AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Within the past week, she’s helped her cause dramatically. In just her second game back since a surgical procedure to remove a bone spur from her heel that had sidelined her all season, Stojic hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points for the Marauders (13-7 overall, 3-0 in Foothill Conference) in a 95-85 conference victory Saturday over Chaffey of Rancho Cucamonga. She scored four points in limited minutes in her first game back, a 71-44 victory Jan. 11 over Desert of Palm Desert. “I like her guts, and I like her tenacity,” Taylor said. “For someone to not play for almost a year and come back the way she has is definitely commendable. It says a lot about her heart and her mental outlook.” The return of Stojic, a former Serbian national 3-point shooting sensation, is a major boost for AVC, which reached the state semifinals last season. LANCASTER – Succumbing to pain is a luxury Antelope Valley College sophomore guard/forward Sasa Stojic simply cannot afford. Stojic, a Serbian women’s basketball player with just months left on a visa that expires in June, somehow needs to find a place at a four-year college so she can achieve her goal of earning a college degree in the United States. A financial-aid package for Stojic, who also is an academic standout, remains a possibility. A basketball scholarship would solve a lot of problems. “She’s a very proud person, and I know she’s hoping to get picked up (by a four-year school),” AVC coach John Taylor said. “She wants to go home with a degree.” Stojic also brings leadership, energy and a `maturity factor,’ Taylor said. Stojic has a history of leg and foot injuries that Taylor said are believed to be caused by a poorly performed knee surgery years ago in Serbia “Everything’s just not lined up properly because she’s putting weight on areas she shouldn’t because of her knee,” Taylor said. “She’s obviously still in some pain. Unfortunately, she’s done that her whole career, not just here.” Career-high: In just his second game back from a broken wrist, sophomore guard Deonte Huff (Lancaster High) scored a career-high 43 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists for the AVC men’s basketball team (9-12, 2-2) in a 95-85 conference loss to Chaffey. AVC trailed 85-83 when Huff fouled out of the game with 2:47 remaining. Huff scored his previous career best, 41 points, last season against Chaffey. Also: The women’s basketball team looks to extend its conference winning streak to 20 games when it plays host to Mt. San Jacinto of Hemet today at 5 p.m. … Freshman guard Juliet Masei (Desert) scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds for AVC in the Chaffey game. She has led the team in scoring four consecutive games. … The men’s basketball team seeks to avoid a three-game conference losing streak when it plays host to Mt. San Jacinto tonight at 7. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected]
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