Danville Express

Sports - February 2, 2007

Monte Vista girls basketball team remains unbeaten

Team nets 49-30 win over hometown rivals

by Rachel McMurdie

Monte Vista's senior guard Stephanie Cornell had 12 points, seven steals, to lead the Mustang girls basketball team to a 49-30 win over San Ramon Valley last Friday, Jan. 26. The win makes it 20 in a row for the undefeated team.

The Mustangs (20-0, 6-0 EBAL) built up a 21-10 lead in the second quarter after putting pressure on San Ramon Valley's lead scorer sophomore Carlie Bonderer. Bonderer finished the game with 10 points overall. Mustang sophomore guard Niveen Rasheed, who was once again key to Monte Vista's defense, also contributed 12 points and had six steals.

Earlier in the week the Monte Vista girls beat Livermore High 57-18. San Ramon Valley (6-13, 0-6 EBAL) lost to Foothill High 32-42.

Boys basketball

Monte Vista boys also claimed a win against hometown rival San Ramon Valley High (13-7, 3-3 EBAL). Mustang Ryan Whalen had 22 points, in the boy's basketball team's 72-46 win at San Ramon Valley High last Friday.

Mustangs (18-1, 5-0 EBAL), who lead by 12 going into the second half, effectively shut down the Wolves' offense, allowing just two points in the final quarter. The Wolves were hot from behind the arch. Whalen, who lead Mustangs' scoring, earned three 3-pointers, as did his teammate, Brian Barbour, who chipped in for a total of 15 points. Dan Daviess and Vai Scheirholtz led the Wolves' scoring, with 13 points each.

Girls soccer

Wolves' soccer players Gabby Parisella, Hillary Harvey and Ashley Edwards scored in San Ramon Valley girls' second win of the week Saturday against Fremont's Washington High School. Both wins were shutout games.

Earlier in the week, San Ramon Valley (11-4-3, 2-3-3 EBAL) earned a 2-0 win in a league match against Granada High. According to the team's Web site, it is in the lead for the race to the EBAL title with 11 points. Monte Vista, according to the site, is tied with Foothill for second place with nine points. The Web site had not factored in last week's games.

Monte Vista girls fought through a scoreless first half only to end their soccer game in a 1-1 tie against Foothill on Tuesday of last week. Thursday, however, the girls found redemption in a 2-1 win against California High. With the victory, the Mustangs improved to 7-3-4, 2-1-3 EBAL.

Boys soccer

Monte Vista's Andre Cuadra kicked a first quarter goal to give the Mustangs (13-0-6, 4-0-4 EBAL) the lead going into the half in their Friday game against California High. Cal (11-4-1, 4-4-1 EBAL) answered in the second half to end the game with a 1-1 tie.

Earlier in the week, the Mustangs had a 3-0 shutout at Foothill High. Cuadra, Cole White and Vincent Butera scored for Monte Vista. Cuadra leads the Mustangs in scoring with 16 goals so far this season.

San Ramon Valley boys soccer team earned two shutout wins last week. Wednesday the Wolves defeated Granada 3-0, then on Saturday beat Fremont's Washington High, 3-0 in a non-league match.

The Wolves improve their record to 11-4-3, 2-3-3 EBAL.

E-mail photos to Editor@DanvilleWeekly.com.


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