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Immanuel's tough 'D' stops Broncs

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley's Marissa Witten passes over Immanuel's Tarah Pires in the CIF Girl's Division V Central Section Championship game. The Broncos lost 61-38.

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    By Felix Adamo/The Californian

    Immanuel's Zoe March drives past Kern Valley's Heather Mullen in the first half at the CIF Girls Division V Central Section Championship in Fresno.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    The Kern Valley student body cheers on their Broncos at the Central Section Championship on Friday in Fresno.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley's Marissa Witten battles Immanuel's Zoe March for a loose ball at the CIF Girls's Division V Championship in Fresno.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Gillian Amos of Kern Valley goes after a rebound against Immanuel's Sadie Ascanio. The Broncos lost 61-38.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley head coach Bob Gallis and sophomore guard Rebecca Gallis reflect after losing the CIF Girls's Division V Championship to Immanuel 61-38.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley's Marissa Witten battles Immanuel's Zoe March for a loose ball at the CIF Girls's Division V Central Section Championship in Fresno.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley's Chayse Quezada in the closing moments of the Bronco's loss to Immanuel.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley sophomore guard Rebecca Gallis suffered a cut eye in the CIF Girl's Division V Championship loss to Immanuel.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

FRESNO -- Reedley-Immanuel's bread-and-butter is a ball-hawking, pressing defense.

Kern Valley's girls had trouble with the Eagles' defense from start to finish Friday as Immanuel earned its second straight Central Section Division V title with a 61-38 victory at Selland Arena.

Kern Valley (16-7), a first-year Central Section member after moving from the CIF Southern Section, had 28 turnovers, 16 in the second half, which enabled Immanuel (19-6) to blow it open.

"We had a blast coming in here," KV coach Bill Gallis said. "The lights, the standing ovation when we took the floor. It was special."

But Kern Valley started slowly. Immanuel took a 19-5 lead after holding Kern Valley scoreless over the final 6:11 of the first quarter. The Broncs went 0-for-9 from the field with seven turnovers during that stretch as the Eagles ended the quarter on a 12-0 run.

Kern Valley struck back by scoring the first 11 points of the second period.

The Broncs had a chance to tie with 2:59 left in the quarter, but two missed free throws prevented that, and Immanuel closed the first half by hitting back-to-back 3s in the final 39 seconds, the last a 20-foot bank shot from the right wing by Sara Vasquez with two seconds left. That gave the Eagles a 34-26 halftime lead.

"We started hitting our shots and we got to the foul line," said Kern Valley sophomore guard Rebecca Gallis, who is the coach's daughter and finished with a game-high 21 points."

The magnitude of the game and size of the arena apparently impacted the Broncs.

"We told the girls there was nothing to be nervous about. We're the underdog," Bill Gallis said. "But nerves played a part in our start. But Kern Valley has a lot of heart."

Immanuel began to pull away early in the third quarter. The Broncs turned the ball over on their first four third-quarter possessions and the Eagles had another 3 by Vasquez and a steal converted into a breakaway layup by Tarah Pires that made it 39-26.

Immanuel then went cold but Kern Valley couldn't take advantage, mainly because of nine turnovers in the quarter.

The Broncs cut the deficit to 39-33, when Immanuel went scoreless for four minutes. But it was 48-35 after three quarters and Kern Valley was held to three points in the fourth quarter. Immanuel outscored Kern Valley 11-1 in the first three minutes of the fourth to put it away.

Immanuel sophomore guard Zoe March had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while playing havoc with the Broncs defensively with her guard teammates Pires, Abby King and Samantha Swan.

The Eagles constantly trapped Broncs' ball-handlers in the back court and applied pressure when the ball passed halfcourt.

Eight of Kern Valley's 11 players are underclassmen. Rebecca Gallis said that Friday's loss will motivate the team for the future. "I don't know why we can't come back," she said.

Immanuel had 14 points each by Swan and Vasquez, and 13 by Pires.

 

No. 1 Reedley-Immanuel 61, No. 2 Kern Valley 38

KERN VALLEY (16-7)

Mullen 1-5 1-2 3 Amos 2-3 0-4 4, Witten 0-7 0-1 0, Elrich 2-6 0-0 5, Gallis 5-18 9-11 21, Alvarez 0-0 0-0 0, Hurley 0-1 0-0 0, McCall 0-1 0-0 0, Quezada 0-0 0-0 0, Yasin 2-2 1-5 5, McKim 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-44 11-23 38.

IMMANUEL (19-6)

Swan 5-13 2-4 14, King 0-6 0-0 0, Vasquez 4-12 2-2 14, Z.March 5-12 3-7 15, Pires 4-11 3-4 13, Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Chow 0-3 0-0 0, S.March 0-1 0-0 0, Ascanio 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 20-64 10-18 61.

Kern Valley 5 21 9 3--38

Immanuel 19 15 14 13--61

3-point goals--KV 3-15 (Gallis 2-7 Elrich 1-3, Witten 0-5), Imm 11-29 (Vasquez 4-11, Swan 2-5, Z.March 2-5, Pires 2-5, Smith 1-3). Total fouls--KV 18, Imm 22. Fouled out--Witten. Rebounds--KV 45 (Amos 12), Imm 42 (Swan, Z.March 9). Assists--KV 9 (Gallis 4), Imm 13 (Z.March 7). Turnovers--KV 28, Imm 13.

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