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January 16, 2013

Wolverines streak ends

Erin Asher's heroics ended the Lady Wolverine's league winning streak while Marcus Lee and Kendall Smith kept Deer Valley in the Top 10 after holding off Heritage.

In a physical and closely contested game, Heritage beat Deer Valley 54-50 and ended the Wolverines' 34 game BVAL winning streak. Heritage lead 28-22 at halftime before Deer Valley went on a 15-1 run to start the third quarter. In a back and forth fourth quarter, Erin Asher made a three at the top of the floor with less than a minute left to put the Patriots up for good.

Asher finished with 16 points for the Patriots followed by Ali Ramirez with 14 points and Sabrina Engelstad with eight. For Deer Valley, Sabrea Coleman and Alejandra Cephas each had 12 points and senior forward Shelby Eastom had eight points.

Heritage had good success playing a 2-3 zone against Deer Valley and extending its zone to pressure the ball. Junior guard Sydney Berry of Heritage is an active defender. Deer Valley has the edge in this matchup with athleticism and quickness, but the zone neutralized it and allowed the game to stay at Heritage's pace. When Sabrina Engelstad went to the bench with fouls in the third quarter, Deer Valley was able to cause havoc in the offensive rebounding game and forced Heritage back to man-to-man.

Erin Asher 5-foot-4 PG Heritage (2013): Asher had some very good moments down the stretch to finish with a game high 16 points. After scoring six points in the first quarter, she had a good stutter step drive in the final frame and took advantage of a spread floor to get into the paint and finish for a key basket. She capped it off with the eventual game winning three with the score tied at 50. She had some turnover problems, but has a solid pull-up game and is the type of steady guard contending teams have.

Sabrea Coleman 5-foot-7 G Deer Valley (2013): Coleman had a tough shooting night, but played better in the second half to post an all-around game of 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Coleman does a nice job of creating space on her drives and finds her spot with consistency to make plays. She didn't finish well in the paint on Tuesday and had some turnover issues. She is a 2-star prospect and ranked No. 28 in the NCP Top 40.

Sabrina Engelstad 6-foot-3 Post Heritage (2013): Engelstad had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Patriots. She had a nice fake into the paint and spin toward the baseline for an and one finish. The St. Mary's signee can use some development on the block with a counter move, but showed improvement in affecting shots while avoiding fouls better.

Alejandra Cephas 6-foot-0 Post Deer Valley (2014): A 2-star prospect that could be on the rise, Cephas added seven rebounds and two blocks to go with her 12 points in the loss. She needs work offensively with her back to the basket, but she was able to pull the defense out with a 10-12 foot shot and presents a good target in the half court and on the fast break. She also rebounds outside of her area and held her own against Engelstad.

Boys Basketball: Deer Valley 82, Heritage 74

Deer Valley started the game on a 19-0 run and never trailed in winning the NCP Top 20 matchup. Deer Valley led by 15 points after the first quarter, 11 points at halftime and 15 after the third. The Wolverines had leads of 19 points in the first and fourth quarter, but Heritage got back within single digits both times.

Kentucky signee Marcus Lee went for 20 points and 20 rebounds while UNLV bound point guard Kendall Smith had a game high 25 points, including 13 in the first quarter. Nsimba Webster and Nzuzi Webster and 15 and 10 points respectively. Heritage got 18 points from Shon Briggs, who didn't start on Tuesday, and Ryan Smith had 22 points and should be marked as a shooter on subsequent scouting reports. Pierre Carter had 18 points.

The Wolverines were able to get the early leads thanks to strong ball pressure from its guards. Heritage struggled to get into its offense, which allowed Deer Valley to play at its up tempo pace. Lee began to take over in the third quarter, but Deer Valley couldn't deliver the knockout punch. There is a clear gap between Deer Valley and the rest of the BVAL as the Wolverines eye a deep playoff run.

Pierre Carter 6-foot-5 SF Heritage (2013): Carter is solid in multiple facets as he can handle some, knock down shots from three point range and is a solid defender. He had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Carter looks to fit as a JUCO prospect or Division II find, but has the potential to go higher. He is a nice unsigned senior to track this year.

Marcus Lee 6-foot-10 PF Deer Valley (2013): Lee brings plenty of tools which drew coaches around the country to want her services and possibly land him in a national post-season All-Star game. He is a high level athlete, who runs the floor very well and showed on Tuesday the way he can control a game with his rebounding. His offensive game is raw and will need development, but Lee is a solid passer from different spots on the floor.

Kendall Smith 6-foot-2 PG Deer Valley (2013): He makes Deer Valley go and got the Wolverines off to a great start with 13 first quarter points. He has an array of moves/finishes he can go to once he gets into the defense and has good vision to find his teammates. He also knocked down three 3s from the right wing as an improving spot up shooter. The UNLV commit allows Deer Valley to have two mismatches against just about anyone in the region.

Shon Briggs 6-foot-6 PF Heritage(2013): Briggs is best suited to play inside as he took the ball aggressively against Lee and is able to move defenders with his strength. He has good feet and is effective from the mid-post and in. Playing on the perimeter more could be in his future, but that area needs more development to become a staple in his game.


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