Falcons' title hopes slip away

Once the members of the Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball team got past mid-court, something would go wrong during Friday night's championship game against Huntington Beach in the Costa Mesa Tournament.

Most of the time, it resulted in a turnover.

"We had 21 turnovers, most of which came in the front court," said Crescenta Valley Coach Jason Perez, whose team fell, 59-36. "We'd get across mid-court and something would happen, like the ball bouncing off a foot.

"They have a running team and they also hit some long three-pointers. We couldn't hit anything in the first half and things got away. In the second half, we started to make some shots and made a little bit of a run at them."

Crescenta Valley (8-4) received 14 points apiece from senior point guard Catherine Davis and sophomore forward Ella Stepanian.

Davis also added nine rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team.

Crescenta Valley trailed, 34-13, at halftime.

Crescenta Valley will next start Pacific League play at 5 p.m. Tuesday against rival Glendale (6-5) on the road.

Perez said the tournament might help the Falcons for the remainder of the season.

"We saw different kinds of teams, who are well-coached and have disciplined players," he said. "We saw a little bit of everything and it's been a great experience for us."

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