CIF basketball playoffs: Turnovers doom Windsor girls in 56-33 loss to Presentation

Gabby Giddings, middle and teammates Rachel Ibrahim, left and Angela Higerida of the Windsor Jaguars practice a press break during practice Tuesday March 3, 2015. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Gabby Giddings, middle and teammates Rachel Ibrahim, left and Angela Higerida of the Windsor Jaguars practice a press break during practice Tuesday March 3, 2015. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Windsor’s girls team committed 21 first-half turnovers as Presentation eliminated the Jaguars, 56-33, in the opening round of the CIF Division 2 State Championship Wednesday night in San Jose.

A majority of the miscues came in the second quarter when Windsor was outscored, 18-5. It was 10-10 after one period.

“We didn’t handle the pressure very well,” coach Jeff Paul said. “We played hard, we just couldn’t overcome Presentation’s physicality.”

The Panthers, the No. 7 seed, came in the tournament with a deceptive 12-14 record.

“They play in the West Catholic League, which is ultratough,” Paul said. “I think every team in the league made it to the tournament.

“We don’t see this level of play week in and week out. That makes it difficult to prepare.”

Windsor came in with an 18-12 record and finished third in the North Bay League.

Jessica Barbosa led the Jaguars with 10 points, one more than Gabby Giddings. Kasey James finished with six.

In other first round tournament games:

VALLEY CHRISTIAN 63, ROUND VALLEY 49

At Roseville, the Mustangs girls team got to within three points early in the fourth quarter but couldn’t sustain the rally.

“We turned the ball over at key times,” coach Eddie Whipple said after the Division 6 game. “We were in it all the way, we just couldn’t finish it.”

Valley Christian’s Lily Hagerty was a thorn in Round Valley’s side all night. She scored 29.

Karissa McCoy led the Mustangs with 14. She was followed by Christina Phillips (11), Journey Damper (eight) and Shayleen Britton (seven).

Round Valley, the No. 5 seed, ends the season 17-8. Valley Christian, the No. 4, improved to 26-3.

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 75, ANDERSON VALLEY 48

At Redding, the Liberty Christian boys opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never let the Panthers back in the game.

The home team led the Division 6 contest 20-10 after one quarter and increased the margin to 33-20 by halftime.

“Liberty is tall and fundamentally sound,” Anderson Valley coach Luis Espinoza said. “They were a tough matchup for us.”

The Panthers cut the lead to eight early in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.

Elvis Gaxiola, one of Anderson Valley’s two seniors, scored 17. Abraham Sanchez was next with nine.

For Liberty, Jordan Chao and Joro Dimitrov both had 20.

“It was a great season and we’re all sad to see it end,” Espinoza said. “No one expected us to get this far.”
Anderson Valley ends up 19-10.