Brawley girls pound Central

February 07, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

It only took one quarter for the Brawley Union High girls basketball team to do away with Central Union in El Centro on Tuesday.

The Wildcats used one quarter to rip out the Spartans' heart and prove to the rest of the Imperial Valley League the team to beat resides in the north end of the Valley as Brawley destroyed Central 73-23.

The quarter that decided the game was the second, in which the Wildcats outscored the Spartans 32-3.

As they've done all year, the Wildcats utilized their inside game, with Lisa LeBaron playing as she has all year and Marquita Travis stepping up.

Travis finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds (seven offensive) and took it to the Spartans down low. LeBaron ended with 14 points and 10 rebounds.


"We were all really pumped up for this game. We knew we had to play hard because it is a league game and we wanted to stay alive," said Travis. "I know this was the best we've played in league so far, and it may have been the best we've played all year."

It also may have been the worst Central has played all season.

The Spartans only trailed the Wildcats by five points after one period. What did it were the final three quarters, as Brawley outscored Central 57-12. Among those three quarters the Spartans' highest output was a five-point fourth.

"I think in the end our inside game was just too much for them, that and our full court press," said Brawley coach Mike Pacheco.

The Wildcats built a 10-point lead through the first 6 1/2 minutes, but a Central 7-2 spurt cut the deficit to 16-11 after one.

As soon as both teams hit the floor for the second quarter, the game was over. The Spartan defense couldn't stop Brawley, namely Travis. Of the Wildcats' first 13 points in the second, Travis accounted for 11, sparking the 29- point difference in the period.

The Brawley offensive assault was spurred by its defense, which forced 13 turnovers.

Said Central coach Larry Emory: "Our team is really young, so there's not much experience. We were struggling from the field and not making shots and not getting rebounds put a strain on our defense."

Reggie Horta ended with 11 points and Ebony Lofton finished with eight rebounds, seven points and two blocks for Brawley.

The Spartans (0-5 IVL) host Calexico at 7 p.m. Tuesday and the Wildcats (4-1 IVL) play at Southwest in El Centro at 7 p.m. Feb. 15.

Calipatria 56, Imperial 33

CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria High girls basketball team remained undefeated in the Desert League with a 56-33 win over Imperial High here Tuesday.

Leading the Hornets (4-0 DL) were Cinthia Cuevas with 16 points.

The Tigers' Rhea Deal led all scorers with 17 points.

Imperial (1-3 DL) hosts Palo Verde at 6 p.m. Friday and Calipatria plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Holtville.

Holtville 57, Palo Verde 26

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High girls basketball team upped its Desert League record to 3-1 with a 57-26 hammering of Palo Verde here Tuesday.

Leading the Vikings were Regan Rothfleisch with 10 points and nine rebounds and Ericka Baiz with 11 points.

and four rebounds. Holtville's Cindy Lopez finished with a game-high 14 rebounds to go with eight points.

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