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Canyon sees bittersweet end

Earlier transgressions end up costing Cowboys again

Posted: February 13, 2009 7:33 p.m.
Updated: February 13, 2009 5:00 p.m.
 
Just how costly was the residency falsification that cost the Canyon girls basketball team 10 wins, two players and its head coach?

The final answer came Thursday.

Canyon defeated Valencia 69-68 at Canyon High Friday night to tie West Ranch for third-place in the Foothill League.

Only the top three teams from the Foothill League are guaranteed playoff spots. Based on the Foothill's constitution, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head play.

Canyon lost to West Ranch 44-39 on Jan. 30. The Cowboys originally beat the Wildcats 75-57 on Jan. 13, but had to forfeit the win because of the residency falsification Jan. 15.

If Canyon's victory had remained, there would have been another tiebreaker.

But it didn't come to that.

"I'm going to try and apply for an at-large bid," said Canyon interim head coach Todd Jackson. "I'm just proud of the kids. They were resilient. We knew this could happen. (The players) give it their best. It ended on a good note for the kids."

Jackson said he plans on applying for the job when the William S. Hart Union High School District opens up the position.

Much of the credit for the victory, though, goes to two players - Layana White and Brooke Lemar.

The guards scored 47 of Canyon's points in the contest - 28 for White and 19 for Lemar. White added seven steals and Lemar nine assists.

Valencia head coach Jerry Mike said Lemar was a big factor for the Cowboys (7-19, 6-4) as she hit five 3-pointers in the game.

The Vikings had a good cushion at 48-39 late in the third quarter, but Lemar took aim.

She cut the Cowboys lead to 50-45 with a three, then gave the Cowboys a 67-62 lead with another.

Lemar made only one shot in the previous matchup between the two teams - a 70-57 Valencia win on Jan. 27.

The loss cost the Vikings (20-6, 7-3) a share of the Foothill League title.

Starla Wright led the Vikings with 22 points. Lindsey Hill added 20 and Danielle Cavanagh had 13 points.

"We can score, no doubt, but it comes down to the basics - defense and rebounding," Mike said. "We didn't do it for four quarters. I give them credit."


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