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Westminster girls refuse to be stopped
FOUNTAIN VALLEY — During pregame warmups, Westminster girls basketball point guard Vicki Vo planted herself in the corner behind the three-point line and sank shot after shot.
Vo was quiet through the first 30 minutes of the Lions’ game Wednesday night against Fountain Valley, but that corner three showed up at the perfect time.
With Westminster (25-3) nursing a four-point lead with two minutes to play, Vo hit nothing but net from the left corner off of a well-executed out-of-bounds play, her only shot attempt of the game, and that proved to be the dagger.
Ninth-seeded Westminster defeated Fountain Valley, 54-46, in a CIF-SS Division 1A second round playoff game at Fountain Valley, sending the Lions into the quarterfinals.
The Lions will be riding a 13-game winning streak into their game against top-seeded Bishop Amat on Saturday.
Vo provided the deciding blow, but Maggie Dumphy kept the Lions afloat throughout the contest, finishing with a game-high 21 points while pulling down 12 rebounds.
Both coaches had similar views on the key to this game, and the common theme was execution.
“He (Fountain Valley coach Cory Clarke) did a great job changing defenses on us,” Westminster coach Dick Katz said. “He ran a box-in-one on Maggie, but she stepped up for us late in the game.”
Clarke felt that the first half, one in which the Barons scored just 13 points, was the biggest problem for his team.
“We dug ourselves into a hole in the first half,” he said. “You have to give them credit, they knew what we were trying to do and they stopped us.”
The Barons (12-16) were paced by Emily Krause who finished with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Senior guard Jasmine Matar added 14 points.
Fountain Valley point guard Danielle Kennedy finished with six points, and Katz said that in order to beat the Barons, Kennedy must be slowed down.
“We had to keep her out of the paint,” he said. “We put our two best defenders on her, and I thought they did a good job of limiting her touches.”