Silverado duo flies high to win CIF title

first_img“When he said that, we believed him and we played like it,” Brown said. “It meant a lot to us (seniors) that he said it.” An incessant Silverado press flustered a young Colony team from the tip, and cruised to a 15-point, second-quarter lead. Colony’s 10-0 run to end the half was virtually the only scare the Hawks received all game. It was quickly followed by a 12-3 Silverado run to open the third quarter from which the Hawks never looked back. Photo Gallery: Silverado vs. Colony Colony, which started two freshmen and a sophomore, committed 31 turnovers, 20 in the first half. Although Richie and Brown are the only seniors in Silverado’s starting five, the Hawks limited their mistakes. Senior guards Ashley Richie and Koi Brown got the message. Behind the duo’s 34 combined points, Silverado ran away with the CIF-SS Division III-A championship game, beating Colony 64-52 on Saturday at the Walter Pyramid. LONG BEACH – Tyrone Brown was addressing the entire Silverado High School girls basketball team when he said it, but he wasn’t speaking to all of them. Before the 2006-07 season, the Hawks’ third-year coach proclaimed if Silverado was to win a CIF-Southern Section title it wouldn’t be in 2008 or 2009; it was going to be this year. center_img Coach Brown, however, was counting on his seniors to do more than limit mistakes. “I knew I had the guards I needed to win it,” Brown said. “(Brown and Richie) have played together for four years, so I knew what they were capable of together.” Richie added nine steals to her 19 points, leading not only the furious press, but a half-court trapping defense that plagued Colony for 32 minutes. Brown scored 15 points, 10 in the second half, and added six rebounds. Colony star guard Amani Butler was hampered by foul trouble – along with her team – and sat out stretches of the first and third quarters before fouling out with 1:45 left in the game. The four other Titan starters finished with four fouls apiece. “Everything we did was a foul,” Butler said. “If you drive it was a foul. If you played defense it was a foul. It was frustrating because you know you couldn’t do anything. You couldn’t play.” Silverado guard Shavonda Gates battled foul trouble much of the game, but fueled the Hawks’ opening-quarter surge, finishing the first half with all nine of her points and all six of her steals. But it was the seniors who carried Silverado down the stretch. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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