With the kind of balance the Valley College women’s basketball team has, the balance of power in the Western State Conference Southern Division is in jeopardy.
Eight players scored six or more points as Valley pounded a good Canyons team, 82-42, in a division opener Wednesday night at Valley.
Katina Mines and Claudia Rocha led Valley (20-3) with 14 points each. Sylvia Castaneda scored 11 points, had seven assists and made five steals.
Kim Posey tied the Canyons school record with 22 rebounds and scored a game-high 22 points. Shannon Solway added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Canyons (11-11).
In other women’s games:
Citrus 72, Antelope Valley 69--Citrus went on a 13-2 run to take a 68-57 lead with four minutes left in the Foothill Conference game at Citrus (8-9, 3-2).
Paula Page led Antelope Valley (5-13, 2-3) with 21 points.
Pierce 71, Bakersfield 67--Lisa Little scored 23 of her 31 points in the second half as the Brahmas extended a two-point halftime lead to as much as nine with six minutes left in the WSC opener at Bakersfield. Yolanda Davidian and Melanie Sapon added 11 points and Cynthia Llerenas had eight assists for Pierce (16-4).
Antelope Valley 86, Citrus 75--J.R. Rider scored 40 points to eclipse the 30-point mark for the 10th time this season in the Foothill Conference game at Citrus.
Claremont 92, Cal Lutheran 78--Four CLU players scored in double figures but guard Chris Greene of host Claremont (12-1) scored 35 points in a nonconference game. Jeff deLaveaga led Cal Lutheran (7-6) with 24 points.
Oxnard 59, Cuesta 51--Don Mitchell scored a game-high 25 points to lead Oxnard in a Western State Conference opener at home.
Santa Monica 94, Glendale 78--Enoch Mack scored a team-high 22 points for Glendale in a WSC opener. Kelly Crosby added 18 points for Glendale (8-13), which was outscored, 52-38, in the first half.