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Prep girls hoops: Canyon routs Hart to win share of league title

Cowboys cruise to a 4th straight title

Posted: February 9, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 9, 2013 1:55 a.m.

Canyon's Jaya Schultz drives past Hart's Cyndi King on Friday at Hart High.

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It’s hard to call the high school careers of Alia McCoy and Jaya Schultz anything else.

The pair of Canyon Cowboys fourth-year varsity basketball players finished off perfect high school careers in terms of Foothill League crowns.

Four years, four league championships for the two of them, who helped Canyon beat the Hart Indians 71-29 on Friday at Hart High School to clinch a share of the title with Valencia.

“It’s really rewarding,” McCoy said. “What I’m more proud of is where we’ve come from and everything we’ve had to go through.”

McCoy was referring to her freshman year, when this run all began for Canyon (22-4 overall, 9-1 Foothill League).

Her Foothill League career ended with a game-high 20 points on a scalding 7-of-9 shooting night.

Fellow senior Schultz chipped in 11 points of her own. Both players sat on the bench for most of the fourth quarter due to the point differential.

“We’re not entitled to anything,” Schultz said of winning league four years in a row. “We’re not going to say we deserve it. We worked too hard for it.”

Against an overmatched Hart (7-17, 2-8), the Cowboys left little doubt they were in charge.

Canyon finished the first quarter on an 18-1 run and took a 22-4 by the end of the frame.

By halftime, McCoy already had 17 of her points and Canyon was up 40-11.

Many of Canyon’s points came off easy layups which were made possible by turnovers. The Indians coughed the ball up 12 times in the first half, 17 for the game.

“We’ve struggled with that against more athletic teams,” said Hart head coach Terra Palmer. “We’ve talked about taking care of the ball, making quick short passes.”

The Indians were led by Breze Kimbles’s 17 points which included four 3-pointers. No other Hart player had more than three points.

Hart shot just 19 percent in the game.

Canyon got 19 points from Kali Vittallo and it shot 51 percent from the field as a team.

With playoffs likely out of the question, Hart probably saw the last of three seniors in the game.

“These kids have battled,” Palmer said. “They have got a lot of heart. They don’t quit. We put them through a lot.”

As for Canyon, this only sets the stage for another potential playoff run.

“Hopefully, we’re only just beginning,” said Canyon head coach Chuck Johns.


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