When Southwest High girls basketball coach Ruben Valenzuela looks at Tuesday night's 64-52 loss to Kofa High of Yuma, the main thing he can point to is free-throw shooting.
Southwest finished 8-for-27 from the charity stripe, essentially losing at the line.
"That was the difference. We finished 8-for-27 from the free-throw line. When the clock was running we played solid basketball, but when we were at the line we couldn't hit anything," said Valenzuela. "There's only so much we can do about that. But at practice we're going to have to work on that a lot. I'd say we're going to put in a good hour just on free-throw shooting."
Among the positives Valenzuela pointed to in the game, played in the Eagles home gym in El Centro, was the play of Ericka Antunez and Tasha Ernest.
Antunez finished with a team-high 17 points while playing on a bum ankle and Ernest pulled down 12 rebounds.