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Hornets knock off Yuma Catholic 49-22

December 09, 2001|By ROBERT FULTON, Special to this newspaper

CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria High School girls' basketball team had no problem capturing its own tournament by downing Yuma Catholic 49-22 Saturday.

The win gave the Hornets a 4-0 mark in the Calipatria Lady Hornet Pepsi-Cola Basketball Bash and the tournament title.

"They're coming around," said Calipatria head coach Les Boop of his team. "The defense is there. Right now everybody's play is really big."

The outcome of the game against Yuma Catholic was never in doubt. The Hornets jumped to a 16-3 lead in the first quarter and held a 22-9 advantage at half-time. The Hornet lead was as much as 30 at one point (49-19) before settling for the 49-22 win.

The Hornets dominated the Shamrocks on the boards, outrebounding the much shorter squad 49-19. Also telling was that Calipatria went 9 for 13 at the foul line.

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The win was not all magic for Calipatria, which let Yuma Catholic hang around as a result of sloppy play. The two squads played evenly in the second period before the Hornets pulled away.

"I didn't want to press," Boop said. "We didn't play a zone and I played all eight girls. When I made those substitutions it was not going right. "

Calipatria was led by Sophia Perez, who scored 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to go with four assists. Maria Velarde pulled down 16 rebounds for the Hornets while teammate Lilia Humble grabbed 10 boards and scored eight points.

"Seven out of eight that dressed still scored," Boop said.

Sara Badgley logged 10 points for the Shamrocks, who are participating in just their second year of competition.

"They were a 5-2 team before they ran into us," Boop said.

In other tournament action, Calipatria manhandled Antelope 55-21 earlier in the day and downed Palo Verde 39-26 and Imperial 55-22, both on Friday.

Imperial dressed a mixed team of varsity and junior varsity players and received understandable results. In addition to the loss to Calipatria, the Tigers fell to Antelope 39-33 Friday and were on the low end against Yuma Catholic 35-22 and Palo Verde 40-16 yesterday.

Perez was named the tournament most valuable player and Velarde, Humble and Rachel Zajdel joined her on the all-tournament team.

Badgley and Lisa Acero of Palo Verde rounded out the all-tournament squad.

The win improves Calipatria's record to 8-2. The Hornets will host Sherman Indian at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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