Weekend Basketball Tourney Report

Bishop, Lone Pine, Big Pine Open at Weekend Tournaments

by Arnie Palu

Bishop Union High Schools boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Hawthorne Nevada and Corcoran, Lone Pine’s boys hit the road to Rosamond and Big Pine traveled north to Coleville for season opening tournaments.

Lone Pine Boys
The Golden Eagles finished the Roadrunner classic in Rosamond with a 3-1 record.  Lone Pine opened the tournament with wins over Frazier Mt and Palmdale high schools.  The Golden Eagles then topped eventual tourney champs Paraclete 53-41.  Saturday Lone Pine played a marathon thriller with Tehachapi falling 73-72 in triple overtime.   Lone Pine will travel to Bishop this Tuesday, December 8th for an Owens Valley showdown.  Varsity tip off is set for 7:30pm.
Lone Pine 53
Paraclete 41
Brad Greene, 20 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks.
Ryan Cappello, 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steal.
Garrett Sullivan, 9 points.
Adrian Gonzalez, 8 points.
Kishan Bhakta, 6 points, 7 rebounds.

Lone Pine 73
Tehachapi 74
Brad Greene, 21 points, 14 rebounds.
Ryan Cappello, 17 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists.
Garrett Sullivan, 17 points, 4 assists.
Doug Moore, 8 points.
Kishan Bhakta, 6 points, 7 rebounds.

Bishop Union High School Boys

The Broncos traveled to Hawthorne Nevada finishing 3-2 in the Mineral County high school serpent classic.  Bishop opened with wins over White Pine, (68-60) Virgina City, (69-40) and Smith Valley (61-16).  The Broncos then fell to Yerington 67-50 and Lovelock Nevada’s Pershing County High School 52-45.  Bronco head coach Gordon Moose said, “The tournament was very good.  It was the first time these boys ran together.  The kids got better every game. We started out with three wins and than lost to Yerington.  They were the toughest team out of the ten. We were tied at half then fell due to their great outside shooters. They (Yerington) were taller than us,  but we still kept them off the boards thanks to Sean Brown and Andrew Allen working very hard as well as Anthony Vega.  We also had a great ruining game led by Daniel Olson and Tommy Ruelas along with Mike Molina.   We also got a lot of help from Ziggy Armitage.   Also Brandon Forrest, Joel Talamantes,  Chucky Keller and Gene Dondero played well off the bench.  All players showed a lot of heart. We are Looking forward to a great season. ”  The Broncos host Lone Pine Tuesday night.

Smith Valley 16
Anthony Vega, 12.
Sean Brown, 9.
Mike Molina, 9.
Tommy Ruelas, 8.
Joel Talamantes, 6.

BUHS  50
Yerinton 67
Mike Molina, 14.
Sean Brown, 12.
Tommy Ruelas, 8.
Anthony Vega, 7.
Ziggy Armitage, 4.
Andrew Allen, 4.

BUHS  45
Pershing County 52

Bishop Union High School Girls

The Bronco girls finished the Corcoran Tournament with a 2-1 record returning home with a 3rd place trophy.  Bishop Union opened play in the Corcoran Tournament Thursday night with a strong win 45-23 over Granite Hills High School, Apple Valley.
Individual Scoring
Little Eva Lent, 12 points.
Sabrina Barlow, 10 points.
Topah Scherer, 8 points.
Cienna Martinez, 7 points.
Maria Jimenez, 6 points.
Sophia Thomas, 2 points.

The Broncos then lost a one point game to Central Valley Christian 33-32.
Individual Scoring
Topah Scherer, 9 points.
Sabrina Barlow, 9 points.
Cienna Martinez,  6 points.
Maria Jimenez,  6 points.
Little Eva Lent,  2 points.

Bishop  won their last game against Hanford West 57-50 and took home the 3rd place trophy for the tournament. Also, Maria Jimenez was awarded All-Tournament Team Honors.
Individual Scoring
Maria Jimenez- 26.
Cienna Martinez- 11.
Little Eva Lent- 8.
Sabrina Barlow- 6.
Topah Scherer- 6.

Corcoran Tourney
BUSH girls with the 3rd place trophy. Photo Submitted

Big Pine Girls At Coleville

Submitted by Coach Bob Church

GAME # 1
Coleville Girl’s Varsity         54
Big Pine Girl’s Varsity         40

Despite having only one Senior (Kaylee Simpson) on the team and facing Coleville with 5 Seniors, the Lady Warriors held their own on the road Friday night in Coleville at the Antelope Valley Lions Club Basketball Tournament.

Big Pine has a young team with 3 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 2 juniors and the one returning senior. BP’s tallest player is 5’5″ tall and two of BP’s players, the Meza twins, are under 5″ tall. The 4 returning players and one of those (Soph. Paaku’u Dewey out with a hand injury) remembered the beating (54-12) they took from Coleville a year ago and knew they would certainly be tested.

The 1st quarter saw Big Pine’s 5’5″ Junior AnahKee Mason battle Coleville’s 5’10” Shaylor McCann on the boards and put in 6 for the Lady Warriors, even tho McCann had 10 of her 21 points in the first quarter.

Sophomore Lauren scored all 6 of BP’s points in the 2nd period, to help keep the Lady Warriors close at half.
A few needed adjustments at half helped limit Coleville’s Top Gun McCann to only 5 second half points, and BP sophomore Lauren Simpson answered with 12 (of her game high 25) in the 3rd to keep BP close.
BP battled Coleville throughout the 4th period, cutting the lead to 6 with 4 minutes to go in the game, but a couple of late Coleville baskets mounted the deficit to the final score of 54-40.
Warrior coach Bob Church, returning to head coach after several years as assistant—” I was very pleased with the efforts of the girls. The girls hard work at passing passing has paid off, as we had 13 assists on 18 baskets. Seven different girls had at least one assist. They were being so unselfish.”

Grade  Big Pine Players                       Pts.    Rebs.    Assts.    Steals
10       Lauren Simpson                         25        6            2            3
11       AnahKee Mason                          8         8            2            2
11       Gena  Lewis                                   4         5            4            5
9       Cassie Meza                                  2         5            1            2
12       Kaylee Simpson                         1         6            1            1
10       Aurora Toledo—didn’t score, but had 5 rebs and an asst, to go with great defense
9        Gabby Meza—didn’t score, but had 4 rebs, 2 assts, and 2 steals
9        Raven Duckey—despite being sick most of the week, contributed on “D” and had 2 rebs

Big Pine Lady Warriors     51
Sage Ridge (Reno)                 23

Disappointed by the score but not by their play the previous night, the Lady Warriors new the game against Sage Ridge was one not to be taken lightly. Last year, BP defeated Sage Ridge by 12 and the girls were ready to even their non-league season record at 1-1.

The 1st quarter saw Sophomore Lauren Simpson keep her hot hand, as she scored 9 of BP’s 15 points. She would end up with a game high 22 points. Gena Lewis added 4 points to go along with her 3 first period assists. Freshman Cassie Meza tossed in 2 points in the first period.

Five different girls scored for BP in the 2nd period and then in the 3rd, Lauren Simpson again scored 9 to lead the Lady Warriors. Cassie Meza contributed 4, Gena Lewis 2 and Freshmen Gabby Meza helping with a free throw in the 3rd for BP’s 16 points.

In the 4th, Junior AnahKee Mason put in 4, Freshmen Raven Duckey 2, Gabby Meza 2 and Lauren Simpson 2 for BP.
Warrior Coach Bob Church— “Again, I was really pleased with the crisp passing the girls showed and I cannot ever remember a game in which a BP girl had 10 or more assists. Gena Lewis had and unbelievable afternoon with 10 assists, while 4 other girls had at least 2. We had 19 assists in our 24 baskets. Also, our three young Freshmen (Cassie Meza, Gabby Meza, and Raven Duckey) scored 15 combined points to go along with 11 rebounds.”

Grade   BP Players                    Pts.    Rebs.     Assts.     Steals
10        Lauren Simpson           22        5             1             3
9           Cassie Meza                    8        5              2            3
11        Gena Lewis                      8        6             10           7
11        AnahKee Mason          6        11             2           2
9        Gabby Meza                     5         4              2           3
9        Raven Duckey                   2         2              –            1
12       Kaylee Simpson—0 pts, but 4 rebs and went to the floor numerous times to tie up the opposition on loose ball possessions 10       Aurora Toledo— 0 points but 4 rebs, and also great hustle on the defensive side

Big Pine goes to 1-1 on the young season and will play Lone Pine Girl’s JV Monday night in Lone Pine, game starting at 5:00 PM.

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