Buhach Colony girls lose in first round

02/20/2013 12:18 AM

02/20/2013 12:24 AM

Jessica Silva's shots weren't falling.

Teammate Allison Wisdom wasn't having any better luck, nor was anybody else wearing a Buhach Colony High jersey on Tuesday night.

It made for a rough ending to an otherwise successful season as No. 9 seed Grant came into the Thunder Dome and won convincingly 46-18 over No. 8 Buhach Colony in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 playoffs.

"We hadn't seen pressure like that since the preseason," Silva said. "We tried to run some counters, but it was tough. My shot was off. I think everybody was off. We missed layups."

Grant (17-10) arrived late as the Pacers stepped off the bus about 12 minutes before the start of the game.

Despite warming up for only 7 minutes, Grant dominated from the start with a 15-2 run to start the game.

The Thunder (21-7) struggled all night against the Pacers' half-court trap.

Buhach Colony didn't make a shot from the field until Silva made a 3-pointer with 2:46 left in the first half.

"We saw everything we thought we'd see," Thunder coach Shane Gentry said. "I just thought we'd be able to counter it better. Their pressure was a little better than I expected.

"It might have made a difference if we were able to hit some early shots and maybe press them a little bit."

The Thunder struggled getting into any kind of rhythm on offense. It didn't help that their two top offensive players, Silva and Wisdom, have been battling illnesses this past week.

"I almost hate to use that as an excuse," Gentry said. "I think if we're fully healthy that team is still going to be tough for us."

Buhach Colony committed 32 turnovers in the game and was beaten soundly on the boards.

Raynell Lynn led Grant with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Despite only scoring 10 points in the first half, Buhach Colony trailed only by 11 points at halftime.

However, Grant erased any thoughts of a comeback by outscoring the Thunder 17-7 in the third quarter to take a 21-point lead.

Silva, who averages over 16 points per game, was held to a team-high seven points.

The four-year starter was forced to deal with the sudden finality of her high school career.

"I was crying when I realized this was going to be my last high school game," Silva said. "I told the girls I appreciated their dedication and hard work every day.

"We won back-to-back league titles and hosted a playoff game. That's something that's never been done at this school."

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