GIRLS HOOPS: GHS stomps Alvarez, two big games on tap next week

Gilroy's Dani Hemeon drives through Alvarez defenders after a

GHS hasn’t allowed any league counterpart to reach the 50-point
plateau en route to its 7-0 league mark.
Defense has become the name of the game for the 16-1 Gilroy High girls basketball team.

“I probably don’t give us enough credit, bit we are a pretty decent defensive team,” GHS head coach Tim Jones said.

Over the last three games, the Mustangs have held the opposition to 14, 33 and 29 points, the latter coming Thursday night in a 61-29 triumph over visiting Tri-County Athletic League foe Alvarez.

In fact, GHS hasn’t allowed any league counterpart to reach the 50-point plateau en route to its 7-0 league mark.

The Mustangs swiped 15 steals against the Eagles Thursday night, and being in the right spot surely forced a number of other turnovers, which more often than not result in fast-break points at the other end.

“We have been working (on the defense) from the beginning of the year. We’ve got it down now. It’s perfect,” said Michelle Sosa, who had eight steals and a game-high 17 points. “We are really quick and switch easily and talk. It just works really well.”

After a Rhaissel Perez 3-pointer on the Eagles’ first possession of the game, the Mustangs embarked on a 17-0 run before Alvarez converted another shot from the floor with 12 second left in the opening quarter.

Seven different Mustangs register at least two points n the second quarter as the rout continued and a 36-10 advantage formed at halftime.

“We had great defense tonight,” said guard Kaylana Mah, who posted nine points. “We work well together.”

The lead expanded to 50-15 after three quarters of play behind Sosa’s seven points in the period.

Dani Hemeon finished with eight points, Kayla Guardino four, Emily Costa had seven and Alex Rose four.

Though the Mustangs have cruised relatively unchallenged over the past three outings, an important week lies ahead. GHS travels to Hollister on Tuesday and then wraps up the week hosting North Salinas.

The Vikings (10-5, 6-1 TCAL) and Balers (12-7, 4-3 TCAL) played an overtime thriller Thursday night with North High surviving 37-34.

“We are in the driver’s seat,” Jones said.

GHS defeated San Benito 49-44 and North Salinas 44-41. Both opponents are looking for revenge.

“We definitely have to come into practice with more intensity,” Sosa said. “They are mad at us. They want us bad. We have to want it more.”

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