Claussen lifts Cardinals past Falcons in fourth quarter
by Nathan Beck
Jan 05, 2012 | 1789 views | 12 12 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Scotts Valley's Angela Silver (No. 15) attempts a lay-up during the Falcons' loss to Santa Cruz High in which she scored a team-high 15 points. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
Scotts Valley's Angela Silver (No. 15) attempts a lay-up during the Falcons' loss to Santa Cruz High in which she scored a team-high 15 points. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
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Scotts Valley's Nadene Hart tries to pass the ball during the Falcons' 45-38 loss to visiting Santa Cruz High. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
Scotts Valley's Nadene Hart tries to pass the ball during the Falcons' 45-38 loss to visiting Santa Cruz High. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
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As a freshman, current Santa Cruz senior point guard Ashley Claussen was a standout varsity basketball player for the Scotts Valley High girls basketball team. Her family then moved to Santa Cruz following her freshman year and joined the Cardinals girls basketball team. 

Last season, Scotts Valley defeated the Cardinals twice on their way to the league championship. This season appears to be a different story. Claussen led a huge fourth quarter come-from-behind victory to top the Falcons 45-38 in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League opener.

Claussen scored just four points on the night but was the bane of Scotts Valley’s leading scorer Natalia Ebrahimian.

Ebrahimian has averaged nearly 20 points a game this season, but was limited to 14 on the night. But she was pestered by Claussen who had eight steals and directed a masterful 20-2 fourth quarter rally that gave the Cardinals the victory. 

The Falcons (9-2 pre-season, 0-1 SCCAL) came out hot behind Ebrahimian’s 10 quick points and put up a 13-point lead on the Cardinals (12-1) by the end of the first quarter.

“We came out hot and played really well for the first part of the game,” said Falcon Head Coach Jim Hart. “We lost our rhythm and fell apart as bad as any team I have coached in the fourth quarter.”

The Falcons normally potent offense couldn’t keep pace with the Cardinals in the fourth quarter. Claussen and fellow senior Pauli Pappas hurt the Falcons — Pappas, during one stretch, scored seven consecutive points to lead the charge.

“This is such a huge weight lifted off my shoulders,” Claussen said. “I have been crushed by (the Falcons) for the last two years so this is the best feeling in the world for me, I cannot even describe it. “

Sophomore Angela Silver led the scoring for the defending-league champion Falcons with 15 points and two assists. Along with her 14 points, Ebrahimian posted six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Nadene Hart grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Falcons defensively.

Scotts Valley had won seven straight games including a 29-28 victory over the defending Central Coast Section Division IV Champions Notre Dame of Belmonte before falling to the Cardinals. The team plays next at Harbor High at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6.

 

 

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Bridget Hale
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January 10, 2012
Natalia,

You are eloquent and amazing! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Go Falcons!
anonymous
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January 07, 2012
It would be nice if our "local" paper focused on our local teams and talent! The SC Sentinel seems to do a good job of exclusively covering the athletes of Soquel and Santa Cruz. We would like to read about our SV and SLV athletes!

You should have pointed out the fact that SV was ahead, for the first 3 quarters of the game. Also not noting that SV played great defense on Claussen and kept her to a total of 4 PTs the entire game. She has been averaging at least 20pts per game.

Good luck to all of our SV and SLV players!
Natalia Ebrahimian
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January 06, 2012
I am Natalia Ebrahimian and I play varsity basketball for Scotts Valley High School and for coaches Jim Hart and Rick Silver. I would not normally even think about leaving a comment on one of these blogs. However, this conversation struck a chord with me. To the anonymous SV Falcon Fan, you have no right to criticize and insult both my coaches and my team in this way. Unless you are on my team or on the coaching staff you have no idea what goes on within my team. I know this because of the VERY false comment "there is no joy on that team." I enjoy every single person that is involved with Scotts Valley basketball including coaches, teammates, parents, and the dedicated fans. Putting an anonymous comment on the internet is childish and not fair to anyone. I am hoping that this is not a parent because If you were truly a falcon fan you would not be demeaning my team and coaches in this way- THAT gives Scotts Valley basketball a bad name. Also, there is joy on my team, if you want to come to one of my team nights that my coaches have attended we can prove it to you. I respect the fact that this is a blog and you want to voice your opinion. But, when your so-called "opinions" become disrespectful character attacks on my teammates and my coaches, I take personal offense to that. With all due respect, please check your facts before leaving another anonymous comment of this nature. Thank you.
Give me a break
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January 06, 2012
Good god give me a break

Coach Hart and Coach Silver have spent endless hours building that program. The reason nobody wants to coach high school sports is because parents can not just support what the coaches do.

Go ahead and ask the AD I am sure he will tell you that it is hard to get anybody to coach at SV because of the parents.

Keep all the good work Coach HART and Silver
Good God
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January 07, 2012
In this case though aren't the coaches and the parents the same people?
SV Fan
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January 06, 2012
I guess the underlying question is why Ashley Claussen wouldn't play for Coach Jim Hart. Her family didn't move to Santa Cruz - they still live in Scotts Valley.

The list of players who have left the SV girls program for other schools or who have decided to not play for Coach Hart just grow and grows. Only the hectored daughters of Coach Hart and Coach Silver and the few girls whose circumstances won't allow them to play elsewhere remain...

There is no joy on that team.
parent of an athlete
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January 06, 2012
SV Fan~

Who I highly doubt is truly a fan!



To lash out at the coaches and their children in this way is just in poor taste. To post comments on a site that many of the young basketball players view to read articles. I only hope that the coaches children don't have to read your comments. To refer and say that they are bullied(hectored) by their fathers, is as far from the truth, as you can be. My daughter has played with many of these girls for years. They have a passion for basketball, as do many of their team mates, that's why they play! It's really that simple.

By your last comment, it implies that you must have a daughter on that team.

I suggest you speak to the coaches regarding your concerns. I'm sure they would appreciate your direct approach, rather than the cheap shots you seem to be taking at them and their daughters.
Ella Berry
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January 06, 2012
I agree that it is in poor taste to mention these girls by name. But it is also clear to most that coaches favor their own kids. Happens at school sports, little league, etc.
anonymous
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January 06, 2012
Ms Berry,

I will agree that the majority of coaches don't handle the balance of coaching their children well! Many are simply not able to be objective with their own children! I wouldn't lump ALL coaches into that category.

I don't feel that is necessarily the case with both of these coaches. Any mplication that their children are on the team because their parent is the coach, is a big stretch.

Coming from the perspective of a parent that has had to step in and coach because nobody else would do it. Leaves you with a different perspective. I thank so many of the parents that volunteer in our community, so ALL of OUR children can play sports. The key word "volunteer". Though our high school coaches get paid a minimal fee, it's clearly a volunteer position. I would ask the Athletic Director if it's an easy task to fill coaching position at our high school? I would guess no!
@anonymous
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January 06, 2012
I would say we are in complete agreement.

Please note, I did not say "all". I said "most" and you agreed.

Interesting and helpful to note that SLV High School has implemented a no-parent/coach rule. In that situation it's a blessing.
@ @anonymous
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January 15, 2012
"Interesting and helpful to note that SLV High School has implemented a no-parent/coach rule. In that situation it's a blessing"

I'm curious where you got this information. I know the SLV football team has parent/coaches. The Sentinel wrote an article on them this past season. The coaches are district teachers, so maybe that is an exception, or maybe this is a new rule?
anonymous
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January 25, 2012
No ones answered the question SV Fan raised.

Where have all the players gone that Hart and Silver spent countless hours building?


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