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Prep boys hoops: Fast start fuels Hart

Indians’ Stallworth scores 12 in first quarter

Posted: January 16, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 16, 2013 1:55 a.m.
 

Led by Lewis Stallworth’s 21 points, Hart defeated Golden Valley 74-64 in a hard fought and competitive game Tuesday at Golden Valley High.

Stallworth exploded out of the gates for 12 first quarter points, as the Indians secured the victory to remain one game behind West Ranch and Valencia for first place in the Foothill League standings.

“I believed they couldn’t guard me,” Stallworth said about his offensive aggressiveness to start the game. “If I get to my spots I know I can put the ball in the hoop.”

After missing his first attempt, Stallworth had a stretch of five-straight made baskets as he shot 5-of-7 in the first quarter.

His partner in the backcourt, Myles Franklin, also had a strong start to the game with seven points in the opening frame.

Franklin finished with 15 in the game.

As for Golden Valley (5-14 overall, 0-3 Foothill League), Dominic Gully and James Chevious combined for 13 of the team’s 19 points in the opening quarter.

Chevious finished with 19 points, while Gully finished with 17.

The Indians (16-1, 2-1) led 24-19 after the first quarter, and extended their lead to 41-34 at halftime.

“We played hard tonight, but got a little careless at times,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “We got a little better execution in the third quarter. We got in the passing lanes, forced some steals, and got some easy layups.”

After the Grizzlies mounted a 10-4 run to start the second half and bring the score to 45-44, Hart turned up the intensity on defense and forced Golden Valley into multiple turnovers and bad decisions.

Highlighted by a steal on defense and dunk on the other end by Stallworth, the Indians responded and widened the gap with an 8-0 run in 55 seconds to make the score 53-44.

Golden Valley cut the score to 61-55 after a made layup by Gully with 5:10 to play in the fourth, but the deficit proved too big for the Grizzlies to overcome.

“Offensively, we played a lot better and took much better shots,” said Golden Valley head coach Al Vanhook. “I feel confident that we can win the game, and that’s the attitude we want to have around here.”

Both teams will be in action again on Friday as Golden Valley plays at West Ranch, while Hart takes on Valencia at home.

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