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Valencia girls meet roadblock at home tourney

Prep basketball: Vikings grab a lead late in the game, but turnovers prove to be their undoing in se

Posted: December 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 


After rolling through their first two games of the Valencia High Five Classic with an average margin of victory of 34.5 points, the Valencia girls basketball team ran into the aggressive defense of Royal High in a semifinal matchup Friday night at Valencia High School.

The Vikings turned the ball over on back–to-back possessions with the score tied at 56 and under 30 seconds remaining, leading to four Royal points and a 60-56 Valencia loss.

“We like to play fast,” said Royal head coach Kinsley Mittel. “For a while they got us to slow down and lulled us to sleep, but the last two minutes we picked it up.”

Royal upset the Vikings’ offensive flow from the beginning, forcing 29 turnovers in the game and taking advantage of a high-pressure defensive scheme.

“We’ve been throwing the ball around for the first two games,” said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike. “Twenty-nine is a bit ridiculous. We’re going to have some during the course of the game but 29? Twenty-nine is ridiculous.”
Valencia (3-1) was in danger of falling out of it early in the game when Royal (4-0) went on a 10-0 run midway through the second quarter to pull ahead 31-20.

With their backs against the wall, Valencia responded with a 9-0 run to close out the first half to send both teams to the locker room with Royal leading 31-29.

“We handled the ball well at times. We were hitting shots late in the game,” Mike said. “Our defense was very steady, but we gave them a lot of layups.”

After the teams exchanged the second-quarter runs, the teams were neck-and-neck down the stretch, with the largest lead of the second half coming when Valencia went up 54-48 in the final minutes before Royal’s come-from-behind victory.

The Vikings were led by Lauren Beddeo’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kalia Summerlin and Megan Emmer each added 13 for Valencia, and Jennifer Anumba tallied six rebounds.

For the Highlanders, Aubree Mittel led with 19 points, with Brianna Reser adding 11 and Adrianne Sloboh scoring 19 points and adding 11 rebounds.

With the loss, the Vikings will play in the third-place game of the Valencia High Five Classic tonight at Valencia High at 6 p.m. against either Agoura or Camarillo.

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