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Arabs blow out L.A. Harbor

December 13, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

There's nothing like setting a record. Just ask the Imperial Valley College women's basketball team.

All season IVC had tried to reach the century mark in points and every time it got close, something would happen to prevent it from scoring 100.

On Wednesday, the Arabs finally got everything together and dropped 102 points on Los Angeles Harbor, winning 102-29 at IVC.

The point total was the most ever by an IVC women's basketball team and the margin of victory was another team record.

"That had been our goal all year. We wanted to score 100 points at least once this year," said IVC's Marquita Travis. "Coming into this game our goal wasn't to whup 'em. We just wanted to play our game. And I think we did a good job of doing that."

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Saying her team did a good job of playing its game may have been an understatement. Through the first 13 minutes, 56 seconds, the IVC defense held Harbor to one point. It wasn't until the 6:04 mark that the Seahawks scored their first field goal. The Arabs held Harbor to only five first-half points.

Said Seahawk coach Julie Holt: "The score says it all. IVC has a really good team and they did a nice job tonight. They have a lot of talent, their coaches have done a real good job and they're definitely a much better team."

While the Seahawk offense struggled, the IVC offense — with a previous all-time high of 97 points, scored last year — was close to as good as it's been all year.

In the first half the Arabs put together runs of 10-0, 18-1 and 14-3 to take a 42-5 lead into the break.

Leading the IVC offense in the first half were Travis with 11 points and Jello Moore with 10. The game was Moore's first since sustaining a leg injury about two weeks ago. Moore finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

After scoring only five points in the first half, Harbor came back a bit in the second, scoring 24. Leading the Seahawks was Maricela Madrigal with 22 points, 20 in the second half.

"I've got to give them props for coming back the way they did in the second half. Most teams would've just quit and not done anything. But they fought back, especially (Madrigal)," said Travis.

As impressive as Madrigal was, IVC point guard LaToya Jackson was more impressive.

In the first half Jackson only scored one point. But in the second, she blew up, scoring 24 points, including the final bucket of the game. Along with her 25 points, Jackson finished with seven steals and five assists.

Also contributing in the Arab rout was Sandra Ramos with 14 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

"We'd been working them really hard lately, having three-hour practices working on different things," said IVC coach Jill Tucker. "We had been working on different defenses, different combination defenses, so it was good to have a game like this where we worked on what we had practiced. There are still a few things we want to work on, but I'm always happy with a win."

Added Travis, who finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and a steal: "We've really been working hard just trying to prepare for the rest of the season. I think this win will give us tremendous momentum going into our next game against Cerro Coso. They're a good team and we can't take them lightly. Right now I just can't wait to play them."

The Arabs (9-4) will host Cerro Coso at 7 p.m. Friday.

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