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Posted: January 26, 2008 3:36 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2008 2:02 a.m.
The night didn't start out well for the Saugus girls basketball team, and it only got worse.

In a 56-50 Valencia win over the visiting Centurions, Saugus missed its chance to keep pace with first-place Hart.
The Centurions and Vikings are now in a tie for second-place.
"We are a team that prides ourselves on great defense," said Saugus head coach Eric Olsson. "Give Valencia credit. They went right through us like we weren't even there."
It was a game that started with Saugus failing to score on its first five trips down the floor, and ended with leading scorer Lauren Labat injuring her right ankle.
The Vikings (15-7, 4-2) had a 10-point lead at the end of the third quarter and a 3-pointer by Chelsey Hastigan to open the final frame extended their advantage to 46-33. On senior night, the Valencia senior finished with a team-high 19 points.
With 5:10 left in the game, the Vikings' Molly Herrera took a charge, giving Labat an offensive foul, her fifth of the game. Labat wasn't able to get up after the call was made.
The senior Labat left the court with some help and did not put any weight on her right foot. She scored 13 points on the night, the only other Saugus player who finished in double digits.
"Having her late would have been nice," Olsson said. "It's a high ankle sprain. It's bad."
On a play that was bad for Saugus in more than one way, it was huge for Valencia.
"I thought that was the biggest play of the game," said Vikings head coach Jerry Mike.
The game was placed on the shoulders of Saugus' Gabby Conn, who scored the team's first 10 points of the final quarter. It single-handedly brought the Centurions back into the game, with her pair of free throws cutting the deficit 49-43 with 3:12 left in the game.
A jumper by Saugus' Danielle Mofsowitz left Valencia holding on a to a 52-50 lead, but Starla Wright scored on the Vikings' next trip down court, putting the game out of reach. Wright scored 13 points on the night, as did Lindsey Hill.
"Everybody really had their part," Hastigan said. "I think the whole season our wins have been when everyone contributed."
Valencia has rose to the occasion this season against first-place teams, handing Hart its first league loss since 2005-06, and knocked off Saugus on Friday, which was in a tie for first with the Indians.
"I think our focus is really there for all the teams, but especially in the big games," Hastigan said.


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