March 24th, 2021

Valkyries Defeat Rockets to Advance in 7th Region

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Valkyries Defeat Rockets to Advance in 7th Region
photo by Ed Peak

 It wasn't pretty. A thing of beauty. It was defense and physical play that stood out as host Sacred Heart slugged its way past rival Assumption, 55-32, Tuesday, in the quarterfinals of the Seventh Region Tournament. 

 

The Valkyries (19-7) will play Manual (8-4) a 46-38 winner over Christian Academy Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Valley.

 

At times it seemed there were more bodies on the floor than standing as both teams played physical style. Loose balls and bodies were flying everywhere. Assumption got open shots but couldn't capitalize. SHA's defense held the Rockets to 25 percent field goal shooting (12 of 47). SHA scored 27 points off 25 Rockets' mistakes.

 

"We'd been off for two weeks. We needed a game like that," said Sacred Heart coach Donna Moir. "Assumption kept throwing pressure at us. They never gave up. I thought at times we played ok." SHA did play Atherton on March 19, a 95-23 win but only reserves played.

 

The Valkyries led 32-13 at halftime but the Rockets scored seven straight points, six by freshman Zoe Thompson during the spurt as Assumption got within 34-22 with 1:44 in the third.

SHA center Alex Wolff's two free throws stopped the run and SHA got rolling early in the fourth quarter. Nine straight points and SHA led 49-25.

 

"We had a really hard time scoring," said Assumption coach Stacy Pendleton. "We would miss or turn the ball over and that was equaling offense for them. It made it tough. We didn't add equality pull up and shoot jumpers like we had worked on."

 

Thompson led Assumption (12-11) with 11 points. She was five of six from the floor. "I feel like we had our heads down after halftime," said Thompson. "I'm glad it was me that got us going."

 

The physical play was fine with Thompson. "Our team is small and they are really big. We all had a lot of fight in us. It was good for us. It might have looked bad because we lost."

 

Triniti Ralston led SHA with 11 points while Josie Gilvin added 10. Wolfe a junior added 10 points had 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.

 

"We came out ready to play because it's a rivalry," said Wolfe. "Defense was good. We shut them down and we wanted every rebound. We need to finish better."

 

The Valkyries have two days to prepare for a rematch in the regional semifinals with Manual, a team they beat last season 57-38. "We've got to get more patient running our sets. Alex did well down low. There was a lot of stuff we needed to work on and we did.

"I'm happy with our effort. You can't fault our effort," said Moir. "It's that time of year. We'll be ready for them (Manual).

 

It doesn't have to pretty. Just a victory.

 

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Moir was selected as the greatest female high school coach from Kentucky by Max Preps website. 

 

In coaching the Valkyries to over 700 victories in 30 years, Moir won three state titles in 2002-2004.

 

In was Moir’s second national award this year.

 

 

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