Girls’ Basketball : Reseda Rallies, Beats Van Nuys in Overtime

Aggie Garcia keyed a fourth-quarter rally that wiped out a 14-point Van Nuys High lead and forced an overtime, allowing Reseda to escape with a 60-57 Mid-Valley League win Friday at Van Nuys.

The Regents, two-time defending City Section 3-A Division champions, trailed by 2 at halftime, and the deficit grew to 14 after Stacie Toon scored 12 of her 25 points in the third quarter. Toon also dominated the boards through 3 quarters and finished with 21 rebounds.

But Garcia and Jennifer Marzahl, who combined for 32 rebounds, neutralized Toon in the final period as Reseda outscored Van Nuys, 23-9, to tie the score, 55-55, at the end of regulation.

Marzahl scored 3 of her team-high 19 points, and Cheryl Hightower added 2 of her 17 in overtime to secure the victory. Garcia finished with 14 points.


Reseda (10-3, 5-0 in league play) remained unbeaten in Mid-Valley action heading into Wednesday’s game against North Hollywood (11-3, 4-0), a rematch of last season’s 3-A title game.

Van Nuys (8-4, 4-1) suffered its first league loss.

North Hollywood 63, Monroe 38--Claudia Rocha scored 21 points and had 19 rebounds to lead North Hollywood to a Mid-Valley League win. Sophomore guard Jacinda Sweet added 20 points and 7 assists for the Huskies.

Taft 49, San Fernando 32--Junior guard Julie Koppekin scored a team-high 12 points for Taft in the West Valley League game.

Forward Jane Kim added 10 points for Taft (1-8, 1-4), which recorded its first win.

Chatsworth 48, Cleveland 42--Ericka Miller, Mara Phillips and Tammy Matoba combined for 33 points as the Chancellors (8-1, 5-0) won a West Valley League game at Cleveland. Kunoor Chopra of Cleveland (4-5, 3-2) scored a game-high 14 points.

Grant 45, Birmingham 44--Melissa Sullivan scored 14 points and Shenia Smith added 8 points and 22 rebounds as the Lancers (4-5, 2-3) eked out a Mid-Valley League win at Birmingham.

Poly 37, Sylmar 34--Keiko Takenoshita made 2 free throws with 10 seconds left to give the Parrots (3-7, 2-3) a 3-point lead and the East Valley League win at Sylmar. Katina Miles led Sylmar (0-5 in league play) with 17 points.

Thousand Oaks 75, Royal 40--Shani Smith scored a game-high 27 points for Thousand Oaks in a Marmonte League game at Royal.

Senior Amy Chandler added 17 points for Thousand Oaks, which improved to 5-1 in league play.

Hart 71, Schurr 61--Freshman Anjanette Dionne scored 12 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter as Hart pulled away in a Foothill League game.