Wednesday, August 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS girls are built for another successful Speck

By
From page B1 | December 04, 2013 |

1204dhsGirlsW

DHS junior Alaina King looks to make a pass in a win over Vacaville on Monday. The young but experienced Lady Blue Devils will host the Dorothy Speck Memorial Tournament this weekend, beginning with four games on Thursday. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

If a basketball coach was constructing a team designed specifically for early-season tournament action, the roster would look pretty much like the one the Davis High girls sport this winter.

And with the Lady Blue Devils set to begin hosting the Dorothy Speck Memorial Tournament on Thursday, that has third-year head coach Karen Foster feeling confident.

DHS made it to the finals of its tourney last season before falling to powerful Miramonte, a squad that isn’t in this year’s field.

In an early-season event like this, an experienced squad that is used to playing together can have a leg up on opponents who are just starting to gel. And it just so happens that all five Devil starters were key contributors a year ago and have been working together even longer in club and youth settings.

Another key to success in a tournament like the Speck, where teams play three games in three days, is to have a squad bursting with youthful energy. The locals also fit that bill as they feature 10 sophomores and juniors among their 12 players. And both seniors come off the bench.

“We are a young team but they have all played together for a long time,” Foster said. “So we just have to make sure to keep up our mental toughness.

“There are a lot of good teams coming but I feel we are going to do well. The girls are ready.”

Those teams coming in include Davis’ first-night opponent, Granite Bay, which had a tough season in 2013-14.

But after a dominating 81-64 win over Vacaville in a CIF Foundation Game Monday that wasn’t even that close, the Lady Blue Devils are excited for their first real test. If that doesn’t come from the Grizzlies on Thursday, the winner of a Speck first-round matchup between West Campus and Campolindo awaits.

Other tournament contests, all of which are at The Cage, feature Chico vs. Brookside Christian at 3:30 p.m. and Rio Americano vs. Carondelet at 5 p.m.

If DHS beats Granite Bay, it will play on Friday at 8 p.m., while a loss would send the Devils to the consolation bracket for a 5 p.m. game.

Saturday’s schedule begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with the championship contest at 3:30 p.m.

So what does Davis have to do to return to the finals?

“We need to outrebound the teams we play,” Foster said. “Emma (Stenz), Caitlin (Mazzoleni) and Rachael (Allison) have got to control the boards.

“(On Monday) we moved the ball well and finished at the hoop.”

In that victory, junior Mazzoleni scored 20 points to lead the locals, while classmate Stenz had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Allison, a sophomore, added 16 points and junior Sarah Bloise canned 10.

Sophomore point guard Anna Belenis ran the Blue Devils’ offense to perfection, finishing with 11 assists.

Comments

comments

Enterprise staff

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

     
    Report details the face of hunger in Yolo County

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Summer jobs aren’t always in the bag

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Davis Arts Center gets a new look, thanks to Brooks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    More details emerge in Woodland officer shootings

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Bob Dunning: Taking on a Specktacular challenge

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    The big moveout, on ‘Davisville’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sunder campaign will be at Farmers Market

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Classic car show slated in Woodland

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Students can practice safe bike routes to junior highs

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    ‘Monsters University’ to be screened in Central Park

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    California regulators approve PG&E rate hike

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    America’s ‘it’ school? Look west, Harvard

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: B3

    School board preps for new academic year

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A3

     
    Public opinion sought about Nishi Gateway

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

     
    Davis Art Garage honored; bench dedication set

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Woodland historical award winners announced

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Forum

    Can’t understand this change

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    Delta-friendly water bond is a win for all of California

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Bravo! The road diet works

    By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6

    Support water bond in November

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Relay for Life team says thanks

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Aggie QB is back to pass … Touchdown, Tina! Tina?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Hard hoops schedule features defending national champs at UCD

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Crisp’s big hit helps A’s

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD roundup: Aggie gymnasts are awesome at academics

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    Sacramento scores early to snap skid

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

    Unplayable? Cubs, rain hand Giants a loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    Food that travels well for cooking out

    By Julie Cross | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    .

    Arts

     
    Crowd funding campaign offers support for Art Theater of Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Visit Crawfish and Catfish Festival in Woodland

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Artists invited to paint at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Goldberg, Milstein to play at Village Homes

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    The voice on the CD comes alive at Music Together concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Railroad museum will host Aberbach memorial

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6