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Seniors bid farewell at Awards Banquet

Team captains Sydney To and Deja Sambath gave heartfelt farewell speeches at the team's awards banquet Tuesday evening at The Clubhouse at Anaheim Hills Golf Course.

Also saying goodbye were fellow seniors Sophie Kato, Maggie Brown, Bailey Maresh and Bianca Olson. 

2017-18 Awards
Varsity     JV  
Kathy Stevens Award Sydney To   Offensive Player Nayeli Gonzalez
Defensive Player Sarah Piferi   Defensive Player Tiffany Le
Most Inspirational Megan Roach   Most Improved Jordan Somerndike
Coach's Award Deja Sambath   Coach's Award Amy Gitmed
Newcomer Sophia Santangelo      
Most Improved Bailey Maresh      

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 Feb. 15 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 will open CIF playoffs against Simi Valley

Varsity will open the CIF playoffs at home Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Pioneers of Simi Valley High School.

The Pioneers' overall record this season is 11-11, compared to our record of 14-13. They are rated 369th in the state and average 47.3 points per game; the Lady Spartans are rated 416th and average 46.4.

For more info on the Pioneers, visit their MaxPreps page.

Varsity defeats Yorba Linda, wins playoff spot

Led by senior captain Sydney To's 15 points, Varsity topped the Yorba Linda Mustangs, 45-41, on Feb. 9 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 Feb. 8.

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.

Varsity falls to Canyon, 55-44

Varsity was outgunned at home by the Canyon Comanches on Feb. 2, losing 55-44 despite getting 16 points from senior guard Sydney To.

Another bright spot for the Lady Spartans was the performance of freshman Freda Tafuna, who scored nine points.

The girls are now 13-11 overall and 2-3 in the North Hills League. Their next game is Tuesday night at home against El Dorado. That's also Senior Night.

El Dorado is 10-12 overall.

Varsity loses at home to Yorba Linda, 46-43

Varsity lost a close one at home Jan. 30, falling to the Yorba Linda Mustangs, 46-43.

The Lady Spartans led 18-13 after the first quarter, but the Mustangs tied the game at 27 at halftime, then pulled away in the second half.

Our leading scorers were Sarah Piferi and Sydney To with 10 points each. Freshman Freda Tafuna added eight points.

The girls' overall record is now 13-10; they're 2-2 in the North Hills League. Next game is at home Friday against the Canyon Comanches, who are 15-8 overall, 4-0 in the league.

Canyon tops Varsity, 48-24

Varsity lost to the Canyon Comanches, 48-24, on Jan. 26 at Canyon High School.

The Lady Spartans fell behind 14-6 in the first quarter, then made things worse by scoring only two points in the second quarter and three in the third. Top scorer was Sydney To with seven points.

The girls' overall record is now 13-9 and they stand 2-1 in North Hills League play.  Their next game is Tuesday at home against Yorba Linda. The Mustangs are 5-16 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Varsity defeats El Modena, 63-48

Led by Sophia Santangelo's 18 points, Varsity topped the El Modena Vanguards, 63-48, on Jan. 23 at home.

The girls led 28-15 at the half and never let the Vanguards get close.  Sophia made six three-point shots, Sydney To and Maggie Brown each hit three, and Bianca Olson added one for a total of 13 three-pointers, just one shy of the team's season-best 14 threes in the Yorba Linda game.  They also hit 13 threes in the Mission Viejo game on Jan. 5.

After Sophia, the top scorers were Bailey Maresh with 10 points and Sydney and Maggie with nine each.

The Lady Spartans are now 2-0 in North Hills League play and 13-8 overall. Next game is Friday at Canyon.  The Comanches are 13-7 overall and 2-0 in league play. Their two league wins were over El Modena and Yorba Linda.

Brea hammers Varsity, 59-12

Varsity lost to the Brea Wildcats, 59-12, on Jan. 19 at Brea Olinda High School. Top scorer was Bailey Maresh with nine points.

The Lady Spartans' record is now 12-8. Next game: Tuesday at home against El Modena. The Vanguards are 7-14 this season. Their league record is 0-1 after a loss to Yorba Linda.

Varsity tops Yorba Linda in a thriller

The Lady Spartans made 14 three-pointers as they defeated the Mustangs of Yorba Linda, 66-59, in a closely fought game Jan. 16 at Yorba Linda High School.

The girls led 34-23 at halftime, but the Mustangs hung in there, closing the gap to six points in the fourth quarter before the Lady Spartans pulled away.

Top scorers were Maggie Brown and Bianca Olson with 15 points each, followed by Sophia Santangelo with 14 and Baily Maresh with 10. Bianca made five threes, Sophia made four, Maggie added four and Sarah Piferi made one.

The girls' record is now 12-7.  Their next game is Friday at Brea, and it 's going to be tough:  The Wildcats are 15-2.

Slow start hampers Varsity in 61-42 loss to Esperanza

Varsity lost to the Esperanza Aztecs, 61-42,  on Friday, Jan. 12, at Villa Park High School, their second loss of the week. 

The Lady Spartans fell behind 19-2 in the first quarter and never recovered.  Top scorer was Bailey Maresh with 10 points. Deja Sambath and Sydney To had seven each.

The girls' record is now 11-7.  The 19-point loss to the Aztecs follows a 33-point loss to Foothill on Tuesday. 

The Lady Spartans' next game is Tuesday at Yorba Linda, a team they beat twice last year.  The Mustangs are 5-13 this season.

Varsity takes it on the chin at Foothill

Varsity lost to the Foothill Knights, 71-38, at Foothill High School on Jan. 9.

The Lady Spartans fell behind 17-6 in the first quarter and trailed by 20 at halftime.  The Knights' 71 points was the most our girls have given up this season, and they ended up losing by 33, their worst defeat. Previously, their largest losing margin was 10:  Sunny Hills beat them 52-42 on Dec. 8. 

Leading scorers were Sydney To with 11 points, and Bailey Maresh and Bianca Olson with eight each. 

The Lady Spartans' overall record is now 11-6.

Register names Sophia Santangelo girls player of the week

The Orange County Register on Monday named freshman Sophia Santangelo the O.C. girls basketball player of the week after her record-setting nine three-point shots in Friday's 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!

Sophia Santangelo breaks shooting record as Varsity tops Mission Viejo

Sophia Santangelo's record-breaking shooting led the Varsity to a 73-29 victory over the Mission Viejo Diablos on Friday, Jan. 5, at Villa Park High School.

Sophia made nine three-point field goals, breaking the single-game record of eight shared by Laura Dawson and Caitlin Bunting. Dawson set her mark in 1999; Bunting, a former Villa Park JV coach, set hers in 2011.

Sophia, a freshman, racked up 31 total points. Other leading scorers were Deja Sambath with 11; and Bianca Olson, Bailey Maresh and Caroline Beinlich with six each. 

The Lady Spartans' record improves to 11-5. Friday's victory marks the ninth time this season that Varsity has topped 50 points. Next game is Tuesday at Foothill.

For a look at other Lady Spartan records, go to our Alumni page.

Varsity defeats Newport Harbor 55-24

Varsity beat the Newport Harbor Sailors, 55-24, on Jan. 2 at Newport Harbor High School, led by Caroline Beinlich's 15 points. For the second time in a week, everyone on the roster scored.

The Lady Spartans jumped out to an 11-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back. They led 23-12 at halftime and just kept pulling away. Top scorers after Caroline were Maggie Brown with 11 points and Bianca Olson with 6. 

The girls' overall record improved to 10-5. Tuesday's victory was the eighth time this season that they have scored 50 or more points. 

Also Tuesday, JV defeated the Sailors, 44-14, and Frosh/Soph won 33-14.  Great job by all three levels!

Varsity loses to Rancho Buena Vista, finishes San Diego tournament 2-2

Varsity lost to the Longhorns of Rancho Buena Vista, 31-26, on Saturday, Dec. 30, to finish the  SoCal Holiday Classic in San Diego with a 2-2 record. The leading scorer was Sophia Santangelo with nine points.

On Friday, Varsity defeated Incline High School of Incline Village, Nev.,  34-28. Top scorers were Bailey Maresh and Sarah Piferi with eight points each.

On Thursday, Varsity beat the Golden Valley Cougars of Merced, 56-38. Every girl on the Villa Park roster scored, led by Sophia Santangelo with 12 points and Deja Sambath with 8.

On Wednesday, Varsity lost in double overtime to the Carlsbad Eagles, 65-57. Top scorers were Bailey Maresh with 18 points and Deja Sambath with 12.

For SoCal Holiday Classic results, go to the tournament site or download the document from the Varsity tournaments  page. 

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