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Prep Girls Basketball: Hawks still aren't satisfied
Silverado completes third straight perfect DSL season
VICTORVILLE • Tyrone Brown said he’s still not quite satisfied with his Silverado girls basketball team as they are about to enter playoffs.
But the Hawks sure looked playoff ready in the second half of their season finale against Victor Valley on Thursday. Silverado beat the Jackrabbits 83-22 to wrap up its third straight unbeaten Desert Sky League season.
The game was already well out of reach early in the third quarter. The Hawks went into halftime with a 44-15 lead, but their play had started to slip early in the third.
Brown called a timeout and suddenly the Hawks (17-8, 12-0 DSL) were operating a full speed again.
“I thought we were just playing to their level,” said Brown, the Hawks coach. “I told them we needed to pick it up, especially defensively.”
The message came through. Silverado didn’t allow a Victor Valley field goal in the third quarter, outscoring the Jackrabbits 26-1 for the quarter. By the time the Hawks reached the fourth quarter, which was played with a running clock, they had a 70-16 lead.
On the offensive end the baskets came fast and furious after the timeout.
Ebony Black-Smith, who sat for a chunk of the first half after picking up two fouls, played particularly inspired throughout the run.
The Hawks’ leading scorer tallied 10 of her game-high 23 points in the third quarter. She was also a factor in facilitating and defending, finishing with five assists, five rebounds and three steals.
“I thought having her back in there just brought everything together basically,” Silverado sophomore guard Jazmyn Williams said.
Williams was another key during the second half. She finished with 16 points, five assists and seven steals.
“She shot the ball pretty well, but I was impressed with her ability to continue to play defense to chase them from one end of the court to the next,” Brown said. “A lot of times people don’t see that because she doesn’t get the steal, but she’s the one that caused it.”
Jordyn Shane added eight assists and four steals.
Silverado now waits for the playoff brackets to be announced 1 p.m. Sunday at cifss.org. The Hawks have lost to Long Beach Poly in the second round each of the last two seasons.
“Honestly, I’m not satisfied with where we are,” Brown said. “We’ll see when we get the draw. There’s a few more things I wished we had taken in that we haven’t. But these girls have a lot of tenacity, will and desire. Hopefully that’ll be what carries us over the top.”
Victor Valley ends the season in fourth place in the DSL and no playoff hopes with a sub-.500 record. The Jackrabbits played the season with four sophomores and one freshman. That freshman, Karessa Fields, turned out to be the team’s leading scorer but missed Thursday’s game with the flu. Victor Valley coach Darla Crawford said the team made significant progress as the season went on.
“I think we got a little bit rougher,” Crawford said. “At first we were scared to touch people and all of that. We got a little bit stronger at the end.”
Black-Smith 23, Williams 16, Hill 11, Shane 8, Romero 8, Haller 7, Lewis 5, Nash 4, Leonard 1.
VICTOR VALLEY (22)
Powell 7, Witron 6, L. Belcher 3, Jones 2, J. Belcher 2, Pollock 2, Castro 1.
Silverado 24 20 26 13 — 83
Victor Valley 6 9 1 6 — 22
3-point field goals — Silverado 6 (Williams 4, Black-Smith, Haller); Victor Valley 1 (Powell). Technical Foul — J. Belcher (V).
Matthew Peters can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 955-5365.