HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High School girls basketball team had little trouble advancing in the San Diego Section Division IV playoffs, dispatching Imperial 71-40 here Friday.
"I'm really proud of the kids," said Holtville coach Jim Sturgeon. "This was a good win for us."
Christina Ruiz led the Vikings (12-14) with 22 points and four rebounds. Mykell Johnston had six steals and Cindy Lopez added five for the Vikings, who forced the Tigers into a staggering 48 turnovers.
"We knew Holtville would come out strong," said Imperial coach Rich Ponchione. "They're a tough team."
The Vikings indeed came out strong. They forced the Tigers into 19 first-quarter turnovers in building an 18-3 lead after one quarter.
Imperial struggled again in the second stanza, surrendering the ball 17 times as the Vikings took a 34-15 lead at the half.