Posted by Legit on February 04, 2017 at 12:01:07:
In Reply to: Re: Valencia vs Canyon posted by The Signal on February 04, 2017 at 06:12:14:
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: : : : Anyone went to this rivalry game tonight. Any info on who won and if it was close as the first game last month? Thanks
: : : Canyon won 64 - 48. Exciting game. Canyon was clicking on cylinders.
: Canyon girls hand Valencia first home league loss since 2013
: By Mason Nesbitt - February 3, 2017, 11:29 pm
: From the top right section of the visitors’ bleachers at Valencia High on Friday, Canyon students kicked off a chant unspectacular in nearly every sports setting. Not this one.
: A group of fans in green and yellow began, “I believe that we will win. I believe that we will win.”
: The Vikings hadn’t lost a Foothill League home game since 2013. They hadn’t lost a league game, period, in their last 23 outings.
: Yet, the fourth-quarter chant rose in intensity and sincerity. Canyon’s girls basketball team believed it, too.
: The Cowboys outscored the Vikings by 20 in the second half and won 64-48 to keep the league title in limbo and lift the burden of a five-game losing streak to their hosts.
: “I don’t know, it was crazy. That’s what we wanted since I was a freshman and we finally did it,” said Canyon junior Talia Taufaasau, who scored nine of her 11 points in the fourth quarter, where the Cowboys made 9-of-12 shots collectively.
: Canyon (16-9 overall, 7-1 in Foothill) trailed by four at the half but turned Alaina Garcia’s eight third-quarter points and Valencia’s cold shooting into an eight-point lead heading to the fourth quarter of its most crucial win of the year.
: Now, if Canyon and Valencia win out, the teams will share the Foothill League title: the Vikings’ fifth straight and the Cowboys’ first since 2014 (co-champs).
: Cowboys coach Jessica Haayer said before the game the key was to control Valencia’s Kayla Konrad. Not necessarily to erase her, but to keep her from a prolific night.
: Gabriela Sanchez (13 points) got the message. The Canyon sophomore tracked Konrad like a mind-reading bounty hunter, holding the 2016 Foothill League Player of the Year to 17 points on 3-of-10 shooting.
: “Heck of a job,” Taufaasau said of Sanchez. “Her defense on (Konrad) was spectacular. She made Kayla fight for every bucket she got.”
: Jade Jordan scored 14 points for the Vikings (20-5, 7-1), whose last home league loss came to Canyon in 2013.
: The last time the Cowboys beat Valencia in any setting came back on Jan. 23, 2015, and this year’s losses to the Vikes were especially painful.
: The Vikings — who could have clinched at least a share of the Foothill title Friday — beat Canyon by one in a preleague tournament final and followed that with a 47-45 win in league.
: “We’re back to the drawing board tomorrow,” said Valencia coach Jerry Mike. “We have to focus on the last two and close it out. It’s still cool — they had a great run. We’ll be fine.”
: Hope that settles it for all you Canyon hatters. They are legit first betting Sierra in summer and now Valencia at their home court.
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