Sandoval sparks Coleville girls to title |

Sandoval sparks Coleville girls to title

Staff Reports
Coach Will Sandy and the Coleville High girls basketball team share a light moment Friday night during the Wolves' season-opening win against Big Pine, Calif., at the Antelope Valley Lions Club Invitational.
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Stephanie Sandoval capped off her Antelope Valley Lions Club Invitational MVP weekend Saturday when she scored 20 points for the Coleville High girls basketball team in its 43-14 win against Lee Vining in the championship game.

Coleville (2-0) surged to a 12-1 first quarter lead and then put the game out of reach with an 11-0 run through the third quarter in a matchup between Mono County rivals.

Sandoval, a 5-foot-2 senior guard, scored 40 points in two games and was rewarded with the tournament MVP award. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Jackie Saldivar, a 5-foot-5 senior forward who had 33 rebounds in two games.

Shaylor McCann also scored 10 points against Lee Vining while Saldivar pulled down 16 rebounds, 11 on the offensive end, to go with seven steals. Lauren Byers dished out seven assists.

Sandoval shot 2-for-3 from 3-point range plus she grabbed five rebounds and four steals as part of a solid all-around performance.

On Friday night, Coleville pitched a shutout in the third quarter en route to a 50-14 opening round win against Big Pine, Calif. (2-1).

Sandoval had 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals as the Wolves to lead the Wolves. Saldivar also had 17 rebounds, 10 on the defensive end. Byers added eight points and Courtney Knight six for the Wolves. Byers and McCann handed out five and four assists respectively.

McCann sparked a run that put Coleville out front to stay. First, she passed to Byers for an open layup against Big Pine’s 1-3-1 zone defense, then scored on a putback and assisted Knight on a bank shot to give the Wolves a 10-2 lead.

The Wolves pulled away as they outscored Big Pine 16-1 in the second quarter and 16-0 in the third.

Coleville will face tough tests this weekend at Virginia City’s Comstock Classic. The Wolves open Thursday with a 2:20 p.m. contest against Tonopah, followed by two games on Friday, at 11:40 a.m. against Wells and 7:40 p.m. against Eureka, the Division IV state runner-up last season. The Wolves play again at 11:40 a.m. Saturday against McDermitt.