The Summerville Bears girls’ basketball team pulled off a thrilling come-from-behind win over Downey on Saturday in the Hughson Tournament.
Trailing 13-5 after one quarter and 26-22 after three quarters, Summerville outscored Downey 14-2 in the final frame and walked off the court 36-28 victors.
“Before this game, our coach (Dave Woods) gave us this speech,” said Bears forward Bella Bachtelle. “And he asked us, ‘Are your hearts into this?’ And then we looked at each other and decided that, yes, our hearts are into it. And I think the key to this win was that we actually wanted it a lot.
“We had thought about something that Coach Woods had said to us which was about us just going out on the court and trying to ‘improve’ or ‘just merely have a good time.’ But the truth is, we’re sick of losing. So we proved it to ourselves and to others and especially Coach Woods.”
“This was a great win,” said Woods. “We were trailing until just under four minutes was left in the fourth quarter. Then we broke their press three straight times and got easy baskets and, after we got the lead, Bella Bachtelle hit two clutch free throws to seal it.”
Bachtelle scored eight points and had a game-high 18 rebounds. She earned First-Team All-Tournament honors.
“Bella dominated the boards against Downey and eight of those clutch rebounds came in the fourth quarter,” said Woods. “She just went crazy.”
Summerville got off to a slow start in the three-day tournament. On Thursday night, the Bears trailed powerhouse Ripon Christian 28-5 after the first quarter. From that point forward, Summerville played better, eventually falling 64-22.
On Friday, Summerville was again undone by a slow first quarter, falling behind to Hughson 20-4. From the second quarter on, Summerville was outscored just 23-17, and lost 43-21.
“Again, not coming out ready for the first quarter hurt us on Friday,” said Woods. “But from the second quarter until the rest of the game, our girls played well. Our girls showed me that if we just play hard for four full quarters, we can do some very good things. We had played Hughson tough and they were as good, if not better, a team than Ripon Christian.”
Also on Friday night, Downey beat Ripon Christian by one point.
“So, on Saturday,” said Bachtelle, “we knew we’d be playing a team that beat Ripon Christian — a team that blew us out of the water. But you could just feel that everyone on our team wanted that win over Downey — and that we’d get it.”
Against Downey, Ashley Gamber scored 14 points, Krysta Calkins six, and Cassidy Foster and Taylor Leslie scored four apiece.
“The game against Downey felt like a home win,” said Woods. “We had a pretty good crowd of our own and the Ripon Christian fans and Hughson fans sensed that we were close and they started to root for us. Our girls had won over the whole crowd with their hustle.
“We were in it mentally from start-to-finish and going into that fourth quarter, I felt like we were gonna win it.
“Our girls were certainly excited after they won it. Beating a big school in a big game like this makes this the best win in the last two years that I’ve been the coach at Summerville.”
Bears JV gets first win
The Summerville Bears junior varsity girls’ basketball team earned its first victory of the season on Saturday, a 33-16 decision over Waterford in the final round of the Hughson tournament.
“The girls played really hard,” said Bears head coach Jeremy Peterson. “I was very proud of them. We don’t have a lot of game experience yet and we hung in there with some good teams.”
Bear Raquel Relba led all scorers with 14 points.
Also for Summerville (1-2) , Mason Montgomery scored seven points and Toni Devoto and Bobbi Devoto each scored six points.
In the first two rounds of the tournament on Thursday and Friday, the Bears lost 41-20 to Ripon Christian and 31-15 to host Hugson, respectively.
Relba had nine points against Hughson and eight points against Ripon Christian.
Also vs. Ripon, Caitie Egger and Toni Devoto each netted five points.