Re: Valencia vs Canyon

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Posted by Stop on February 04, 2017 at 14:59:02:

In Reply to: Re: Valencia vs Canyon posted by Legit on February 04, 2017 at 12:01:07:

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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.

Congrats on big win and grabbing a share of league title.

Hopefully you can carry the momentum into the playoffs.

But please, please stop talking about a meaningless win in summer. It is just embarrassing.

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