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Prep basketball: Valencia looks to grab the High Five

Vikes defeat Royal and will play in tourney title game

Posted: December 1, 2012 9:53 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Valencia's Talia Roth, right, takes possession of the ball with Royal's Brianna Reser, left, battling on Friday at Valencia High.

The Valencia girls basketball team was off to the races on Friday night at the Valencia High Five Classic.

The Vikings used a suffocating defense, employing full-court and half-court presses for much of the contest, and ran away with a 57-32 victory over Royal of Simi Valley at Valencia High School to advance to the championship game of their own tournament.

Kalia Summerlin troubled the Highlanders’ defense, scoring 23 points in three quarters on 9-of-17 shooting.

“It’s good to see that because the first couple games she’s been struggling, sort of,” said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike. “She was really good and really consistent tonight.”

Summerlin scored eight points in Monday’s 53-34 win over Knight and seven in Thursday’s 50-33 win over Fairview.

Everyone on the Vikings (3-0) was clicking on this night, as Valencia started the game on an 8-0 run and used a 19-3 second quarter to enter the locker room up 32-11.

“Making sure they don’t cut into leads, that’s what we talk about a lot,” Mike said. “You’re up 8-0 — that does something mentally to the other team.”

The Highlanders (1-2) struggled to break the Vikings’ press throughout the game, and when they did, Valencia shifted into a zone that disrupted Royal’s offensive flow.

Emily Garner led the Highlanders with 11 points, and Brianna Reser scored 10, six of which came in the fourth quarter.

But for the most part, Royal struggled to get the ball inside, and missed on many of the open looks it did have — shooting 30.3 percent as a team.

“(The pressure) definitely affected us,” said Royal head coach Blair Galbreath. “They have a good zone and a good press. We didn’t execute very well. We tended to force the ball to the less than open player.”

Valencia increased its lead to 47-17 after three, with Summerlin outscoring the entire Royal team up to that point.

“I just had to try to keep shooting,” Summerlin said. “I haven’t had the best games (recently). I was just flowing today.”

Jasmin Dimson was second on Valencia with 10 points and Preea Johnson pitched in nine points.

The victory puts Valencia in the championship game today at 6 p.m. against Agoura at Valencia High School.


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