AOW: Alumni game a learning experience for Bulldog guard

January 08, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

When the Calexico High girls basketball team played its alumni Thursday, the current high school players were confident about their chances of beating former players from the school.

But just as the Calexico coaches wanted, the current players got a bit of an education from their elders while still managing to win 53-51.

Leading the present Bulldogs was 16-year-old junior Kimberly Carrillo, who scored a team-high 11 points. While she led her team in scoring, the points weren't easy for the team's point/shooting guard.


"We went in at first with the idea that we were just going to go in and win that game," said Carrillo. "But our coach explained to us that those girls we were playing had experience and knew what they were doing.

"Going in, I didn't expect the game to be that close. We're a pretty confident team and that's why we went in with that attitude," she said. "But with the game being as close as it was, with us barely winning, I think we learned more than if we would've blown them out."

One of the main reasons the game was as close as it was was the play of 1993 graduate Nancy Pinzon. Pinzon — a former Mexican national team soccer player and current College of the Desert women's soccer coach — kept the alumni team in the game, scoring a game-high 13 points and disrupting everything the Bulldogs tried to run.

It was Pinzon's play that Carrillo thinks not only helped improve her but the entire team.

"Whenever we tried to run something, she was always there getting in the middle of it, which made us have to readjust," Carrillo said. "I know I really learned a lot from watching her and playing against her. I think one of the most important things I learned was how to adjust in certain situations when we're trying to run our offense.

"Everything we learned in that game really helped us out a lot," said Carrillo. "We have league coming up and I think the most important thing we took away from that was to not underestimate anyone. That's really going to help us the rest of the year."

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