East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Steele Canyon, Christian, El Cajon Valley, Valhalla, Santana



By Adam Paul
© East County Sports.com

SPRING VALLEY – In a contest that could have gone either way, the No. 6 seeded Steele Canyon Cougars pulled out the San Diego CIF Division III First Round playoff contest 53-38 over the No. 11 seeded Patrick Henry Patriots.

Things early on went the way of the Cougars as they jumped out 6-0 to start the game and it looked like it wouldn’t be a close contest as the defense held the Patriots scoreless until the 3:00 minute mark in the first quarter.

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Steele Canyon and Patrick Henry battle Tuesday night in Spring Valley. / Ramon Scott photo

It wasn’t that the Patriots didn’t have their opportunities as they missed shots including many in the paint.  So taking advantage of their athleticism and opportunities the Cougars sprinted to a 14-5 lead after the first period.  Steele Canyon in the second quarter outscored the Patriots 15-10 to lead 29-15 at the break.

Things got really interesting in the second half as the Patriots came out and lit things up going on a 12-0 run to pull within 29-27 with about 3:41 to go. The Cougars would finally score their first basket of the quarter with 2:30 to go on a three ball by MARIE ESTAVILLO.  By the time the third quarter ended the Patriots outscored the Cougars 19-9 to make it a four point contest at 38-34.

Pacing the Cougars and making sure they didn’t lose their lead which they had up to this point the entire contest was the trio of ASHLEY TAVIZON who recorded a monster of a triple-double consisting of 11 points, 13 boards and 11 steals as well as dishing out 7 assists, JULES LOIBL who ripped off a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds, and had 9 steals, MARIAH SMITH scored her own double-double of 10 points and 15 boards and also had 6 blocks as well.

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Ashley Tavizon brings the ball up the floor against Patrick Henry Tuesday night. / EastCountySports.com photo

Besides the trio the Cougars had other help as MARIANNA MARTINEZ poured in 7 points and ripped 15 boards and also had 5 steals on the night. The other amazing stat on the night to go along with the triple-double and the two double-doubles for the Cougars was the fact that they were able to grab 61 total rebounds.

At the end of the night it was the balance of the Cougars on both the offense and defensive end that proved too much as they were able to limit the Patriots to a total of 4 points to take the final period 15-4 to round out the final scoring.

Steele Canyon: Jules Loibl 16 (10 reb, 3 ast, 9 stl), Ashley Tavizon 11 (13 reb, 7 ast, 11 stl), Mariah Smith 10 (15 reb, 1 stl, 6 blk), Marianna Martinez 7 (16 reb, 1 ast, 5 stl), Kylie Minshew 6 (1 reb, 1 stl), Marie Estavillo 3 (1 ast, 2 reb), Elizabeth Bott (6 reb, 2 ast).


FRANCIS PARKER 56, CHRISTIAN 33 – For a young team like the Christian High girls’ basketball team the ride of a season is full of ups and downs.  The ride, just like roller coasters, is always fun but the abrupt stop at the end is always the most disappointing thing about it.


The ride came to an end on Tuesday (Feb. 23) when the Francis Parker Lancers (10-7) defeated the Patriots (6-15) 56-33 in a CIF-San Diego Section Division IV playoff game at Francis Parker School.


MARISSA GILES and BROOKE OWENS led the Patriots in scoring with eight points each.


HAYLEY ROBINSON ruled the boards for the Patriots as she hauled in ten boards in the loss.


The positive thing for the Patriots is that they can build off this season as they are only losing one player (WENDY SHEN) from the squad.


Christian went 1-11 last season in Central League action. They improved upon their league record this season by two games.  Next year, with what looks like the entire starting lineup coming back, they could show even more improvement.  “I’m very excited for next year,” head coach TIFFANY GILES said after the loss. “We have nowhere to go but up from here.”

Christian:  Brooke Owens 8 (5 reb, 1 ast), Marissa Giles 8 (5 reb, 1 stl), Sage Salacup 6 (4 reb, 3 stl), Jasmyn Crawford 4 (6 reb, 3 stl, 1 blk), Alyssa Rothrock 4 (1 reb), Marissa Giese 2, Wendy Shen (1 reb), Cipriana Hudson (1 reb).

– Chris Davis, © East County Sports.com

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El Cajon Valley warms up prior to Tuesday night’s playoff game.

ESCONDIDO ADVENTIST 64, EL CAJON VALLEY 44 – The El Cajon Valley Braves travelled up North to take on Escondido Adventist Academy in the first round of the San Diego CIF Division V playoffs and unfortunately came out on the wrong end 64-44, Tuesday (Feb. 23).

The Braves did their best to keep things interesting as they only trailed by 8 after one period of play 20-12 and in the second quarter tried to edge their way back into the contest but the Hawks were able to stretch out their lead to 34-24 at the half.

Pacing the Braves was the duo of LEANNA WATSON who poured in a double-double of 13 points and 10 steals and also SUMAYA HAMEED who punched a double-double of her own with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

It just wasn’t enough as the Hawks were able to keep the Braves in check offensively in the third quarter as they outscored them 20-7 to basically pull away and lead 54-31 heading into the final period. The Braves in the final stanza were actually able to outscore the Hawks and take the period 13-9 to round out the final score.

For the Braves things look bright for the future as they won double digit games for the first time since the 2011-12 season and also they return a solid crop of girls including Watson who will be one to reckon with the next couple of years and looks to set some records at El Cajon Valley before her graduation.

El Cajon Valley:  Leanna Watson 13 (8 reb, 1 ast, 10 stl), Sumaya Hameed 12 (11 reb, 2 stl), Titishia Clemons 6 (3 stl), Kaheen Hassan 4 (3 reb), Farah Kannan 3, Rabab Issa-Tana 2 (5 reb), Dania 2 (3 reb), Mary Awadich 2, Rania (2 reb, 2 stl).

– Adam Paul, © East County Sports.com

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Valhalla shoots a three-pointer on Tuesday night.

Valhalla outscored the San Diego Southwest Raiders, 19-6 in the third quarter to take over after trailing 21-20 at intermission.

The Norsemen will advance to the quarterfinals with the win in the first round of the San Diego Section CIF Division IV playoffs Tuesday night (Feb. 23) at The Thunderdome.

The Norsemen were paced in the big third quarter by the scoring of TIANA SILVER and MOLLY LINDSAY.

Third-seeded Valhalla will host a quarterfinal game at home on Friday (Feb. 26) against sixth-seeded Crawford (37-25) winners over Orange Glen on Tuesday night) at 7 p.m.

– East County Sports.com staff report

MORSE 40, SANTANA 31 – The Tigers built on their 20-13 lead, extending it to 30-21 in the fourth quarter. No information reported.

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