Valencia girls hoops claims share of 5th straight title

Valencia's Ashlee Ane (12) tries to drive to the hoop as Hart's Alexis Corona (3), left, and Emily Munos (12), right try to intervene during a basketball game at Valencia on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Editor’s note: This story was modified on Feb. 13, 2017, to reflect that the record for points in a Foothill League girls game was not in fact broken Friday. 

Valencia High girls basketball wanted to close out its fifth straight Foothill League title with a strong performance.

It’s safe to say, it did.

The Vikings routed Hart High, 79-21, on Friday, riding a dominant first quarter to the win.

Valencia’s Kayla Konrad scored 39 points in the game, which was originally reported as the new record for points scored in a Foothill League girls game. However, it was later discovered that former Hart player Anjanette Dionne scored 41 points against Alhambra (then in the Foothill League) in 1990.

Konrad scored 17 points in a runaway first half Friday.

The Vikings led 25-0 after six minutes. Their full-court, trapping press created 15 turnovers that led to numerous fast breaks.

Hart, which finished third in the Foothill League and will be in the Division 1A playoffs, managed one field goal through two quarters.

Not a bad Foothill send off for Valencia’s most successful senior class.

Konrad, Kenadee Honaker, Jade Jordan and Ashlee Ane have gone 37-3 in league over four seasons.

“These girls are amazing,” Ane said. “I love every moment with them. I’m never going to forget this. It’s probably the best years of my life.”

Ane said Friday was about playing Valencia’s style.

“We just wanted to play as a team like we always have and end on a good game, share the ball with everyone,” she said. “We just wanted everyone to have a good game.”

Honaker scored 16 points, while Ane followed with 10 points.

Chyanne Pagkalinawan had nine points for the Vikings (22-5 overall, 9-1 in Foothill), who shared the 2017 Foothill title with Canyon, the third time in the last five years the teams have been co-champs.

Valencia’s Kayla Konrad (23) reaches to save the ball from going out of bounds as she falls over Hart’s Emily Munoz (12) at Valencia on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Due to a coin flip, Canyon will carry the Foothill’s first-place seed to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs.

Valencia positioned itself to run the table for the second straight Foothill season after knocking off Canyon, 47-45, on Jan. 17. But the Cowboys stunned the Vikings, 64-48, at Valencia on Feb. 3, snapping Valencia’s 23-game league winning streak.

Now the Vikings’ attention turns to the playoffs.

“We just want to go out with a bang,” Konrad said. “It’s been an awesome season.”

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