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Pioneers fade after fine start

Edgar Melik-Stepanyan

They were doing all right in the first quarter. They routinely broke

a half-hearted press, actually made more shots than they missed, and

held a lead at the end of six minutes of play.

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The Providence High girls’ basketball players were riding high in

Wednesday’s first-round game of the 19th annual Bell-Jeff Summer Hoop

Finale.

The Pioneers -- a school with an enrollment of just 564 -- had CV

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-- 2,400 students -- frustrated with their ability to get open

three-point looks and easy baskets.

So, what went wrong in Providence’s 50-34 loss at Bell-Jeff High?

Try everything after the first quarter.

Like the second quarter, when the Pioneers (10-4) scored a

whopping one point, missed all seven of their shots, as well as seven

of their eight free throws, and committed seven turnovers.

And the fourth quarter, when Providence scored four points -- none

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in the first three minutes -- when the Falcons (28-10) went on an

11-0 run to put the game well out of reach.

That made a strong first quarter all for naught. Providence made

five of its eight first-quarter shots, including both of its

three-point attempts, and held a 14-10 lead.

“They came out and they played their game,” CV Coach Bruce Breeden

said.

“They weren’t intimidated. They played hard and they hit some big

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shots to stay in the game.”

Pioneer Coach Andrew Bencze said he was happy his team started

well, “But it [stinks] because it’s a tease,” he said. “That’s the

frustrating part.”

Breeden said the frustrating part of the game for him was watching

officials miss calls and watching his program struggle.

The Falcons -- playing without starting guard Jeanine Deno, who’ll

sit out the rest of the summer with an injury -- made the necessary

adjustments, picked up their intensity on defense and stifled the

Pioneers.

CV made five of 17 shots in the second quarter, eight of 16 in the

third and 21 of 50 overall. It also forced Providence into 23

turnovers, 19 coming in the final three quarters.

“It’s a young team,” Bencze said. “We broke their press and got

opportunities, and couldn’t get it in.

“Crescenta Valley is a lot more experienced. We just missed a lot

of opportunities.”

Falcon senior center Lindsay Myers didn’t miss a lot of her

opportunities, scoring a game-high 25 points to go with four steals.

Myers matched the Pioneers’ rebound total with 15, including 14 in

the final three quarters.

Teammate Lindsey Chessum had eight points, six rebounds and five

assists. Megan Campbell led Providence with seven points and four

rebounds.

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BOX SCORE

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Providence 14 1 15 4 -- 34

Cres. Valley 10 12 16 12 -- 50

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PROVIDENCE

Campbell 6, Bouldoukian 6, Geralo 5, Hansen 5, Amran 5, J. Estreller 5, Reter 1. * Three-pointers: Bouldoukian 2, J. Estreller, Geralo

CRESCENTA VALLEY

Myers 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 steals, Chessum 8, Gibbert 8, Forster 2, Da Silva 2, Duncan 2, Becker 2, Chramosta 1. * Three-pointers: Chessum 2

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