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Crescenta Valley Pushes Muir Before Losing, 60-55

January 29, 2000

The girls' basketball rivalry between Crescenta Valley High and Muir is fierce.

They have combined to win every Pacific League championship dating to the 1980s and shared the league title last season.

This season, Crescenta Valley has struggled and Muir has dominated.

But that didn't keep the teams from engaging in a championship-caliber showdown on Friday night at Crescenta Valley. Muir won, 60-55, but not without a scare.

Sinnamonn Garrett had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Kristie Umemoto added 16 points for Crescenta Valley (12-9, 2-4 in league play), which led by nine points in the third quarter.

But the Falcons couldn't stop Tyisha Fluker, who finished with 31 points.

Muir (16-5, 6-0), ranked No. 2 in the Southern Section Division II-A, has little time to celebrate. The Mustangs play tonight at Buena, the No. 25 team in the nation and the No. 1 team in the region.

Glendale 50, Pasadena 44--Aneka Hartounian scored 17 points for the Dynamiters (12-9, 3-3) in a Pacific League game at Pasadena (11-4, 4-2).

El Camino Real 59, Taft 45--Christina Aguinaga scored 21 points and Karen Shun had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five steals for El Camino Real (14-6, 5-1) in a West Valley League game at Taft.

Denisha McCoy scored 15 points for Taft (12-5, 3-3) and Shquay Brignac had 14.

Chatsworth 55, Birmingham 42--Liz Sun scored 28 points for the host Chancellors (15-4, 6-0) in a West Valley League game.

Monroe 65, Van Nuys 42--Shakaria Jones scored 16 points and made seven steals for the Vikings (15-6, 5-1) in a Valley Mission League victory at Van Nuys (3-15, 0-6).

Rasheeda Gray had 16 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots for Monroe.

Reseda 52, Sylmar 32--Andrea Bermas scored 18 points for Reseda (9-11, 3-3) in a Valley Mission League game at Sylmar.

Grant 72, Verdugo Hills 24--Leslie Mui scored 19 points and Alexis Weatherspoon had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Grant (15-6, 6-0) in a Sunset Six League game at Verdugo Hills.

Canoga Park 54, Poly 46--Shermia Jackson scored a game-high 18 points for Canoga Park (10-6, 3-3) in a Susent Six League game at Poly (1-5, 1-15).

Saugus 58, Canyon 44--Brusta Brown scored 27 points for the Centurions (9-11, 3-3) in a Foothill League game at Canyon (9-11, 3-3).

Royal 50, Moorpark 45--Kristen Galbreath had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Highlanders (13-7, 3-4) in a Marmonte League victory at Royal.

Cathleen Leaver had 14 points for Moorpark (12-9, 4-4).

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