By Tommy Fellner
The Acalanes Women’s basketball team, the 4 seed in the California State Playoffs, lost to top seeded Vanden High School this Tuesday night, 72-40, thus ending the Lady Dons’ deep playoff run.
Acalanes had its most successful season in the past 20 years and were not about to let Vanden, the top seed in Division III stand in their way. The Lady Dons came out fired up to play and ready to win and go on to the state finals.
Unfortunately, Vanden wanted to win too. From the tip-off, the Vikings controlled the game, dominating the Lady Dons from everything to shooting to rebounding. The game started off with an 11-2 run from Vanden, forcing Acalanes to regroup and try to avoid being overwhelmed.
Acalanes regrouped somewhat after the timeout, only being outscored 15-9 to close out the quarter. After the first, it was evident the Lady Dons would have to play lights out and then some to get by this Vanden squad. And despite their best efforts, Vanden had an answer for everything Acalanes threw their way.
The second quarter was full of more Viking domination. Acalanes was held to single digits in this quarter while Vanden piled on another 14 points to give themselves a nice 20 point saftey net. At the half, Vanden led 40-20.
Vanden erased all hope of an Acalanes comeback in the second half. From the starting minutes, Vanden pushed the ball even harder, attacked the rim with more ferocity and crashed the boards even more physically. This put the Lady Dons on their heels once more and they found themselves struggling to minimize their deficit.
The Vikings put up 22 points in the third and limited Acalanes to just 12. This was not as successful offensively as the first quarter for Vanden, but it go the message across, they were going to the championship.
However, Acalanes did not come all this way just to roll over with one quarter left in the state semifinals, something they have been working towards the entire season.
The Lady Dons kept fighting hard throughout the fourth but still had a tough time getting things going offensively, although they did hold Vanden to just 10 points.
Sophomore Emma Godfrey led Acalanes with nine points and junior Julia Lyons had 3 assists for the Lady Dons.
Acalanes met unprecedented success this season and really came together as a team as the year progressed. The Lady Dons definitely built a strong foundation for next year’s crop of players. The Lady Dons unfortunately had to say goodbye to three seniors on the team but return most of their core players and should definitely be expected to make another deep run next year.
“This year we were amazing. We went farther than everyone, including ourselves, thought we would go,” said Lyons. “We played 3 of the top 10 teams in the state and put up a fight in each game. I could not be more proud of my teammates because they layed everything out on the line every single game and never backed down from the toughest competition. I’m just so incredibly proud of what we accomplished this season. We left a legacy this year.”