East County Sports

Hungry Norsemen nip Vaqueros at wire

Valhalla keeps the ball in play on Wednesday night. / govalhalla.com



EastCountySports.com staff report


EL CAJON – In a back-and-forth affair between two teams hungry for a local win, senior guard TY SCHIMKE scored 25 points to lead the Valhalla Norsemen to a 63-61 non-league win over visiting El Capitan Wednesday evening.

Valhalla picked up its sixth win of the season after a neck-and-neck battle with a Vaqueros team playing the second of six-straight road games.

Valhalla led 13-12 after one period.

El Capitan led 34-33 at halftime.

Then the Norsemen held a two-point lead, 53-51, heading into the fourth.

El Capitan junior center RANDY TUCKER had 23 points for his season-high.

“We just weren’t as focused as much as we should have been,” Tucker said. “We didn’t play as a team and we can do a lot better.

“I want to keep playing as tough as I can.”

Vaqueros sophomore guard JACOB PFITZNER added 20 points.

“Honestly, we need more from our seniors,” El Capitan coach JEFF BICKFORD said. “We had three starters combine for nine points. Then we gave up 40 points in the second and third quarter (combined).”

El Capitan (7-12, 0-2 Grossmont Valley League) is back in action on Friday in a tough assignment at Monte Vista (14-7, 1-1 GVL) at 7.

“We are just going to have to play¬†good defense and not let them attack the basket and score as easily as Valhalla did tonight,” Tucker said. “We need to have good ball movement, execute our plays, finish in the paint, and box out and get the rebounds.”

Valhalla (6-15, 0-3 Grossmont Hills League) will travel to face neighboorhood rival Steele Canyon (7-6, 1-2 GHL) on Friday at 7.

FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 71, FRANCIS PARKER 30 – The top-ranked Foothills Christian Knights won their 10th-straight game on Wednesday night and improved to 6-0 in the Coastal League with a win over Francis Parker at Cuyamaca College.

Arizona State-bound senior TAESHON CHERRY led the Knights with 20 points, while YASSINE GHARRAM added 16.

Foothills Christian led 53-19 mid-way through the third period, as the bench got early minutes.

The Knights are now 18-5 overall. FCHS will meet Army-Navy Academy on Friday at home at 7 p.m.

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