Valley trailed College of the Desert, 82-81, in a Southern California Conference game Saturday night with eight seconds left when the Monarchs' Bernadette Tillis tossed a 20-foot jumper that went in . . . and dropped out, taking Valley and its 13 game-winning streak down with it.
Valley, ranked No. 3 in the state, had possession of the ball twice in the last minute but could not score. "We had our opportunities and we didn't produce," Coach Doug Michelson said.
Serena Strange scored a game-high 37 points for Desert--the No. 2 team in the state--which outrebounded Valley, 47-35. "They really took away our transition game," Michelson said.
The Monarchs' Dametra Johnson scored a team-high 23 points and Ruth Aguilar added 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Valley dropped to 20-3, 6-1 in conference play.
Cal Lutheran 80, Christ College 69--Steve deLaveaga scored a game-high 34 points for host CLU to close within three points of the 1,500-point mark. DeLaveaga would become the first junior at CLU and only the fourth player in school history to score 1,500 points.
The Golden State Athletic Conference win was CLU's fourth in a row and kept the Kingsmen atop the conference standings. Mike Demeter added 13 points and James Faulk scored 10 and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for CLU (10-10, 5-1).
Jeff Logsdon dished out seven assists for the Kingsmen.
Moorpark 63, Hancock 61--Fred Parks scored the go-ahead basket on a layup with 15 seconds left to give the Raiders a Western State Conference victory at Moorpark.
Parks, a 6-4 freshman, grabbed a missed free throw by teammate Rich Murphy before scoring the game-winning basket. The Raiders outscored Hancock, 28-21, in the second half.
David Bussey led Moorpark (14-9, 4-4) with 15 points. Hancock's Warren Hawthorne, who came into the game averaging 24.5 points a game, scored only 12 points.
Canyons 59, Santa Barbara 52--Butch Mettinger scored 14 points and Troy Lehman added 12 off the bench to lead the Cougars to a Western State Conference victory at Canyon.