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Prep basketball: Pressure gets to Hart

Indians look to rebound from last year; lose in High Five

Posted: November 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart's Nikko Aganian (4) takes the ball to the basket between Knight defenders on Thursday at Valencia High.

Hart girls basketball is still in the rebuilding phase, but head coach Terra Palmer isn’t using that as an excuse.

The Indians had trouble dealing with full-court press defense throughout the game as Knight of Palmdale beat Hart 44-37 on Thursday in the third game of pool play at the Valencia High Five Classic at Valencia High.

“Tonight we never really showed up,” Palmer said. “Even for a rebuilding team. We played bad for us.”

Though Hart (1-2) is still a roster with plenty of underclassmen, this season should be a step forward from a tough 2011-12 campaign.

One bright spot on Thursday was sophomore returner Breze Kimble, who scored 24 points to lead Hart.

The team’s next best scorer on the night was Jessy Rea, who had eight points.

Other than those two, there wasn’t much offense for Hart, which turned the ball over 25 times.

“Our energy just wasn’t there tonight,” Kimble said. “We just weren’t as pumped. It was probably because we got so pumped up the two games before and we were tired. But that’s no excuse.”

Hart beat Antelope Valley 50-43 in its season opener on Monday and fell short 58-53 to Burroughs on Tuesday.

Against the Hawks (2-1), it was a different story.

Shalaunda Burney Robinson led Knight with 14 points. The 6-foot, 1-inch junior was a force on the glass, often making baskets after rebounding missed shots.

She and the rest of the Knight offense took a while to pick up the pace though.

Hart went out in front early and hung on for a 10-8 lead after the first quarter.

That’s when the press defense began to work its course and disrupt Hart’s offense, which didn’t make a single bucket in the second quarter.

The Hawks outscored the Indians 16-6 in the second to take a 24-16 halftime lead.

“In basketball, sometimes it comes down to matchups,” said Knight head coach Danny Henderson. “Where we look to exploit teams is our height. So we get a lot of offensive rebounds.”

Brittani Larry added 13 points for the Hawks.

Both teams are now finished with pool play and will be seeded in a championship bracket in the tournament on Saturday.


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