By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
It was another soon-to-be league matchup Tuesday night for the Vintage girls basketball team, as they beat American Canyon 43-36.
The Crushers (8-6) biggest lead of the night was ten points, but for most of the game Vintage had a lead of five to seven points over the Wolves (2-11).
“We’re not shooting the ball very well,” Vintage coach Joe Donohoe said of how close the game was. “I think (if) we make five or six of those point-blank that’s a 17-point game instead of a seven-point game, but we’re scuffling, and we’re working through it. If you look at our record we’ve played a lot of close games, so that’s actually a blessing for us going into league, because you get a lot of close games in league, and we’re getting tested you know. You know if you walk through the coals you get tougher feet, so that’s basically what our preseason has been like we’ve had several close games.”
On the night Vintage was led by Senior Megan Kuehl who had 12 points while bringing in four rebounds — Junior Alyssa Andrews added nine points while grabbing four boards on the night. Kate Ilsley led the Crushers in rebounding grabbing 14 of them, while pitching in eight points.
“We have several leaders,” Donohoe explained of his team. “You know Nicole Gleesson does things that don’t show up in the stats with deflections that turns into turnovers, so you know she scored 18 the other night, you know she’s got length, athleticism, and instincts, so she changes a game, but yeah of course Megan, Kate, and Alyssa they you know they’re returning starters as varsity players, so they should be getting the lion share of it.”
Vintage recently competed in the West Coast Jamboree Ivory Division at Monte Vista High School in Danville December 28th-30th where they took third place. For Donohoe that tournament toughened up his team even more.
“We played a really feisty team from Mount Shasta, they were actually really good,” he explained of the West Coast Jamboree. “I could tell they play year round together or at least they’ve played a lot, and then we played Sequoia (Redwood City), and again it was a similar shooting night to this, I think we went 6-for-41, but they were a great defensive team, I saw in the bracket they held their next opponent (St. Mary’s Academy-Inglewood) to three points in the first half, and I think they’re averaging giving up about 25 points a game.”
Up next for the Crushers is the back end of a back-to-back with a trip to Tracy in the Central Valley today to face Merrill West at 7 P.M., while American Canyon will return to Napa Thursday to face Napa High at 7 P.M.