Late surge by Shiane Talley, Canyon Springs holds off North in Inland Valley League victory
By Landon Negri
RIVERSIDE >> It wouldn’t have mattered whether Canyon Springs’ advantage was 16 points or 116. In the ultra-competitive Inland Valley League, leads just do not feel safe.
There was still work to be done, and though it took another quarter and a half, the Cougars did complete their task. North nearly rallied all the way back from a 16-point halftime deficit Thursday night before the visiting Canyon Springs’ girls basketball team rose up in the final four minutes to secure a 47-39 victory.
After dropping its league opener Tuesday to Rancho Verde, which seems intent on turning the IVL into a legitimate four-team skirmish — along with Valley View and North — Canyon Springs gave coach Gail Hale the response she sought.
“We were happy to have that lead, and as soon as you sit (at halftime), everybody relaxes,” she said. “I wish we could’ve just played straight through.”
Trailing 32-16 at the break, North went on a tear in the third quarter, pulling to within 40-38 on junior guard Jhanelle Belarde’s steal and bucket with about four minutes remaining.
But the Cougars (11-4, 1-1 Inland Valley League) found a way to take back control in the waning minutes, with junior guard Shiane Talley’s baseline drive with 2:49 left extending the lead to 44-38. It was just the second field goal of the second half for the Cougars.
“We called a timeout and we told them we were getting away from what we did in the first half,” Hale said.
“She was fatigued,” she added of Talley, “but she sure took it upon her shoulders and took that in.”
Canyon Springs closed the game on a 7-1 run. Talley finished with a team-high 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. Senior guards Deja Blue and Amiyah Breeding added 10 points apiece.
Poor shooting plagued North, as Canyon Springs scored […]