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Poway ends Calexico's season

February 21, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — After having a successful regular season, the Calexico High School girls basketball team ran into something in its CIF San Diego Section Division II playoff game it hadn't all year — height.

The height advantage of Poway High proved to be too much as the Titans walked away with a 61-40 win here Tuesday.

The biggest challenge in size Calexico had seen all year was in Imperial Valley League rival Brawley Union, but even that couldn't prepare the Bulldogs for Poway. Brawley basically utilized the height of two players whereas the Titans (18-9 overall, 5-5 Palomar League) at times had all five players towering over Calexico.

"That's really what did it. They had height that we hadn't seen before. I really don't think our season prepared us for this game," said Bulldog senior point guard Christina Ramirez, who finished with 11 points. "They all had hops and were able to outrebound us."

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Poway finished with a 37-25 advantage on the glass.

Five of those rebounds came from sophomore Anisha Gwynn, whose father is future Hall of Famer and San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn, who attended the game.

Early on it wasn't the Titans rebounding but their defense that took the Bulldogs out of their game. The Bulldogs had trouble executing offensively and only totaled 13 points in the first half.

"In that first half we just could not execute. Part of that was them outrebounding us and part was their No. 51 (Rachel Brown) blocking shots," said Calexico coach Jamie Chew.

Brown had nine blocks.

"If we make those shots instead of her blocking them, then that's 18 points right there," Chew said.

What also made the difference in the first two quarters was two runs by Poway. In the first quarter, the Titans used a 10-0 spurt to jump to an 11-4 advantage on their way to a 13-7 first-quarter lead.

In the second, it was a 9-2 burst that upped the difference to 24-11. Calexico only scored six points in the second, all by Lizeth Lopez, her only points of the game. The Bulldogs trailed 24-13 at the break.

Despite an 11-point lead at the halftime break, Poway coach Jay Trousdale thought his squad played a bit sluggishly.

"I think that may have been because of the long trip we took to get out here," said Trousdale. "But the second half we got a little more comfortable and played much better."

What did the job in the third quarter was the Titan's offense scoring 20 points, although a defense that held the Bulldogs to 13 first-half points surrendered 15 in the third stanza.

Leading the Calexico surge was Melissa Williams with nine points in the period.

Any signs of a comeback they were all shot down by a Poway 9-0 binge in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

While the Bulldogs went down by 24 points, they didn't lie down. Calexico fought until the last buzzer, virtually answering every Poway score.

Said Chew: "I was really proud of our girls for not giving up out there when they could have. Even though we lost I don't think it takes away from what we did this season."

The Bulldogs finish the year with a 15-8 overall record and 5-1 in the IVL and a share of the league championship.

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