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Prep girls hoops: Valencia gets its share of Foothill title

Vikings win first title since 2005

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

Valencia High's Kalia Summerlin, right, goes in to score against West Ranch defender Hannah Green at West Ranch High on Friday.

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No way the West Ranch Wildcats were going to keep up.

Not with pressure, piled on top of smothering pressure by the Valencia Vikings girls basketball team.

That was the mind-set of a determined Valencia team that defeated West Ranch at West Ranch High on Friday 71-52.

With the victory, the Vikings (20-7 overall, 9-1 Foothill League) split the Foothill League championship with Canyon.

It marks the first title for Valencia since 2005.

“Finally,” said Valencia senior guard Kalia Summerlin. “I feel relieved. We wanted to put the pressure on them.”

Valencia forced nine West Ranch turnovers in the first quarter, thanks to a smothering trap at midcourt that halted the Wildcats (13-11, 5-5) from getting into their offense.

On top of that, the Vikings were making the most of their opportunities.

They ended the first quarter with a 28-12 lead, thanks to 11 points from Talia Roth, seven from Summerlin and six from Sandra Ikeora.

“We changed things up defensively and sped things up. We didn’t want to score 40 points,” said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike. In the teams’ previous meeting on Jan. 22, Valencia won 43-41.

The second quarter was a different game.

Valencia tried to maintain the defense, but instead got into foul trouble.

By the end of the frame, the Vikings had three players with three fouls.

In the second quarter, the West Ranch offense started to pick up, and that’s where Wildcats junior guard Whitney Branham really took off.

She scored nine of her 19 points in the quarter, including making all six of her free-throw attempts in the period.

“They were super aggressive and physical and kept coming at us which got us shellshocked (early),” Branham said. “We got it together after feeling that press.”

West Ranch also got a big contribution from forward Hannah Green, who also scored 19 points and added eight blocks.

The Wildcats cut the lead to 37-26 at halftime and scored the first five points of the third quarter to trail 37-31.

But Summerlin, who scored 23 points and hit four 3-pointers, nailed a three to get the Vikings started on an 8-0 run.

It wasn’t close afterward.

Valencia got 15 from Roth, 11 from Jennifer Anumba and 10 from Ikeora.

West Ranch finished Foothill League play in third place, tied with Saugus.


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