Hornets Split Finals

Hornets Split Finals

The Alameda High School (AHS) basketball teams went 1-out-of-2 in North Coast Section (NCS) Div. II tournament championship games Saturday, Feb. 29.

Women’s Basketball
The AHS women’s basketball team won the NCS Div. II title after defeating Montgomery High of Santa Rosa, 58-39, at Pinole Valley High.

The No. 1-seed Hornets jumped on the Vikings right out of the gate. They led 16-2 early in the opening period. The No. 2-seed Vikings were able to stage a comeback as they cut the deficit to 24-21 at halftime. But just like the start of the game, the Hornets began the second half hot with a 9-0 run, on three 3-pointers, in the first two minutes of the third quarter. The Hornets never looked back from there and cruised to the title win.

Senior Lexie Givens led the Hornets with 26 points, including five 3-pointers. Ashleigh Barr led the Vikings with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

The Hornets defeated Redwood High of Larkspur, 61-53, in the semifinal on Feb 25. Givens again led the Hornets with 27 points in the game. She went 12-for-15 from the free-throw line. Fellow senior Ani Tu’utafaiva had 16 points for the Hornets.

The Hornets’ overall record improved to 24-5. AHS qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) NorCal Div. II playoffs. The Hornets were given the No. 11 seed. They took on No. 6-seed Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory of Atherton in the first round on Tuesday. 

Men’s Basketball
The AHS men’s basketball team was not as successful as their female counterparts. The men’s team fell to De Anza High of El Sobrante, 57-48, also at Pinole Valley High. 

The No. 5-seed Hornets trailed for most of the game. They were down 11 points at halftime. But they rallied and led for a stretch in the second half. However, the No. 2-seed Dons retook the lead and were too much for the Hornets to overcome. The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak for the Hornets that began on Jan. 4 against Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa.

Senior Josh Niusulu led the Hornets with 21 points. Fellow senior scored 13 points for the AHS.

It was a feat for the Hornets to advance to the NCS Div. II final. They entered the 16-team tournament as the No. 5 seed. They upset No. 1-seed San Ramon Valley High of Danville, 72-56, in the semi-final game on Feb 25. The Hornets led the Mustangs for most of the game. They led 27-18 at intermission and 49-35 after three quarters. Four Hornets scored in double figures. Senior Elijah Caliz led the way with 17 points.

Despite losing in the championship game, the 19-11 Hornets qualified for the CIF NorCal Div. II tournament. AHS was given the No. 14 seed in the 16-team tournament. They faced No. 3-seed Sacred Heart Preparatory of Atherton in the first round on Tuesday.