LOCAL ROUNDUP: Yuba City, Faith boys ousted from playoffs
The run ended in Stockton for the Yuba City High boys basketball team on Friday night.
Despite heading into halftime with a 40-37 lead over No. 3-seeded McNair, the Eagles outscored the Honkers 16-6 in the third quarter and held on for a 72-63 victory in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinals.
Senior Matt Hayes fouled out with 7 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, yet the Honkers cut McNair's lead to four points with less than 2 minutes left in regulation before the Eagles pulled away.
"They just shut us down," said Yuba City coach Brian Davis. "They put the clamps on us in the second half. That was the difference-maker."
Hayes led the Honkers with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. Fellow senior Gagan Purewal scored 14 points and junior Taylor Elkins added 12.
This was Yuba City's third straight quarterfinals exit. Last year the Honkers were eliminated from the playoffs by No. 2-seed Center and in 2009-10 the Honkers fell at home in overtime to Rocklin.
The Honkers (18-10) were Tri-County Conference champions for the fifth consecutive year.
"I'm proud of the guys," Davis said. "We persevered and pushed through a lot this season."
Capital Christian 94, Faith Christian 38
The Golden Empire League co-champions were a little too much for the No. 9 Lions in the Division V quarterfinals in Sacramento.
The No. 1-seeded Cougars' size advantage was apparent as the majority of their points came in the paint, according to Faith coach Rick Daugherty.
Daugherty, who's coached this group of seniors since they were freshmen playing on the JV team, said his team fought until the end.
"Anytime we've lost a game this year we never gave up," Daugherty said. "Now we just get ready for next year."
Senior Blake Lavin ended a brilliant final season with the Lions (21-7) with a team-high 18 points. Sophomore Justin Glen and junior Micah Atkins each scored six points.
NORTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
Hayfork 31, Maxwell 25
No. 12-seeded Maxwell rallied back from an eight-point deficit to take the lead with 21⁄2 minutes remaining, but couldn't hold on in the end in a loss in the Division VI quarterfinals in Hayfork.
Ashley Azevedo scored a team-high 11 points for the Panthers (12-14), who's 10 missed free throws came back to haunt them.
George qualifies for state
Lindhurst's Christian George went 5-1 to finish in third place at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament in Stockton on Friday.
With the feat, the senior will compete in the California Interscholastic Federation State Tournament, which will be held in Bakersfield next weekend.
Marysville 2, River Valley 2
While the winter sports are winding down, spring sports are just beginning.
The Lady Indians and Lady Falcons finished knotted in a season opener for Marysville at River Valley.
Taylor Anderson and Marimar Terriquez each scored a goal for the Lady Indians.
The two JV teams also tied 1-1.
Marina Ulloa scored for River Valley (1-1-1), while Bridget Lee played well defensively.
Woodcreek 4, River Valley 4
The Falcons were edged at home in their second match of the season.
Ricky Dhaliwal won his singles match 6-2, 5-7, 10-5 and Rahman Tabusum rolled 6-1, 6-1 in his singles match.
Elijah Wy and Renz Chuen teamed up to win 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 in doubles, while Joeal Han and Marco Tica also won 4-3, 6-3, 10-7.
YUBA COLLEGE BASEBALL
49ers 6, Butte 0
The Yuba College baseball team shut out the Roadrunners at home to improve to 4-7 overall thanks to the pitching of Colusa product Benji Gil and some key hitting.
"We looked very sharp," Yuba coach Erick Burns. "I'm proud that our guys came out today looking to fight."
Gil allowed six hits, struck out three and walked none through nine innings.
"He was the story," Burns said. "He pitched a great game."
Andrew Rubalcava, an East Nicolaus High grad, also had a monster day at the plate, going 4 for 4, with a double, a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Davis Walker, a Marysville High grad, went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Zak Morgan, a Yuba City High grad, went 3 for 4 with two runs scored.
Yuba City High grad Hunter Graves led Butte by going 2 for 4 at the plate.
YUBA COLLEGE SOFTBALL
Lady 49ers 5, Butte 3
Butte 9, Lady 49ers 6
The Yuba College softball team scored four runs in the first inning and held on to beat Butte in the opener of a doubleheader on the road.
Lindhurst High grads Dylanne Brown and Morgan Thome combined to go 4 for 8 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored to power the offense, while Live Oak High grad Lyndsey Odom-Sizemore scored two runs.
"She's always a threat on the bases," Yuba coach Stephanie Reynolds said of Odom-Sizemore.
Yuba (7-10) dropped the second game, however, after committing seven "silly" errors.
Odom-Sizemore went 2 for 4 and scored two runs, while Thome produced two runs of her own with two RBIs and a double. Rachel Quinn, a River Valley High grad, went 3 for 3 with an RBI and Brianna Fitz hit a two-RBI double for Yuba.