More easy going for CV

LA CRESCENTA — The Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball team knows its competition will be tougher today.

In the meantime, they've enjoyed dominating two weaker opponents.

Two days after defeating Verdugo Hills by 49 points, the Falcons defeated Simi Valley, 59-21, on Friday in a pool-play game of the Falcon Classic.

"We played incredible basketball [Friday]," said Falcon Coach Jason Perez, whose team defeated Verdugo Hills, 65-16, in its first pool-play game. "We were hitting shots and we were getting in a rhythm.

"We're also playing teams that are inexperienced and young. Teams that are like that are not going to score a lot of points."

The Falcons, the winner of their pool, will play Whittier at 6 p.m. today in the tournament's semifinals.

"That will be the real test for us," Perez said. "Whittier has a lot of size, a lot of shooters, a lot of experience and a lot of weapons."

The Falcons had too many weapons for Simi Valley (1-1).

Catherine Davis, who had 13 points against Verdugo Hills, led the Falcons with 17 points, sinking four of five three-pointers, dishing out three assists and picking up two steals. The senior point guard left the game in the fourth quarter with more points than Simi Valley had scored as a team, as the Pioneers had 15 points with six minutes remaining.

Davis was not the only Falcon to outscore the Pioneers before resting for the majority of the fourth quarter.

Falcons sophomore Ella Stepanian had 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks.

"Catherine and Ella are going to be our leading scorers," Perez said.

Stepanian said the Falcons' defense led to their offense.

"We tried to play hard defense to force turnovers to get easy layups," Stepanian said.

The Falcons' defense allowed them to go on a pair of long unanswered scoring runs that quickly put the score out of reach.

CV had a 15-0 run in the first quarter to build a 20-3 lead and had a 12-0 stretching the second and third quarters to take a 34-9 lead. The Falcons have yet to allow one of their opponents to score in double figures in a quarter, allowing three, two, nine, two, nine, zero, three and nine points in eight quarters.

Samira Seraji and Tanisha Minassian each had seven points for the Falcons, who also received five points from Lexi Mirzaian.

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