For Salesian girls, beating Pinewood is sweet revenge
While the Salesian boys were on the wrong end of a revenge game, the girls were on the right end of one as No. 1 Salesian knocked off No. 5 Pinewood 53-44 after falling to the Panthers in the NorCal Open Division final last season.
“Our girls always play great defense,” coach Stephen Pezzola said. “Pinewood is an amazing shooting team. I thought that we had a little bit of a break in our defense in the very beginning of the game, and then I just thought we locked it up.”
Silvia Fonongaloa was the offensive engine for Salesian, finishing with a game-high 20 points, 13 of which came in the second half, along with three rebounds. Fanongaloa even showcased her range, knocking down a corner 3 in the first half.
The forward did more than just rack up points. She served as the Pride’s emotional leader, displaying her competitive fire after a couple made buckets to energize her squad.
“She is such a wonderful young lady,” Pezzola said. “The team loves her. Everybody in the school loves her. When she gets down low and she gets the ball in her hands, it’s Via and the basket. Our girls know we can get it to her down low and she’ll put it in.”
Alexsandra Alvarado finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and Alyssa Jackson had eight points and six rebounds off the bench.
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