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Colony holds off Victor Valley in quarterfinals


first_img“We all wanted it more than anything,” Butler said. “We’re not going to let anybody take this from us. If they take it from us, they earned it.” It certainly didn’t seem like it was possible to take anything from No. 3 seed Colony (17-12) in the first half, when it built a 17-point lead in the first six minutes and saw Butler score 21 of her 25 points. Everything looked easy for the Titans in the opening two quarters. They shot 58 percent (19-of-33), including a 9-of-10 performance from Butler, whose only miss was on a buzzer-beating half-court attempt. “It was our last home game of the season, so we wanted them to be ready to play,” Colony coach Roger Anderson said of the fast start. “But the thing about jumping on teams early is it’s hard to keep that same intensity and momentum.” Meanwhile, despite trailing by 12 points at halftime, Victor Valley coach Darla Crawford wasn’t particularly worried about her sixth-seeded team’s psyche. “I was a little nervous,” Titans junior Amani Butler said. “Actually, I was a lot nervous.” But Colony, the younger and more inexperienced team, hung on and advanced to the semifinals for the first time in school history with a 63-53 victory. ONTARIO – With the gridlocked traffic heading up the Cajon Pass to Victorville, the Victor Valley girls basketball team likely had a long time to stare out the window and sigh about what might have been. The Jackrabbits had whittled Colony’s 17-point lead down to three with 1:39 to play during a quarterfinal CIF-Southern Section Division III-A girls basketball game. center_img “All year we’ve had slow starts, so I knew we could withstand that,” she said. “We always have a chance to get back in the game.” Anderson knew it, too, but his young team had to learn for itself. “A team like that, I knew they were going to make a run,” he said. “They’re too good of a team not to. They have some very, very good players.” Colony scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to go up 56-46, but went scoreless over the next six minutes. Meanwhile, Victor Valley (25-4) crept to within 56-53 until Camille Buckley’s layup with 1:17 remaining put the Jackrabbits within one possession. Colony hit its free throws down the stretch to clinch its trip to the semifinals, but it also didn’t hurt that Victor Valley shot just 3-for-20 in the fourth quarter. Colony is now just one game away from the CIF title contest – territory that some thought the Titans wouldn’t reach when they struggled against some tough competition earlier in the season. “I think everybody but ourselves had written us off,” Anderson said. Butler led the way for Colony with her 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals. Eisha Sheppard had 23 points for Victor Valley. Freshman Jenna Wilson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Colony. Autumn Jenkins added 17 points for the Jackrabbits. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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