Clovis News: Sports

Girls City team gets All-Star victory

The City's brawn was too much for the County's sharp-shooters in the girls City/County All-Star game.

With 6-foot-3 Clovis West post player Janae Coffee leading the way, the City pulled away late for a 92-82 victory.

Coffee was named the MVP after posting game-leading figures of 22 points and 17 rebounds.

"It was really fun, but I'm tired," said the Long Beach State-bound Coffee. "We were the bigger team and we had to take advantage of our size."

With the City clinging to an 83-79 lead with 3:44 left, Coffee took over, scoring five points and grabbing three crucial rebounds down the stretch.

The key for the City girls was neutralizing the County's 3-point shooters, particularly the Hanford foursome of Taryn Sayama, Sarah Mendoza, Taylor Spikes and Sarina Sayama.

Spikes (131) and Hanford (372) set individual and team state records for 3-pointers this season, but the Bullpups' All-Stars were only 4 for 17 on Thursday.

"It felt good to shut them down," said Toni Anaya of Memorial, who had 11 points.

When the City wasn't pounding the ball inside to Coffee, Roosevelt's speedy Trinity Washington was pushing the pace, finishing with 15 points.

"I was nervous at first, but I just had to play basketball and get in a rhythm," Washington said. "I like to make the game fast."

The County received 18 points from Corcoran's Tabitha Torres.


City 92, County 82

City 45 47 -- 92

County 37 45 -- 82

City: Janae Coffee 22, Trinity Washington 15, Nikki Chapple 11, Toni Anaya 11, Brianna Orlich 9, Corinne DenHartog 9, Haleigh LoCastro 4, Tanisha Shaw 4, Tashae Tanskley 3, Jennifer Alacar 2, Paige Maltos 2.

County: Tabitha Torres 18, Taylor Spikes 11, Taryn Sayama 10, Sarah Mendoza 7, Sienna Gonzales 7, Erykah Washington 6, Miriah Chavez 6, Jenay Herring 5, Yesenia Garcia 5, Cassandra Gomez 5, Sarina Sayama 2.