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Prep basketball: Defensive finish

Valencia’s defense spurs High Five championship victory

Posted: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Valencia teammates Jennifer Anumba (25) and Hailea Mitchell (15) go up for a rebound against Agoura at Valencia on Saturday night. The Vikings won the High Five Classic championship game 54-46.

 

If defense wins championships, then the Valencia girls basketball team can point to their defense and hustle as reasons why it holds the trophy of the Valencia High Five Classic.

The Vikings used a variety of defenses to come away with a 54-46 victory over previously undefeated Agoura in the championship game of Valencia’s tournament Saturday night.

“Basically we wanted to put as much pressure as we can on them so they could commit turnovers so we can get easy buckets,” said sophomore forward Talia Roth. “Every game we remember to box out and get the rebound so it can be easier for us.”

Kalia Summerlin started right where she left off Friday by almost outscoring the whole Agoura (3-1) team by herself in the first half. Summerlin found her shooting touch in the second quarter hitting four 3-pointers in route to a 14 point quarter and 19 in the first half. Agoura had 21 points in the first half.

“She is a great player,” said Agoura head coach Conley Oliver of Summerlin. “Just seeing her warm up, I knew that was going to happen.”

But as effective as Summerlin was in the first half, Agoura countered with junior guard Noam Leead in the second half to keep the game from getting out of hand for the Chargers.

“We were mixing up our defenses on her,” said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike. “But she was still able to get into the lane which says a lot of about her.”

Leead scored 16 points in the second half and finished the game with 18 points. She and teammate Kim Jacobs were selected to the All-Tournament team.

With just over 6 minutes remaining in the game, the Chargers got to within seven points of the Vikings, 43-36, but an 8-0 Valencia run that took them to the 3:08 mark in the final quarter put an end to any hopes Agoura had of coming back and stealing the game from the Vikings.

“They are solid and they play inside-outside,” Oliver said. “Anytime you can play inside-outside you are going to be good, and they are a really good team.”

For the Vikings (4-0), Jennifer Anumba, who finished with 15 points, and Roth were selected to the All-Tournament team, while Summerlin was named the tournament’s Outstanding Offensive Player.

 

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