1/18/2017

Pacific Grove-Carmel girls hoops

 Having already surpassed last year's entire win total, the Breakers are no longer sneaking up on their rivals in the Mission Trail Athletic League at 3-0.
 Yet, the pop quizzes that Pacific Grove has faced through its first 10 games of the season turn to a mid-term tonight when it visits reigning two-time league champion Carmel.
 One reason for the Breakers turnaround has been the return of Allie Patton, who transferred back to Pacific Grove after moving to Alabama last year as a sophomore.
 The junior guard has been chasing triple doubles all season while averaging nearly 14 points a game. Patton's presence on the floor has seen Vada Courtney emerge as a threat from the perimeter.
 With teams forced to focus on Patton, the 4-foot-11 Courtney is averaging a team high 15.8 points a game while Danielle Pasquariello has made her 6-1 presence felt in the paint.
 While graduation stripped Carmel of its top two scorers, sophomore Soana Loalatu has been a big headache for opponents in the paint, pounding out double-doubles.
 The Padres have had a presence inside the key with Jessica DiLullo teaming with Loalatu to provide a version of the twin towers.
 A concern for Carmel is the Breakers tenacious defense, which has created 148 steals this year, 68 from Patton.









What to watch

Men's basketball
 MPC at Gavilan, 7 p.m.
 Hartnell at De Anza, 7 p.m.

Women's basketball
 Hartnell at De Anza, 5 p.m.
 MPC at Gavilan, 5 p.m.

Boys basketball
 Marina at Greenfield, 7 p.m.
 Gonzales at King City, 7 p.m.
 North Salinas at Seaside, 7 p.m.
 North County at Monte Vista, 7 p.m.
 Gilroy at Alisal, 7 p.m.
 Alvarez at Pajaro Valley, 7 p.m.
 Christopher at Palma, 7 p.m.
 Soledad at Stevenson, 7 p.m.
 San Benito at Monterey, 7 p.m.
 Pacific Grove at Carmel, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
 Pacific Grove at Carmel, 6 p.m.
 Greenfield at Santa Catalina, 6:30 p.m.
 Stevenson at Soledad, 6:30 p.m.
 King City at Gonzales, 6:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
 Watsonville at Monterey, 3 p.m.
 York vs. Trinity at CSUMB, 3:30 p.m.
 North Salinas at Seaside, 5:30 p.m.
 Notre Dame at Monte Vista, 5:30 p.m.
 San Benito at Alisal, 5:30 p.m.
 Alvarez at Pajaro Valley, 6:30 p.m.