By Andrea Camarena

This week Corcoran is mourning the loss of one of the biggest bragging rights in the valley.

Corcoran has been the reigning powerhouse in south valley girls basketball for the past five years. They had valid reason to brag. The Panthers rode a 52-game winning streak in league.

The bigger they are the harder they fall.

The Monarchs ended Corcoran's run on Friday taking an unbelievable 53-47 victory over the undefeated Panthers.

The seesaw battle kept the game at a 1-point difference until the the third quarter when Exeter pulled into the lead riding on free throws and a solid defense. Unable to hit the basket, Corcoran churned out a more physical game and got called on every foul giving the Monarchs an edge on scoring at the line.

Corcoran's Torreya Edwards produced 20 points for the Panthers but Exeter held Allison Garcia to 7 points and Jessica Valdez to 6.

The Panthers shut down Exeter's Tiffany Marinos holding her to 9 points. Four of which came back-to-back in the third quarter on a Corcoran defensive melt down.

Sophomore Abby Bloetscher arrived in Friday's game to lead the Monarchs with 28 points and unstoppable rebounding.

"This is unbelievable, we just broke their five-year winning streak. It feels good. Our defense was awesome. Our offense hit everything. We all played so good together," said an ecstatic Amanda Morgan after the win.

Morgan, a junior guard, fouled out in the fourth quarter but not before matching Corcoran's aggressive defensive play.

The Panthers outscored the Monarchs in the first quarter to send them into the second leading 16-13. The lead was short-lived as Exeter came back to score 14 points over Corcoran's 6 ending the half at 27-24.

"They played hard great game," Exeter Coach Linda Wachter said. "We executed perfectly. The defense played great. I'm just very proud of them."

"Corcoran has always been at the top of the hill," Wachter said.

Before their victory over the Panthers, the Monarchs added another win to their record when they hosted Woodlake on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

The 72-35 offensive slaughter was led by Bloetscher with 27 points.

The sophomore is constantly proving her place on the varsity squad.

Point Guard Jody Williamson also helped out against the Tigers scoring nine points while Tiffany Marinos also led with 16.

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