Girls basketball: Seniors look for one more Valley View push
By Landon Negri
MORENO VALLEY — It doesn’t matter how many victories, playoff appearances or league titles the Valley View girls basketball team wins.
For the Eagles, they always feel as though they have to prove themselves.
“I feel like a lot of people over the years; they have doubted us — ‘It’s just Valley View,’ ” senior center Amani Moxley said. “So for us to finally come out on top, it could shock everybody to see how we were and where we’ve come to now.”
Where they are now is a pivotal point for the program. Paced by three tremendous seniors — the 6-foot-2 Moxley and smooth-shooting guards Jordyn Jackson and Jalen Long — Third-ranked Valley View won the Inland Valley League championship, is 25-1, and now set for what the Eagles hope is a deep playoff run in a competitive Division I bracket.
That journey begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Great Oak in the first round of the playoffs.
This season shaped up to be a banner one for the Eagles for some time, as Jackson and Long lead the backcourt, while Moxley has become one of the Inland Empire’s premier post players. The group has grown together, leading the Eagles to a league title two years ago and finishing as a runner-up last season.
“I feel like this season, we have more chemistry and we know more how each other plays,” Jackson said.
Moxley has been a big part of the development. Her presence in the paint — where she averages double-digit points and rebounds — is a difference maker. Her improvement has helped the Eagles go from a 38 percent shooting team a year ago to 46 percent this year.
The team’s other noticeable improvement has come on defense, where the Eagles have used a physical style, longtime coach Leigh Ann Long said.
“They’re more disciplined […]