Spring Valley takes on Dutch Fork in the girls championship game tonight (7 p.m.) at the Taco Bell Holiday Tournament at Keenan.
The title clash will mark the first time Anne Long, the new coach at Spring Valley, will be going up against the program she started from scratch in the early 1990s. The Vikings (9-1) rolled Blythewood 64-27 in semifinal play on Monday. The Silver Foxes, meanwhile, had an easy time of it in the semifinals, as well, scorching Camden 65-32.
Asia Dozier (15 points), Briana Robinson (14) and Shaquita Walker (13) led the Spring Valley charge vs. Blythewood. Dozier also had four assists and eight steals. Walker did not miss a shot – going 5-for-5 from the field (including 2-for-2 from 3-point range), converting he only free-throw attempt. Robinson had six rebounds, two steals and three assists.
Senior guard Devin Pearson rang up 18 points for Dutch Fork in the semifinals, and had plenty of help from 6-foot-4 post players Shyianne Oakman and Alaina Coates. Oakman tallied a game-high 20 points, while Coates, an eighth-grader, chipped in 13.
The Silver Foxes also cruised in the first round of the tournament, thumping Fairfield Central 63-22 behind Pearson (16 points), Coates (15) and Oakman (10).