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VC girls basketball team wins two in a row, falls to Oceanside at home



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Dan Kidder / Valley Roadrunner
February 12, 2014
There hasn't been a lot to get excited about in the standings for the Valley Center varsity girls basketball team this season, but that hasn't stopped head coach Tony Casillas from getting excited when he talks about his team.

"We're a young team, and we've had a lot to learn all season to compete at the varsity level," he says. "But they've come so far as a team and they're such a great group of girls to coach. They work so hard every day, they're eager to learn, and they're getting more and more confident every game."

That confidence reached its apex last week when the Lady Jaguars won their second game in a row, having beaten Orange Glen at home the previous Friday and then defeating Mission Vista 52–37 on the road on Wednesday.

The Lady Jags were in control of the game right from the opening tip-off, as they racked up 15 points in the first quarter and held the Lady Timberwolves to only four. They kept it up in the second quarter, outscoring Mission Vista 11–6 to take a 26–10 lead at the half.

Valley Center extended the lead in the third quarter with 17 more points, while holding Mission Vista to only eight more, for a 43–18 advantage. The Lady Timberwolves came back in the fourth quarter with 19 points, but the Lady Jags added nine more of their own to seal the win.

Unfortunately, the Lady Jaguars were on the other side of the score in their next game, as they hosted Oceanside on Friday and were handed a 52–39 loss. This time, the Lady Pirates were in control of the scoreboard, scoring 17 in the first quarter and 11 more in the second to take a 28–16 lead at halftime.

Valley Center played much better in the second half, holding Oceanside to 24 points and scoring 23 of their own, but the halftime deficit proved to be too much to overcome.

The Lady Jags have four more games left in the regular season, as they host Del Norte on Wednesday, then play at Ramona on Friday before hosting Mission Vista next Wednesday and playing at Orange Glen to wrap up the season on Feb. 21. Each game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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