By Mark Powers
A Section Championship — it’s what every team starts the season dreaming about. The women’s hoops team were on the verge of accomplishing that goal Saturday afternoon when they took the floor at Pacific. Breezy Juniel (‘19) proved too much for the River Valley Falcons, pouring in 20 points and grabbing eight boards to lead the Falcons to a 72-58 win and the section championship for the second consecutive year. The Falcons’ suffocating press defense caused River Valley to turn the ball over 27 times. So, despite River Valley shooting a better percentage from the field, the Falcons’ press didn’t allow River Valley to shoot the ball on many possessions. CB got off to a hot start on Saturday, but only led 18-15 after one quarter. After the first, it looked River Valley would make it a four quarter game. But from that point on, CB began to pull away, using a 20-8 run to take a 38-23 lead at the half. Bria Shine (‘20) was outstanding during the second and third quarters, finishing with a double double for the game (13 points, 10 rebounds). It’s the first section championship for new coach Shandyn Foster (‘01), who has proven to be a spectacular coach in her rookie season. The other three CB starters, senior guard Monet Brown (’18) (six points), junior guard Chance Sims (’19) (eight points), and Laney Prichard (’20) (11 points 8 rebounds), were spectacular as they have been all season for the Lady Falcons. Reserve senior forward Anna Clare Nelson (’18) was outstanding off the bench, contributing 11 points and nine rebounds. The win was the Falcon’s 15th win in their last 16 games. Next up for the Lady Falcons (23-7) is the CIF NorCal Tournament. The Falcons received a third seed in the tournament, which tips off on Wednesday. Urban High School will travel to the Ron Limeberger Gymnasium to take on the Falcons in the first round Wednesday. Go support our girls on Wednesday at 7PM.