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AOW: Moore has impressive week for Arab athletics

November 20, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer
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If there's one word to describe Imperial Valley College's Jello Moore's week last week, it would be "busy."

In five days Moore played in five games, four in basketball and one in volleyball, for IVC.

In four games for the basketball team the 6-foot-2 Moore averaged 17 points, leading the Arabs to a 2-2 start in the season. Things didn't go quite as well on the volleyball court as IVC lost its season finale to Cuyamaca, but Moore still finished with nine kills.

On Nov. 13 Moore had 17 points and five rebounds in the basketball team's season-opening loss to Arizona Western, the nation's No. 2 ranked junior college team.

She followed that Thursday and Friday with double-doubles in both of the Arabs' wins over Sacramento City and Pasadena City in the Long Beach City tournament. Things didn't go as well in the championship game as Moore only scored six points in the team's loss to Los Angeles Trade Tech.

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"The competition in that tournament was really good. We played Pasadena last year in the championship game of this tournament and Sacramento was a really good team also," said the 19-year-old sophomore. "On Saturday it seemed like I was just going through the motions. I don't know what it was, but I think it might have been fatigue. I was playing in games all week and it finally caught up to me."

While she only finished with six points against L.A. Trade Tech, she still earned all-tournament team honors.

Next on the agenda for Moore and her teammates is a date with College of the Desert at 6 tonight.

"After that last game I played on Saturday, I'm looking to redeem myself. I'm ready to play COD. They were at the tournament scouting us, but they'll be in for the ride of a lifetime when we play," said Moore from Sunrise, Fla.

Her impressive play last week is all part of what coach Jill Tucker said is a much-improved Moore.

"She really is much better now than she was last year. She's more physical and just more confident in her abilities. Last year we saw glimpses of what she could be. Now there's no doubt about how good she is," said Tucker. "I think because this year the team is better as a whole, that's making her an even better player. But I don't want her to be satisfied with what she's done so far.

"I want to her keep wanting to improve. In that first game of the tournament I really believe she could've had 40 or 50 points, so that shows how much better she can be."

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