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December 7, 2022

CHS girls hoops close tournament with overtime win

One day after the Christopher High girls varsity basketball team went four overtime periods in an eventual 69-64 loss to San Benito on Friday, the Cougars again entered an extra session against host Watsonville on the final day of the Wildcatz Invitational on Saturday.

This time, the Cougars escaped with a victory after outscoring Watsonville 12-4 in overtime of a 50-42 final.

CHS held a 10-point advantage entering the fourth quarter, however Watsonville scored 12 points to the Cougars’ two in to tie the game 38-38 at the end of regulation.

Junior Hanna Tabron, who was named to the all-tournament team, posted a double-double – 25 points, 15 rebounds – in the win that moved the Cougars to 3-2 to start the season. Sophomore Cydney Caradonna recorded nine points and 10 rebounds, Freshman Olivia Tabron contributed nine points and senior Merrett Brown grabbed nine boards.

In Friday’s defeat to San Benito, the Cougars trailed 37-35 entering the final period, before sending the contest into overtime deadlocked at 51-51. The two teams played the first three overtimes even, and entered the fourth knotted 61-61.

Tabron and Caradonna held top scoring honors with 16 and 15 points, respectively.


– After a tough 0-3 stretch at the Los Gatos Wildcat Shootout, which began Tuesday with a last-seconds defeat to host Los Gatos, and wrapped up with a 64-53 loss to Saratoga on Friday, the Christopher High boys varsity basketball team (1-5) and head coach Kaden Bahner are looking forward to the home opener Tuesday.

“Right now, we are suffering from starting slow and turnovers,” Bahner said. “Good teams make you pay for turnovers, and that is our Achilles heel right now.”

The Cougars opened the season with a win over Gonzales, but have since dropped their last five outings – all tournament games.

“We are improving, and we have hard-working players who are buying into the system,” Bahner said. “I’m looking forward to seeing up progress as the season continues.”

The Cougars welcome Pacific Collegiate into Gilroy on Tuesday. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.


– The Gilroy High girls varsity soccer team closed the week with a 4-0 nod over host Watsonville on Friday night.

Monique Barragan’s first goal of the season, plus Cynthia Sanchez’s fifth and sixth goals of the year, help the Mustangs build a 3-0 halftime lead. Jahkya Tuerillo converted a penalty kick with 10 minutes to play in the second half, her second in as many games, for Gilroy’s fourth and final tally of the night. Taylor Slattery also had a first-half assist.


– The second round of the annual Homestead Christmas Cup didn’t bode well for the Christopher High boys varsity soccer team in a 7-0 loss to Lincoln-San Jose on Saturday.

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