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Hart wins at Shootout

Valencia to play today in championship game

Posted: July 12, 2008 12:27 a.m.
Updated: September 12, 2008 5:04 a.m.

Girls varsity hoops action continued from the College of the Canyons on Friday.

In the Santa Clarita Girls Varsity Basketball Summer Shootout, Hart edged Notre Dame 28-25.

Indians senior-to-be Briana Fitchpatrick led the squad in points with 14.

Hart was defeated in Thursday's game against Burroughs and Indians head coach Zach Koebel said that this season it's all about development.

"We're still learning," Koebel said. "We're just starting to get to a point where we are able to compete with anybody."

The Indians will face the Falcons of Palmdale today.

Last season, the Indians tied with Saugus for first in the Foothill League.

This season, with no returning starters, Koebel is looking for his burgeoning team to continue to progress.

"We have six underclassmen and everyone is coming along," he said.

For Koebel, building a young team into competitors year after year is all apart of the process.

"In high school, every year is a rebuilding year because there's just so much turnover."

With Valencia and West Ranch both competing in the tournament, Hart will complete the tourney having not faced either of the Foothill League squads.

Not a bad thing, according to Koebel.

"We don't want to play the same teams that we're going to see during the season in the summer," he said.

Koebel has yet to lock in his starting five for this season, but this year's team will find a way to make a name for itself.

"We're just now finding our identity," he said. "This will be a learning season."

In other action from the tournament, Valencia defeated West Ranch, 49-38.

Vikings forward Starla Wright led all scorers with 16.

At 7 p.m. today in the championship game, the Vikings will face Knight High of Palmdale.

Valencia's junior-to-be Lindsey Hill led the team with four assists and added five points in the Vikings victory over the Wildcats.

Guard Jenny Lentz had eight points for the Valencia squad.

The Wildcats were led by junior-to-be Erin Ruiz, who had 12 points.


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