NCS Winter Sports Wrap-Up

Men’s Basketball

The men’s basketball team made an impressive run in NCS this year, finishing second place after a mediocre regular season.  Coming into the tournament as the sixth seed, the Mats surprised supporters as well as their opponents by making it to the final on Friday, Mar. 5 at Saint Mary’s against Bishop O’Dowd.

The Matadors started their run against No. 11 seed Elsie Allen who they beat with ease 65-48 with Chris Hatfield ‘10 scoring 23 points.

Miramonte then faced rival Campolindo who was the No. 3 seed and had beaten the Mats twice in the regular season.  The third time was a charm as the Mats beat Campo 57-45, stopping the possible sweep.  Hatfield scored 24 points, Spenser McDonald ‘10 made 10 rebounds, and Troy Akin ‘10 forced huge turnovers on defense.

The Mats showed great momentum as they headed to Analy High School in Sebastopol for a rematch of last year’s championship game.  This semi-final game was one for the ages as the Mats shut down the No. 2 seed Flying Tigers and won the game in overtime 70-67.

Akin played a huge role in this game, shutting down the player who won the game for Analy last year, Max Fuji ‘11. Davis Louie ‘10 also played well, scoring 11 points with five steals and two three-pointers in overtime.

“It was one of the best games I have ever witnessed.  Davis Louie was huge, and it was definitely worth the two hour drive,” said Alex Joss ‘10, one of the Miramonte fans in attendance. “The best part was rushing the court with 15 students in front of 1,000 Analy fans.”

The Mats then headed to Saint Mary’s College to face No. 1 seed in NCS and State, the Bishop O’Dowd Dragons.  With three guys over 6’6, no one thought the Mats would even compete, but they hung in and were only down one point by the end of the first half.  The Dragons overmatched the Mats in the second half and lost 50-60, finishing second place in NCS.

Similar to other Miramonte sports, men’s basketball  almost didn’t qualify for NCS, but performed greatly once there.  The Mats surpassed expectations and moved onto state, where they have so far defeated Burlingame and faced Sacramento High yesterday, although results were not available as of press time.

Women’s Basketball

After a first round bye in the NCS playoffs, the No. 3 seeded Matadors stayed true to their nickname “The Cardiac Kids” as they edged No. 6 seed and SCL champion Analy 55-52. Gonzaga-bound Stephanie Golden ‘10 led the Lady Mats with 15 points, while Kristine Miller ‘10, Liza Katz ‘10, and Alyssa Johanson ‘10 pitched in with 10 apiece.

Photo: J. Fong Devon McDonald ‘12 goes up for a lay up against Campolindo.

The Lady Mats then went on to face No. 2 seed Dougherty Valley in a semi-final rematch between the top two teams in the DFAL. During the regular season, the teams split the series 1-1, with both games determined by down-to-the-wire finishes. The rematch proved no different, as the Wildcats secured a 57-54 victory with a clutch defensive stand in the game’s final seconds. Johanson and Katz led the Lady Mats with 13 points, with Golden adding 12 of her own. The team, whose record currently stands at 22-7, continued their play on Mar. 9, defeating Enterprise High School in the CIF playoffs. The Lady Mats faced Saint Mary’s yesterday, but results were not available as of press time.

Women’s Soccer

Despite losing their star forward Mekenna Deback ‘10, the Lady Mats survived until the semi-finals of the NCS tournament. After defeating No. 12 seed Hayward 2-0, the Lady Mats faced rival No. 4 seed Campolindo in a rematch to advance to the semi-finals.

Marissa Crosetti ‘10 scored the lone goal for the Lady Mats, coming off an assist from Shelby Church ‘10. The goalkeeping of Church proved to be the deciding factor for the Lady Mats, as she completed her sixth shutout of the season by racking up nine saves.

Bishop O’Dowd continued their dominance in NCS as they defeated the Lady Mats 5-2 in the semi-final. The Dragons went on to defeat Alhambra in the championship game. The Lady Mats finished the season with a final record of 8-4-3.