Say No Classic Championship: PHB 50, LA Spirit 49

PHB took the Say No Classic Championship game Saturday, 50-49.

PHB played zone defense, and got it done with a lot of free throws and second-chance points. Amanda Frost (Northern Arizona) made four three-point shots for PHB. LA Spirit’s Cassie Harberts’ (USC) 10-foot jumper went in and out with two seconds left in the game.

This is from the championship program:

Second Time Around

Last Year’s Championship game featured these same two

teams in the WSNC finale. The LA Spirit led wire to wire in

earning Reginald Snell’s team it’s 3rd Say No Classic title.

PHB had an impressive summer in 2010, as it reached its first

ever title game. For Marla Clark-Valentine’s team, it proved

to be a stepping stone.

PHB and The Spirit came into their July 23rd match up both

undefeated. PHB started strong and led by as much as 14 in

the 1st half.

PHB led at the half 28-22. The Spirit turned up the heat in

2nd half with strong defensive pressure. The Spirit held on for

a 51-46 win. USC’s Cassie Harberts led the way 16, 10 coming

in the 2nd half. Alexyz Vaioletama added 11 for the

defending champions. PHB was led by Danielle Peacon, who

finished with 11. Peacon, who was named to the Big West All

Freshman team last year at Pacific, will be taking her talents

to Mt. SAC (JC) in the fall.

How They Arrived

PHB defeated the Titans in the 1st round of the WSNC playoffs.

The up-tempo style proved to be too much for Raymond

Sheperd’s ball club. Next up for PHB was #Winning. Winning

advanced with the shocker of the playoffs, a 43-41 win versus

Onye Ibekwe’s T.E.A.M 2k11. #Winning was undersized

and coached by their teammate, USC Briana Gilbreath.

Ibekwe’s team was the talk of the league earlier with its size

and skill.

The LA Spirit was the #1 seed for the 2nd year in a row. Cal

State LA’s Gold team was 1st up for the defending champions.

The Spirit, playing with only 1 returnee (Dominique

Scott) used defense to advance. In the semi-finals LA Fastbreak

was in the way to getting to Championship Sunday.

The two teams had just faced each other the day before with

The Spirit coming out on top. The balanced scoring of Cassie

Harberts [USC] and Andrea Bills [Oregon] led Reginald

Snell’s team to its 6th Championship game in 11 years and

their 3rd in a row

#1 LA Spirit [10-1]

No Name Pos Ht Yr Last School

1 Stephanie DeFrance G 5’3 Jr. Talladega College (AL)

2 Jasmine Wooton G 5’7 Fr. University of Portland

4 Alexyz Vaioletama G/F 6’1 Fr. USC

6 Desiree Bradley G/F 6’1 So. City Honors

7 Monique Tillis G 5’10 So. Middle Georgia College

8 Cassie Harberts F 6’2 So. USC

9 Stephanie Lopez G 5’7 So. Blue Mountain (OR)

10 Dominique Scott F 6’2 Jr. University of Albany

12 Andrea Bills C 6’3 GRAD University of Oregon

Head Coach: Reginald Snell

#2 PHB [10-1]

No Name Pos Ht Yr Last School

2 Jianni Jackson F 6’1 Jr. Cal State Northridge

4 Kayla Valentine G 5’7 Jr. Dominican University

5 Liza Dy G 5’3 Grad University of Pacific

7 Elizabeth Day F 6’1 Jr. Sonoma State

8 Brandi Brown F 5’10 Jr. Youngstown State (OH)

10 Amanda Frost G 5’9 So. Northern Arizona University

11 Danielle Peacon C 6’2 So. MT. SAC

12 Trinidee Trice G 5’9 So. Northern Arizona University

Head Coaches: Marla Clark-Valentine, Gerald Valentine