Monday, March 27, 2023

Defense propels Pierce girls over Colusa

Pierce’s Jocelyn Medina Drives to the basket as Colusa’s Danica Chavez defends. Medina had a game high 31 points in the Bears win on Jan. 17, while Chavez tallied 23 points.

Riding a six game win streak, the Pierce Bears’ girls basketball team made the short trip to Colusa on Jan. 17, where they handed the hometown RedHawks a 47-34 Sacramento Valley League loss.

However, as is often the case in rivalry match-ups, the victory didn’t come as easily as the score may indicate, given that Colusa came out of the gate on fire.

Leading the charge for the RedHawks was Danica Chavez, who accounted for 14 of her team’s 16 first quarter points after burying four threes.

Yet, as the game progressed, the Bears adjusted and their defense, which yielded just four points to Colusa in the second quarter and two in the third, allowed them to surge ahead and take control of the game’s outcome.

Pierce’s Jocelyn Medina led all scorers with 31 points including five shots from beyond the arc, while Chavez countered with a team high 23 points for the RedHawks.

Still unbeaten in the SVL, the Bears (16-2, 6-0) were scheduled to play in Live Oak on Jan. 20, but neither the score nor the statistics were made available prior to the Pioneer Review print deadline.

Pierce was in Paradise on Monday and East Nicolaus on Wednesday and will return home to Natalie Corona Gymnasium to face Willows on Friday.

For its part, Colusa bounced back last Friday night to claim a 47-39 victory over Durham.
Alena Sanchez dropped in a team high 13 points, Chavez chipped in with 12, while seven others scored at least once.

Sitting fourth in the SVL, the RedHawks (10-9, 3-2) hosted Winters on Monday, Live Oak on Wednesday and will host Paradise on Friday.■

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