Don & Martha Price Christmas Classic, 2018: Host Mustangs win girls' title

Paloma Ramirez had 16 points and seven rebounds, Mackenzie Tellez added 13 points, eight rebounds and five steals and Monte Vista Christian completed its dominant showing in the Don & Martha Price Christmas Classic with a 74-41 win over Valley Christian-Roseville in the tournament final on Saturday in Watsonville.

M.V.C. (11-2) beat Watsonville, 60-32, on Thursday, and thumped San Lorenzo Valley, 61-23, on Friday to earn a spot in its own tournament’s championship game.

Tellez, a sophomore point guard, was named to the all-tournament team. She had nine points, six assists and four steals against Watsonville (4-8), and dropped 13 points and five steals against S.L.V. (4-9).

Shafter beat S.L.V. in the third-place game.

Riding the powerful play of senior point guard Jayleen Solorzano, Pajaro Valley won the consolation final, 56-36, over St. Francis to take fifth in the tournament. Solorzano had 31 points, nine rebounds and five steals in the victory over the Sharks (4-7), and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Solorzano also recorded 20 points, eight rebounds and eight steals in the Grizzlies’ (8-4) 48-34 win over The King’s Academy on Friday to shake off Thursday’s loss to Shafter (9-5).

Watsonville (4-8), meanwhile, lost in the seventh-place game to T.K.A. (3-10).


Valley Christian-San Jose beat The King’s Academy, 65-60, in the boys’ bracket of the Don & Martha Price Christmas Classic on Saturday.

Host Monte Vista Christian finished fourth, falling to Arroyo, 80-44, in the third-place game.

Woodside Priory beat San Lorenzo Valley in the fifth-place contest, and North Monterey County edged Averroes for seventh place.

Valley Christian (9-1) beat N.M.C. (6-7) and Arroyo (12-1) to advance to the final. 

T.K.A. (5-5), meanwhile, cruised by S.L.V. (1-12) and M.V.C. (4-8) for its spot in the championship.

M.V.C. senior forward Andrew Lee was named to the all-tournament team.


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