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Prep girls basketball: Viking response

Ikeora scores 24 points in three quarters in Valencia win

Posted: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Valencia's Sandra Ikeora (32) scores over Pacifica High defender Darla Morales at Valencia High School on Saturday in a first-round CIF-Southern Section Division IAA game. Ikeora scored 24 points over the game's final three quarters of play.

 

Valencia Vikings power forward Sandra Ikeora was in the doghouse early at Valencia High Saturday night in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IAA playoffs.

The junior was slapped with her second foul in the first quarter and Vikings head coach Jerry Mike threatened to sit her for a long time.

Ikeora responded by taking out her anger on the Pacifica of Oxnard Tritons in a 66-34 Valencia win.

“I was really mad and I felt coach wanted to make me (respond),” Ikeora said.

After a first quarter in which she didn’t score, Ikeora scored 24 points in the game’s final three quarters, including 12 of the Vikings’ 14 points in the second quarter.

But at halftime, the Tritons (14-11) were still in striking distance, down 27-19.

It was the third quarter where the Vikings truly responded and turned a close one into a blowout.

Valencia (21-7) was quicker to rebound on both sides of the court and used its group of athletes to outrun Pacifica.

The Vikings started the third quarter on a 16-4 run.

“We had to really not spaz out. Just be calm and relaxed,” Ikeora said.

Part of the reason for the Vikings’ demeanor was the play of senior guard Jasmin Dimson, who Ikeora said has been underrated all season.

Dimson scored 11 points, but guided the Vikings’ offense start to finish.

“She was fantastic from the beginning,” said Valencia head coach Jerry Mike. “I don’t think anyone on their team could have stopped her in the open court.”

Dimson scored four points in the final quarter, where the lead ballooned even more.

Valencia received scoring from 10 different players.

Pacifica, the Pacific View League’s second-place team, was in it early thanks to timely 3-pointers and good shooting in the second quarter.

Triton senior Darla Morales scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the first half.

But Pacifica couldn’t keep up late.

“We didn’t box out as well as we should have,” said Tritons head coach Ryle Lynch-Cole. We didn’t rebound.”

Now things get more challenging as Valencia is in one of the Southern Section’s toughest divisions.

The Vikings face the winner of the Centennial of Corona-Rialto matchup on the road Wednesday.

Centennial is the state’s No. 20 team according to Maxpreps.com.

If Valencia gets past Centennial, the next likely matchup is against national No. 1 Mater Dei.

 

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