Women’s basketball teams crown seasons with state titles

  • SACRAMENTO CA – MARCH 12: Branson’s Jaliyah Wiggins (11) looks for a pass while being defended by Amy Riley (4) during their CIF State Basketball Division IV Girls game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Branson defeated Imperial 46-23. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • SACRAMENTO CA – MARCH 12: Branson’s Isabella Arauz-Moore (20) drives to the basket past a pair of Imperial defenders during the CIF State Basketball Division IV girls game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Branson defeated Imperial 46-23. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

  • San Domenico celebrates their win over Shalhevet during the Girls DV State Championship at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday, March 11, 2022. (Ethan Swope/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)

The San Domenico girls’ basketball team’s first trip to the state and the Branson School’s third both ended in wins last weekend in Sacramento.

San Domenico got great performances from a pair of sophomores in wins over University and Shalhevet. Branson’s star duo shone again as the Bulls won the title after having that chance taken away when the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

With the winter sports season officially announced, the focus can be on spring. A handful of baseball players have had great performances to lead their teams to victories. A freshman golfer from Tam announced his arrival with a trio of low rounders and a Catholic lacrosse player from Marin scored five times and dished out eight assists in a single game.

Lily Reeser and Summer Jenkins, San Domenico Women’s Basketball

San Domenico arrived ahead of schedule, winning the Division V state title despite many of its key players being just sophomores. Jenkins and Reeser took turns posting high point totals as the Panthers won the two biggest games in program history last week. Jenkins scored a game-high 22 points as San Domenico beat the University in the NorCal title game on Tuesday, clinching his ticket to his first state title game. It took the team well into the half to adjust to the size of the arena in the state final at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, but Reeser contributed to a game-high 12 points as the Panthers became Marin’s first women’s basketball team to win. in the state since Branson won the second consecutive title in 2008.

Hannah Golan and Jaliyah Wiggins, Branson Girls Basketball

The Branson duo cemented their legacy by leading the Bulls to their first state title victory in 14 years. Golan, a junior, was virtually unstoppable in the NorCal D-IV Championship Game and the National Final. Golan had 23 points, 16 rebounds, two blocks and two steals as Branson held on to beat Argonaut 51-45 in NorCals. Golan was just as good in state, racking up 21 points, 15 rebounds and five steals as the Bulls doubled Imperial, 46-23. Wiggins, a senior, was the team’s emotional leader throughout the season and had two big games in her own right – 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks against Argonaut and then 10 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists against Imperial.

Matteo Bellisimo, Tam baseball

Tam’s best hitter opened up a close game against Novato last week, hitting a grand slam and hitting six runs over the final two innings of an 11-1 win. Bellisimo’s slam came in the sixth set, turning a 3-1 advantage into a 7-1 lead. Bellisimo also had two hits in an overtime loss to Casa Grande on Saturday.

Rex Solle and Kent Goodman, Redwood Baseball

The two players combined to strike out 17 batters in a 15-0 win over Terra Linda on Friday. Goodman struck out eight in four innings of work, then Solle came in and struck out nine in three innings. Both players put in great performances earlier in the week. Goodman delivered the winning blow in extra innings against San Marino on Monday to cap a game that started the previous Friday. Solle had a big day at the plate in Game 1 against TL on Tuesday, hitting a triple and leading in four runs.

Kayla Conroy, Catholic Girls Marin Lacrosse

Conroy put up a huge stat line in a 20-4 win over Piedmont last week, tallying five goals while racking up eight assists. Conroy followed that up with a two-goal, two-assist performance in a 12-11 overtime loss to Carondelet.

Ben Friedman, Tam boys golf

The freshman had a stellar week, shooting in the 30s three times to guide the Red-tailed Hawks to a 3-0 record. Friedman shot a 32 at Mill Valley on Tuesday and followed it up with a 33 at Indian Valley on Wednesday. Friedman then returned to Mill Valley and shot a 33 in a win over San Marino on Thursday.

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