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Golden Valley girls basketball: Way ahead of schedule

Golden Valley girls pick up seventh win in a rout

Posted: December 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley guard Caitlyn Zindroski, left, puts up a shot against Grace Brethren on Friday at Golden Valley High.

 

Golden Valley girls basketball isn’t just winning games, it’s dominating them.

And the team is doing so at a rate that hasn’t been seen before in the program’s existence.

With an easy 77-13 win over Grace Brethren on Friday night at Golden Valley High School, the Grizzlies have surpassed their combined win total from the past two seasons.

"We’ve eclipsed two years of work in just two or three weeks," said first-year head coach Daniel Veluzat.

The Grizzlies are off to a 7-3 start after amassing a 6-43 record through their last two seasons.

It was also the second straight night Golden Valley produced well on offense coming off an 86-45 win over Santa Paula the previous night.

"It was good for us to come off an 86-point game (Thursday) and come out with an offensive performance like that," Veluzat said.

Grace Brethren (1-4) came into the game with just six players, and it took Golden Valley about 20 seconds to take the first, and only lead of the contest.

"That’s where we’re always at," said Grace Brethren head coach Malcolm Thomas of his short-handed squad. "It’s tough to compete at the level that we want to compete."

After falling behind 16-0, the Lancers finally got on the board at the 3:15 mark of the first quarter.

Shortly after that, the Grizzlies went on another scoring run of 18-0 in the second quarter to make it a 46-7 halftime lead.

Sophomore guard Caitlyn Zindroski led all scorers with 22 points for the Grizzlies and teammate Janae Dean added 16 of her own.

"I just wanted to help our team get off to a good start and I wanted to play well on offense and defense," Zindroski said.

Between Dean, Theresa Ohaya and Uriah Burton, Golden Valley dominated the rebounding and limiting the Lancers’ shot attempts.

Grace Brethren made just 5-of-25 shots in the game as Allison Malanowski led the team with six points.

Golden Valley continued to build on its lead, outscoring the Lancers 21-0 in the third quarter before a running clock began in the fourth.

"We were able to come out and work on some new things and see that they’re going to work," Veluzat said.

Defensively, the Grizzlies forced 35 turnovers.

The next step for upstart Golden Valley will come on Dec. 27 against Arcadia in the La Canada Tournament.

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