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Sun Valley Poly’s Hannah Lising leads girls basketball to first City title

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PASADENA — Third time’s a charm.

The Sun Valley Polly girls basketball program has been knocking on the door for a City title, making two finals appearances in 2015 and 2021 – both resulting in losses.

The Parrots broke through Saturday with a dramatic 67-64 overtime victory over LACES to win the City Division I championship at Pasadena City College, marking the program’s first City title in its history.

Hannah Lising scored 35 points in Sun Valley Poly’s 67-64 OT win over LACES in the City DI final. She was of 15 of 19 from the FT line, hit two 3-pointers and scored 12 straight points in one stretch. An outstanding performance. Only a junior. pic.twitter.com/S4hoQbtGrM

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) February 25, 2023

Junior Hannah Lising was the star of the show, scoring 35 points, which included making 15 of 19 free throw attempts. She scored 12 straight points in a stretch just before halftime to give Sun Valley Poly a 36-25 lead after overcoming 9-0 deficit to start the game.

The crowd chanted “M-V-P, M-V-P” as she received her championship medal.

“I was getting tired, but I kept pushing for my team and for my sister. This is for her,” Lising said.

Hannah Lising scored 35 points. She gets MVP chants from the crowd. pic.twitter.com/xqa6cOuqjv

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) February 25, 2023

Sun Valley Poly was without its second-best scorer Heart Lising, Hannah’s twin sister, due to being ejected in the semifinal. To make matters worse, Hannah fouled out of the game with 1:34 left in the fourth quarter and the Parrots clinging to a 58-57 lead.

“Watching from the bench made me so nervous,” Hannah said.

Sun Valley Poly’s Alyssa Jaime stole the ball from a LACES player in overtime before getting fouled and making one free throw with seven seconds left to seal the game. LACES’ final heave as the overtime buzzer sounded came after the clock hit zeros.

The Parrots advance to the CIF State playoffs that begin Tuesday.

BIG steal for Alyssa Jaime. Then she gets fouled and makes one FT. Sun Valley Poly hanging on to a 67-64 lead with 7 second left. pic.twitter.com/QvWS3UEHSg

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) February 25, 2023

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