Friday night, when Van Horn faced visiting Barstow, it faced a team unlike other opponents the Falcons had faced this girls basketball season, according to guard Chase Siedlik.
The Knights have three players on their roster listed as 5-foot-9 or taller. Before Friday’s 66-44 loss, the Falcons hadn’t faced anyone with Barstow’s height and length, Siedlik said.
“I think that added on to the challenge,” she said. “But it was a positive challenge.”
Of Barstow’s tall trio, two are guards: freshmen fraternal twin sisters Brylee and Jaelyn Glenn, 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11, respectively. The other is 6-foot senior forward Kate Walsworth.
“They’re long, they’re lanky and it’s hard to get around them,” Van Horn girls coach A.B. Lennox said. “And it’s hard to shoot over them.”
Those three combined for 57 of the points the Knights scored to hand the Falcons a Crossroads Conference loss and end their five-game winning streak in the first of two varsity games. Brylee Glenn poured in 27 points, followed by Walsworth with 17 and Jaeyln Glenn with 13.
Siedlik was the lone Falcon in double figures with 15 points. Junior forward Jasmine Williams – one of Van Horn’s two tallest players at 5-foot-9 – contributed nine points.
“There’s always room for improvement,” Siedlik said. “But for the first game back after (the holiday) break, I think we did pretty well. We prepared pretty well. Coach (Lennox) pushed us really hard in practice this past week.”
Siedlik’s opening 3-pointer gave the Falcons (5-3 overall, 1-1 league) their only lead, 3-0. Barstow answered with an 11-0 run and went on to lead 20-9 after one quarter.
“A start like that isn’t something that’s typical for us,” Knights coach Josh House said. “But I’ll take it.”
The Knights (5-1, 2-0) then outscored the Falcons 14-9 the second quarter and 17-11 the third quarter. The Falcons edged the Knights 16-15 the final quarter to cap an outing that had Lennox feeling good about Van Horn’s effort.
“We played hard,” Lennox said. “We fought to the end.”
Van Horn also fell in the boys varsity game, 84-64. It was Van Horn’s second loss to Barstow this season. The Falcons (2-7, 0-1) lost to the Knights 67-57 on Dec. 1 in the Van Horn Invitational.
Shooting was the difference between the two games, Van Horn boys coach Max Sollars said.
“They hit shots, and we didn’t hit shots,” Sollars said. “I was pleased with (our) effort. I was pleased with (our) defensive intensity. I was pleased with the way some of our leaders responded. But sometimes, the ball doesn’t go into the hole.”
The ball went through the hoop often enough for Terrion Seddens to lead Van Horn with 17 points. Junior guard Xavier Marrero added 10.
Jonah Horne paced the Barstow boys with 19 points. Horne was among five Knights in double figures.