Valley Girls’ Triumph In War On The Floor!

June 14, 2011 by  

MOORPARK – The War on the Floor Future Stars girls’ basketball game matching top players from the class of 2012 was a close affair Saturday at Moorpark High. For one half.

The San Fernando Valley team had a six-point lead at halftime but sprinted away in the second half for an 86-53 victory against the Ventura County and surrounding areas team.

Bell-Jeff teammates Jasmine Smith and Rishonda Napier proved the Guards will once again be a team to be reckoned with next year.

Napier had 16 points and Smith finished with 13 and eight rebounds.

“I just felt it tonight,” Smith said. “We regrouped at halftime and forced turnovers. We knew defense would win the game.”

Along with Johnece Miller, the talented trio is looking forward to making a championship run for coach Jaclyn Johnson.

Smith helped the San Fernando Valley team sprint out to a 12-0 lead and set the tone.

After the Ventura County team got back into the game, it seemed it would go down to the wire.

However, Chaminade’s Annie Tarakchian made two free throws at the 9-minute mark to increase the lead to 19 points and things didn’t get any better for Ventura County.

Tarakchian finished with 15 points and should be primed to lead the Eagles as they chase a Mission League championship next year.

Cleveland’s Mariah Howard had 11points and Alemany’s Alex Moon chipped in eight.

Moon will be playing for new coach Bryan Camacho next year in the ultra-competitive Mission League.Brianna Barrett, a USC-commit from Oaks Christian, scored 17 points to lead the Ventura County all-stars.

Ventura’s Meghan Shank scored 10points and Santa Clara of Oxnard’s Cynthia Hernandez contributed eight points, including two 3-pointers.

“I love these games because the competition is always great,” Smith said.

Boys’ game

In one of the most exciting games of the four-year history of the event, the San Fernando Valley all-stars outlasted the Ventura County all-stars, 102-96.

Ten players scored in double figures, five for each team and neither squad led by more than four points in the second half until the last three minutes.

Taft’s Brandon Perry converted on two 3-point play opportunities in the final minutes to help San Fernando Valley pull away.

“Working hard all the time,” said Perry, who is committed to Cal State Northridge. “I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to play in a game like this.”

Oaks Christian’s Chass Bryan scored 19 points, including two 3-pointers in the last minute to help Ventura County rally. Bryan connected on two long range shots and had several exciting driving layups in the half.

Bryan will be the main cog for the Lions next year after four top seniors graduated from a team that won the Div. IV-A championship.

Simi Valley’s D.J. Saul made three free throws with 20.5 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to three but that was as close as it would get.

Chatsworth’s Terrell Funchess scored 18 points, Notre Dame’s Jonathan Bell added 14 and Cleveland’s J.R. Williams finished with 12, including a layup with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Oxnard’s Matt Ramon led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed 10rebounds for Ventura County.

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