With a complete team effort that hurtled them past visiting Marysville, on Monday, Feb. 18, the Galt Lady Warriors played in and won their first playoff game since the 2010-11 basketball season.
The Lady Warriors beat Marysville 41-26 at Warrior Gym in a win that showcased a consistent defensive effort along with clutch shooting by the home team as they dominated most of the night.
That effort launched them into the next round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs against first seed Argonaut on Feb. 18.
“For them to not only make the playoffs but to get their first win and this is our first year under our coaching staff, it’s definitely pretty awesome for them to achieve and get to this stage,” Galt coach Dorvez Barnett said afterward.
The first basket of the game wasn’t scored until the three-minute mark in the first quarter; that basket by Marysville was quickly joined by a shot by Brenda Martinez seconds later to get the Lady Warriors going.
Marysville had trouble handling the ball and with the Lady Warriors’ defense on top of them for most of the game, extra possessions and second opportunities became a common sight for the home team, which led by double digits as early as the second quarter.
“Overall I think we did well, being that this is the first time they’ve been in this type of atmosphere,” Barnett said afterward. “Sometimes you have to go through the experience of trials to understand what to do. For these girls, we responded really well. We actually moved up a few future varsity players that came in and gave us some good minutes. Nobody really played too tired, except our point guard’s been a little under the weather, so much props to Brooklynn for coming out there and still trying to compete at a high level.”
Before Monday’s win, the last time the Lady Warriors had won a playoff game was Feb. 22, 2011 against Weston Ranch, whom they defeated 66-51.
Galt, who finished 5-5 in the Sierra Valley Conference to finish league play in fourth place, improved to 19-10 entering the Argonaut game.
The Lady Warriors held Marysville to just six points in the third quarter and had a complete team effort, including baskets by seven players and defensive numbers by eight players.
Raina Saldivar led Galt with 11 points and Brooklynn Beck added eight as the second-highest scorer for Galt on the night. Karina Aguilar and Casi Gonzalez each led with four rebounds apiece.
Barnett gathered parents on the gym floor after the game so they could join in on the aftermath of the win over Marysville.
“The parents got a chance to personally congratulate their girls for the first win and at home in a very long time,” Barnett said.