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LeBaron leads Brawley to win

January 31, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — There's no doubt Lisa LeBaron is the heart and soul of the Brawley Union High School Wildcats basketball team. As she goes, so does Brawley.

LeBaron kept the Wildcats alive in the Imperial Valley League championship race as she scored 28 points in Brawley's 69-49 win over Southwest High here Tuesday.

While LeBaron was a big reason for the Wildcats win, in the end it was just a matter of Brawley being a better all-around team.

"Yeah, they were better than us tonight. They really outplayed us in the post," said Eagle coach Ruben Valenzuela. "Coming into this game we felt we could stop their post game, but LeBaron was just able to beat us inside."


When it wasn't Brawley's post offense taking it to the Eagles it was the Wildcat defense pressuring Southwest into turnovers. Brawley forced 26 turnovers, with Marquita Travis spearheading the assault with seven steals and Brooke Pace adding five.

It was the Wildcats' tenacious defense that was the difference early, but in the end Brawley's outrebounding the Eagles 35-20 was the deciding factor. LeBaron had 11 rebounds (five offensive, six defensive).

"We expected them to come in and be fired up," said LeBaron. "But we came in really fired up because we felt it was important to come out and dominate them to get ready for our next game."

Brawley dominated from the get-go. After six minutes the Wildcats had established a 19-4 advantage. The lead held through the quarter as LeBaron scored 10 points to pace Brawley.

The Eagles chipped away at the deficit in the second but could get no closer than 10 points. The difference was on the glass. The Wildcats outrebounded Southwest 12-5, with half of the boards coming on the offensive end, creating second chances.

The sides exchanged points throughout the third quarter, but eight points from LeBaron helped Brawley up the margin to 25.

With the game out of reach, the Wildcats continued to pressure the Eagles into turnovers and used a 12-4 binge to take a 68-35 advantage.

Southwest remained scrappy through the game and used a 14-1 run to make the score a little more respectable.

Said Wildcat coach Mike Pacheco: "I think our team played really well. It was a good team effort. What helped us was that we had a week off to prepare for this game and we were able to use that to get in better shape. Now we just have to get ready for Thursday's game against Calexico."

Brawley (11-10 overall, 2-1 IVL) host Calexico at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Eagles (7-16, 1-2) travel to Central Union at 7 p.m. Friday.

Calipatria 69, Holtville 43

CALIPATRIA — A 21-point effort from Cynthia Cuevas helped the Calipatria High girls basketball team to down Holtville 69-43 in Desert League play here Tuesday.

Also contributing to the Hornets' cause were Lilia Humble with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Sophia Perez with 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals and Maria Velarde with 12 points, 14 rebounds and six steals.

Leading the Vikings were Regan Rothfleisch with 14 points and Christina Ruiz with six.

Both teams play Friday with Holtville (7-14 overall, 1-1 DL) playing at 6 p.m. at Imperial and Calipatria (14-6, 2-0) hosting Palo Verde at 7 p.m.

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