The Vintage High girls basketball team found a team it could dominate and handed the Tracy Bulldogs a 49-30 defeat in consolation bracket action at the Wine Valley Tournament in Messner Gym.
“I thought we played just as well last night,” Vintage head coach Joe Donohoe of Thursday’s 58-46 loss to undefeated Mission San Jose. “We played with good energy again today, our defense was good and we’re turning turnovers into layups. That’s our plan.”
The Crushers (3-4) came out with something to prove. After they gave up an initial bucket, it was the Alyssa Andrews/Nicole Gleeson Show as Vintage outscored the Bulldogs 15-1 the rest of the first quarter for 15-3 lead.
The duo brought a roar from the crowd when Gleeson loudly blocked a shot and then fed a streaking Andrews for a pretty driving layup.
“I expect that out of those two,” said Donohoe. “I see them every day in practice and that’s pretty much who they are every day.”
Vintage opened the second quarter red hot, with Andrews making two nice shots and Gleeson one to give the Crushers a 21-3 lead after only a minute. Two minutes later, Andrews hit a highlight-reel driving layup in traffic, but took a shot to the left leg and had to leave the game hobbling.
Donohoe replaced his starters midway through the quarter, which allowed Tracy to mount a mini comeback. But Maggie Schuh came off the bench to nail a long three at the buzzer and Vintage went into the locker room with a comfortable 31-11 lead.
“I got everybody in both halves, and that’s important because everybody practices hard,” Donohoe said.
The third quarter began with Andrews back in the lineup and apparently feeling no pain. She hit a running jumper for the Crushers’ first score of the second half and, 30 seconds later, nailed a long three from the corner to give Vintage its biggest lead at 36-13.
Gleeson later stole a pass and drove the length of the floor for a short jumper to give Vintage a commanding 46-17 lead at quarter time.
The fourth quarter began with the Vintage starters on the bench – and why not? With a 29-point lead, Donohoe wisely gave his reserves some valuable playing time.
Carlyn Bacci made a nice outside shot for the Crushers’ final score as they cruised to an easy 19-point win.
Andrews led Vintage with 21 points, and Gleeson added 12. Bailey Loban, Bacci and Schuh had three points apiece, Morgan Groves and Dellaina Morse each had two, and Maya Sapienza had one for the winners.
The Crushers will play Liberty (4-7) in the fifth place in the consolation final on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.
“They beat us last year,” noted Donohoe of the Lions from Brentwood, “so we owe them one.”