Who would have predicted it?
Starla Wright makes a huge difference for the Valencia girls basketball team.
The inability to play with a lead has cost Valencia lately.
With five minutes remaining in the first half of Tuesday night's boys soccer game between Valencia and Canyon, both offenses lit up the scoreboard.
Welcome to "Around the Divisions." Every Tuesday, you will become educated about the competition outside the Foothill League. We'll give you a breakdown of the top teams, based off of CIF-Southern Section polls, competing in the same divisions as the Foothill League teams. So when it comes to playoff time, you will know who to look out for. We debut this week with a look at boys basketball. There are five Foothill teams that are currently ranked in the Southern Section. They play in four different divisions. Here's how the top three teams in each division look.
AZUSA - Etiwanda scored a big victory against Golden Valley - but the Eagles sure had to work for it.
The Golden Valley Grizzlies have heard the rap. They have to outscore everyone. They can't play defense.
It sure didn't look that way in the second half against Valencia.
It took a while but West Ranch finally broke through against Hart in boys basketball.
For the first time in school history, the Wildcats defeated the Indians, topping Hart 86-77 at West Ranch High on Friday night.
Three games into the Foothill League boys soccer season, the Saugus Centurions had yet to hold a lead in a Foothill League soccer game - yet they were undefeated in league play.
In their fourth game, the Centurions finally took a lead and maintained their undefeated record by winning their first league game 3-2 over Canyon at Saugus High on Friday afternoon.
After trailing most of the game, Canyon rode a fourth-quarter comeback to pick up its first win, 63-58, Friday at home against Saugus.
Given how West Ranch has had trouble scoring in Foothill League play, Friday's game against Hart must have felt like a huge sigh of relief.
Saugus girls basketball continued its winning ways Friday at Canyon, maintaining its perfect run in the Foothill League with a 62-49 win.
The weather was giving everyone fits Friday afternoon at Saugus High.
Unable to predict how the ball would react to the wet surface, passes skipped around as players slid across the field.
His mother was sick of the fighting. Even if he was just evening the score by bloodying a bully in the fifth grade, Bino Horne had to do something more productive.
The West Ranch girls basketball team pulled off the shock of the Winter Foothill League sports season by defeating Valencia Tuesday night 64-57.
It was shocking because the Wildcats, in four seasons, have never beaten a Foothill foe except for Golden Valley.
All it took was one goal to calm all the playoff nerves.
In the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs, the West Ranch Wildcats boys soccer team ran into an offensive buzz saw.
Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball couldn't wait to get its playoff run started.
For the first nine minutes of the game, Hart boys soccer was on fire.
The first playoff experience for Albert Einstein Academy girls basketball was quick and straight forward.
The Trinity Classical Academy Knights girls basketball team's first venture into the postseason was a building block.
It was like a mixed martial arts match where Valencia kept getting pounded but the referee wouldn't stop the fight.
The New Covenant Academy of Los Angeles Huskies didn't know much about Trinity Classical Academy before Wednesday Night.
Even if no one can quite explain how it happened, no one on the West Ranch girls soccer team is going to complain about the Wildcats' first postseason victory in program history.
Here's a dare.
Culver City boys soccer kept coming for Saugus on Tuesday, and in the end, the Ocean League's third-place team passed the Centurions.
Oddly enough, it was a goal against that finally sparked West Ranch boys soccer on Tuesday.
With Monday afternoon's revealing of the CIF-Southern Section soccer playoffs, the winter playoff slate is set.
The CIF-Southern Section released the boys and girls prep basketball playoff draws on Sunday afternoon, and plenty of Santa Clarita Valley teams are scattered across various postseason brackets.
Year in and year out, Foothill League boys basketball is a gauntlet.