Horta's play no longer a secret in Brawley

December 26, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Last year, the Brawley Union High girls basketball team had a bit of a secret weapon in Reggie Horta.

She was a freshman and a relative unknown to most teams Brawley played. After torching the competition throughout the year, she instantly became a player to remember.

This year there are no surprises with Horta, as most teams have game-planned to stop her first and foremost.

Early in the year she struggled but was still one of the team's primary scoring options. Last week at the Kiwanis tournament in San Diego, the 15-year-old sophomore started to regain her form and helped the Wildcats to fifth place.

In the last two games of the tournament, against Mira Mesa and Calexico, Horta averaged more than 20 points and helped Brawley to two victories.


In the fifth-place game against Mira Mesa on Saturday, she finished with a team-high 23 points and helped the Wildcats to a 55-50 victory. The day before, she led Brawley to a 48-35 win over Calexico with a 20-point effort.

"At the start of the season my shot was struggling because I was just thinking too much about it," said the 5-foot-7 Horta. "Now I'm just playing and trying to get into a rhythm. I try not to take a lot of shots, but when I start making them and get going, I just keep shooting."

When Horta has led the Wildcats in scoring this season, it has almost been a certain victory. Wednesday, though, she led the team with 19 points but the Wildcats still fell 54-52 to Escondido.

But it was the last two games of the tournament that may have been the spark she needed to turn around her season.

"She had been kind of struggling from the outside, so coming into this tournament we wanted her to focus on getting her shot back," said Brawley coach Mike Pacheco. "And I think the way she was playing, especially in the last two games, you could say she's found her shot.

"Her being a shooter, she just needed to get into a rhythm and I think she's coming around," said Pacheco. "A lot of our offense lands on her shoulders and we need her to play well. With her starting to get things going, that helps us out a lot."

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