The significant four-year run of success for the Spring Valley girls basketball team in general and three senior four-year starters in particular came to an unexpected end on Saturday in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
The defending state champion Vikings fell flat in the fourth quarter at Dorman, losing 45-38 to the Cavaliers – marking the first time since the arrival of players Asia Dozier, Xylina McDaniel and Shaquita Walker and coach Anne Long that the Vikings failed to reach the big-school state championship game.
The Dozier-McDaniel-Walker legacy features a 103-9 record, a 43-1 region mark and four conference titles, one undefeated season (29-0 in 2010-11), two state championships (2009 and 2011), three appearances in the state final (2009-11) and two protracted winning streaks – 41 straight in region play, 39 in a row against in-state opposition.
Spring Valley had a 38-34 lea midway through the fourth quarter, but did not score again after Juliette Love hit one of two free throws with 4:48 in the game.
Dozier finished with 21 points in her final SV outing and had four steals. McDaniel, who had to deal with four trouble, scored a season-low six points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Walker had eight points, two assists and two steals. Love also had 10 boards.