Thursday, April 2, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Blue Devil girls basketball is a Speck-tator sport

By
December 7, 2010 |

Enterprise staff writer

\n

OK, now the fun starts …

\n

After opening the regular season with 53- and 42-point blowouts against Yuba City and Woodland, the Davis High girls basketball team is about to get some competition.

\n

As the 38th annual Dorothy Speck Memorial Tournament unfolds, starting Thursday, head coach Jeff Christian\’s host Blue Devils are going to know a lot more about just how good they are.

\n

“Vanden and Lincoln of Stockton are going to be two of the top teams,”

\n

sixth-year mentor Christian says. “Both teams are coached well, play great team basketball and have players that can do some amazing things on the court.”

\n

Vanden (2-1) and Stockton (2-0) met in last year\’s cliff-hanging Speck finale with the Trojans nipping the Vikings, 42-41.

\n

The year before it was VHS\’ turn to win the tournament.

\n

This season, Christian has again set things up so local fans are assured a three-day basketball feast with some of Northern California\’s best teams in attendance. No, national power St. Mary\’s isn\’t invited (nor is it on the Davis schedule down the road). However, aside from the Devils (8-19) and their first-round opponent Hogan (1-21), the other six teams in the Speck had a

\n

combined mark of 125-50 in 2009-10.

\n

“The tournament is up for grabs. Whoever can bring their focus and get it done for three consecutive days will come away as (champs),” Christian continued.

\n

Rounding out the eight-team gathering is Christian Brothers (2-1), Chico (2-1), Woodcreek (2-1) and Vacaville (1-1).

\n

As most coaches do when bracketing their own tournaments, Christian aligned his team with events most challenged entry, Hogan (1-1). But note: a recent 40-36 win over Cordova is a ray of light for a school that\’s 5-40 over the last two seasons.

\n

Sure, Vanden and Stockton stand out, but after two weeks of play, nobody has a handle on who the Lady Blue Devils are.

\n

In early-season thrashings of the Honkers and Wolves, senior sisters Khaliya and Malika Wilkins led early charges on which DHS reserves built.

\n

Neither Wilkins — the twin engines that drive the 2010 version of the Devils — has been asked to play a whole game.

\n

Davis starters have built 27-0 and 33-9 leads in their two games. Khaliya Wilkins is averaging about 10 points a game, while Malika Wilkins has 30 points total.

\n

“We really are focused on trying to get better with each and every day,” Christian explains. “I think this team is doing a fantastic job of setting a standard of consistent work — 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time.

\n

“All 16 players are finding a way to help the team.”

\n

With a team that features two freshman and four sophomores, Christian also is pleased with how the girls are starting to identify their roles and “utilizing their strengths for the benefit of the team.”

\n

Here\’s a look at Thursday\’s opening-round Speck Tournament games at The Cage on campus at DHS:

\n

Chico vs. Lincoln (3:30 p.m.) — Led by swingmen Tiffany Cho and Jordan Mootz (10 ppg each), CHS is coming off a league crown and a 19-8 season. Nyre Harris, an All-Speck selection a year ago, paces the Trojans, who are coming off a 71-14 victory over Cordova.

\n

Woodcreek vs. Christian Brothers (5 p.m.) — Fia Hoskinson, a powerful 5-foot-9 junior forward, is \’Creek\’s go-to girl. She\’s averaging 17 points a game for the Timberwolves, who lost 49-39 to Chico last week. An inside-outside combination of Ishian Burch (10.3 ppg) and Grace Kellison (10) have fueled CBS.

\n

Vacaville vs. Vanden (6:30 p.m.) — Vikes\’ post Erimma Amarikwa is coming off a 30-point, 12-rebound outing in a 66-50 win over Analy (Santa Rosa). Vanden went 26-6 last season, losing in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs to St. Mary\’s, then in the state tourney to Bishop O\’Dowd. Vacaville dropped a 56-52 Foundation Game to Davis on Nov. 30. The Bulldogs were 18-8 last winter.

\n

Davis vs. Hogan (8 p.m.) — In a rematch of a 2009-10 first-round game, the Spartans are expected to be a little stronger inside with center Jasnique Porter averaging 10 points a game. While the rest of the offense has struggled, Ebonecia Roberts, Jessica Garcia and Kelsey Alana have each been putting in four a night. The Devils beat Hogan last year, 47-17. The Spartans are five years removed from playing in the Sac-Joaquin Section D-III finals.

\n

Notes: “It\’s an honor to host the Dorothy Speck Memorial Tournament,” Christian adds. “Our families and staff are looking forward to serving the teams and their fans.” … DHS last won the Speck in 2006 when it beat then-No. 12 nationally ranked St. Ignatius (San Francisco), 51-49. Becca Ferrick hit two free throws with five seconds left to win for the Devils. Tournament MVP Molly Collins — now playing at Chico State — had 25 points for DHS.

\n

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8047. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com

\n

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    A joyous Chávez celebration

    By Fred Gladdis | From Page: A1

     
    Nano-brewery on tap for G Street

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Secondhand smog from Asia drifts to California

    By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Sentencing postponed in parental abduction case

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

    Swap your wheels at Chávez fundraiser

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Food Bank gives out meals on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Water-saving landscape tips offered

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Children of area pioneers offer a glimpse into region’s past

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Bunny Run benefits Yolo SPCA

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Take a peek at region’s past at Tremont Mite Society’s social

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Free blood pressure screenings offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4Comments are off for this post

     
    Health, wellness fair features info and fun

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Per Capita Davis: Nuggets of news from the mailbox

    By John Mott-Smith | From Page: A5

     
    Go all in to benefit DMTC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Bak2Sac program kicks off Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Come hear literacy success stories

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Art, science topics explored at LASER

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Workshop helps locals prepare a living will

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Book sale benefits Friends of the Library

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    .

    Sports

    Gamboa, Kelly still knocking on MLB door

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie foursome ready for regional gymnastics meet

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devil bats struggle in Boras Classic loss

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Blue Devil boys get a much-needed win

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Harden has 51 as Rockets edge Kings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Youth roundup: Two Diamonds shine at state championships

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    What’s happening

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: B4

     
    Showcase and auction benefit speech and debate team

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: B4 | Gallery

    Davis High students host plant sale

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: B4

     
    College Corner: College open houses are worth attending

    By Jennifer Borenstein | From Page: B4

    Up a lazy river with me — and my wine glass

    By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Arts

    Sundays at I-House features singer-guitarist

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Custom Neon to play E Street Plaza

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Classical Guitar Concert Series welcomes DuoSF

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Sign up now for summer rock star mini-musical

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    .

    Business

    Ink Monkey honored as Business of the Year

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Joseph Andrew Hein

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Gordon Phillip Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Hector A. Contreras

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Mildred Thomson Barker

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday April 2, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8