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Prep basketball: Late boomers

Valencia finds its offense in second half, earns fifth at High-Five Classic

Posted: December 4, 2010 11:13 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia forward Lauren Spargo, front, drives past Saugus’ Crystal Makous on Saturday at Valencia High School. The Vikings beat the Centurions 51-40 at the High-Five Classic.

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Saugus could only hold Valencia’s shooters in check for so long.

After a somewhat stagnant first half for both teams, Valencia got its offense working and was able to topple a taller Saugus team 51-40 Saturday in a non-league game at the Valencia High-Five Classic at Valencia High School.

The Vikings (2-2) earned fifth place in the classic with the win.

“We run a lot of sets, so it gives us a lot of places to go with the ball and we were able to sit back and make those choices,” said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike.

Vikings guard Kalia Summerlin made the most of the efficient offense and scored a game-high 21 points.

She led the charge for Valencia, which held a comfortable lead throughout the second half to build on its 18-14 halftime advantage.

“Valencia does a good job of coming out with their hands up and making you throw it over their heads, which made us throw it out of bounds a lot of the time,” said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton.

The Centurions (1-3) were plagued by turnovers, primarily in the second half, which disrupted their slow-down style of offense.

“I knew it would be interesting to see how our forwards responded against their front line and I thought (we) did a pretty good job,” Mike said.

It was Vikings forwards Faith and Jennifer Anumba that caused the most trouble for Saugus’ 6-foot power forward Megan Dawe.

After scoring 29 points in the opening round of the High-Five Classic, Dawe was limited to nine points against Valencia, seven of which came in the first half.

She sat out a good portion of the second half after picking up her fourth foul early in the third quarter.

“I could have probably left her in there and she would’ve been fine,” Eaton said.

Without her, the Anumba sisters went to work on the glass and gave the offense second chances on several possessions.

Faith totaled 12 points and Jennifer had five.

Jordan Oster led Saugus with 11 points thanks to three second-half 3-pointers.

Valencia faces Glendale in the Burroughs Optimist Tournament on Dec. 16. Saugus opens up play at the Rio Mesa Tournament on Wednesday.

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