PREP ROUNDUP: Faith Christian boys clinch first league crown in 20 years
RV boys stay on top in TCC
The 20-year wait ended on Friday night for the Faith Christian High boys basketball team.
For the first time since the 1992-93 season, the Lions are league champions after defeating Sacramento Country Day 89-57 at C.A. Summy Gymnasium.
Faith (20-5, 8-1) clinched a share of the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League championship and can win the crown outright with a victory over Valley Christian on Tuesday.
Justin Glen led the Lions on Friday with 27 points and four 3-pointers. Deep Bhatti added 24 points, 18 rebounds and four 3s of his own.
Jordan Sullivan rounded out a strong evening for Faith with 17 points.
River Valley 62, Woodland 48
In Yuba City — After losing to the Wolves in the first round of Tri-County Conference play on the road, the Falcons got one back.
Sophomore Josh Dhatt scored 16 points, Stuart Bradley finished with 14 points and six rebounds and River Valley protected its lead at the top of the conference standings by improving to 16-10 overall and 7-2 in the TCC.
RV needs to beat Yuba City on Tuesday at Honker Gym to claim the program's first ever TCC championship. If Inderkum (also 7-2 in TCC play) loses to Natomas on Tuesday, the Falcons will have the title outright.
Cris Lamas contributed nine points, while T.J. Dove and Jordan Noall led in the rebounding department with seven each.
Lindhurst 69, Marysville 62
In Marysville — Alex Yang led five Blazers in double-figures with 17 points and Lindhurst escaped Lesta Joubert Gymnasium with a Golden Empire League victory over the rival Indians in the regular season finale for both teams.
Hugo Arroyo added 15 points and six rebounds, Cedrick Thomas recorded 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and Devin Ward scored 14 points for Lindhurst, which improved to 14-13 overall and 5-5 in the GEL.
Malik Payton finished with 11 points and eight rebounds in the win.
Brandon Graves scored a game-high 25 points and Chu Lor scored 10 points to lead the way for Marysville (5-22, 0-10).
Natomas 71, Yuba City 69
In Sacramento — Travis Blas scored a team-high 17 points, but 23 turnovers were too much to overcome for the Honkers as they fell in another TCC game.
Louis Mowers contributed 16 points, Aran Dhillon finished with 14 and Tanner McAlister chipped in with 11 for the Honkers (10-14, 2-7).
Gridley 63, Winters 39
In Gridley — It was all Bulldogs on Senior Night at Farmer's Hall as Gridley improved to 5-2 in the Butte View League with the win over the Warriors
Freshman Sam Cota stole the show with a game-high 21 points for the Bulldogs (16-9 overall) and Leo Espinoza added 11 points.
Tyler Abrego tacked on eight points for Gridley, which concludes the regular season at Wheatland on Thursday.
Freedom Christian 62, New Life Christian 59
In Olivehurst — The Eagles spoiled New Life's homecoming with a close victory in Northern Pacific Athletic Conference play.
Thomas Marquette scored 22 points to go with four assists and three steals for the Crusaders (17-6, 7-1), who already clinched the NPAC title.
Lovedeep Singh had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Chase Smotherman added eight points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Tyler Treat also scored eight points and amassed 16 rebounds.
Sutter 51, Orland 35
In Orland — The Huskies clinched at least a share of the BVL for the first time in 12 seasons after topping Orland.
The last time Sutter (17-6, 6-1) accomplished the feat was during the 2000-01 season, when it shared a title with Colusa.
Erika Larsen finished with 21 points, 24 rebounds and eight blocks to lead the way, while Shelby Hill contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Jaelyn Hoffman also added 10 points.
Marysville 48, Lindhurst 42
In Marysville — Bayshta Aguila led the Indians with 14 points as they closed out their season with a GEL victory over the rival Blazers.
Holly Tarr had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while 5-foot guard Myers Lor added 11 rebounds for Marysville (12-15, 4-6).
Sarah May recorded a game-high 18 points for Lindhurst (3-18, 0-10).
New Life Christian 46, Freedom Christian 30
In Olivehurst — The NPAC title belongs to the Crusaders after a big night on the carpet from Elicia Villafranco, who scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Haley Moody scored 11 points and Rachel Whiteley totaled nine points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Crusaders (19-2, 8-0), who currently hold the No. 1 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI power ratings.
Sacramento Country Day 49, Faith Christian 43
In Yuba City — Tiffany Hendricks had a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, but the Lions came up a little bit short at C.A. Summy Gymnasium in SMAL play.
Hendricks drained five 3-pointers for the Lions (12-13, 4-7) and Shon Ritchie added 10 points and seven boards. Tina Hendricks put up eight points and 10 rebounds.
Maxwell 44, Portola 43
In Maxwell — Brittney Haywood nailed a 2-point shot with 18 seconds left and the Panthers held on to beat the Tigers in a battle for first place in the Mid-Valley League.
Maxwell (13-5, 6-1) now sits alone at the top of the MVL standings with the victory.
Kailey McKinley scored 18 points with 14 rebounds, while Jenna Powell tacked on eight points and 12 rebounds. Ashley Azevedo chipped in with eight points and three assists.
Colusa 34, Williams 23
In Colusa — The RedHawks got a double-double from Emily Mobley to earn a MVL win on Homecoming Night.
Mobley finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds, Yasmin Moreno turned in 11 points and an outstanding defensive performance, and Teale Stacey did a bit of everything — nine points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists — to lead Colusa (13-10, 5-3).
Colusa's Paige Townzen contributed 11 rebounds and five boards, while Emilee Cranford led Williams with 10 points.
JV BOYS BASKETBALL
River Valley 60, Woodland 18
In Yuba City — Rohin Basi scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lift the Falcons to a blowout victory over the Wolves.
Devin Cates scored nine points and Sam Van Dusen came down with 10 rebounds for RV, which improved to 16-7 overall and 7-2 in the TCC with the win.
Yuba City 75, Natomas 54
In Sacramento — Angel Hernandez tallied 29 points and 12 rebounds, John Horn added 20 points to go with six assists and the Honkers improved to 7-2 in TCC play with a win over the Nighthawks.
Parker Lowe had 14 points and eight rebounds in the win for Yuba City (14-11).
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL
Marysville 61, Lindhurst 20
In Marysville — The Indians closed out their season with a win over their rival.
Hannah Stueve scored 20 points and Ajza Matta added 16 points for Marysville (12-15, 6-4) in the GEL victory.
FROSH BOYS BASKETBALL
River Valley 45, Woodland 26
In Yuba City — Jacob Farmer scored 10 points and Jagjot Takhar added nine more for the Falcons (6-17, 3-4) in a TCC victory over the Wolves.
Sukhman Janda dropped in seven points and Jagdeep Bains added six for River Valley.