The Banks Braves turned the tables on the Seaside Lady Gulls, and then some, in the last high school girls basketball game ever at Seaside High School, Feb. 22.
In a three-day span, the Braves went from a 25-point loss on Thursday to a 12-point victory Saturday night, 49-37, in a Cowapa League seeding game at the Gulls’ Nest.
The 37-point swing in favor of the Braves sends Banks to another league playoff, Tuesday at Valley Catholic for the Cowapa’s No. 2 seed.
Seaside will still take part in the play-in round.
“I think Banks was a bit motivated from Thursday,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes. “They played hard, no fooling around, manned and were aggressive from the get go. I knew they would be.”
Just two nights earlier, the Braves trailed 18-3 after one quarter. But Banks held a 10-8 advantage after eight minutes in Saturday’s game.
Three-pointers by Maggie Streblow, Sydney Maller and Betta Minervini had the Braves in front 19-14, before a three-point play by Seaside’s Lilli Taylor pulled the Gulls into a 19-19 tie.
But Banks freshman Madison Walker answered with a quick two points, and the Braves never trailed again.
Banks junior guard Camila Narvaez, making her first start of the year against the Gulls, keyed the second half for the Braves, scoring inside and outside, with her 3-pointer giving Banks a 35-30 lead, just seconds after a 3-pointer by Seaside’s Tristyn McFadden.
Another trey from McFadden had the Gulls within 41-35 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but Banks closed it out at the free throw line, making six straight in the final 2:21.
Narvaez scored 16 points to lead all players, while Taylor had 15 for the Gulls.
“Brandon (Begley, coach) and Banks are a proud bunch,” Hawes said. “So my hat’s off to them. A couple different starters played very well for them, with Walker dragging Rudy (Douglas) out high to cover pick ‘n’ rolls.
“We matched that pretty well the first half with our own pick ‘n’ roll game,” he said. “But (the Braves) got the breaks, the banked shots and played competitively. It was kind of fun, except for the losing.”
After hitting 6-of-15 shots from the 3-point line in Thursday’s win, the Gulls were 2-for-18 Saturday, in addition to some missed shots inside.
“We left too many points at the rim to win,” Hawes said. “Lost our people a little too much, especially Narvaez. But we played to exhaustion. The girls gave us everything, now we have to dig even deeper. I think we’ve done enough to sneak in to a play-in game.”
Gulls 47, Banks 22
Two days earlier, late in the second quarter of Thursday’s Cowapa League finale against Banks, the Lady Gulls — in their best performance of the season — had all the points they would need for the entire night, eventually crushing the Braves 47-22.
Seaside led 24-7 late in the second period, and a 10-0 run in the second half made it 36-9, sending the Braves down to one of their worst league defeats in years.
Seaside’s Jadah Doney hit two 3-pointers, and teammates Tristyn McFadden and Lilli Taylor also connected on one 3-pointer apiece, all in the first quarter for an 18-3 lead after one period.
Ruby Douglas led Seaside with 15 points, Taylor scored 14 with 12 rebounds, and McFadden finished with 10 points, five assists and four steals.
“What a revelation — making shots really helps,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes, whose team was 17-of-40 from the field, 6-for-15 from the 3-point line.
“We came out on fire against their zone, making four 3-pointers in the first quarter, which is probably a season-high right there,” he said. “We knew we’d have those shots, so it was nice seeing them go down. Jadah Doney, starting on Senior Night, was big, hitting two three’s to get us going.”
“Banks came out of its zone after one, and we executed well enough in man to keep scoring, though we still like to pass to each others’ shins,” Hawes said. “Ruby was huge, Lilli solid. I told those two we needed what they do, and others needed to score.
McFadden “made plays and got us three in double figures. Good win. I suspect that Saturday will be tougher, but it’s nice to get third, and host at home, for the last time ever, Saturday.”