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Diablo Phenom Burns Vikings

Posted: February 17, 2008 1:57 a.m.
Updated: April 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Valencia and Mission Viejo did battle for the second time this season Saturday, but unlike in December, the Viking girls basketball team couldn't come out on top in a 51-48 loss.

Diablo phenom Kaitlyn Petersen, averaging 20.5 points per game heading into the game, more than showed up for the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A first-round tussle with the Vikings.

The 5-foot-8 junior guard doubled her output from the previous matchup, pouring in 28 points, including what proved to be the game-winning floater with less than 30 seconds to play.

After trailing for nearly every second of the game, the Diablos found a chance to crawl back on top with 55 seconds remaining.

Trailing by four, they knocked down a jumper, and proceeded to foul Viking senior Molly Herrera, who made one of two from the charity stripe.

With the Viking lead reduced to three, Mission Viejo again quickly scored, fouling seconds after. After two Valencia misses, Petersen dribbled her way down the court, finding the open runner in the lane to give the Diablos their most important lead of the game.

The Vikings turned the ball over on their next possession, but a quick foul still gave them a chance to tie the game, trailing 51-48 with 7.3 seconds left. Hastigan had a near-open look for a fall-away three from the right side, but it rimmed out to simultaneously end the game and the Vikings' season.

"I can't really feel bad about how we played," said Vikings head coach Jerry Mike. "I thought we competed hard, so I've got to give them credit for pulling it out."

Valencia junior forward Starla Wright led the way with 18 points and 14 boards for the Vikings, and Chelsea Hastigan, a senior, added six points and six assists.

"She definitely took it hard," Mike said of his three-year varsity starter Hastigan. "She's done a lot for the program. She will definitely be missed."

The Vikings end the season 18-10 overall.

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