Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Senior sparkplug helps Blue Devil come back for playoff win

By
From page B1 | February 20, 2013 | Leave Comment

DHS senior Kylie Drexel (3) had a strong all-around game on Tuesday to help the Lady Blue Devils to a 52-46 victory over Napa in the first round of the section playoffs at The Cage. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Coming back from an early 10-point deficit, the Davis High girls survived the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section basketball playoffs, sending visiting Napa home, 52-46, before a packed gym at The Cage on Tuesday night.

Brilliant off-the-bench play from Lady Blue Devil senior guard Kylie Drexel fueled a furious second-half rally that saw the sixth-seeded locals get their first lead of the contest halfway through the third period.

“We knew it was going to be a battle,” said second-year DHS coach Karen Foster, who made a critical change to zone defense at halftime, then turned up the pressure with a full-court press.

But that third period was a 10-10 standoff, the pesky Indians holding on to the five-point lead they had built in the opening half.

It wasn’t until Drexel burned 11th-seed Napa, grabbing an offensive rebound then scoring on a determined lay-up in heavy traffic, that Davis’ guests began to wheeze.

Moments after Drexel’s display, sophomore Emma Stenz’s putback gave the Devils their first lead — 39-38 with 5:48 left in the third quarter.

When Katie Grahn subsequently hit a jumper, DHS went up three and the partial crowd of more than 300 became a factor.

Despite the ruckus, Napa’s Madison Van Zandt canned a couple of free throws and scored inside (off a slick pass from Kelsi Maday) to give the Monticello Empire League runner-up its last advantage at 42-41 with just 3:31 to play.

Drexel forced one of Napa’s 25 turnovers, which, in turn, led to Stenz’s short jumper and a lead that Davis (23-4) would never relinquish.

Grahn’s free throw nudged the lead forward before she grabbed a steal and dished to Stenz for another inside bucket.

Ashleigh Vandenbrink’s block of a Napa shot eventually led to Caitlin Mazzoleni’s jumper with 32 seconds left — putting the Delta Valley Conference champions up by five.

All season, a good strategy for the Blue Devils has been to get the ball into the hands of the DVC Player of the Year. This night saw Vandenbrink sink four straight free throws to close out the visitors.

“It was an intense game,” Stenz explained after grabbing 10 rebounds, scoring 10 points, forcing five turnovers and blocking three shots. “(Napa) is so much more fundamental than the teams we’ve been playing. They knew how to drive the ball, they knew how to keep control, work the ball into their bigs. They are a very athletic team.”

Foster concurred, pointing to Drexel as the difference:

“Kylie was the game-changer. Kylie is reckless abandon … chases everything, she’s nonstop. I can’t say enough positive things about Kylie — an experienced senior who knows how to get it done.”

Coming off the bench early, the three-sport standout finished with eight points and three steals — each of which resulted in Blue Devil baskets.

The 5-foot-4 Drexel did significant damage in the paint, collecting six rebounds (two of which were offensive). By comparison, the 6-foot-1 Van Zandt, a solid sophomore post player, had but four caroms.

The switch to zone with a healthy helping of in-your-face defense changed the game after halftime.

“We went to a 2-3 zone and they didn’t get any shots,” Foster explained. “We’re usually a man defense, but we made the adjustment and it paid off.”

Davis outboarded the taller Indians, 42-35. However, the Devils were an ice-cold 8-for-33 from the floor in the first two periods. On the night, DHS finished 18-for-65 and hit 15-of-21 free throws.

Vandenbrink led all scorers with 15, while Van Zandt’s 14 was a Napa high.

Freshman forward Rachael Allison (six points, three steals, three assists and a block) drew Foster’s praise for a strong game.

Mazzoleni was solid in her efforts to penetrate but usually drew a crowd inside. She finished with four points and a key assist.

Foster said there was a lot of credit to spread around and paused to talk about her center Stenz’s first postseason appearance:

“Emma gets the boards when we need them. She’s 6-foot and we expect her to do that. She battled down there. They got physical with her and she sustained her physicality. That was nice.”

Next up for DHS is a second-round contest at Kennedy (Sacramento) on Thursday. The third-seed Cougars (22-5) beat Enochs, 51-33, on Tuesday.

Kennedy was the Metro League second-place team behind No. 1 Sacramento. The Cougars have won five section titles over the years.

But as Stenz says, the Lady Blue Devils have some mojo of their own:

“We rely on each other as a team. We win games as a team. Obviously we have Ashleigh, but all of us work together well.”

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8047.

Bruce Gallaudet

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

    Going green at church, school, everywhere

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Former caretaker convicted of murder, elder abuse

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1, 4 Comments | Gallery

    Old friend helps Brad and others find kidneys

    By Dave Jones | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Chuck Rairdan joins school board race

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

     
    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    UCD to host Global Health Day event

    By Cory Golden | From Page: A2

    Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 3 Comments

     
    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    ‘Hitchhiking’ dog looking for new home

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Online K-12 school holds info night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Schwenger lawn signs available

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

    Volunteers needed for Grad Night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Davis grad makes rain collection a business

    By Jason McAlister | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    A few spots left on history tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Chipotle fundraiser boosts Emerson tech upgrade

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Event to provide nature scholarship

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Students have new options on leasing front

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Groups join for a day of service

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    NAMI backers walk in Sacramento

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Food for the hungry

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

    .

    Forum

    Dad makes mom look bad

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    More tax money? Answer the question

    By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6, 3 Comments

     
    UCD IS responsible for students

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    In search of great ideas

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

    Please keep the nursery open

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Early help is a great investment

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Sharks double up Kings in Game 1

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Aggies lose a slugfest in opener at Riverside

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Fox coming to UCD; Riffle heads to Florida

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    DHS’ Golston goes full-bore on the diamond

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devils show more life in loss to Mitty

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    DYSA roundup: Intensity has big week; 10U games dominate schedule

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Pro baseball roundup: Susac sends Sacramento to a rare loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    Sports briefs: Aggies set the academic bar high

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Transcendence’: A whole new level of tedium

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    ‘The Bloom’ paves way for Whole Earth Festival

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    DHS tribute to Tony Fields slated for April 25-26

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    UCD, city team up for Music on the Green

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    Ford turns its Focus to domestic market

    By Ali Arsham | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, April 18, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Real Estate Review

    Featured Listing

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER1

    Professional Services Directory

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER2

    Lyon Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER3

    Jamie Madison

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Yolo FCU

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Acacia at Huntington Square

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Travis Credit Union

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER5

    Kim Eichorn

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

    Suzanne Kimmel

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

    Lynne Wegner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Kim Merrel Lamb

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Chris Snow

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

    Patricia Echevarria

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

    Sheryl Patterson

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Don Guthrie

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Andrew Dowling

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER10

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

    Julie Partain & Dick Partain

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

    Heather Barnes

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

    Malek Baroody

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER13

    Karen Waggoner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Willowbank Park

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Julie Leonard

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Tim Harrison

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Team Traverso

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Tracy Harris

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Lori Prizmich

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Raul Zamora

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

    Joe Kaplan

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

    Open House Map

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

    F1rst Street Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER20