Before Branson and San Domenico won their respective division crowns at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento in the beginning of March, the two teams hadn’t played against one another since the beginning of February. The “reunion” that took place on Saturday was held at the College of Marin, which was a more relaxed setting.
Summer Jenkins led San Domenico to its first victory of the season by scoring 21 points, including five 3-point field goals, to contribute to the victory. They prevailed over Branson by a score of 46–37.
Even though San Domenico’s victory over Redwood in Tuesday’s Foundation game wasn’t officially recorded, Panthers head coach Mike Fulton is feeling confident about his team’s chances for the upcoming season as a result of the two victories.
Branson Team Looks to Make Another State Title Run
Fulton stated that the team’s performance was identical to that of the title match. Our defence is still solid, despite the fact that our offence has improved.
Three seniors graduated from the Branson team that won 24 games and the State Division IV championship last year by defeating Imperial by a score of 46-23. The Bulls still have a solid group of players despite the loss of Jaliyah Wiggins, who served as both the on-court and emotional captain of the squad.
Trey Mitchell, the head coach of the Branson team, said that they are not the same team that competed in Sacramento. “This is not the same team.” We are still quite young and have a lot of life ahead of us. Despite the fact that we anticipate this year to be one of expansion, our goals for the year are lofty.
The Panthers defeated the Shalhevet Knights, the No. 4 seed from Southern California, by a score of 38-27 to win State Division V the year before. This year, three seniors left the squad and moved on to other pursuits. The Panthers’ roster is filled of freshmen and sophomores alike.
The previous season, when they won the championship with a record of 24-11, many of them learned how to think like champions.
San Domenico Girls Win Big in North Coast Section Competition
In the D-V competition for the North Coast Section on the 22nd of February, the Bulls won 51-29 over Branson. Fulton believed that the women were most likely still discussing the game that they had played.
After Branson (1-0) got out to a fast start with 5 points, San Domenico (2-0) stormed back with 9 points to take control of the game. This included three-point shots from junior guard Lily Reeser and Jenkins. Branson ended the game with a record of 1-0.
Hannah Golan, according to Fulton, “was the primary focus of our defensive efforts.” She is an excellent player, but our team worked really hard for each and every basket she scored. I believe that (junior) Avery Conklin was the most significant player in the game, despite the fact that the statistics do not reflect this.
In the match against Golan, she and (junior) Mattie Greenstone performed exceptionally well. In the beginning, particularly, Golan didn’t have a lot of open glances at the target.
Golan and Slayen Power Branson to Victory
Golan, who led the Bulls with 21 points and six rebounds in the second half, was the primary contributor to the Bulls’ success. Rosie Slayen contributed 13 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and seven steals in addition to her already impressive stat line.
Golan and Slayen, who are the top two scorers for Branson, combined for only two points in the opening quarter of the game. This resulted in the Panthers taking the lead, 11-7.
Slayen contributed two points to the Bulls’ total after making a jumper and a layup in the second quarter of play. After after, Golan scored two points for Branson by jumping through the hoops to give the team a lead of 15-12.
Jenkins knocked down a pair of three-pointers in quick succession, and senior Amajhi Cook contributed a layup and a three-pointer as San Domenico went on an 8-0 run to take a 25-15 lead into the locker room.
San Domenico Defeats Bulls in Exciting Finish
Even though Golan and Slayen held the Bulls within striking distance, the Panthers maintained their lead throughout the second half, and the momentum never switched in the Bulls’ favour.
At the end of the third quarter, baskets scored by Slayen and Golan brought the score to 37-34, cutting San Domenico’s lead to just three points. However, Maja Cykowska scored a significant number of points right at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and San Domenico did not look back after that.
Mitchell attributed the accomplishment to San Domenico as the reason for its success. They did a good job of coping with the enormous amount of stress. We had high hopes that Summer Jenkins would mature into a formidable markswoman, and she achieved just that. Observing how these two teams competed against one another was a lot of fun.
Cykowska led the Panthers with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while also contributing 11 points. Jenkins and Greenstone tied for the lead with seven wins each.