Valencia avoids early upset

first_img“It was a very close game, but they hit some big shots down the stretch.” The Falcons (14-14) held a seven-point, second-quarter advantage before Valencia (19-7) rallied to take its first lead at 31-30 with eight seconds remaining in the half on a basket by Christina Tantoy. A 3-pointer by Roach early in the third quarter helped the Falcons regain the advantage, but the Vikings responded with a seven-point run – capped by a Tantoy 3-pointer – to take a 40-35 lead, and Valencia never trailed the rest of the way. “We’ve been a second-half team all year, and maybe that was the difference,” Valencia coach Jerry Mike said. “That comes from our seniors, and they showed that. I think we were a little more poised at the end.” Charise Hall, one of nineseniors on Valencia’s roster, scored all eight of her points in the final 11 minutes, and Brooke Sansone’s layup capped a 9-2 run over a four-minute stretch in the fourth to give the Vikings their biggest lead at 59-48 with 2:46 left. Sansone finished with 15points, and junior Chelsey Hastigan led Valencia with 16. Alexis Balina added eight for C.V., which made three of 14shots in the final six minutes. – Erik Boal OTHER DIVISION I GAMES: Hart 54, Poly/R 30: Tatianna Thomas scored 18 points as top-seeded Hart of Newhall defeated Poly of Riverside (14-13) in first-round action. Britney Fitchpatrick added 10points for Hart (25-2). Redondo Union 49, Saugus 31: Joylyn Ichiyama scored 18 points as second-seeded Redondo Union beat Saugus. Courtney Price scored a team-high nine points for the Centurions (15-13.) DIV. I-AA Moorpark 72, Dominguez 41: Laura Barker had a game-high 27 points, and Megan Natelson added 12 for the 10th-seeded Musketeers (24-3) in the first-round win. DIV. II-AA Notre Dame 51, Nordhoff 40: Alexis Glassman scored 20points to lead Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks to a victory over host Nordhoff of Ojai (17-9). Zaina Akeh added 10 points for the Knights (21-8). Chaminade 55, Fillmore 48: Anna Simmons had 19points and five steals, and Erin Dautremont had 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Chaminade of West Hills (20-7) to a victory over Fillmore. Harvard-Westlake 61, Beverly Hills 50: Nicole Hung had 23 points and eight rebounds as Harvard-Westlake of Studio City defeated visiting Beverly Hills (17-11). YoYo Greenfield added 13points, and Amanda Horowitz had 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (21-6). La Canada 77, Wilson 46: Joy Lelo had 22 points, 10rebounds, six steals and fourassists as La Canada defeated visiting Wilson of Hacienda Heights (18-9). Emily Ballard scored 18points, and Lauren Tson added 14 points for the Spartans (17-10.) DIV. V-AA Flintridge Prep 58, Duarte 43: Laurel Myers had 17 points, and Megan Musashi added 16 for second-seeded Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge (22-3) in the second-round victory over visiting Duarte (12-13). DIV. V-AA L.A. Baptist 66, San Gabriel Academy 20: Andreanna Marshall had 24 points and seven steals as host L.A. Baptist of North Hills defeated visiting San Gabriel Academy in a second-round game. Christina Cherry added 12points and 19 rebounds, and Ariana Chayan had 13 points and eight assists for the top-seeded Knights (18-6). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With 18 victories and an overtime loss to top-seed Hart of Newhall during the regular season, the Valencia High girls’ basketball team was considered a sleeper in the Southern Section Div. I-A playoff draw after receiving the seventh seed. But the Vikings’ postseason run almost didn’t survive the first round Saturday night, thanks to one of the division’s most underrated players in Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta senior Molly Roach. center_img Roach finished with a game-high 24 points but scored only three in the final six minutes, as Valencia’s depth wore down the visiting Falcons in a 59-54 victory. “It’s hard to beat a good, senior-laden team at their place, but we almost did that,” said Crescenta Valley coach Jason Perez, who received 13 points from senior Kayla Hornor. last_img read more