“We’ll take 3rd place,” was not the goal when the Lady Trojans entered into the Phoenix Country Day Tournament on Friday, December 6th and Saturday December 7th. Most assuredly, it was definitely a time of reflection for the Lady Trojans to realize that there are some other teams out there that are competitive and in order to win you must, “Bring your A game!”
The Lady Trojans proved to be dominate in pool play winning all three games on Friday.
POOL PLAY RESULTS:
Valley Christian 29 – Horizon Honors 17
Leading scorer: Jada Pourier 14 points 5 rebounds
Valley Christian 20 – St. John 18
Leading scorer: Jada Pourier 8 points, 12 rebounds
Valley Christian 38 – Scottsdale Prep 12
Leading scorer: Jada Pourier 13 points, 6 rebounds
Off the bench contributor: Freshmen: Amelia Wolf 2 points, 4 rebounds
FINAL FOUR RESULTS
Valley Christian 32 – Valley Lutheran 43
Leading Scorer: Jada Pourier 21 points. Brenna Hungerford 9 points
On Saturday, the start of the semifinals, The Lady Trojans ran into an early morning wake up call and was shaken by Valley Lutheran. I am thinking they must have ordered their Starbucks or Dutch Bros. coffee decaffeinated because the energy was low and their play seemed to not get over 35 mph. Valley Lutheran was firing on all cylinders taking an early 9-0 lead and never relinquishing it throughout the entire game. The Trojans did pull within 6 points in the 3rd quarter, but couldn’t get any closer. Valley Lutheran were just too much for the Lady Trojans.
Valley Christian 32 – Salome 22
Leading Scorer: Jada Pourier 16 points 8 rebounds (All Tournament 1st Team)
Team Contributors: Kendhal Moodie 5 rebounds. Brenna Hungerford 4 points 2 steals 1 assist. Kirstin Dembleyker 4 points 2 rebounds 1 steal
The Lady Trojans must have taken a few shots of espresso and sprayed their hands with superglue in between games because they came out in the 3rd place game ready to…. “LET”S GO!” They took the lead early against Salome and never looked backed. They minimized their turnovers from 23 against Valley Lutheran to 13. When you turn the ball over that much it gives your opponents more chances to score which definitely limits your scoring opportunities. The Lady Trojans realized this and started to value each possession. They cared for the ball, played with paced and tempo increasing their scoring percentages and come out with the win.