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SCV Hoops Finale girls: Back to old habits

Canyon’s Tiffini Stone takes MVP honors in girls game; Saugus’ Oster wins 3-point contest

Posted: March 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Tiffini Stone, also of Canyon, took home the MVP award for the girls game, scoring 17 points to help her team in victory.

All-Star games are usually more relaxed, with both teams trying to put on a show for the fans.

The local girls players in Saturday’s SCV Hoops Finale sure put on a show. They just didn’t relax in doing so.

“We both really wanted it, that’s for sure,” said Canyon senior Tiffini Stone.

Stone scored 17 points and played the role of distributor en route to game MVP honors, and the team of Canyon, Valencia and Golden Valley defeated the team of Saugus, Hart and West Ranch 63-58 on Saturday at Saugus High School.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Bridges to Ability Foundation, which provides social, recreational, vocational and educational programs to teenagers and adults with disabilities.

The game was fairly close throughout, though the Canyon-Valencia-Golden Valley team opened up a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter that its opponent couldn’t overcome.

During halftime of the girls game, Saugus’ Jordan Oster edged Canyon’s Leilani Okihara in the 3-point competition. Oster hit her stride midway through the final round and hit 10 shots, while Okihara hit nine.

Oster, who jokingly described herself as out of shape since basketball season has ended, said her strategy was simple.
“I pick a spot and shoot at the front of the rim, and hope it goes in,” she said.

The Golden Valley trio of Janae Dean, Theresa Ohaya and Ronisha Miller ignited a spark in the second half. Dean finished with 16 points, while Ohaya had nine and Miller finished with six.

“People think Golden Valley’s not that good, but we just gave it our all,” Dean said.

The Saugus-Hart-West Ranch team stayed within striking distance despite 18 turnovers and struggling to protect the defensive glass.

The squad also missed several close shots in the second half that could have made a difference.

In the second quarter, the Saugus-Hart-West Ranch contingent combined to hit four 3-pointers and shoot 64 percent from the floor and cut the halftime deficit to three.

But Stone and the Canyon-Valencia-Golden Valley group held on in the second half.

Stone only scored six of her points after halftime, but she was instrumental in creating turnovers and getting her teammates involved.

The MVP award was icing on the cake.

“I’m so happy,” she said. “I could not believe it. It’s good to know all the hard work I put into this season paid off.”

Saugus’ Megan Dawe, the Foothill League Player of the Year, led all scorers with 18 points but took 16 shots. Oster scored 11 points, Kim Smither had eight and Hart’s Victoria Lionetti added seven.



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