Placentia Valencia girls burst out to 12-2

Based on its performance thus far, the Tigers must be considered the favorites to capture the Empire League title, which loses perennially strong Orange Lutheran and adds Garden Grove Pacifica.

Even first-year coach Dick Katz has to be surprised as his Placentia Valencia team burst out to a 12-2 start this season. The Lady Tigers ledger looks good with early wins against Irvine Woodbridge and Fullerton.

 

Based on its performance thus far, the Tigers must be considered the favorites to capture the Empire League title, which loses perennially strong Orange Lutheran and adds Garden Grove Pacifica.

 

Returning all-league guard Lidsey Grove has carried most of the Tigers offensive load with a 22 point per game average. Grove put up 38 points in a 60-56 win over Whittier La Serna and notched 28 against Santa Ana Valley. The 5-10 senior had a 15 point average last year.

 

While the Tigers don't appear to have a deep bench, they do have six returner's led by talented senior Brianna Travis and sophomore's Lindsay Lee and 6 foot 1 Jenoa Lovcik. Travis registered 17 points in each of the two wins against Anaheim Canyon and 14 points against Fullerton and La Serna.

 

Travis accumulated a lot of minutes last year, highlighted by a 19-point effort in leading the Tigers to a 62-59 win against Empire League rival Cypress.

 

Lee and Lovcik are also well-seasoned at the varsity level and can be counted on for about seven points each along with solid defensive play.

 

Katz has had another pleasant surprise in freshman Auntjanay Chambers, who has aready earned a starting assignment. Chambers asserted herself with 14 points against Woodbridge and 13 in the two Canyon games.

 

Valencia could become something special if senior's Jennifer Kussman or Rachel Murray can break out.

 

Murray stands six-feet and put in some very productive minutes last season.

 

Valencia could face fierce competition from Empire League contender's Katella (9-4) and La Palma Kennedy (6-3).

 

Kennedy advanced to the second round of the playoffs last year and return all-league long range shooter Lauren Chow, whose good for 20 points per game. Kennedy also has returning standouts Montika Moss and Caitlyn Carralejo. The Fighting Irish are limited by a thin bench.

 

Katella will pose another test for Valencia. Led by returning starter Christina Rudat, Katella has lost its four games by an average of four points, with nice wins over Lakewood St. Joseph, Corona Del Mar, and Compton Centennial.

 

Crystal Bracamontes is scoring 13 points per game for Katella in her first season and returning teammates Laura Booth and Cheyenne Williams could make the Knights very difficult if they play to their potentials.  
 


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