What also hurt Boop's crew was the first four minutes of the game. Utilizing a full-court press, the Lancers capitalized on Hornet turnovers and jumped to a 13-2 lead and never relinquished the lead.
Calipatria did make a run in the second half and got within one point, but more fouls gave the Lancers four easy points.
Along with foul trouble, Boop pointed to the first-quarter burst by Francis Parker as being a huge obstacle for his squad to overcome.
"From the minute we got in the hole with that little run they had … I just think we dug ourselves too deep," said Boop. "We just got off to a slow start, but then again, that's the way we've played all year."
The Hornets only scored six points in the first quarter and 14 in the first half, with Cinthia Cuevas accounting for six. And a 19-point Lancer first quarter led to one of Calipatria's worst defensive first halves of the year, giving up 26 points. Francis Parker's Linda Pace led her team's offense, matching the Hornets entire first-half output with 14 points.
With a 12-point lead at the half, everything seemed to be going the Lancers way. But Calipatria entered the third quarter with a bit more pop. Shots started falling and the defense stayed aggressive but didn't commit as many fouls.
Sophia Perez scored seven of her 13 points as the Hornets outscored Francis Parker 17-12 in the third.
"In that third quarter we just let down. I think our girls may have been a little winded after that first half," said Lancer coach Stasia Place. "A big thing they (Calipatria) had going for them was their crowd. They got real loud and I think they fed off that."
With 6 minutes, 11 seconds to play in the game Cuevas nailed a three-pointer to cut the deficit to one. Francis Parker answered with six consecutive points and closed the game with a 9-3 burst.
Said Boop: "We have a very young team, and I think at times they just don't focus. A lot of the time people around here think a league title is the ultimate, when they should be looking at getting to the CIF finals.
"I really believe that if we played as well as we played during the year, we're as good as any of the other teams in this thing."
The Hornets finished the year as co-Desert League champions with a 5-1 league mark and 17-8 overall record.