Building the huge margin allowed the Bulldogs to get more players playing time to prepare for the postseason. Leading Calexico off the bench was Crystal Alvarado with 14 points.
"It wasn't just me. I think it was an entire team effort," said Alvarado. "This was a big win for us. We knew we had to play our best if we wanted to win and get a piece of the championship and I think we did that tonight.
"We still have some things we need to work on as a team, but this win gives us some momentum for CIF."
Where Calexico separated itself from Central was on the glass. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Spartans 41-29 and 22-12 in the second and third quarters.
Leading Calexico was Mayra Carboni with nine rebounds to go with 12 points.
Through the first quarter it seemed as if the Spartans would keep the game close as Stephanie Schuler's outside game carried the offense. Of Central's 11 first-quarter points, Schuler accounted for nine, all from behind the arc.
Defensive adjustments shut down Central's offense and allowed Calexico to force more turnovers and score in transition.
Schuler did manage to slip through a few cracks in the defense, finishing with a game-high 18 points (six three-pointers).
The win secures a share of the IVL title for the Bulldogs, and depending on the outcome of Thursday's game between Brawley and Southwest, could give it the title outright.
"There was a lot of pressure on us coming into this game and we didn't want to come in overconfident," said Bulldog coach Jamie Chew. "Our whole team came together and everyone contributed for us."
Central finishes with an 0-6 mark in IVL and the Bulldogs finish 5-1. Calexico will find out its playoff fate Saturday.
Holtville 56, Imperial 29
HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High girls basketball team clinched a share of the Desert League title with a 56-29 win over Imperial here Tuesday.
Leading the Vikings (5-1 DL) were Elizabeth Robinson with 14 points and Mykell Johnston with 13. Christina Ruiz added 12 and Regan Rothfleisch chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.
Holtville will compete in the CIF San Diego Section playoffs next week.