VALHALLA 45, EL CAJON VALLEY 42 — El Cajon Valley led in the first two quarters, standing 24-18 at the half but Valhalla pulled away in the third quarter to put Friday’s (Feb. 13) Grossmont Valley League game on ice.
“In the third quarter we finally pulled ahead with a lead,” said Valhalla assistant coach ALISHA HOWE. “We were tied with 4 minutes left and ALEXA SOMO hit a clutch layup and LISA DAMMAN hit two free throws with under two minutes left.”
TIANA SILVER paced the Norsemen with 21 points, while MOLLY LINDSAY was big on the boards with 13 rebounds.
NINWEY ESHO led the Braves with 15 points while NASHEA LAMPKIN added 11.
“We took a lot of shots – were 8 for 23 in the second half,” said Braves assistant coach SIG CHABROWSKI.
In a rare scoring phenomenon, both teams scored exactly the same in all four quarters of Friday’s (Jan. 16) Grossmont Valley League opener, tying it up at 29-29.
The difference maker was Grossmont made one point in overtime and Valhalla made 10.
“TIANA SILVER – who finished 8-for-12 on free throw shooting – really turned it on in the fourth quarter,” said Valhalla assistant coach ALICIA HOWE.
In the overtime period ALEXANDRA SOMO hit a clutch layup. Silver had two steals and was 4-for-5 on free throws to go with a layup. BIANCA GORGES had three steals for Valhalla.
“Our defense pressured the ball out of their hands a couple of times,” Howe added.
Silver led the Norsemen with a double-double of 16 points and 10 steals as well as rebounds and two blocks. MOLLY LINDSAY led the board brigade with 11 rebounds.
According to Grossmont coach GRACE CAMPBELL, two of her starters were injured in the game, one reinjured her ankle and the other suffered a concussion, and another starter fouled out.
“Our bench played against their starters,” Campbell said. “They got lucky. It was a great game – the girls tried their hardest, kept fighting and didn’t give up. We play Valhalla again and hopefully it will be different.”
LYDIA HALCOTT led the Foothillers with 10 rebounds and four blocks, while EMILY BARNES hauled down nine rebounds and made two blocks. MARTINA TOMA made six steals.
Our new Varsity Basketball coach is Marc Carter. He has played basketball at SDSU and for other professional teams here and abroad. He has coached at San Diego High School in the past and is excited to be a Norsemen. He is a defensive minded coach. He is also an on campus coach, which will benefit our program in recruiting and communication.