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Gallery: West Valley’s historic state run falls short in nine-point loss to Branson

West Valley breaks its huddle during the Eagles' 57-48 loss to Branson on Tuesday in the NorCal Division V final. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

The West Valley girls basketball team fell one game short of playing for a CIF Division V state title. But the Eagles became the second straight Northern Section girls team to reach the NorCal finals, following in Enterprise’s footsteps on 2019 when the Hornets reached the Division II NorCal finals.

And while the Eagles can’t hang a state banner in the gym, they won the Northern Athletic League title, the Northern Section Division VI crown and had the whole North State rooting them on in the 57-48 loss to Branson on Tuesday.

Playoff action is presented by Redding Rancheria.

Shasta County Sports was there to follow the Eagles through regular season play and postseason action. Congratulations to coach Lenny Ehn and his girls on their tremendous season.

Photographer Mike Daly captured tremendous images from Tuesday’s NorCal finals.

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Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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