Girls Basketball: Balboa no match for Jefferson’s high-scoring guards

Jefferson guard Samantha Martinez (right) goes up for a shot in the lane against Balboa on Wednesday at Jefferson High School in Daly City. (Photo by Christian Chew)

By Josh Levine

DALY CITY — The combination of Jefferson High School guards Taylor Collins and Samantha Martinez proved to be too much for the visiting Balboa girls basketball team in a 63-42 loss on Wednesday night.

Collins and Martinez each scored 23 points to claim the Indians’ fourth non-league victory of the year.

Balboa guard Tatiana Jimenez goes up for a contested layup against Jefferson on Wednesday at Jefferson High School in Daly City. (Photo by Christian Chew)

“They took care of business out there,” said Jefferson head coach John Moore. “But our big thing today was our defense. We played three good quarters of defense, but we really need four quarters. Our goal every game is to keep each quarter to less than eight points allowed. The only quarter that was really bad for us was the third quarter.”

That solid defense from the Indians (4-1) forced 32 Balboa turnovers.

“We dug ourselves a big hole early with the turnovers. We had some poor shot selection and lackluster defense,” said Balboa head coach Keith Smith. “We were missing three great players today in Malaysia Basallo, Jessie Trieu and Chanel Malone, but that’s not an excuse. We learned a lot today that team effort wins games.”

Basallo, a first-team all-AAA selection last season, is out with a shoulder injury, but Smith is expecting her back on the court in the before the new year.

Without Basallo, the Bucs got a team-high 19 points from Tatiana Jimenez, but the Balboa guards could not match up with Collins and Martinez defensively.

“Taylor is simply a go-getter. She’s a good lefty player and even though we pushed her to her right, she’s just an excellent player. I wish I had her on my side,” Smith said. “Fortunately we were pretty good defensively on Samantha, but it wasn’t enough.”

The Buccaneers (0-5) made a comeback in the third quarter, however, holding the Indians to six points on 3-of-20 from the floor in the frame. The Bucs cut the Jefferson lead to 39-31 heading into the fourth quarter, but Balboa failed to capitalize and missed 16 free throws in the game.

“All of our turnovers and missed free throws really killed us out there,” Smith said. “We seem to get in the bonus every game, but we’re having a hard time making them. Tomorrow we’ll be in the gym working hard on that.”

Scoring Leaders

Taylor Collins — 23
Samantha Martinez — 23
Gemaraia Tufono — 6
Pauline Torio — 4
Esmeralda Navarro — 3

Tatiana Jimenez — 19
Esmi Cabrera — 5
Grace Trieu — 5
Ina Lastimosa — 3
Yasmeen Gardner — 2

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Now I see why Coach Smith of Balboa hasn’t been so professional about reporting his team scores this season their 0-5. I was starting to grow frustrate with not being able to find out how Balboa girls where playing after last year season. They had a nice run. Thanks Sanfranpreps

    • anonymous says:

      Balboa should do well when it comes to League play. Hopefully they will have their 3 starters back in the lineup. Regardless, they are a young team with a lot of Frosh and Soph players besides the 2 key guards who are Jrs.

      • Anonymous says:

        Injuries? To starters?

        • Joshua Levine says:

          Yes, they are missing their First Team All League player, another guard, and a good freshman player. Even though they lost, they had their moments where they looked like a good team out there. Guard play is crucial, and without your First Team All League guard, I’m sure it’s difficult.

    • ARHS Stats says:

      Maybe no one at Balboa told the new Girls Coach at Balboa, that he should report his scores to the SanFranPreps Web Site.

      Jeremy, probably did not have the new coach’s email address, so when he sent his email out asking for all the coaches to report their game scores and stats to SanFranPreps, so their team result and stats could be included in the Prep Wrapup Article the next day.

      You also have to remember, that the Balboa Girls Volleyball team played a little longer this year, and I believe the Balboa AD is the Girls Volleyball Coach, so this might have been overlooked this year.

      If you talked to Coach Smith, and told him about the SanFranPreps Web Site.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i am one of the 3 starters for balboa we have been out since the 2nd game due to injuries. so what we are 0-5 like the 2nd person said we have 2 freshman thats jessie and tatiana. tatiana scored 19 points by her self we have 3 sophmores and 3or 4 juniors who have never played basket ball untill high school . there are only 4 people who have been playing for a very long time and tatii is one of them. when season comes we will have me malaysia and jessie will be back… the 3 guard staters and the 2 captans. and i can clearly say that we will be back at kezar.. even if we lose by one each year we get better and we learn. and in my oppinion i think coach smith of balboa is doing a good job. for his first year coaching GIRLS EVER and we come in 3rd losing to a team that beat us by 20 who almost lost jus shows how great a coach he is. so if you feel like you can do alot better please come and we will see how you do. no disrespect but you cant bad mouth my coach if your not in his shoes and at bal every day working with us and every thing. i hope that you all have a blessed day— nell

    • GCJ01 says:

      Good luck to you this season. Just like the boys team, I know you will do fine once you have everyone else back! Keep going strong Bal!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t take it personal but everything in life is personal I see. I just was wondering what happen. Coach Smith is a great guy so good luck this year go lady Bucs. Just a friendly reminder stay professional report your scores you have fans no matter if your 0-5 it will get better. If injuries are the reason will see y’all back on top when everyone gets back health. Happy Holidays

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