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Apaches dispatch Arabs

February 01, 2001|By JON HINSHAW, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley College women's basketball team held a slight lead going into the second half of its game against Southwestern College here Wednesday, but it wasn't enough as the Apaches defeated the Arabs 71-52.

IVC (16-10 overall, 3-2 Pacific Coast Conference) couldn't put the Apaches away despite a 28-23 lead in the first 20 minutes.

When the second half started Southwestern (14-6, 3-2) crashed the boards and strung together multiple mini-runs and two huge bursts of 9-0 and 11-0.

"We weren't boxing out, we weren't getting position and we weren't hustling," said the Arabs' Jello Moore, who led her squad with 16 points, six rebounds and six blocks. "I guess we were a little tired. We just didn't come to play tonight and we played without heart."


Early in the second half the Arabs still held the advantage 34-27 on the heels of two buckets by Moore and LaToya Jackson.

The Apaches then went on their first run with a 9-0 spurt to capture the lead 36-34. The two teams then battled to a 38-38 tie before the Apaches took control.

Debbie Stanton-Esquer started a 16-5 run with a jumper and a lay-up and foul, part of her game-high 19 points, to help push the Apaches in front 54-43.

"We started out really slow tonight," said Southwestern coach Valerie Goodwin-Calbert. "IVC was doing a good job, but we just finally woke up, got in the game and started playing together. We didn't do anything new strategically from the first half we just did what we had to do and executed better."

Sandra Ramos — who had 12 points and seven rebounds — tried to bring the Arabs back with six of her team's next 10 points, which put the score at 60-52, but it was the last points IVC would score.

With 3:20 to play a pair of missed free throws by Liliana Merancio was the Arabs' last opportunity as Southwestern scored the game's final 11 points, seven of which came from the free throw line.

"We just didn't play well tonight at all. When we have one thing break down it all breaks down," IVC coach Jill Tucker said. "In the first half we ran what we were supposed to run and we played tough defense. In the second half we got tired and didn't do what we were supposed to do."

The Apaches out-rebounded the Arabs 25-12 in the second half and 39-26 in the game. Southwestern also pulled down 16 offensive rebounds as it continuously received second and third looks at the basket in the second half.

IVC's play in the second half was a stark contrast to its performance in the first.

The Arabs had an 8-0 run to open the game, but allowed Southwestern to stay close by making bad passes and giving the Apaches open looks at the basket.

Stanton-Esquer, who finished with eight assists, stung the Arabs with eight steals, six of which came in the first half.

The Arabs will be on the road for their next contest at San Diego Mesa at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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