Soaring start for Buhach Colony girls

BC adds new dimension to offense

slynch@mercedsun-star.comNovember 29, 2012 

Buhach Colony is no longer a two-trick pony.

For the last two years the key to slowing down the Thunder was taking away the dribble-drive-and-kick game of Jessica Silva and Allison Wisdom.

Slowing one or both members of the BC backcourt essentially silenced the offense. Things maybe very different this season.

The defending Central California Conference girls basketball champions gave a glimpse of how different this year might be with its very first possession of the season on Thursday night, a perfectly executed pick-and-roll between Silva and sophomore forward Barbara Coward.

It was the start of an impressive all-around showing as Buhach Colony got up early and never relented in a 73-47 rout of Enochs in the first round of the 18th annual Golden Valley Lady Cougar Classic.

BC will play Hoover in the semifinals tonight at 7 p.m.

"The ability to finish by Barbara and Brandy (Coward) is the biggest difference for this team," Buhach head coach Shane Gentry said. "Last year we didn't finish a lot of opportunities off.

"They just have more confidence to attack the basket and that they will score when they get there.

"The play where I knew how different it was, was when Brandy pump faked and drove, scoring on the left side. A year ago, that doesn't happen."

The Thunder (1-0) built a quick 20-12 lead after one quarter with its heavy pressure and transition game.

Enochs (2-1) turned the ball over 21 times in the first half, but it was BC's execution in the halfcourt offense that broke the game open.

Silva (game-high 20 points, six steals), Wisdom (14 points, eight assists, four steals), Barbara Coward (12 points, eight rebounds) and Brandy Coward (15 points, six steals) all were in double-digit scoring by intermission.

A pair of last-minute layups by Wisdom and Silva helped BC close out the half on a 9-2 run and push its lead to 44-26.

"I think we've both improved a lot since last year," Brandy Coward said. "And we're only going to get better. We feel very confident in executing the offense, and I think that's the biggest difference."

Eagles freshman Katie Dillon (team-high 13 points) and sharpshooter Jenna Pablo (11 points) did their best to keep the game respectable, but BC pulled away permanently in the third quarter.

Silva drained a pair of 3s to open the second half and transfer Taj Seals provided eight points off of the Thunder bench.

"I think we're going to be a dangerous team," Wisdom said. "If Barbara and Brandy and some of our bench girls are playing like that, it's going to take a lot of pressure off of Jessica and I.

"What I was most pleased with was the way we executed the offense and played how our coach wants us to. We played with a lot of poise, which was great for a first game."

Dublin 70, Livingston 28

Brittany Sarnillo and Alexis Modi each scored a team-high five points, but the Wolves couldn't keep pace with Dublin.

Hoover 40, Golden Valley 31

Camille Flores (12 points) hit all three of her 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Marissa Cervantes chipped in 11, but the Cougars' rally started a little late in a loss to Hoover.

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