West Valley (pictured here in a December tournament) won its Northern Athletic League opener Tuesday over Anderson. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)
COTTONWOOD – When the Eagles start draining shots early, there is little you can do about it.
Sean Proscher and Will Larkin got it going early and helped lead West Valley to a 57-36 win over Anderson in Tuesday night’s first Northern Athletic League game of the season.
Proscher started it off first for the Eagles nailing back to back corner 3s from the same spot in the opening moments of the game. The Eagles would end the quarter with a 17-4 advantage.
Larkin was next. Coming off the bench, the Eagles needed another scorer. The answer? Will Larkin. Checking in midway through the second quarter, Larkin produced 12 points in less than five minutes. Two 3-pointers and three free-throws from Larkin helped the Eagles end the half up 34-18.
“I was coming off a bad game but coach allowed me to step in there and boost our team,” said Larkin, who scored 12 of his 15 points in the second quarter. “I just tried to help us score when we seemed to go stagnant for a bit.”
Proscher put on another marvelous shooting performance. Scoring from beyond the arc or backing down his defender in the post, Proscher continues to have his way with opposing team’s defenses. Another easy 25 points for the crafty 6-foot-2 senior forward.
“We always want to get off to a good start, especially when you have a team full of shooters and you knock some shots down it kind of settles you down,” said West Valley Head Coach James O’Brien. “We always want to get off to a good start especially shooting the ball.”
The Cubs couldn’t respond in the second half and went on to score only another 18 points, same amount they scored in the first half. They finished the game with 36 points total and struggled on the defensive end. Christian Teague was the only Anderson play in double figures with 10 points.
“We knew they were bigger than us and that was kind of their game plan,” O’Brien said. “Last time we played them that kind of hurt us a bit. (West Valley lost in Anderson’s own tournament earlier this season). We worked on helping down and backside help and really trying to take away anything easy for them inside.”
West Valley improves to 13-4 (1-0 NAL) and hosts Lassen on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Anderson falls to 8-9 (0-1 NAL) and plays a tough U-Prep squad on Friday night.
West Valley 57, Anderson 36
West Valley 17-18-9-13-57
Anderson (8-9, NAL 0-1): Teague 10, Brophy 8, Wilson 4, Hooper 4, Martinez 3, Cushman 3, Seaters 2, Davis 2.
West Valley (13-4, NAL 1-0): Proscher 25, Larkin 15, Chan 5, Salvatierra 4, Francescut 3, Smith 3, Scholberg 2.
3-pointers—Anderson 1 (Teague); West Valley 9 (Proscher 4, Larkin 3, Chan, Francescut)