Basketball: Brawley struggles against Kofa

January 12, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — With the Imperial Valley League season around the corner, the Brawley Union High girls basketball team picked a good time to play one of its worst games of the year in a 48-29 loss to Kofa High of Yuma here Thursday.

With the performance, or lack thereof, the Wildcats can focus on what's needed … scoring.

Lisa LeBaron was Brawley's leading scorer with 10 points, six in the first half. Only five Wildcats got on the scoreboard, compared to nine for Kofa.

Credit the Kings' zone defense for holding the Wildcats to just nine first-half points.

Said Brawley coach Mike Pacheco of Kofa's defense: "They were playing a zone and giving us outside shots and we just couldn't make them. If we would've been able to shoot well from the outside and make some shots, that would have opened up the inside."

But the Wildcats couldn't hit from outside, taking away any inside game.


Brawley's offensive struggles were apparent as it only scored four points in the first quarter, all by LeBaron. Fortunately, its defense held the Kings to nine.

Things seemed to get worse for the Wildcats as they were outscored 8-2 through seven minutes of the second quarter. Brawley added to its total in the final 36 seconds as Marquita Travis scored three points from the charity stripe.

Even with the Wildcats holding an advantage on the glass — outrebounding Kofa 18-12 — the Kings took a 20-9 lead into the intermission.

"Our girls came into this game with some confidence because we had already beaten Brawley at our tournament earlier in the season," said Kings' coach Dale Huska.

In the third quarter the Kings outrebounded Brawley 11-5 but the Wildcats scored more in the third than the entire first half with 10 points. Lucia Mendez and Reggie Horta combined for seven in the quarter for Brawley.

While Brawley's offense turned up things in the second half, the defense didn't. That was most evident in the fourth quarter as Kofa scored 17 points to run away with the game. Leading the Kings in the frame with nine points was Cass Burrell, who finished with a game-high 14 points and five rebounds.

LeBaron finished with eight rebounds, a steal and a block and Kaylin Rubin chipped in six rebounds. Mendez was second in scoring for Brawley with six points on two three-pointers.

Said Pacheco: "You really can't make much of this because it wasn't a league game. This is just something we have to take and learn from and just go on."

Huska credited his team's rebounding as the difference. Kofa only had a three-rebound advantage in the second half, but did more with its second-chance opportunities, particularly in the final stanza. Christina Gilmer led Kofa with seven rebounds.

Brawley (9-9) kicks off IVL play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calexico.

Boys action

Southwest 42, Holtville 33

HOLTVILLE — Despite leading at halftime, the Holtville High School boys basketball team fell 42-33 to Southwest High here Thursday.

The Vikings return to the court at 7 tonight at home against Calexico and the Eagles play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Central Union in El Centro.

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