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Bear Cubs beat Solano at home 75-50

Kierra Johnson Driving to the basket

SRJC 75, Solano Community College 50

            The Bear Cubs (2-3) hosted the Falcons (4-5) of Solano Community College Friday night. The Falcons scored first 38 seconds into the game. Beginning with Kierra Johnson's successful drive at the 7:51 mark, the Bear Cubs made five shots in a row, including Tal Webb's 15-foot pull-up jumper and her fast break layup, and Trinity Hawkins' drive and breakaway layup, for a 10-4 lead. During the remaining six minutes of the quarter, the Falcons only scored 6 points, all on free throws. Meanwhile the Bear Cubs added Ciarah Michalik's 3-pointer, Trinity Hawkins' three field goals, Ashleigh Barr's putback, and Alex Ditizio's layup with one second on the clock to take a 25-10 lead.

            Ciarah Michalik scored the first basket of the second quarter after intercepting a pass and going coast-to-coast to sink the layup. Kierra Johnson banked in a putback, Tal Webb swished a 3-pointer, and Lizeth Zavala put in a 2-footer before the Falcons finally scored again. After another Falcon field goal, Ciarah Michalik sank a 12-footer at the 5:50 mark, making the score 36-14. The Falcons proceeded to outscore the Bear Cubs 9-6 during the rest of the period, as the hosts only made three out of 14 shots—two by Lizbeth Zavala and one by Kierra Johnson. By halftime, the Bear Cubs were in front 42-23.

            The Bear Cubs had the ball to start the third quarter, and Trinity Hawkins hit a 5-foot pull-up jump shot. The Falcons answered with two consecutive field goals, then Ciarah Michalik drained a 3-pointer. Ashleigh Barr's 5-footer and Trinity Hawkins's 1-footer extended the lead to 51-28 with 4:46 on the clock. To finish out the quarter the Falcons added a 3-point play and a pair of free throws. The Bear Cubs scored eight more points on one free throw each by Ciarah Michalik and Lizbeth Zavala, and a putback and a 3-footer by Kierra Johnson, as they widened the margin to 59-33.

            The Falcons scored the first basket of the fourth quarter. The Bear Cubs went on a 10-0 run during the next four minutes, including Rose Nevin's 4-footer, Alex Ditizio 3-pointer, Ciarah Michalik's 3-pointer, and Ditizio's short shot, to lengthen the lead to 67-35. The Falcons responded with a pair of free throws and another 3-point play during the next minute. Alex Ditizio made a steal and scored the layup, the Falcons sank a 3-pointer, Ashleigh Barr put back her own missed shot, and then made a tough 6-footer with 2:07 left. The Falcons scored the final seven points of the game, including one last 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining, as the Bear Cubs won by a final total of 75-50.

            The Bear Cubs' pressure defense forced numerous Falcons' turnovers and limited their shot attempts to less than 40. Meanwhile the Bear Cubs got off 86 shots, making 34 of them (40%). The Falcons were more successful at the free throw line, as they made 17 out of 21 (81%). The Bear Cubs only took 10 free throws but made just two of them (20%).

            Three Bear Cubs scored in double figures. Trinity Hawkins and Ciarah Michalik totaled 14 each, and Kierra Johnson 10. Alex Ditizio added 9 points, Ashleigh Barr 8, Tal Webb and Lizbeth Zavala 7 each, Lizeth Zavala 4, and Rose Nevin 2. Ashleigh Barr was the top rebounder with 9, while Tal Webb grabbed 8 and Kierra Johnson 7. Tal Webb and Ciarah Michalik passed for 4 assists. Lizbeth Zavala made 5 steals and scored on one of them.