East County Sports

Braves’ flow just better than Valhalla

Valhalla defends against El Cajon Valley on Friday night. / photo by Ramon Scott

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

EastCountySports.com staff report

EL CAJON – The El Cajon Valley Braves came into Valhalla High’s famed gym with a plan.

But Valhalla’s girls seemingly played to the same game plan. The result was a thrilling finish.

In the end, the visiting Braves came away with a 42-37 win and their second Grossmont Valley League victory of the season.

There wasn’t much difference between these two clubs, but El Cajon Valley’s continuity appeared to be the determining factor. As well as, a second-half rebounding advantage.

Senior FRANKIE MCGUIRE got things off to a great start for Valhalla with her confident jumper.

Sophomore SYLVIA ABOUD had a bucket to give El Cajon Valley a 4-3 lead midway through the first quarter.

Junior VEAN GORGEES made a basket for a 6-4 lead with just over two minutes to play in the first quarter.

The Braves led 8-7 after one quarter on a basket by sophomore FINEITA TAULANGA, then outscored the Lady Norsemen against in the second period by the same 8-7 count for a two-point halftime lead.

El Cajon Valley took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, as the Lady Norsemen were kept off the scoreboard for much of the second quarter.

But sophomore MIRIAM MECHAEL made a three-pointer to end the scoring drought for Valhalla and senior ANGIE ORANGE made a driving layup at the first-half buzzer.

In the third quarter, El Cajon Valley senior LILIAN AKINTONDE may have had the shot of the night and her driving scoop layup, giving the Braves a 20-16 lead.

Gorgees hit a three-pointer in the third quarter for a seven-point lead.

Mecheal made a big bucket late in the third to bring the gathering crowd alive, but moments later, a breakaway layup extended the Braves’ lead to eight in the fourth quarter.

Junior AMIYA JAMESON had a big game for the Braves with 16 points, coming through particularly in the fourth quarter.

Valhalla cut it to three points, 39-36 with 1:05 left in the game on a three-pointer by MIRANDA ALKATIB.

The Lady Norsemen had possession within the final minute down just one possession. A free throw brought it to within two.

But the Braves got a bucket and a steal, then a free throw from Akintonde.

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