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Valley Christian roars back but falls in Division VI girls final

By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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GALT — Valley Christian Academy’s girls basketball team came of age with one matter-of-fact halftime speech Thursday night.

Trailing by 17 at one point and by 15 at halftime on 16-percent shooting from the field, coach Kim Contreras’ team entered the locker room as playful, unknowing cubs and exited as Lady Lionesses on the hunt for dinner.

Second-seeded Valley Christian came up short against top-seeded Victory Christian 47-42 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship game at Galt High School, but its seven-player rotation with one senior owned the second half against Victory’s seven-player rotation with six seniors.

Trailing 26-9 in the second quarter, Valley Christian roared back to tie the score at 42 on a free throw by sophomore Jenny Frank with 1:11 remaining. The Lady Vikings (22-5) scored the final five points on two buckets and a free throw to claim their second Division VI banner in a row.

“I am completely thrilled,” Contreras said. “They’ve been here before. They’re good; they have a bench. If my girls can hang with them with no experience, it makes me wonder what they can do next year with a year of experience under their belt.”

The Lady Lions (16-10) went undefeated in the Sacramento Metro Athletic League following a tough nonleague campaign and breezed into the section final but faced no opponent like the defending Division VI-champion Lady Vikings, and it showed. Valley Christian shot 6 for 38 in the first half, including 0 for 7 from three-point range. Contreras’ halftime message got through.

“I told them there’s no second chance, no second game. You have to put everything on the floor,” she said. “There’s no practice tomorrow, no game next week. And we started seeing passes and seeing shots.”

Sophomore Lily Hagerty, who tied a section record with 49 points in the first round of the playoffs, scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half before fouling out with 1:20 remaining. She fueled the comeback with a layup in a one-on-three situation and a one-handed scoop shot that pulled the Lady Lions within 42-40.

Frank scored six of her 10 points in the second half, and 6-foot-4 freshman Seraiah Tyller had five of her seven blocked shots in the third quarter.

“I have such a bright future,” Contreras said. “(Sophomore) Cassidy Bowen came out of nowhere and exploded. She got steals, ran the offense. We have four sophomores coming back for two more years, and they’re strong.”

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.

 

VICTORY CHRISTIAN 47, VALLEY CHRISTIAN 42

 

Valley Christian (42)

Magni 2-8 2-4 6, Frank 4-13 2-6 10, Flood 0-0 0-0 0, Hagerty 7-18 2-3 16, Lyon 2-17 2-4 7, Tyller 1-2 0-0 2, Bowen 0-4 1-2 1. Totals 16-62 9-19 42.

Victory Christian (47)

Huffman 5-21 0-1 12, Shope 1-3 0-0 2, Frentzen 4-13 4-7 12, Furtado 1-2 0-3 2, Potts 4-10 3-4 11, Boolen 1-4 0-0 2, M. Novak 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 19-58 7-15 47.

 

Valley Christian       6     9   14   13  — 42

Victory Christian   13   17     8     9 —  47

 

Three-point goals — Valley Christian 1-12 (Lyon 1-9, Frank 0-1, Hagerty 0-1, Bowen 0-1), Victory Christian 2-4 (Huffman 2-4). Total fouls — Valley Christian 20, Victory Christian 19. Fouled out — Hagerty, Flood. Rebounds — Valley Christian 35 (Magni 8), Victory Christian 45 (Potts 14). Assists — Valley Christian 5 (Hagerty 2), Victory Christian 15 (Furtado, Potts 4). Turnovers — Valley Christian 23, Victory Christian 32.