YERMO - Memories of misplaced passes, travel calls and fouls in the first half aren't always easy to forget.

Shutting out the opposition in the third quarter is one way though.

With a dominating effort in the second half, Silver Valley beat Lucerne Valley 57-24 on Tuesday night at Charlie Hawkins Gymnasium.

With balls and bodies flying, the game began slow. Silver Valley took an early 4-0 lead, but couldn't get back in sync after that.

While the Trojans limited Lucerne Valley to just three points in the first quarter, the Mustangs worked their way back into the game in the second quarter. Silver Valley struggled on offense to start the game, allowing Lucerne Valley to hang in the game.

The Mustangs even held a brief 13-12 lead before Silver Valley went on a 9-0 run to end the first half.

The Trojans had a similarly slow start in a 46-45 loss to Desert Christian on Jan. 15.
Silver Valley coach Freezy Smalls said the Trojans were still slowed by players recovering from the flu. Three players have been sick in recent weeks, forcing Smalls to keep practices light.

"We didn't start off the way I wanted to," Small said. "We're starting a little slow."

Silver Valley picked up in the third quarter where it left off in the first half. Any momentum the Mustangs had from their brief second-quarter run was taken away. Lucerne Valley's best scoring opportunities came on three foul shots. Each of those missed the mark.

"The defense shot them down," Smalls said. "We just told them we want to come out and stomp them on defense for the third quarter. That's what we need. If we can't score they can't either."

China Clay dominated in the second half, putting up 16 points of her game-high 31 points in the period. Clay earned a triple-double with 12 rebounds and 14 steals. Shelisha Brown grabbed 20 rebounds and scored 10 points for the Trojans.

Picking up Football player Matthew Brito lugged around the pick trophy from the football team's win against Lucerne Valley in the Miner's Pick game throughout the game Tuesday. Silver Valley won the pick for the first time ever with a 33-8 win in October. During one play stoppage, the Trojans acknowledged the victory over their Desert Mountain League rival and Brito displayed the newly painted pick.

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