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Arabs hammer Eagles

November 28, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Over the last five minutes of its contest against Mount San Jacinto on Tuesday, the Imperial Valley College women's basketball team was outscored 7-6.

Fortunately for IVC, it had a 45-point lead and that stretch didn't mean much as the Arabs beat the Eagles like they stole something, winning 78-33 at IVC.

The score could have been worse, but the game was called with five minutes to play when IVC's Juanita Hill was knocked from the game. Diving for a loose ball, Hill collided with a San Jacinto player, hit the floor in an awkward fashion and sustained a neck injury. She was taken off the floor on a stretcher and was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Other than the injury to Hill, everything went the Arabs' way as they put the game away midway through the first half.

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"Any time you win by 45 points, it's always a good thing. We had a couple of losses this weekend that we felt we could've won. So Monday at practice they felt my agony," said IVC coach Jill Tucker. "I think tonight our girls came out hungry. They wanted this. I knew that they would come out and play hard.

"With the way we played, we were able to pretty much do whatever we wanted," said Tucker. "What we wanted to do was keep them off balance as much as possible. If one person made a mistake out there, somebody else was there to recover."

Defensively the Arabs made few mistakes, playing one of their most dominant games in two years.

In a 20-minute stretch between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, IVC's defense held the Eagles to 17 points. In that span, the Arabs' offense dropped 54 points on San Jacinto and had a 72-26 lead with 10 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the game.

Said San Jacinto coach Trent Long: "I kind of expected and knew something like this would happen. I was hoping it wouldn't be this bad, but this is just a learning experience for our team."

Leading the IVC offense were Sandra Ramos and LaToya Jackson, both finishing just shy of triple-doubles. Ramos ended with 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight steals and four blocks and Jackson finished with 21 points, 10 assists, seven steals and a rebound.

"We had some revenge we wanted to get off our chest from this weekend," said Jackson. "We don't like to lose at all and we came into this game ready to play. We expected to do this."

Also contributing for IVC were Marquita Travis with 14 points, eight rebounds and two steals and Jenny Burgos with eight points, two rebounds and two assists.

IVC (4-4 overall) will play at Victor Valley College at 7 p.m. Friday.

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