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Wild Foothill Reaching Its End

Posted: February 7, 2008 4:12 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Lost in the shuffle of one wild finish and a Foothill League championship being crowned Tuesday night was another wild finish that involved another team that could share that crown.

Saugus girls basketball survived a game that it trailed by 16 points in the first half to win 58-56 at Canyon Friday.
The victory sets up a game Friday at Hart that with a win would give the Centurions a share of that Foothill title.
The Indians defeated West Ranch 65-52 on Tuesday and clinched at least a share of the Foothill.
But to get to this point, Saugus had to withstand a flurry from Canyon in the final minute Tuesday.
Canyon grabbed a 55-54 lead before immediately surrendering it back.
With Saugus up 56-55, Canyon's Amanda Reyes missed a short runner in traffic, which gave the ball back to the Centurions with 15 seconds to play.
Just three seconds later, Saugus' Tracy O'Neill was fouled.
She made both of her free throws, extending the lead to 58-55.
With just 0.6 seconds left, Canyon's Brianna Barlow was fouled shooting a 3-pointer.
She missed all three foul shots.
"It was huge," said Saugus head coach Eric Olsson afterward. "Now we play Friday for a league championship."
But it might be without Gabrielle Conn - one of the league's top players.
Conn suffered a knee injury Feb. 1, the severity of which is unknown.
Olsson said there is a slight possibility she could play Friday.
Without her, Lauren Labat and Nicole Hicks stepped up the biggest on offense Tuesday.
Labat contributed 23 points and Nicole Hicks added 16.
O'Neill and Breann Wilson each snatched eight rebounds.
"(They) rebounded the snot out of the ball," Olsson said.
Barlow led Canyon with 12 points and Brooke Lemar added 11 points.
Valencia girls basketball clinched third place in league with a 77-63 victory over Golden Valley.
Valencia's Chelsey Hastigan and Starla Wright each scored 24 points.
Hastigan made seven 3-pointers.
Boys Hoops
Hart boys basketball didn't need a comeback this time in defeating West Ranch 70-55.
The Indians had big games from Chris Gill, 21 points, and Parker Dominguez, 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Levi Wenrich added 10 points and six assists.
The last times these two teams met, Hart erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Wildcats.
Hart head coach Tom Kelly said, with one game left, his team still has its sights on third place, where there is a logjam in the middle of league.
"But the bigger picture is, we're trying to play well and get in the playoffs with momentum," Kelly said.
Three years ago, a third-place Hart team destined for nowhere, defeated Saugus in the league finale, preventing the Centurions from winning a Foothill championship.
Hart then went on an improbable run to a CIF championship game.
The Indians can prevent the Centurions from winning a league title again as they host the co-league leaders Friday.
Saugus defeated Canyon 54-53 Tuesday night after a foul was called as time expired and Michael Cassio drilled two free throws.
It overshadowed a solid performance by the Canyon supporting cast and a monster dunk by Mario Wright on Jonathan Lawson.
Lawson still managed to lead the Cowboys with 16 points.
Speaking of points, Golden Valley's Maverick Ahanmisi scored 36 of them against Valencia.
The Vikings could probably care less as they won 79-67.
Valencia plays for the league title, as well, against Canyon on the road Friday.


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