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Prep basketball: No way through

Valencia girls can’t adjust to Stockdale’s heavy pressure

Posted: December 1, 2010 10:22 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Valencia girls basketball not only had a tough time scoring, it struggled to even inbound the ball against pressure defense all night long.

The Vikings' troubles against Stockdale of Bakersfield's defense were key in a 50-30 loss for the host team of the Valencia High-Five Classic on Wednesday at Valencia High School.

"Our heads weren't in it and we were over-confident," said Valencia forward Lauren Spargo.

When the team watched film in preparation for the game, Spargo said she and the rest of the team felt like they were more talented than Stockdale.

Talent aside, the Vikings (0-2) were simply outplayed by the Mustangs, who led nearly the entire game.

"I'm quite surprised at how poor we played," said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike. "We have some seniors that should do a much better job."

Stockdale (1-1) brought the man-to-man press from the beginning and never let up.

"Their pressure was good, and we were not," Mike said.

Early in the first quarter, Spargo heaved the ball from the baseline to a wide open forward Faith Anumba, who finished with a layup on the breakaway. It gave Valencia its only lead of the game at 2-0.

After that, Stockdale caught on and continuously turned routine inbound plays into turnovers for Valencia.

Anumba led the team with 10 points.

"We just didn't pick up the intensity as soon as we needed to," Anumba said. "I think we came out with a little more intensity in the second half, and then we were able to set up a few plays."

The Vikings started the second half down 32-14, but couldn't close the gap.

"Our game plan every time we play is to put ourselves in the best position to create turnovers and keep them out of their comfort zone," said Stockdale co-head coach Charles Stewart.

The Mustangs outshot the Vikings 71-47 in the game and scored many of their points on second-chance shots after grabbing offensive rebounds.

Stockdale point guard Alyssa Shannon scored a game-high 12 points in addition to drawing double-teams and setting up other shooters for scoring opportunities.

"She's a key player for us," Stewart said. "She never leaves the floor. She pretty much runs the whole show."

Shooting guard Kalia Summerlin and forward Jennifer Anumba both had six points for Valencia.

The Vikings play again tomorrow as the High-Five Classic continues.

 

 

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