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The day after: Cowboys, ’Cats keep on rolling

Canyon boys hoops, West Ranch girls hoops still undefeated in league

Posted: January 23, 2010 11:07 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Rain delays will make for hectic schedules next week for the Foothill League's boys and girls soccer teams.

For boys and girls basketball, defense made it plenty hectic on Friday.

Canyon stayed undefeated by holding Valencia's Lonnie Jackson to 18 points in a 59-53 win over the Vikings.

West Ranch girls basketball kept a perfect league record at Golden Valley's expense Friday, holding the Grizzlies to 24 points.

Two perfect records won't mean much for another couple of weeks though, as there's plenty of basketball and soccer to be played.

Canyon boys basketball head coach Chad Phillips always talks about defense first, and rightly so. His squad was giving up a league-low 49.2 points per game heading into Friday's matchup.

But it sure helps when a team can sustain 80-percent shooting for a quarter, as the Cowboys did in the third against Valencia. Cowboys forward Wesley Bartole described the team as a "wolfpack," but it was one of the two-man variety in the second half, as he and Brian Nnaoji combined for 25 of their team's 36 points.

Golden Valley boys basketball struggled with guard Khatari Price limited by an ankle injury, however Price is not expected to miss Tuesday's game.

A costly, unforced Wildcats' error with 21 seconds left gave Golden Valley the last-ditch effort it needed to escape West Ranch with a 59-57 win. The Wildcats' defense looked impressive while limiting looks to Golden Valley guard Trevor Wiseman.

But West Ranch's offense showed there is room for improvement.

"It shouldn't have come to that (last-second shot). It never should," said West Ranch's leading scorer Martin Flowers after the game. "We didn't execute on offense, and we didn't do a lot of the little things."

Saugus took a 21-point lead into the half and then cruised to 77-55 win over a struggling Hart squad Friday.

The Centurions (14-6, 2-2) and Vikings (15-4, 2-2) will be trying to get above .500 when they meet at Valencia on Tuesday. The Grizzlies (16-4, 3-1) will travel to Hart (5-16, 0-4), which will try to snap out of a six-game slump at home. Canyon (15-5, 4-0) has one test left to prove it can run the table in league when it hosts West Ranch (10-10, 1-3).

Girls Basketball
How about them Wildcats?

West Ranch entered league play a game above .500. Four games later, the Wildcats (12-7, 4-0) are the team to beat

"Well, I think we started the season very inconsistent," said head coach Randy Smith. "And offensively, there were games where we weren't taking care of the ball very well."

The Wildcats seemed to have shored up those problems during the winning streak, as the offense gets regular contributions from seven different players.

West Ranch's defense held a young Golden Valley squad, but it will face a much more experienced group on Tuesday.

In what could be the game of the week, the Wildcats travel to Canyon on Tuesday. The Cowboys (14-6, 3-1) will need to recover quickly from their first league loss of the season.

The Grizzlies (0-20, 0-4) will travel to Hart (7-13, 1-3) on Tuesday, which is trying to build momentum after its first league win.

The Indians stifled Saugus in a 42-30 win on Friday, thanks to big plays from Christina Falcone and Brittany Costanzo. Charlotte Reininger has also been a big contributor on the boards, according to head coach Zach Koebel.

Meanwhile, Saugus (6-14, 1-3) hosts Valencia (11-10, 2-2) on Tuesday, as both teams will try to finish round one of league play with a win. The Vikings earned a tough win at Canyon with help from 38 free throws. Valencia head coach Jerry Mike said he knows the team needs to improve on offense to earn a winning record in league.

"Our offense has been struggling in league. We just need to get better spacing and take better shots," Mike said. "We wanted to stay aggressive off the dribble (against Canyon). We got to the line a lot, I know we missed 16 times, but it shows how aggressive they were (on offense)."

Boys and Girls Soccer
Not much was resolved on the pitch due this week due to the weather.

All of Tuesday's games were canceled, and on Friday, only two schools braved the elements.

And they both finished with ties for their efforts.

After 80 minutes of play, the boys and girls teams for West Ranch and Golden Valley finished knotted at 1-1 after 80 minutes of play.

West Ranch senior Kendall Moskal scored her team's only goal and it was answered by Grizzly freshman Joanna Lagunas.

On the boys side, West Ranch head coach Mo Burgess wasn't happy with his team's initial effort, but it pulled it together in the second half to salvage a tie.

"I think the weather played a role in both goals," Burgess said, of his team's 1-1 tie. "The conditions were there for both teams, but we didn't come out strong enough."

Andres Lozano scored Golden Valley's only goal and the Wildcats' Javier Chavez answered on a free kick.

Valencia soccer will make up last Tuesday's missed games against Golden Valley on Monday. The girls' team is playing at home and the boys' team is at Golden Valley.

On Monday, Saugus boys and girls will make up missed matches with Canyon. Canyon boys will play at Saugus at 3:15 p.m., and Canyon girls will host Saugus at 7 p.m.

West Ranch will also make up missed matches against Hart on Monday. The boys will be playing at Hart at 3:15 p.m. and the girls are playing at West Ranch at 3:15 p.m.

Valencia boys' and girls' soccer also canceled Friday's matches against Canyon, which will be made up on Feb. 1. The girls team will play at home against the Cowboys, and the boys are on the road.


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