2000-2001 Back-To-Back State Champion Pirates
2000-2001 Back-To-Back State Champions
Back To Back!!
The VC Pirates successfully defended their state title with a 70-66 victory over the Contra Costa Comets on Saturday, March 10, in a game played at University of the Pacific's Alex G. Spanos Center. Kelly Murray was named the tournament's MVP, and Monica Hang played well all weekend to earn All Tournament honors.
VC started off the tournament by defeating Lassen 74-55. Kelly Murray led the way with 19 points, followed by Monique Taylor with 12 and Monica Hang with 11. Kellie Gessell also scored 11 points, on 5 for 5 shooting from the field. Sarah Kolbeck contributed 8 points and seven rebounds. In the semi-final game, the Lady Pirates beat Fresno City College by the score of 74-58. Kelly Murray again led the way for VC with 20 points, with Monica Hang close behind with 18. Monique Taylor converted seven of eight field goals to contribute 14 points to the victory.
In the final game against Contra Costa, the #3 seed from the North, Sarah Kolbeck got fired up and scored 20 points. Also scoring in double figures were Kelly Murray with 16, Monica Hang with 11 and Monique Taylor with 10. Taylor also crashed the boards for 12 rebounds. For the season, Kelly Murray and Monique Taylor earned all-state first team accolades.
Congratulations Pirates - job well done!!
State Tournament Photos
The newly crowned State Champions proudly show off their trophy
All Tournament selection Monica Hang gets airborne in the semi-final game against Fresno City
State Tournament MVP Kelly Murray drives to the hoop to score two of her game high 20 points in the semi-final game against Fresno City College
Monique Taylor takes a shot during the final game against Contra Costa (smile, Monica!)
Estelle Diaz shoots a jump shot during the semi-final game against Fresno
Sarah Kolbeck takes a shot during the quarterfinal game against Lassen
Head Coach Ned Mircetic voices his opinion during the Fresno game (nice tie!)
Devoted VC fans show their support during the final game against Contra Costa
Tina Samaniego shoots despite being closely covered by two Lassen defenders
Three point specialist Renee Jimenez fires away from beyond the arc over a Lassen defender
Kellie Gessell goes up for a shot as Monica Hang looks on
An orange and white dogpile forms just after the buzzer sounds for the final time (go ahead, Alyssa... jump in!!)
Assistant coach Tara McLean-Emery shares a celebratory moment with Estelle, Lottie, Sarah, Destiny and Erica
All Tournament selections Monica Hang and Kelly Murray embrace as others celebrate in the background
Lottie Kanama and Monica Hang have a little fun during the post game celebration