By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
It had been two years since the Napa Valley College women’s basketball had played a home basketball game. In their first home game of the season Monterey Peninsula beat Napa Valley 69-37.
“There is something to learn to play at home too, sometimes playing at home is almost harder because you’re on your feet all day, especially during school,” Napa Valley College coach Brian Fonseca explained of the team’s first home game on the season. “It’s tricky all those things are learning processes , but yeah it’s a little bit of a process, I thought we played a ok first half, and then I thought third quarter we really competed, they just shot better and we kinda let them off the hook a little bit in the first half.”
The game was a tale of two halves for the Storm (0-3). In the first half Monterey Peninsula (4-3) was having a hard time pulling away, Napa Valley only trailed 32-15.
“We struggled in the first half, we didn’t have a lot of looks, but we had a few that I thought could’ve maybe kept us in, and I think that’s also part of the young team, you don’t make shots you get a little flat, every time we made a mistake they cashed it in,” Fonseca explained of the first half three-point shooting. “I wanna say first half we come down with a rebound, and maybe we could’ve cleared it and bam. It seemed like every time we made a mistake they capitalized, but that’s the difference between a veteran team that’s been through a few wars, and a team that we’re just getting ours.”
Another factor in the game was the fact that NVC only has an eight player roster as opposed to the Lobos who have a roster of 11 players. For Fonseca it’s all about everyone having a good night to be able to stay in games with teams.
“Right now everybody’s got to step up,”, he explained. “With this group right now they have to realize each of them is twelve and a half percent, do the math if someone has a bad day you’re at a B. I think with eight (players) there’s just so much more responsibility on everybody’s shoulders. If you have a team with 12 (players) if someone’s sick they’ll be good right, they have 11, so I just think eight the challenge for this group is realizing you got to carry a little more responsibility, and until we establish a reputation when teams play us I don’t think Monterey was very worried about us, and when veteran teams get going they’re pretty relaxed. We really, really are going to have to come with some toughness from the beginning.”
On the night the Storm were led by A’janae Lyles. The New Technology High School graduate had 12 points with 17 rebounds. Allyssa Mick-Mckinzie added eight points with five rebounds.
“People had trouble guarding her,” Fonseca explained of Lyles. “I thought she played a pretty solid game.”
Next up for the Storm is the Modesto Junior College tournament on Thursday, November 30th where they’ll face the host Pirates at 7 P.M. The Lobos will travel southward to San Luis Obispo to take part in the Cuesta Junior College tournament where they’ll face American River College at 4 P.M.