Instead, the game proved to be a showcase of why the Wolverines have dominated the league in recent years. Deer Valley came away with an easy 75-39 victory.
Wolverines head coach Mark Anger said that the first half of Tuesday’s game, which his players led 39-9, was some of the best basketball he’s seen them play all year. Senior guard Raven Fox, who will attend Fresno State next year on a full scholarship, scored 18 of her 23 points before halftime. After that, Anger started to cycle in some of the reserves.
Sophomore guards Erin Asher and Haley Love each scored a team-high seven points for the Patriots.
Junior guard Monique Mulder contributed 10 points. Senior guard Imana Samuels scored nine and came away with seven steals.
Anger said he studied tape of the first Heritage/Deer Valley match-up, which the Wolverines won 71-57, and found that while his players created numerous turnovers, they weren’t following them up with points. That’s something Deer Valley changed on Tuesday, capitalizing on Heritage mistakes.
Deer Valley (16-7, 8-0 BVAL) travels to Liberty on Friday to finish its regular season; Heritage (16-9, 5-4 BVAL) faces Pittsburg on Thursday.
Liberty 62, Antioch 47
A big night from Bernadette Fong helped Liberty cruise to a 62-47 victory over Antioch on Tuesday. The Lions junior center put up a game-high 34 points, her best scoring output of the season. On Jan. 28, Fong scored 23 points against the Panthers, now her second-best game of the season.
Liberty sophomore guard Gabrielle Freeman netted 16, sophomore guard Erin Morgan contributed seven and senior guard Gabby Worley finished with five points.
“I’m thrilled because the second half of league (play), we needed to win the games we lost in the first half, and we have done that,” Lions head coach Debbi Weil wrote in an e-mail. “It truly has been a magical season; it has been so much fun being around this group of girls.”
Liberty (16-9, 6-3 BVAL) faces a tough match-up, hosting Deer Valley on Friday to finish the regular season; Antioch (5-19, 1-7 BVAL) takes on Freedom in the last game of the season.
Pittsburg 69, Freedom 26
Pittsburg had little trouble with Freedom on Tuesday, leaving with a 69-26 victory. Pirates junior forward Keshia Ward scored a game-high 15 points. Junior center Myeshia Ward contributed 14 to the winning effort and senior post player Terri Powell finished with 12.
The Falcons were led by sophomore guard Caroline Calbonero and her 10 points.
Pittsburg (14-12, 6-3 BVAL) ends its regular season on Tuesday against Heritage; Freedom (6-19, 0-9 BVAL) hosts Antioch on Friday in search of its first league victory of the season.