Re: Can anyone stop the defending champs


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Posted by Schedule on January 03, 2017 at 22:54:30:

In Reply to: Re: Can anyone stop the defending champs posted by For Arguments Sake on January 03, 2017 at 15:58:53:

: : : : : : : : : : : LANCASTER - The Antelope Valley girls defeated Burroughs 58-18 for the second year in a row to claim the Antelope Valley Annual Holiday Classic Tournament championship.

: : : : : : : : : : : The girls hoisted their trophy and posed for pictures Friday night, after an amazing five-day tournament run. The Lady Lopes (11-1) outscored their opponents 317-105 and their smallest margin of victory came by a whopping 37 points. The team's harassing defense played a huge part in every game and after the tournament, coach Deon Price was proud of his girls.

: : : : : : : : : : : "Honestly, it feels really good," Price said. "At the end of the day there's always someone that may have a better day than you did that day. Luckily for us, today we were a little bit better. We made better plays, we had more things go to our advantage and it worked out for us."

: : : : : : : : : : : Senior Tatyana Lyles was selected MVP of the tournament - she was the MVP last year as well - and Savannah Sullivan and Niyah Page were selected All-Tournament. Oriana Brown and Tyler Smith were honorable mentions.

: : : : : : : : : : : "It feels good to let my team know that they trust in me," Lyles said. "It feels good to be MVP."

: : : : : : : : : : : Burroughs (10-2) came out and immediately hit the brick wall of traps AV sets. The Burros looked stunned by the fast pressure they faced every time they touched the ball and, as a result, started to play fast on offense. The fast offense led to turnovers, rushed shots and mistakes on dribbles to create space.

: : : : : : : : : : : They quickly found themselves down double digits and didn't score a point until there was 3:30 left in the first quarter. The relentless defense got under Burroughs guard Hailey Dugan when she picked up a technical foul for throwing an elbow. She was swarmed by defenders near the baseline and was unhappy when a foul wasn't called.

: : : : : : : : : : : It was no shocker that AV's team defense would be the shining star of the game. The Lady Lopes had a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and six different players had already scored.

: : : : : : : : : : : "We were able to impose our defense on them early and it kind of got things rattled and started to make things a lot easier for us," Price said.

: : : : : : : : : : : Burroughs handled AV's pressure defense better in the second quarter by sending two and three girls into the backcourt to help after a double team. It worked to get them some more opportunities, but they also struggled shooting the ball.

: : : : : : : : : : : Burroughs coach Laura Larson said her team was tired after playing five games in four days and a slew of injuries had them hampered. Larson's team trailed 31-12 at halftime after Hunter Boske hit a buzzer beater to close out the second quarter.

: : : : : : : : : : : "We didn't execute correctly, our defense was lacking in zone and we just weren't aggressive enough," Dugan said.

: : : : : : : : : : : The second half saw AV adjust to Burroughs' offense in the backcourt. They used the length of Oriana Brown, S'Coya Sulaiman and Angel Jackson against the smaller Burrough guards. Burroughs couldn't pass over the top and many tipped passes turned into easy layups for the Lady Lopes.

: : : : : : : : : : : AV continued to stretch the lead with its defense and entered the fourth quarter up 43-18. The Burros looked gassed towards the end of the game and didn't register a single point in the fourth quarter. AV reached their biggest lead of the game - 40 - with under a minute to play.

: : : : : : : : : : : Lyles had a game-high 13 points, Sullivan had 12 points and Smith finished with 10. Page finished with nine points and had a big mark on the defensive end.

: : : : : : : : : : : "It feels good to be able to keep our winning streak going and win in our own house and keep our championship," Page said.

: : : : : : : : : : : Frontier 49, Desert 43, OT

: : : : : : : : : : : Frontier clawed back from a 17-point defecit and took home third place by defeating Desert 49-43 in an overtime thriller.

: : : : : : : : : : : Desert (6-4) had a 14-9 lead at halftime in a game where both teams struggled shooting the ball early on. Desert's Asia Mallory put up all eight of their first quarter points and had a team-high 24 points.

: : : : : : : : : : : Antelope Valley, please stop hyping yourselves up! Only you guys alone believe your own hype.

: : : : : : : : : The Lopes is the real deal, I rank them in the top 3 in SoCal.

: : : : : : : Granada Hills

: : : : : : BS Antelope would get killed in Division 1AA against their top teams. Antelope is lucky they play in the little girls division.

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: : : : : AV Parents - please feel free to proud of your kids and enjoy their success.

: : : : : However, please stop coming on here saying how great you are, and "Can anyone stop them?".

: : : : : Looking at your schedule, you have played exactly one good team - Granada Hills.

: : : : : And you lost.

: : : : : Beating up on Knight, West Ranch, Notre Dame, etc. is not worth bragging about. Some of those teams would lose to JV teams.

: : : : : I'm not bashing, but please stop hyping until you play real competition.

: : : : : No one believes it, and all you are asking for is a bunch of hate posts.

: : : : :They won CIF last year and made it to State finals, can you say the same bout your team??? Nuff said...

: : :
: : : Not trying to hate on their accomplishments. They won their division. Good for them. Only a handful of schools do it every year.

: : : But don't come on here saying you are unbeatable and one of the top teams in So Cal when you don't play anyone who is good.

: : : Again, they have played one good team this year - and lost.

: : I don't think anyone can take away from the accomplishments that the team has achieved in the past year winning a CIF title, but the reality is if you want to be an elite team, you need to schedule up.

: : Here are the teams Antelope Valley has played so far this year and their MaxPreps state rank (I know MaxPreps is not perfect, but it gives us some perspective) - teams with an * are league opponents they have already played for their 10-1 record

: : they have played one good team, a couple of average teams and then a bunch of cupcakes - three of which are in a tournament they host

: : 23 Granada Hills
: : 211 Lancaster *
: : 336 Thousand Oaks
: : 436 Frontier (Antelope Valley tourney host)
: : 467 Notre Dame (SO)
: : 498 Knight *
: : 538 Desert (Antelope Valley tourney host)
: : 604 West Ranch
: : 652 Quartz Hill *
: : 691 University Prep (Antelope Valley tourney host)
: : 1043 Highland *

: : There are 33 teams in Division 1A and here is the list by Strength of Schedule - you'll have to scroll a while to find them down at #30. You can blame four of those games on your league opponents, but the majority of the strength of schedule number in December is games or tournament that you have control over (which to attend). Last year they scheduled up and went to Palisades. I have no doubt they have the skill and talent level to compete with some of the top teams in 1A, but it is hard to be ranked higher in the division when you stay at home and host a tournament with very little competition.

: : 1 Fairmont Prep (Anaheim) 16.8
: : 2 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 16.6
: : 3 Huntington Beach 16.1
: : 4 Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 14.5
: : 5 Buena (Ventura) 13.1
: : 6 Agoura 12.9
: : 7 Hart (Newhall) 12.6
: : 8 El Dorado (Placentia) 11.3
: : 9 South (Torrance) 11.1
: : 10 Cantwell-Sacred Heart (Montebello) 11
: : 11 Valley View (Moreno Valley) 10.4
: : 12 King (Riverside) 9.4
: : 13 La Canada 9.4
: : 14 El Rancho (Pico Rivera) 9
: : 15 JW North (Riverside) 9
: : 16 Orangewood Academy (Garden Grove) 9
: : 17 Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita) 8.7
: : 18 Westminster 8.4
: : 19 Cypress 8
: : 20 Esperanza (Anaheim) 7.6
: : 21 Kennedy (La Palma) 7.6
: : 22 Summit (Fontana) 7.6
: : 23 South Hills (West Covina) 6.6
: : 24 Patriot (Riverside) 6.3
: : 25 Redlands East Valley (Redlands) 6
: : 26 Edison (Huntington Beach) 5.6
: : 27 Victor Valley (Victorville) 5.4
: : 28 Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 5
: : 29 Duarte 4.8
: : 30 Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 4.7
: : 31 Yucaipa 3.4
: : 32 Diamond Bar 2.8
: : 33 Chino 1.5

: I know AV fans like to talk on this site, but the AV haters need to give credit where credit is due. AV defeated Agoura last year and would most likely do so again this year. AV defeated LC 3X and would most likely again this year. SOS doesn't mean everything. Admittedly, tough to say you are unstoppable when you haven't played as demanding a schedule, but AV returns 7 of 9 players that went to state title last year and was considered a top 20 team in SoCal last year. Very few, if any, can match their team speed this year. They play Canyon Country Saturday so I guess we will find out where they are at in early January. If I'm a 1A coach, I would love to be on the opposite side of the bracket from this team. I'm not saying they will win 1A but they are who you don't want to see in your half of the draw. As for the loss to GH, AV was without at least 2 of their top 7 players and it was one starters first game back from injury. They played GH tough considering that and losing in early December isn't all that bad. As with many others on this site, let's applaud the girls' effort instead of being so quick to tear them down. Finally, as far as scheduling up, It is very costly to travel from the AV to tournaments and many schools are unwilling to travel here for tournaments so scheduling is tougher than you think. AV would love for Valencia, Hart, TO, Agoura, Canyon, Burbank area, IE teams, Alemany, CV, Harvard, etc. to come here for a tourney. Kudos to Canyon and last year La Canada for coming over for a showcase game....


Costly to go to games? It's called a carpool, just like everyone else does. That's lame.

And no one wants to go there to play because it's always a miserable experience.

The girls play (at least) semi-dirty, they cuss a lot on and off the court, and the parents talk trash the whole game while complaining about every call.

No one wants to go there for a game let alone a whole tournament. Especially when they can go to Burroughs, or San Diego, or San Francisco, or Oregon, etc.

Bottom line is AV has their tournament to make money. Low level teams go and AV beats up on them, gets a trophy and makes cash.

There is nothing wrong with that. Everyone's program could use a little extra $$$.

But if you want to come on here and talk about how great you are - at least one of your tournaments better be Palisades, Redondo, or Troy. And then win some games there.


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