The end of the dream

Amanda Link is sandwiched by two Wilcox defenders during the

San Jose
– They made a nice run of it, but in the end the Gilroy girls’
basketball team ran into a brick wall.
Facing No. 2 seed Wilcox in the Central Coast Section Division I
semifinals Tuesday night, the Mustangs simply could not find any
offensive rhythm.
San Jose – They made a nice run of it, but in the end the Gilroy girls’ basketball team ran into a brick wall.

Facing No. 2 seed Wilcox in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals Tuesday night, the Mustangs simply could not find any offensive rhythm. Unable to replicate their trip to the final game in last year’s playoffs, the girls lost 55-31.

From the very beginning of the game, it was obvious Gilroy was in for a long night.

On their first possession, they forgot about the shot clock and barely managed to get a shot off, a 3-pointer by point guard Kristen Campos that went in to beat the buzzer.

That lucky break was among the few the Mustangs enjoyed. They fell behind 13-5 in the first quarter and were down 33-11 at halftime.

Throughout the night, Gilroy had difficulty doing the simplest things. Passes ended up in the crowd or were intercepted. Wilcox pressure on Gilroy ballhandlers forced bad shot after bad shot.

The ‘Stangs made several mental errors, which led to poor clock management, as the team let the shot clock expire three times during the contest.

Gilroy was forced to contend with not only a lackluster offense, but constant, swarming pressure by the Chargers.

“They were a good team, and with a 23-2 record, they weren’t ranked No. 2 for nothing,” said Gilroy head coach Kari Williams, who was in tears as she came out of the locker room after the game. “It was a tough game. I have to give credit to their defense.”

Her girls couldn’t catch a break on the bounces, Williams said. Shots that that the coach said go in 90 percent of the time were bouncing out.

The second quarter all but ended the night for Gilroy. They gave up 20 points while only answering with six and turned the ball over seven times.

In the second half they only gave up 22 points, but needing to make up more than 20 to begin with, the task proved futile.

“We were a little hesitant and tight when we first came out,” Williams said. “Usually we can come out and break the pressure early.”

The Chargers’ star guard Derisa Taleni proved the deadliest against the Mustangs with a game-high 19 points, 11 coming in the first half.

Senior post Amanda Link led the way for Gilroy with 10 points. Campos added eight.

Link said the constant defensive pressure by Wilcox was the story of the game.

“They did have a good defense,” Link said. “It was all mental for us. We came out knowing they were a good team. They just rushed our shots, rushed our passes.”

In the end, the rush killed any hope for a comeback.

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