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Golden Valley girls basketball: G.V. girls keep up hot start

Grizzlies blow out Panorama

Posted: December 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

It may still be early in the girls basketball season, but this year’s Golden Valley squad is starting to open some eyes.

The Grizzlies used a dominant post game to outrebound and outplay Panorama High in a 51-21 victory on Tuesday afternoon at Golden Valley High in the second round of the 2011 Lady Grizzlies Tournament.

Newcomer senior Janae Dean posted a double-double to lead the Grizzlies (4-1) with 20 points and 20 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards.

After a slow start saw the teams tied at 10 points apiece to start the second quarter, the Grizzlies went on a 20-2 run to end the half and give Golden Valley a 30-12 halftime lead.

"We just recognized that (Panorama) didn’t have the outside shooting to compete with our zone and forced turnovers up top," said first-year head coach Daniel Veluzat.

Golden Valley posted 28 steals in the contest — led by guard Ronisha Miller’s eight.

But the story of the game was the inside play of Dean and Theresa Ohaya — who finished with 10 points, 17 rebounds and four steals.

The Grizzlies combined to score 32 of their 51 points in the paint, and posted 30 offensive rebounds.

"I think we lost control of the boards," said Panorama head coach Kelly Patterson. "It’s something we need to work on for sure."

The Pythons (0-2) were led by Deisy Leon and Zeidy Alvarado, who each scored four points.

Nau Taufalele led Panorama with five rebounds, but the Pythons struggled all night to deal with the size and strength of Golden Valley.

"We played better defense and kept our heads up," Dean said of struggling early before pulling ahead. "Rebounding was the biggest thing. We had a huge advantage (in size). The biggest factor was we were taller."

Golden Valley senior Ashley Oliver added seven points, five rebounds and led the team with six assists.

The win marks the first time Golden Valley has won four straight games since 2006.

"I came here to build a team culture and earn some respect for these players." Veluzat said.

And so far, the Grizzlies appear well on their way.

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