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Valencia girls basketball: Gracious hosts

Valencia keeps composure in fourth quarter to claim third in own tournament

Posted: December 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia forward Lauren Beddeo (15) squares up for a shot against Agoura High during Saturday’s Valencia High Five Classic game at Valencia High School. The Vikings won 62-55 to claim third place in the tournament.

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In its own gym, on its own floor, in its own tournament, the Valencia girls basketball team wasn’t about to lose on back-to-back nights.

The Vikings, playing in the third-place game of the Valencia High Five Classic after falling to Royal High on Friday, rebounded from a seven-point third-quarter deficit with an 18-0 run to defeat Agoura High 62-55 Saturday at Valencia High School.

Freshman Talia Roth and junior Jennifer Anumba helped to spark the third-quarter rally, as Roth went 4-for-4 in the frame to finish with eight points and four rebounds and Anumba posted 12 points, six rebounds and a steal.

The player of the game, though, was junior guard Kalia Summerlin, who led the Vikings (4-1) with 19 points, eight rebounds and one steal — including 13 points in the fourth quarter to help secure the win as the Vikings combined to shoot 46.5 percent from the floor in the second half.

"They won’t give up," said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike. "They’re going to play until the end. They’ll keep fighting until the end."

Summerlin and teammate Lauren Beddeo — who finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals — were named to the Classic’s All-Tournament Team.

In contrast to their loss to Royal, in which Valencia committed 29 turnovers and two in the final 30 seconds, the Vikings turned the ball over just 13 times Saturday night.

"We tried to stay smart and play calm and play as a team," Beddeo said. "Our turnovers have been holding us back."

The Chargers (2-2) were able to keep the pressure on Valencia for most of the night, in part by shooting 37.5 percent from behind the arc, sinking 9-of-24 shots.

Agoura’s Noam Leead and Kim Jacobs tied for the team lead with 13 points apiece, and Jacobs added seven rebounds.

Kylie Cunningham scored 12 points and led the team with 10 rebounds.

"We knew they were good outside shooters," Summerlin said. "We finished strong at the end and we didn’t let them get back."

For the second straight night, the Vikings fell behind early as the Chargers shot 57 percent in the first quarter to pull ahead 19-8.

The Vikings were able to creep closer at the break, entering halftime down 29-2 before storming out of the gate in the third quarter.

Trailing by one midway through the third quarter, Beddeo scored to give the Vikings a 39-38 edge, their first lead since 5-4 early in the game.

Despite falling to the consolation game, Mike is happy with what he has seen out of the squad early in the season.

"(The tournament was) a success," he said. "Third out of 12. I feel good about it. We’ve got to improve but I’d say successful."

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