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Girls basketball: Eagles maul Spartans

February 03, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Special to this newspaper

What better way to obtain a much-needed victory than to knock off your arch rival?

That's just what the Southwest High School girls basketball team did Friday night, demolishing Central Union High 74-47 in the Spartan's gym.

"We knew we could come out and be aggressive," said Southwest coach Ruben Valenzuela.

"We knew we could run with Central and we did," he added.

In fact, the Eagles ran all over Central, out-rebounding them 47-36 and sticking it to them hardest on the scoreboard by putting up 20 points in the fourth quarter.

The win improves the Eagles' league record to 2-2 (8-16 overall) and keeps them alive for a shot at an Imperial Valley League championship. Southwest trails Brawley and Calexico by one game and still has a shot at defeating both to claim the title.


Mary Sanders had 11 rebounds and Caroline Dessert grabbed 10 more to help lead the Eagles.

The game started off with Southwest jumping out to a 5-0 lead thanks to two easy lay-ins from a wide-open Trisha Sanchez and a Denice Rios free throw. Central didn't get on the scoreboard until Adriana Gonzales converted a layup for a Spartan score just under two minutes into the game.

Down 11-5, the Spartans pulled to within four at 11-7, but the Eagles went on a field day, scoring 15 consecutive points and burning 5:39 off the clock before Central managed another bucket.

The drought was ended by Alex Vasquez with a shot from under the basket and 5:22 on the second-quarter clock. Central then went on a 16-8 run to end the half trailing 34-23.

Sanders' was the only name mentioned in the first minute of the third quarter as she grabbed four consecutive rebounds and opened the scoring for the half with a free throw.

The Spartans settled down and began to play with the Eagles, but they couldn't pull the game any closer as Southwest extended its lead to 54-37 at the end of the quarter.

Southwest went on its final run after the Spartans brought the score to 53-39. The Eagles again scored 15 unanswered points and finished the game by allowing the Spartans only eight more points.

Valenzuela was pleased with the win and is optimistic about the next two weeks.

"We just wanted everyone to know that we weren't giving up on a shot at winning league this year," Valenzuela said. "We will continue to fight until the last buzzer sounds."

Valenzuela commended his team's play, noting he had four players in double figures.

The Eagles have a week off before traveling to Calexico Friday to try to pull the Bulldogs into a tie for second place in the IVL. The Spartans (6-16, 0-4) will next face Brawley at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Holtville 61, Imperial 34

IMPERIAL — The Holtville High School girls basketball team hammered Imperial 61-34 here Thursday.

Christina Ruiz led the Vikings with 15 points. Regan Rothfleisch chipped in 14 for Holtville.

The Vikings (8-14, 2-1 Desert Mountain League) will return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday at home against Palo Verde. Imperial (9-11, 1-2) next plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Calipatria.

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