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December 10, 2010 > Tri-Valley Elite wins tournament

Tri-Valley Elite wins tournament

Submitted By coach Rodney D. Clark

Tri-Valley Elite, a Fremont-based eighth grade girls AAU basketball club, played in the Black Bracket of the BullDawgs Seventh Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5, coming away with the championship.

Elite is a club that was started by Elizabeth Stanley; under the tutelage of coaches Rodney Clark and Scott Wong, the team of Lauren Clark, Ariana Vargas, Rachel Wong, Rachel Wilhelm, Erione Abraham, Tiffany Toor and Allison Miranda went 3-0 en route to the title.

To open the tournament, Tri-Valley Elite got an easy, early-morning victory against St. Raphael's, outscoring their opponent by 27, winning 43-16. An hour after wrapping up that win, Elite was back on the floor battling One Nation from Las Vegas, Nev.

One Nation's girls were on average 20 percent taller and bigger than Tri-Valley and controlled the boards early on, jumping to an early 6-0 lead all generated from offensive rebounds. Elite fought back to tie the game at 14 in the first half but One Nation's size continued to give them the advantage. In the second half One Nation built another lead and then began to stall, simply passing the ball around. Elite turned up the pressure on defense, causing One Nation to turn the ball over several times and allowing Tri-Valley to take the lead. It ended 33-27 in favor of Elite.

In order to guarantee a first-place finish, Tri-Valley Elite needed to get a win over Our Lady of Angels. OLA was not willing to comply with this idea and began the game by driving past the Elite players, putting home a number of 3-pointers. At half time Elite was down by six, 23-17.

Noticing the discouragement in the girls faces, coaches Clark and Wong gave a halftime pep talk that focused on different defensive and offensive sets along with encouraging the girls to believe that they could win. They responded. Elite came out focused and blew the game open by shutting down OLA's offense, allowing only six points in the second half. At the close of the game, Elite triumphed with a 21-point win, 50-29.




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