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Updated Apr 30, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Valley Christian girls down Ftn. Hills, have 17-0 hoops mark

The tradition of excellence in basketball continues for the girls from Chandler Valley Christian.

The Trojans, the state champions in old Class 2A in 2011 and 2010, look to be a top contender in Division IV in the 2013-14 season.

They were the No. 1 team in power points at the start of the week and faced host Fountain Hills, the No. 4 team, on Tuesday night (Jan. 14). Both teams had one loss between them as the game began, Valley Christian at 16-0 and Fountain Hills at 12-1. Valley Christian overcame a slow start and pulled away for a 58-46 victory.

Fountain Hills jumped out to an early 10-4 lead, clung to a 10-9 advantage entering the second quarter and then watched Valley Christian establish control with an aggressive defense and three 3-pointers shortly before halftime.

In the second half, Valley Christian seldom allowed Fountain Hills to get second shots after misses, and that piece of the puzzle was a key ingredient, according to Valley Christian coach Scott Timmer.

“We found our pace, the up-tempo game which we like to play,’’ Timmer said. “Fountain Hills also is a good team and they play the up-tempo game about as well as any team we’ve played other than Page.’’

Fountain Hills was playing without one of its top players, sophomore Sierra Jarriel, who had suffered a recent hip injury.

The Falcons relied on the play of junior guard Brooke Yost and senior forward Natalie Stilwell. Yost was all over the floor, scoring 21 points, including three 3-pointers, and remained aggressive down the stretch despite the fact she had four fouls. Stilwell scored 12 points.

Timmer’s team is deep and young. He has three freshmen who see a lot of playing time and make key contributions.

One of the freshmen is wing player Bethany Wolph, who led the Trojans with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Sophomore Mara Kemmer also had a strong all-around game with 12 points, including some putbacks at the offensive end.

Valley Christian likes to rely on long-range shots, and converted seven of those.





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