The top-seeded Salesian girls could’ve been looking at a blowout victory. Rather, No. 9 San Ramon Valley found the resolve to climb back and head into the break with a tie score.
So, at intermission, Salesian coach Stephen Pezzola had a question for his team.
“So we went into halftime and we just challenged our girls. Are we a championship team or are we not a championship team?” Pezzola said.
Salesian proved that they were the former, outscoring No. 9 San Ramon Valley by 23 points in the second half en route to a 70-47 win.
The Pride featured 10 players in the scoring column and several who stuffed the stat sheet.
Alexsandra Alvarado led the way with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block. Silvia Fonongaloa put up 12 points with eight rebounds. Alyssa Jackson racked up seven points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench.
“It keeps everybody engaged,” Pezzola said. “Every girl on my team is so important to me for offensive and defensive purposes and they know it. They know they’re going to get their opportunity to come in. When you have that many people scoring, who are you going to stop?
Natalie Pasco had a valiant effort in the loss, finishing with a game-high 18 points along with eight rebounds and two assists.
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