Chandler Valley Christian had plenty of reason to be up for its game against Fountain Hills, after Fountain Hills last year ended Valley Christian’s undefeated season by handing it a stunning loss in the state championship game.
Tuesday night, Valley Christian got its revenge. And then some. And then some more.
In as one-sided a basketball game as you’ll see, Valley Christian romped to a 79-15 win over visiting Fountain Hills in a Division III, Section III matchup.
“They got us last year in the state finals, and I think our girls remembered that,” Valley Christian coach Scott Timmer said. “They came out and they wanted this bad. We played with incredible intensity and passion because of losing last year.”
Valley Christian (17-0, 2-0) wasted no time burying Fountain Hills (8-6, 2-1), getting out to a 19-2 lead after one quarter.
During one stretch, Valley Christian held Fountain Hills without a field goal for more than 17 minutes between the first and third quarters, extending its lead to an absurd 48-7 at halftime and 67-10 at the end of three.
“We had this anger inside. We wanted to get them back,” sophomore Angie Andreas said. “We just came out strong. We had to.”
Andreas was the surprise star Tuesday, hitting six 3-pointers and finishing with 21 points after coming in averaging 3.8.
Overall, Valley Christian connected on 12 of its 29 attempts from long range, making five in the first quarter alone.
“I didn’t see us hitting that many threes,” Timmer said. “Angie got hot and had a fantastic game. When you’re putting three up at a time, the score goes up quick.”
Senior Ashley Koch had 14 points for Valley Christian, and senior Natalie Denk and sophomore Megan Timmer each added 10.
In fairness, Fountain Hills was playing without standout guard Brooke Yost, whose senior season was wiped out before it started when she suffered a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in the preseason.
But Valley Christian was also without one of its top players, as sophomore Bethany Wolph has been limited to three games this year with a knee injury of her own.
Valley Christian is hopeful it will get Wolph back in the coming weeks, and Timmer is hopeful Tuesday’s performance helped get rid of the demons that had been haunting his team since that frustrating title-game loss to Fountain Hills.
“When you’re in this for a long time, you win some, you lose some,” he said. “But when the girls are going through it for the first time, a loss like that can stick with them. They can be down. So a win like tonight, I’m hoping it fires them up and they get focused on what lies ahead for us.”