Horizon Christian girls can't keep up with VC

Basketball: The talented Valiants run to a 64-20 victory in Monday's West Valley League contest
by: JAIME VALDEZ, LOOKING AHEAD — Horizon Christian senior Leah Hoffee looks to pass ahead to a teammate.

BEAVERTON - In time, the Horizon Christian girls basketball team may reach the level of No. 5-ranked Valley Catholic.

That time wasn't Monday. The Valiants, the Class 3A state runner-up for the 2006-07 season, blitzed the Hawks in a 64-20 victory at Valley Catholic High School. Playing its first season in the West Valley League, Horizon Christian fell to 0-5 (0-10 overall).

The second-year school played an independent schedule in 2006-07 and has found the going tough this season, losing its two prior league games by two points to Gervais (33-31) and in overtime to Colton.

Valley Catholic kept Monday's game from getting that close, using its press defense to jump out to an 18-2 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter. Junior center Stacy Roberts scored twice in the paint for four of her team-high eight points as Horizon Christian showed signs of competing late in the first period.

But the Valiants, who shot 53 percent (19 of 36) in the first half, didn't let off the accelerator in building a 40-12 halftime lead. The Hawks didn't score in the third quarter to fall behind 52-12.

Forward Leah Hoffee, the team's only senior, broke the scoreless spell with a pair of free throws 2:03 into the fourth. Hoffee finished with six points.

Horizon Christian, a team composed of juniors and freshmen except Hoffee, shot just 8 of 47 (17 percent) for the game and missed all 15 of it 3-point attempts.

Senior Lisa Gallinat, a 6-foot-1 post, led Valley Catholic with 18 points, while sophomore forward Jeni Picken added 13. Both had 12 points by halftime, utilizing their size advantage to control the paint.