her first three-pointer in her career. She always wants to do what is best and thinks she can't make them, but hopefully now that will change."
The Eagles kept up the pace throughout the game, leading 55-25 at the end of the third quarter.
"As a team we picked it up towards the end," Michele Grahman, '11, said. "We knew we couldn't let down on our last game. I think we got a lot more stuff to work on before championships. We have to keep working hard in everything we do to reach our goals."
While sitting on the bench much of the second half, Fontes encouraged her team to take charge of the game. That along with the aggressiveness of Graham and junior Ashlyn White, seemed to motivate the team.
"Ashlyn has been bringing the ball up the court and putting herself in correct positions to do that," Tosland said. "That has been a key for us to nullify anyone's press. Everyone played pretty good with plenty of energy (almost too much)." White finished the game with 11 points.
The perfect season gave the Eagles the No. 1 seed in the Central Section Division V playoffs. FC has a bye in the first round and will not play until next week. The Eagles begin their quest for their third goal of the season: a section championship at Selland Arena, March 5.
"Everyone played well against Parlier, especially Michele who stayed tough and kept stealing the ball," Bridget Texiera said. "This helped the team win, and the win is what will motivate us for playoffs."
FC OUTGUNS FOWLER, SETS SIGHTS ON PARLIER, Feb. 16
The Eagles defeated the Redcats, 50-27, to claim another West Sequoia League victory, Feb. 16. They are 7-0 with only Parlier standing in the way of another perfect league season.
Passing Fowler from the start, the Eagles scored 16, while the Redcats scored 2 in the first quarter. While Fowler closed the gap in the second quarter, scoring 10, the Eagles finished the half ahead 31-12.
"This game was very important because it finalized our title as league champs," Ashlyn White, '11, said. "I felt everyone was a threat last night. They all did very well."
The Redcats outscored the Eagles, 12-9, in 3rd quarter shots as Fowler's leading point-getter, Donielle Sherman, had 10 points, but the Eagles still led, 40-24.
Constantly chatting on the court, the Eagles defense blocked shots and transitioned to offense quickly. Senior Paige Maltos had 19 rebounds and 12 points, limiting Fowler's clean-up opportunities.
"The energy from the girls was great," coach Tosland said. "They communicated very well on the floor which helped us on defense, including Paige who had a great game."
Top scorers for the Eagles were juniors Bridget Texeira with 9, Michele Graham 8, and senior Tatiana Fontes had 8 points.
"The one thing we focused on this game was effort," Maltos said. "We accomplished this goal all four quarters. No one really stood out during the game because our whole team kept up the intensity."
The Eagles look forward to playing Parlier, Feb. 18, so that if they win they will become undefeated league champions for the third year in a row.
"It is nice to get league over with so now," Tosland said. "Now we want to continue and finish off with Parlier so that we go into the playoffs on a big winning streak."
CARUTHERS NO MATCH FOR SOARING EAGLES, Feb. 12
While the Blue Raiders took advantage of senior night distractions, the visitors were no match for FC who are now in a position to go undefeated for the third straight year in the West Sequoia League.
"It was a very emotional game for everyone because it was senior night," DaEun Sonwoo, '10, said. "We struggled with focusing on the game in the first few minutes, but we shook it off and played our game."
After a tight 13-10 Eagle first quarter lead, Caruthers pressured and took advantage of Eagle miscues, keeping the score close. Behind Bailey Osmer's 10 points, the Blue Raiders only trailed 25-20 at the half. However, the packed-out gym and Eagle faithful re-energized the home team and FC cruised to a 48-31 win, Feb. 12.
"It was a great game last night and nice to see such a big crowd," coach Josh Tosland said. "Caruthers played very hard and made things difficult for us. We turned the ball over very carelessly which contributed to points for them and less possessions for us."
Senior Paige Maltos led the Eagles with a game-high 23 points in a departure from a balanced scoring attack that has typified FC basketball this season. FC's strengths and ability to alter their playbook for both an inside and perimeter game should bode them well in preparation for the upcoming playoffs in 10 days.
"Our seniors did a good job for us," Tosland said. "It's always kind of emotional on senior night and Paige really stepped up. When we have a lot of scorers on the team, it is really difficult for the other team to stop them all. We had four scorers really do nothing in the game, but then Paige carried us offensively."
Seniors Tatiana Fontes (9 points) and Chelsea Shuman's (8 points ) kept the Blue Raiders off balance as their defensive press turned the tide of the game in the second half.
"I thought Chelsea did a good job applying pressure and coming up with some steals which helped contribute in transition," Tosland added.
Sophomore guard Nicole Hensley had 4 points and junior forward Bridget Teixeira chipped in a field goal to round out the Eagle top 5 point-getters.
"This game wasn't as emotional as I thought it would be because I know I have more games with these girls," Fontes said. "We did what we had to do, and took care of buisness."
The Eagles go on the road for their remaining two WSL games, playing Fowler, Feb. 16 and at Parlier on Feb. 18.
"We are looking forward to the game against Fowler," Tosland said. "Whoever wins will take league or at least a tie for league. We know we need to play better to go into Fowler and come away with a win."
As more information becomes available, this game will be updated.
SENIOR NIGHT RECOGNIZES LEADERS, Feb. 12
After leading their respective teams throughout the season, the seniors of the boys' and girls' basketball teams will be recognized, Feb. 12. Each senior will be given a rose, a framed picture and an introduction including athletic highlights and college aspirations.
EAGLES CRUSH TRANQUILLITY, 56-2, Feb. 9
Soaring past the Tigers, 56-2, the Eagles beat Tranquillity in a non-league game, Feb. 9.
Starting out strong the Eagles scored 27 while only allowing the Tigers 2, their only points for the game, winning their 11th in a row. Tranquillity could not muster any offense the rest of the game and the Eagles cruised to a 43-2 first half lead.
"The game against Tranquillity made us aware of how much we turned the ball over," Nicole Hensley, '12, said. "We have been trying in every game to improve, and this game helped us to try to get better."
Although the Eagles could have run up the score, the game was not a completely positive one.
"It was a game that did not help us at all," coach Tosland said. "It actually was a chance to get hurt. These games are just something that we have to put up with."
The teams played the third quarter with a running clock, and finished the quarter the Eagles up 56-2. For the second time in as many games against Tranquillity, the referees called the game.
"We felt that Tranquillity had a great attitude knowing that they were going to struggle," Tosland said. "We just tried to be respectful to them by playing the game that we know how to play, but backing down when appropriate."
Seniors Paige Maltos scored 16 and Chelsea Shuman added 12 to lead the Eagles. Junior Ashlyn White had 10 to round out the top three.
"League is not done yet, but if we win our last three game, then we will win it," Tosland said. "We want to prepare for playoffs, but we know we need to take care of the West Sequoia League first."
When more information becomes available, it will be added to this article. The Eagles will next host Caruthers on senior night, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
EAGLES RUN OVER RIVERDALE, 56-13, Feb. 5
With three players scoring in double digits, the Eagles dominated the first quarter, 21-2, en route to a 56-13 win over the host Riverdale Cowgirls, Feb. 5. FC ran its WSL record to 5-0, winning their 10th straight game and is on pace for its third consecutive perfect league season.
Eight Eagles scored in a game that was long decided by the half (34-9). FC coach Josh Tosland freely substituted from the second quarter to the end of the game. The focus seemed to be on defense and a team offensive strategy.
"The girls did a great job tonight being aggressive and really taking them (Riverdale) out of what they wanted to do," Tosland said. "Scoring was spread around like always so there was no offensive standout."
Junior Ashlyn White and sophomore Nicole Hensley led the Eagles from the outside as the guards each posted 12 points while senior forward Paige Maltos scored 10 points.
But defense often wins championships and Tosland's after game emphasis was on ball control and limiting the chances of opponents.
"We got 25 steals in the game which is great for us," he said. "We are working hard defensively to tighten some things up."
Junior forward Bridget Teixeira scored 8 points and senior Tatiana Fontes scored 7 but Tosland was impressed with Fontes' defensive play rather than offensive output.
"Tatiana led the team with 6 steals," he said. "She shot the ball well from the field-around 50% for the game."
The second half was all FC; the defensive play of the Eagles kept Riverdale off the scoresheet. The Eagles outscored the Cowgirls 12-3 in the third quarter and allowed only a single free throw point in the fourth.
Senior forward Michele Graham had two field goals while seniors DaEun Sunwoo and Chelsea Shuman each added 2 points.
Tosland seemed to anticipate the upcoming match-up with Caruthers as his Eagles will next host the Blue Raiders, Feb. 9.
"I am looking forward to our home game against Caruthers next week," Tosland said. "That game will tell us where we are as a team and whether we are still improving."
Please return for more information on this and upcoming Eagle games as they become available.
FRESNO BEE RANKS GIRLS NO. 2 IN DIVISION V
For the fifth time this season, the girls' varsity basketball team is ranked in the top three in the CIF Central Section Division V. The girls are ranked No. 2 in Division V, according to the Fresno Bee, Feb. 2. Their position remains unchanged as of last week's rankings. This week The Bee has Central Valley Christian (CVC) of Visalia No. 1. Immanuel High of Reedley is seeded No. 3.
FC DOMINATES PARLIER IN PINK ZONE GAME, 64-24, Feb. 2
While the pregame think pink focus was breast campus awareness, the Eagles did not let a pink basketball distract them from staying atop the West Sequoia League. After a 15-4 first quarter lead, FC cruised to a 64-24 win over Parlier in the Pink Zone game, Feb. 2.
"It was a fun night seeing both teams in Pink Zone attire," coach Tosland said. "Both teams did a great job on and off the court which showed good attitudes to all that attended."
Finishing the first half 31-16, the Eagles used half time to prepare for the rest of the game. The Eagles picked up the intensity in the second half only allowing Parlier to score 2 points in the third quarter while scoring 23 themselves.
"The game against Parlier was definitely a learning one," Nicole Hensley, '12, said. "We had many turnovers and started to panic and rush our passes, which caused them to be able to stay with us for most of the first half. We talked about it at half and knew that we could do so much better which helped us to come out and finish the game strong."
The Eagles' junior Bridget Texeira scored 17 points, while Ashlyn White scored 14. Seniors Paige Maltos and Tatiana Fontes followed with 11 and 10 points. Parlier's top scorers M. Aguilar and N. Aguila scored 11.
"When you are beating everyone by 30 points, it shows thats you are not being pushed to get better," Tosland said. "We like the wins, but when playoffs come it could be a much different story."
FOWLER NO MATCH FOR FC, EAGLES WIN BIG, 60-27, Jan. 29
With the motivation of a home crowd and first place on the line, the Eagles defeated the now 1-2 Fowler Redcats, 60-27, Jan. 29.
Both teams went into the game with No.1 in the West Sequoia League at stake, but the anticipated tight battle did not materialize.
"First place for league was on the line so we knew they would give us their best shot," coach Josh Tosland said. "I don't think we got it but we had a lot to do with that."
More than doubling Fowler's score, the Eagles ended the first quarter 17-8. The Eagles kept their attention on their team goals and finished the half, 30-15. This was all the points FC would need.
"We were all really focused on our goals and we played as a team," senior Chelsea Shuman said. "The focus was on unselfish play and it showed on the scoreboard. It was awesome because we got a lot of points off transition, and we rebounded really well and scored off offensive rebounds. It was an important win in our division."
Schuman scored 6 points and was one of eight Eagles to score against the Redcats.
"We had a great shooting percentage from three-point land, hitting seven for twelve from beyond the arc," Tosland said. "Everyone played good defense and, most importantly, we only had nine turnovers. I we can limit those we will be hard to beat."
In the second half the Eagles continued to add to their lead and finished the third quarter comfortably ahead, 41-20. Junior Ashlyn White scored 20 points, while seniors Paige Maltos and Tatiana Fontes, and sophomore Nicole Hensley added 8 as FC continued to prove any of the top five can lead the team in scoring on any given game.
"We played really well against Fowler," Maltos said. "Ashlyn had a great game, and did well on her three-pointers. Everyone on the team each contributed something valuable."
Fowler's Ysenia Garcia scored 7, while Donielle Sherman added 6 points to lead the visitors. FC's junior Bridget Texeira scored 6 while junior Michele Graham and senior DaEun Sunwoo chipped in 2 points to lead the home team to a perfect, 3-0, WSL record thus far.
The Eagles will next host Parlier in the first annual Pink Zone game, Feb. 2. The game is a fundraiser for cancer research.
EAGLES DOUBLE-UP CARUTHERS, FOWLER SHOWDOWN NEXT
Despite an anticipated tight West Sequoia League battle, the Eagles doubled the Blue Raiders, 66-33, Jan. 27, setting up a first place showdown with Fowler at the end of the week.
The Eagles started the game quickly leading in the first quarter 19-10. The Blue Raiders pressure slowed the Eagles briefly, but FC restored control of the game and finished the half 35-17.
"This game was fast paced and intense the whole time," senior Tatiana Fontes said. "We persevered through the foul trouble and worked together to break the press."
Sophomore Nicole Hensley scored 14, junior Ashlyn White 13, as well as seniors Paige Maltos with 10 and Fontes with 9 points rounded out FC's top point getters.
"All of the players played a lot of minutes, and the points were divided amongst the players," coach Josh Tosland said. "It's hard to guard us when we have a lot of weapons."
Keeping the spirit up,the Eagles scored 16 in the third quarter, holding the Blue Raiders to 4 points; the quarter ended 51-21. Seniors Chelsea Shuman, DaEun Sunwoo, and juniors Michele Graham and Bridget Texeira each chipped in 5 points.
"We knew we had to some out with a lot of intensity and fire, and the first half we were just getting into it," Graham said. "The second half we knew this was our game, and that we needed to dominate. We each portrayed what we been working on, and it all paid off."
Tosland praises his team for the outcome free-throw practice and each players' contribution.
"Michele (Graham) played great ball defense along with Tatiana (Fontes) getting a lot of rebounds, and Nicole (Hensley) is shooting the ball well," Tosland said. "We were 16-24 on free-throws which we have been practicing those quite a bit, so it's nice to see it pay off."
FRESNO BEE RANKS GIRLS NO. 2 IN DIVISION V
For the fourth time this season, the girls' varsity basketball team is ranked in the top three in the CIF Central Section Division V. The girls are ranked No. 2 in Division V, according to the Fresno Bee, Jan. 26. Their position remains unchanged as of last week's rankings. This week The Bee has Central Valley Christian (CVC) of Visalia No. 1. Immanuel High of Reedley is seeded No. 3.
TRANQUILLITY NO MATCH FOR FC, EAGLES WIN IN BLOW-OUT, Jan. 21
Senior forward Paige Maltos nearly doubled the host team's total output and the Eagles dominated the Tigers in Tranquillity. FC controlled the game from the opening tip-off, scoring a season-high 36 first quarter points en route to a 70-10 win, Jan. 21.
Eight Eagles hit the score sheet and the game was effectively over in the opening five minutes. The Eagles limited the Tigers to only 2 second half points.
"We simply overmatched them," head coach Josh Tosland said. "Our team had a lot of energy and that just overwhelmed Tranquillity. It was over within minutes."
The trio of Maltos (18 points), sophomore guard Nicole Hensley (17 points) and senior forward Tatiana Fontes (13 points) moved the ball easily and were fed by junior guard Ashlyn White throughout the first half. White also scored 8 points in the romp.
"Tranquillity really showed us how to be composed, and challenged us in that way," Fontes said. "They never stop bringing the intensity."
After a 36-4 first quarter lead, the Eagles continued to press until half time, putting the game out of reach at 55-8.
In the second half, the Eagles concentrated on ball control but lacked the intensity of their first half play.
"The girls had to try and keep playing hard, but, realistically, we didn't get much out of that game," Tosland said. "We are looking forward to a tough game against Caruthers next week. We know they always give us a fight to the end so we need to be ready and healthy to go."
Tranquillity only scored one basket in the second half while FC scored 15 in the third. The referees called the game after the end of the third quarter.
"I was surprised when the game ended after the third quarter," Bridget Texiera, '11, said. "I was ready for a fourth quarter, but the refs just told us game's over and left."
Senior Da Eun Sunwoo and juniors Michele Graham and Teixeira each added 4 points while senior Chelsea Schuman chipped in 2.
The Eagles have some time to practice and rest after a busy January schedule, as they do not play until next week. FC will next travel to Caruthers to take on the Blue Raiders, Jan. 26.
EAGLES WIN WEST SEQUOIA LEAGUE OPENER, DEFEAT RIVERDALE, Jan. 19
The Eagles swept past the Cowgirls in their first West Sequoia League game in a 56-29 win against Riverdale, Jan 19.
"The whole day I was really hyper just waiting to play our first home game," junior guard Ashlyn White said. "Last night's game was a good way to start of our WSL season."
The Eagles return to their home court after a three-day trip to the coast concerned the coaches but the Eagles dominated the 1st quarter 14-6. At halftime they led 29-6; the Eagles did not allow the Cowgirls to score at all the 2nd quarter.
"After playing at the Mission Prep Showcase last weekend, coming home and starting league was pretty challenging," sophomore guard Nicole Hensley said. "We put ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally into those two games so we were pretty exhausted. But, God gave us strength and kept us going so that we could come out strong and beat Riverdale to win to win our first league game."
The Eagles slowed down their scoring the 3rd quarter, concentrating on ball movement but still led 37-12. They doubled their 3rd quarter points in the 4th, scoring 19. While they allowed the Cowgirls back in the game in the final frame, scoring 17 points, the Eagles' lead was preserved.
"Holding Riverdale to 12 points for three quarters is a good sign," coach Josh Tosland said. "All of our players got a lot of minutes and scored, which was nice to see."
Senior post player Paige Maltos finished the game with 16 points, including a "swished" 3-pointer. White followed with 12, and senior Tatiana Fontes added 10 points. The Cowgirls' top scorers, Taylor Errotabere and Megan Colvin, tied with 11 points a piece.
"Our goal is to get better each game, and there are some things that we are getting better at," Tosland said. "Foul trouble is one of them. This game also gave us a few things to work on, which is nice."
The Eagles will next travel to Tranquillity, Jan 21.
FRESNO BEE RANKS GIRLS' NO. 2 IN DIVISION V
For the third time this season, the girls' varsity basketball team is ranked in the top three in the CIF Central Section Division V. The girls are ranked No. 2 in Division V, according to the Fresno Bee, Jan. 19. This is up one position as last week they were ranked No. 3. This week The Bee has Central Valley Christian (CVC) of Visalia No. 1. Immanuel High of Reedley is seeded No. 3.
FC SWEEPS BEACH TRIP, COAST BLOWN OUT--Jan. 18
After the dramatic, emotional last minute win over Mission Prep two days earlier, the girls' basketball team took Sunday off to boogie board in Cayucos. Evidently, the day off to relax invigorated the varsity team as they demolished Coast Union, 78-19, Jan. 18.
While the Eagles' start was methodical and slow, leading only 14-8 in the first quarter, they started pressing and outran the host Broncos the rest of the way. The game marked the end of their preseason and FC will open their West Sequoia League schedule against Riverdale, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m.
In the second quarter the Eagles picked up their speed, outscoring the Broncos, 25-6, and lead 39-14 at the half. The following quarter they limited Coast Union to 1 point, while scoring 24 point. The effectively out of reach at the end of the third, the score, 63-15.
Top scorers seniors Paige Maltos and Chelsea Shuman, who contributed 15, and 14 points to the Eagles total. Juniors Bridget Texeira and Michele Graham had 10 and 9 points to round out FC's leaders. The Broncos were led by sophomore Rachel Devries, scoring 6 points.
"When we played Coast Union we reminded ourselves not to let down our momentum," Graham said. "Every player contributed something that was valuable in order for us to win."
While playing two games on the weekend and a three-hour trip back home Monday, coach Josh Tosland was cautious about the upcoming league schedule.
"We started slow and then started running," Tosland said. "We pulled away right away in the 2nd quarter and never looked back. The team is getting better and looking towards their next goal of a league championship. It isn't going to be easy with only eight games in league. Any loss could prove to be big."
Seven players scored for the Eagles who continue to use the bench, distributing the points in a balanced attack. Sophomore Nicole Hensley and junior Ashlyn White each had 8 points while DanEun Sunwoo chipped in 3. The Eagles outscored the Broncos, 15-4, in the fourth.
Tosland complimented his team, including those who were not at the top of the scoresheet.
"I thought Michele played great today," Tosland said. She looked for opportunities and really tried to implement the game goals throughout. Chelsea and DaEun also played well. These three have been working at getting better and the coaches are seeing them mature in their basketball skill sets."
The Eagles next open their West Sequoia League schedule, hosting Riverdale, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m.
FC BEATS MISSION PREP WITH FINAL MINUTE FLURY--Jan. 16
With 20 seconds on the clock, junior Bridget Teixeira made one of two free throws and the Eagles hung on to defeat the host Royals, 45-44, Jan. 16. This was the first time FC beat Mission Prep in four years.
In fact, FC was down by three with 32 seconds remaining, and coach Josh Tosland called sophomore Nicole Hensley's number for a set play in his last time-out. She responded with a banked 3-point shot to tie the game at 44, stunning the Royal crowd. After Mission Prep frantically ran the ball up court in an attempt for a winning basket, the Eagles stole and ball and were fouled, ending the game.
"Beating Mission Prep was amazing," sophomore guard Nicole Hensley said. "For the past four years I have seen my sister along with her team lose to them, and even though I wasn't on the team, I felt the impact it had on them. The game was one of the finest games I have ever played. I was overwhelmed after the game because we finally were able to beat Mission Prep; it for all the players who lost to them over the last four years."
Coach Tosland while upbeat after the game was complimentary on how the girls have responded to adversity.
"The coaches are very proud of the way the team handles themselves in pressure situations," coach Tosland said. "They have great character in the heat of the battle and keep grinding out the game."
The seniors on the team had never beaten Mission Prep in five tries over four years, including losing to the Royals in the Division V Valley Championships in 2007 and 2008.
"Even though I never played against Mission Prep, I still felt the pressure from my teammates," junior Bridget Texiera said. "They weren't my personal rival, but I knew I wanted to win the game for my team. The main reason we won was because we worked as a team and kept our composure to the very last second, while the other tam lost theirs. I couldn't be more proud of my teammates."
The teams jumped and screamed after the emotional win and a number of girls on the team were emotional in relief that the losing streak ended. The spirited win also spilled over to former teammates who watched from the stands as former players Katie White and Emily Krieghoff (2009 grads) appeared choked up afterwards.
The game began with a 7-1 Royal run in the first quarter as Mission Prep overwhelmed the visiting Eagles. However, after a time-out, FC settled down, making a 11-3 run of their own. The Eagles led 12-10 at the end of the first and led most of the game.
"It felt special to have some of the returning players at our game because they were able to celebrate the win with us," Hensley said.
The Eagles built their lead to 12 points during the second, but the Royals finished the first half and fought back. FC led, 22-16, at the half. Mission Prep was led by sophomore guard Jenna Dunbar (17 points), sophomore forward Bree Harvey (16 points) and senior guard Ali Kersthold (9 points).
The third quarter began with another Eagle run, giving FC a 12 point lead. But momentum switched again and Mission Prep closed the gap to 39-33 as each time scored 17 points. The Royal surge continued into the fourth and the hosts from San Luis Obispo outscored the Eagles 11-6, setting up the dramatic last 30 seconds of the game.
Teixeira led FC with 13 points while senior forward Paige Maltos had 9 points and Hensley added 8 points for the visitors.
Maltos may have earned an assist on the winning free throw as well. After Teixeira's first attempt air-balled, Maltos sided up to her at the line and offered encouragement.
"You can make this, now do it!" Maltos yelled as she stood face-to-face with her teammate at the free throw line. After a moment of collecting her wits, Teixeira promptly swished the winning basket and the defense stiffened for the last few seconds, securing the road win.
"The game against Mission was an intense one," Maltos said. "The last minute really tested our composure as a team and our willingness to do whatever it took to win. The last minute, being a senior, was tough. I knew that in the past we had not beaten them and I knew that it was our time. Bridget made a huge shot, well we all did and every point and possession counted that game. I'm so proud of the way we handled ourselves no matter what."
Despite FC not putting the game away in the first half, coach Tosland praised his team for the adjustments they are making on the court.
"They are managing each game very well and not getting too far away from what makes them successful. That is a good sign for us," Tosland said. "We hope this game will have an impact on playoff seedings even though MP is not in our division. Mission Prep is a Division IV school while FC plays in Division V."
The Eagles continued to provide balanced scoring as a hallmark of their game. Senior forward Tatiana Fontes had 7 points, junior guard Ashlyn White added 6 points and senior guard Da Eun Sunwoo chipped in 2 points.
The Eagles next play Coast Union in Cambria, Jan. 18, before returning home to host their West Sequoia League schedule against Riverdale, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m.
EAGLES HOLD OFF CHIEFTAINS--Jan. 13
With a strong start from the tip-off the Eagles defeated Sierra High, 56-43, Jan. 13.
Prior to the game, the team met together to eat and listen a devotional from senior Chelsea Shuman. Shuman explained the acrostic WIN, which stands for What's Important Now.
"I really liked the devotional Chelsea gave," senior Da Eun Sunwoo said. "It reminded us to not center our attention on the success or mistakes we just made, but to prepare for the next play. We could not control what the other team did, but we played our own game."
The Eagles ran into foul trouble from the start of the game, and senior Ashlyn White, fouled out due to what the team believed to be a referee mix-up. A foul committed by Shuman was attributed White, sending her out of the game midway through the fourth quarter.
The Eagles kept the lead throughout the game starting with a 12-9 first quarter lead. After allowing the Chieftains to only score 6 points in the second quarter, they finished the first half, 25-15.
Top scorer senior Paige Maltos finished with 16 points, while blocking shots all night. Maltos' presence prevented the Chieftains junior Paige Brown from driving to the basket. Senior Tatiana Fontes added 12 points for FC and Nicole Hensley 7.
"We got into foul trouble, but pushed through and focused on what was to come," Maltos said. "Overall our defense made up for our mistakes throughout the game."
In the third quarter the Chieftains came closer to outscoring the Eagles. They scored 16 points that quarter while the Eagles scored 17, making the game score, 42-31.
The Eagles will next travel to San Luis Obispo to take on Mission Prep, Jan. 16, 6 p.m.
FRESNO BEE RANKS GIRLS' THIRD
The varsity girls' basketball team is ranked No. 3 in Division V, according to the Fresno Bee, Jan. 12.