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Simi Valley defeats Varsity in CIF opener

Despite a 19-point effort by senior caption Sydney To, the Lady Spartans lost 42-27 to the Pioneers of Simi Valley High on Thursday night in a first-round CIF playoff game.

The girls trailed by just six points at halftime, 23-17, but were able to score only 10 points in the second half. 

Varsity ends the season at 14-14 overall.

Varsity defeats Yorba Linda, wins playoff spot

Led by senior captain Sydney To's 15 points, Varsity topped the Yorba Linda Mustangs, 45-41, Friday afternoon at Canyon High to secure a spot in the CIF playoffs next week.

The Lady Spartans trailed 13-9 after one quarter, but caught fire in the second quarter and took a 28-20 lead into halftime, thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Bianca Olson. The girls saw the Mustangs close to within two points at 43-41 in the fourth quarter but held on for the victory.

After Sydney, our top scorers were Freda Tafuna with seven points and Deja Sambath with six. 

The girls are now 14-13 overall. Their playoff game will be Wednesday; game time and opponent will be announced Sunday.  

Varsity lays an egg at El Modena

Varsity lost to the Vanguards, 58-41, at El Modena High School on Thursday.

Our leading scorer was Sydney To with 10 points. Bailey Maresh had nine.

The defeat leaves the Lady Spartans at 13-13 overall. In the North Hills League, they fall to 2-4,  tied with Yorba Linda and El Modena. That sets up a game against the Yorba Linda Mustangs today at 4 p.m. at Canyon High.

El Dorado tops Varsity on Senior Night

Varsity lost to El Dorado, 56-45,  at home Feb. 6 as a fourth-quarter rally fell short.

The Lady Spartans trailed 40-31 after three quarters but closed the gap to one point in the fourth before coming up short. The loss was a down note on a night the team honored their five seniors: Bailey Maresh, Deja Sambath, Sydney To, Bianca Olson, Sofie Kato and Maggie Brown.

The leading scorer was Sydney with 8 points, followed by Sarah Piferi and Freda Tafuna, each with 7.

The girls are 13-12 now. Their last game is Thursday at El Modena.

Register names Sophia Santangelo girls player of the week

The Orange County Register on Monday, Jan. 8, named freshman Sophia Santangelo the O.C. girls basketball player of the week after her record-setting nine three-point shots in the Jan.  5 victory over Mission Viejo.

Reporter Dan Albano's article is here.

Albano's earlier story, which ran under the headline, "Villa Park freshman Santangelo makes school-record nine 3-pointers," is here.

Congratulations Sophia!

Photos of your Lady Spartans

Jacki Cifaldi's photos from Varsity, JV and Frosh/Soph games can be viewed and purchased at

If you'd like to arrange for a posed session or download your favorite action shots, contact Jacki Cifaldi

For details, download the document below.

Winter Program

It's time to submit winter donations, which fund assistant coaches' stipends, tournament entry fees, yearbook, senior night, year-end banquet and program supplies. This year’s winter donations are:

  • Varsity                                 $425
  • JV                                         $390
  • Frosh/Soph                         $350
  • Varsity San Diego trip       $175

Donations can be paid by check (VPHS Girls Basketball), cash, PayPal link on the Winter Program page, and through company/corporate sponsorships.  The sponsorship form is on the Forms page. The ads appear in the yearbook and sponsors will have a banner hung in the gym.


Success, according to the coach

"Success starts with friendship, cooperation and enthusiasm. Self-control, the right intentions and the drive to do what is right promote success in a team concept. Having confidence in what you do and maintaining faith and patience are the last steps to becoming a great team. Follow these steps and you will become the best person, capable of success in your life."

- Coach Willis

Inspired by Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success

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