This may be its inaugural season in the Bay Counties League Central Division, but the Bay girls’ basketball team is certainly exhibiting no signs of freshman trepidation.
The Breakers continued to surprise Monday, defeating host Waldorf 45-39 behind a balanced scoring offense and a suffocating defense. Bay improved to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in the BCL Central.
Maylin Khuu and Kelly Wyatt each scored nine points for Bay and three other players scored at least seven as the Breakers pulled away in the second half for the win.
Waldorf (3-7, 2-3) led 18-16 at the half, but Bay outscored the Wolverines 15-9 to take a 31-25 lead after three quarters, then opened the fourth on 7-2 run to go ahead 40-31 with under three minutes to play.
"It’s our first year and we’re trying to build a winning tradition," Bay coach Larry Minnich said. "We played with effort tonight, and any time we do that I’ve got to be happy."
Gateway 70, Pescadero 15
Dominique Hunter had a double-double within the first 10 minutes and finished with 27 points and 15 rebounds as the Gators (15-1, 5-0) pounded the Vikings (2-10, 1-4).
Alyson Szeto added 17 points and Camila Rosen had 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Gateway, which outscored Pescadero 18-0 in the second quarter and led 43-4 at the half.
The Gators have now won their five league games by an average of 51 points, with the closest result a 60-31 decision over International. Gateway stopped pressing after the first quarter and rested its starters for the majority of the second half.
"Our challenge is to continue to play hard without humiliating the other team," Gators coach Michael Coffino said. "We don’t want to rub it in, but I don’t want the girls to run plays or do things we don’t work on in practice."
— Matt Elliser
International 48, San Domenico 5
SAN ANSELMO — Rachel Beck had 16 points and five assists to lead the Jaguars (8-9, 4-1) to an easy road win over the Panthers (0-8, 0-5).
Megan Leary scored 12 points and Julia Hechanova had 10 points and seven rebounds for International, which held San Domenico scoreless over the second and third quarters.
— Staff report
ISA 81, Marshall 28
Courtney Buster scored 23 points as the Cobras (9-7, 3-3) reached their season high in points in an Academic Athletic Association win over the host Phoenix (0-10, 0-7).
Rongen Martinez added 19 points, Angela Starke had 18 and Brittany Allen chipped in 17 for ISA, which outscored Marshall 46-9 over the second and third quarters.
"Marshall is a young team," ISA coach Verna Castro said. "They played hard, as hard as they can."
Castro said her team played the way it will need to if it wants to compete with the AAA’s top teams, attacking aggressively on offense and defense. She also praised the unselfishness of Allen, the Cobras’ leading scorer this season.
"Allen has been our primary 25-point scorer and it’s a testament to her that she’s sharing the ball more," Castro said.
Where Allen traditionally leads the Cobras’ offense, Castro pointed to Martinez as a defensive leader.
"Martinez is the point for our defense," Castro said. "She’s the intangible for our team. She’s an emotional leader and she’s just starting to come on."
Center Evelyn Bellinger led Marshall in scoring with 13 while point guard Christina Homs added 11, including three 3-pointers.
— Jesse Haley
Waldorf 58, Bay 37
Barry Horton scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists to lead the host Wolverines to the win in BCL Central play.
Ahead 18-17 in the second quarter, Waldorf ended the half on a 9-0 run to grab a 27-17 lead. The Wolverines continued to pull away by opening the third quarter on a 12-3 spurt, keyed by Horton’s six points and two assists.
Alex Zatopa dropped in 11 points for Waldorf and Clay Campos added a double-double, scoring 10 points and snatching 10 boards.
"We came out in the second half and really put the pressure on them," Waldorf coach Aragorn Healey said. "Because of that we were able to get into our transition game and get some easy baskets."
— Will Reisman
Gateway 68, Pescadero 31
Aaron Williams had 17 points and 17 rebounds as the Gators (7-8, 2-2) crushed the Vikings (1-14, 0-3). Williams scored his first eight points on offensive rebounds and Gateway controlled the glass throughout, outrebounding Pescadero 50-29.
"With us, if you don’t box out you get subbed out," Williams said. "We wanted to come out really hard and try to pull away early."
Rory O’Sullivan added 13 points and point guard Conor Murphy-Hoffman had two points and seven assists for the Gators, who used a 19-0 first-quarter run to take control and emptied their bench in the second half. Thirteen players scored for Gateway.
"It was real nice seeing those guys get in and play so well," Williams said. "I was loving my seat on the bench, cheering them on."
Mike McDermott led Pescadero with 17 points, including four 3-pointers.
— Matt Elliser