Stallions boys soccer team boils Badgers 4-2
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Madera’s Shellie Perkins pushes the ball up the court during a 2012 victory over Bullard. She scored a season-high 17 points in the upset over the ninth ranked Knights.
For the Madera South varsity boys soccer team, it doesn’t hurt to take a lot of shots in a game. In fact, Stallion head coach Bobby Gutierrez encourages his team to as Madera South came out firing away against Yosemite High in a 4-2 victory on Lee DaSilva Field at Memorial Stadium.
After the first 17 minutes of the game, the Stallions held a 3-0 lead thanks to their trigger-happy feet.
“In practice, we worked on taking shots and it showed in the beginning of the game,” Gutierrez said.
Madera South’s Alfonso Castillo took that strategy to heart, as he scored two of the Stallions’ three first half goals.
Coyotes jump back into first
Luis Hernandez recorded a hat trick and the Madera Coyote boys soccer team re-claimed first place in the County/Metro Athletic Conference with a 4-1 victory over the Edison Tigers in Memorial Stadium.
Hernandez now has eightgoals in league play and 16 for the season.
Hernandez scored his first goal on a free kick with a shot into the opposite corner. He scored Madera’s final two goals with shots inside the goalkeeper’s box.
Coyotes’ late rally topples Knights
The Madera Coyote girls basketball team found itself trailing the section’s No. 9 ranked Bullard-Fresno Knights 47-40 with just over three minutes to play at Joe Flores Gym before a 23-point fourth quarter offensive explosion, keyed by Breanna Torres. led the Coyotes to a 56-52 win.
“This is the biggest win we have had here in my four years and the biggest for our seniors,” said Madera head coach Jason Smith whose teams were a combined
31-48 and 4-26 in league play the previous three seasons. “I am so proud of our seniors and we preached ever since last season ended that we wanted to work hard to be able to play our best basketball in January and February.”
Madera has now turned the corner and finds itself in a three-way tie for first place in the CMAC with Edison-Fresno and Bullard at 4-1.
The Coyotes were paced by Shellie Perkins, who showed reckless abandon driving to the basket resulting in either a bucket or free throws. She finished with a season-high 17 points. Torres had 11 points and freshman sharpshooter Bria Fernandes drained four 3-pointers to finish with 12.
League run hits snag for Coyotes
The Madera Coyote girls soccer team had plenty of chances to score, but the Edison-Fresno Tigers got the game-winning goal for a 1-0 victory in Memorial Stadium.
The loss leaves the Coyotes with a 4-3 record and drops them into a third place tie with Edison in the County/Metro Athletic Conference with three matches to go.
“We dominated the game,” head coach Eli Liuba said. “We had 90 percent possession on their side of the field. Nothing went right for us. I tried different combos, but nothing worked.”
What also hurt Liuba was the absence of two of his top defenders, including a co-caption. Freshman stopper Oksana Reynoso will miss the rest of the season due to disciplinary action. Senior co-caption, defensive midfielder Toni Hedding missed the game due to an injury and Liuba hopes to have her back for the next match.
Richardson paces Coyotes to win
After Madera South’s Josh Johnson hit a step-back 3-pointer to cut the lead to two with 25.7 seconds left in the game, Madera’s Ethan Richardson sank four straight free throws and grabbed a defensive rebound to lead the Coyotes to a County/Metro Athletic Conference victory in Joe Flores Gym.
Richardson scored a game-high 29 points to go with 11 rebounds. He hit two of Madera’s three 3-pointers and was 11-of-14 from the free throw line to lead the Coyotes to a 48-41 victory over the cross-town rivals.
However, other than Richardson, Madera had just five other players score and none scored more than five points.
Jonah Johnson scored a career-high 17 points in his first career double-double for the Stallions. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Brother Josh Johnson scored 11 points with seven rebounds. Sammy Peterson added nine points on three first half 3-pointers, but didn’t take a shot in the second half.
Coyotes make quick work of Stallions
Any thoughts the Madera South Stallions girls basketball team had about pulling an upset and getting its first win over the Madera Coyotes went out the window four minutes into the game.
By that time, the Coyotes scored the first 11 points and took a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter to cruise to a 52-10 victory to end the first round of the County/Metro Athletic Conference.
Madera received points from 10 different players and got just three baskets from leading scorer Bria Fernandes. Sarah Nainoa led the team with 12 points and scored 10 of her team’s first 13 points. Addyson Smith added 10 points and Ashley Hansen scored eight with six steals.
The Coyotes defense stifled the Stallions for most of the game. They forced 44 turnovers and the Stallions took 28 shots and made just four (14 percent). Madera held the Stallions scoreless in the third quarter while taking a 47-7 lead.
Madera shot 29 percent (19-of-65) from the field, including 33 percent (6-of-18) from 3-point range.
Coyotes keep winning streak
In the nine years since Madera South has been opened, they haven’t been able to overtake crosstown rivals Madera in girls basketball.
The streak continued when the Coyotes used a third quarter surge to keep the Stallions at bay in a 50-39 County/Metro Athletic Conference battle.
The Coyotes got 25 points from their post players to take advantage of Madera South’s lack of height. Addyson Smith led the team with 13 points while Alyssa Burton added 12.
However, the Coyotes needed the boost from the post to overcome their troubles putting the ball in the hoop. Madera shot 25 percent (15-of-59) from the field, including 6-of-30 (20 percent) in the first half. They also attempted three 3-pointers and didn’t make any. Madera also went 15-of-32 (47 percent) from the free throw line.
Madera South had eight players score, but just one reached double-digits. Aleecia Rosel led the Stallions with a double-double — 10 points and 10 rebounds. She also had five offensive rebounds, four steals and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Coyotes fall in OT
For the second game in a row, the Madera girls soccer team took a quality opponent into overtime.
Two days after suffering a one-goal loss to the league leader Madera South, the defending County/Metro Athletic Conference champion Coyotes made Bullard-Fresno play an additional 20 minutes.
However, just like in its previous overtime outcome, Madera was on the losing end of a 2-1 CMAC match at Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Knights finished 3-0 against Madera this season, including a 2-0 victory in the CMAC opener.
Stallions ride second quarter for win
The Madera South girls basketball team capitalized on a dominant second quarter to defeat the Bullard-Fresno Knights 57-40 in a County/Metro Athletic Conference game at Madera South.
After trailing the Knights 10-5 heading into the second quarter, Arelis Chavez, Aleecia Rosel and Keirra Smith combined for 20 of the Stallions’ 22 second-quarter points to swing the momentum back in their favor.
Although Madera South created a double-digit lead before the second quarter ended, they continued to push the Knights all the way to the end for the important CMAC win.
Third quarter blitz downs Hawks
The seven members of the Liberty Hawks girls basketball team stayed with the Chowchilla Tribe, but an 18-2 third quarter led to a 46-22 North Sequoia League loss at Liberty.
The Hawks shot just 13 percent from the field and made only six field goals. They were also 0-for-19 from 3-point range.
The Hawks made just one field goal in the first and third quarters.
“If our shots aren’t falling, we mentally check out. It comes with a young team and they don’t have a big basketball I.Q. It’s rough. It’s something we’re working on and trying to understand that just because we missed shots, we can’t let them score.”
Leeasia Whetsel led the Hawks with eight points.
First half goals doom Stallions
The Bullard-Fresno Knights used three goals in the first half to upend the Madera South girls soccer team, 3-1, in a County/Metro Athletic Conference match at Lee DaSilva Field in Memorial Stadium.
“I thought they played a good game,” Madera South head coach Ramon Delgadillo said. “They stayed focus and we battled throughout the game. I’m proud of them.”
Madera South came out firing early after Brielle Bitter and Jasmine Salazar hooked up for the Stallions lone goal of the game.
Bitter galloped down the heart of the pitch before firing a low ball to her teammate Salazar, who made the intelligent run. Salazar collected the ball and accurately slotted the ball home from inside the penalty area for the finish.
Coyotes turn it over in loss
The Madera Coyote girls basketball team committed 38 turnovers in a 50-39 County/Metro Athletic Conference loss to the Sanger Apaches.
What hurt the most is that the Apaches scored 34 points off of Madera’s 38 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Coyotes forced 33 turnovers from the Apaches, but only scored 14 points off those turnovers.
“That’s the game right there,” head coach Jason Smith said. “The problem all night long was turnovers. You can’t win a game with 38 turnovers.
The Coyotes committed 13 turnovers in the pivotal third quarter where they were outscored 15-3 and went 1-of-9 from the field.
Camile DeAnda led the Coyotes with 14 points and seven steal and was one of seven Coyotes to score. BriAnn Houghton added eight points and Sofia Perez scored six points with 13 rebounds.