If you can hold a team scoreless over the first six minutes of a quarter, chances are you’ve either dug out of a deficit or increased your advantage.
The Shasta girls basketball team shutout the visiting Pleasant Valley squad until the 1:40 mark of the third period, but watched its nine-point halftime deficit balloon to 12 as the Vikings scored the final eight points of the quarter to bump their edge to 42-30 en route to a 51-42 Eastern Athletic League victory.
“We missed all kinds of easy buckets in the third and we come out of it still up 10 or so,” PV coach Bob Paddock said. “We missed those easy ones, so we better go D on the other end and work on making the easy ones.”
Eventually, the easy ones – and one hard one – started falling as Christiane Carlisle hit runner and followed that up with a deep 3-pointer before Shaley Vieg capped the 90-second, period-ending run with a triple of her own.
“We just had to get out of the hole we were in and we dug too big of a hole and the girls got flat,” Shasta coach Alicia Dahl said. “They have to want it and not settle. They’re fighters and we just didn’t fight hard enough tonight.”
The win guarantees Pleasant Valley (13-11, 7-2 EAL) at least a No. 2 seed in the upcoming Northern Section Division III playoffs and a shot at a share of the EAL title when they host league-leading Enterprise on Thursday.
“This was big tonight,” Paddock said. “Now we can work on getting the one seed.”
But to get there, the Vikings had to get their motors running after a slow first period by both teams that saw the home team lead 12-8 before PV opened it up with a 26-13 burst in the second quarter. Much of that offense was due to Carlisle’s hot hand and her 11-point outburst on the way to a game-high 16 points.
The junior, who came in averaging just over 11 points per game, hit a left-corner 3-ball before Mallory Moore, Kylie Matthews, Cassidy King hit buckets and Carlisle capped an 11-2 run with a pair of free throws to give PV a 19-16 edge and a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“We had a game-plan for no separation off her,” Dahl said. “We knew if she gets hot, she’s lights out.”
The Wolves began to box-and-one Carlisle and staunched her – for a time.
“At first we tried to get the other girls some looks, but we were missing them, so we worked to try and get her free with screens and it worked out,” Paddock said. ”
She has games like that where she can get on and she caught fire tonight. They did a good job on a little box-and-one on her. She (Arielle Patton) was glued to her.”
But Carlisle still found openings and hit a 3-pointer at the second quarter’s midway point to jump the PV edge to 28-18 and followed that up with a right-wing trey with under two minutes left in the half.
Out of intermission, Shasta’s Julianna Flores drained a 3-ball from the top of the key and Ella Rodriguez scored two of her team-high 14 to pull the Wolves within four at 34-30 with just over four minutes left in the third.
And then both teams went cold again as they combined to miss 11 shots before Carlisle and Vieg went on the quarter-ending 8-0 run and a 42-30 PV edge entering the final stanza.
“I’m thinking our scorers need to score,” Dahl said about losing ground despite holding the Vikings scoreless for the majority of the period. “Our scorers were not here. We got out-rebounded. We didn’t box out. We didn’t crash the boards and our shots were too quick.”
Down 12 entering the final eight minutes, the Vikings did a great job of bleeding clock on the offensive end and forcing Shasta to not get quick looks as the Wolves only took 10 shots in the fourth.
The hosts trailed by as much at 15 before Flores’ 12-footer brought the Wolves within double digits.
Pleasant Valley – 8-26-8-9 – 51
Shasta -12-13-5-12 – 42
Vikings – Horn 2, Moore 4, Lindquist 5, Matthews 6, Vieg 12, Carlisle 16.
Wolves – Poletski 2, Patton 2, Kendall 4, Jackson 8, Flores 12, Rodriguez 14.
3-pointers – PV – 6: Vieg (2), Carlisle (4); SHS – 3: Flores, Jackson (2)
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