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Lady Jags beat Mission Vista to end six-game basketball skid


February 06, 2013
The month of January started out so well for the Valley Center varsity girls' Basketball team, as the Lady Jaguars won two of their first three games of 2013.


But since then, the Lady Jags have struggled to keep up with the opposition, dropping six games in a row in league play.

But this week, the Lady Jaguars got the win they needed to get back on track to close out the final month of the season.

Valley Center hosted Mission Vista last Tuesday and played an outstanding game from start to finish in a 54–24 victory.

The Lady Jags ran an efficient offense that opened the game with 16 points in the first quarter. At the same time, they closed down the Lady Timberwolves' offense and held them to just five points in the opening period.

The good play continued for Valley Center in the second quarter, as the Lady Jaguars outscored Mission Vista 17–6 to take a 33–11 lead at halftime.

The third quarter proved to be a defensive battle, as the Lady Jags were held to only nine points, but returned the favor by holding Mission Vista to only two points in the period.

With a comfortable 42–13 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Valley Center's coaches made sure everybody got in the game. The Lady Jags still outscored the Lady Timberwolves, but only by one point, 12–11, to wrap up the win.

Vinessa Perryman led all scorers with 12 points, while Perris Toedt had eight, Bailey Gilmore had six, Cassandra Vargas, Sukmal Turner, Caitlyn Simons and Melinda Olson each had five, Savannah Fiehler had four and both Charlotte Connell and Payton Smith had two.

But then on Friday, the Lady Jaguars traveled to Oceanside for a rematch of a game the Lady Pirates won 55–30 in Valley Center on Jan. 15.

The second matchup between the two teams this season unfolded much like the first, with a close game early on that slowly unraveled for the Lady Jaguars, this time ending in a 51–29 loss.

Neither team could find much headway to the basket in the first quarter, but Oceanside managed to jump out to a 10–6 lead through the opening period.

The game remained close through the second quarter as well, as the Lady Jaguars briefly took the lead, 13–12, on a three-pointer by Toedt midway through the period. But the Lady Pirates came back to score the final six points of the quarter and take an 18–14 lead at the half.

Oceanside must have had one of the best halftime speeches ever in the locker room, because the Lady Pirates sailed through an impressive third quarter that saw them outscore the Lady Jags 23–1. Oceanside scored the first seven points of the second half before Perryman connected on a free throw with 4:22 left in the quarter. Things only got worse for Valley Center from there, as the Lady Pirates rattled off 16 unanswered points to jump way ahead, 41–15, through three quarters.

The game took an unfortunate turn toward excessive physicality, as a player from each team was ejected early in the fourth quarter after a brief scuffle near the Valley Center bench. The emotion of the moment did help Perryman elevate her game in the fourth quarter, as she scored 11 of her team's 14 points in the period. Darin Gilmore provided the other three points on a three-pointer that counted as the game's final points. But Oceanside kept moving the ball inside and out with efficiency to score ten points in the fourth quarter and put the game away.

Perryman scored 16 points in all to lead the Lady Jaguars, while Gilmore had six, Toedt had five and Connell added two.

Valley Center is now 6–16 overall and 1–5 in league with four games left to play in the regular season.

This week, the Lady Jaguars have already played at Del Norte on Tuesday, and then they return home to face Ramona on Friday at 5:30 p.m.


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