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Bulldogs rout Southwest 60-46

January 20, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Two games into the Imperial Valley League season, the Calexico High girls basketball team has as good a start as it could have asked for.

Last week Calexico knocked off Brawley Union High at Brawley and Friday it improved to 2-0 in the IVL as it disposed of Southwest High 60-46 in El Centro.

While the final score showed Calexico with a 14-point victory, things got tight midway through the fourth quarter as Southwest got within five. But the run didn't phase the Bulldogs as they made adjustments and pulled away.

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"We knew it'd be a hard game for us. Southwest always plays us hard and in this game again, we had some highs and lows," said Calexico assistant coach Alberto Gonzalez. "I think after we got an early lead and went into halftime with that lead, we came out content and let them get back into it.

"This was a really good game and I think it was really a lot closer than the score indicates," said Gonzalez. "This is a good win for us and yeah, we're 2-0, but we're not even thinking about that."

While Gonzalez doesn't want to start dwelling on the team's quick league start, what he can look at is the solid play by the Bulldogs' underclassmen.

Juniors Lupe Escobar and Carla Chavez both scored in double figures as did sophomore Karla Salazar. Escobar led Calexico with 16 points followed by Chavez with 11 and Salazar with 10.

"I think we're all feeling pretty good with our start. It's a real confidence-booster for us with the wins we've had," said Chavez. "I think we got a lot of confidence with that win at Brawley last week. That was a pretty big win for us winning over there. And I think the momentum from that carried over to this game."

The confidence gained from last week's victory didn't seem to be evident early as the Bulldogs were looking at a five-point deficit midway through the first quarter.

Down 7-2 with four minutes to play in the first, Calexico responded by going on a 30-6 scoring rampage over the next 12 minutes.

"I think when we started, we were just too much in a hurry and we just needed to slow everything down," said Chavez. "Once we slowed things down, we were able to play a lot better."

In the second half, as Gonzalez alluded to, the Bulldogs seemed content with their 19-point lead. The Eagles bounced back and outscored Calexico 22-12 to cut the deficit to nine at the end of three.

Led by Denice Rios, who scored a game-high 22 points, Southwest narrowed the difference to 46-41 with 5 minutes 58 seconds to play in the game.

The Bulldogs responded by closing the game with a 14-5 binge for a 14-point win.

"To start the game we just didn't come out with the intensity I had hoped for," said Southwest coach Ruben Valenzuela. "But after halftime we came out with fire and got back in the game.

"But if there's one thing Calexico's good at, it's facing adversity. They just stuck to what they do best and got the win," said Valenzuela.

Both teams next play at 7 p.m. Tuesday with Calexico (2-0 IVL) playing at Holtville and Southwest (1-1) hosting Imperial.

Brawley 50, Central 25

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High girls basketball team improved to 1-1 in the Imperial Valley League by doubling up Central Union High 50-25 here Friday.

Reggie Horta finished with 15 points and Brooke Pace added 12 for Brawley.

Stephanie Schuler led Central with eight points.

Both teams next play at 7 p.m. Tuesday with Brawley playing at Calipatria and Central (1-2 IVL) hosting Palo Verde.

Women's basketball

San Diego Mesa 86, IVC 85, OT

SAN DIEGO — Despite a 25-point effort from Sandra Ramos, the Imperial Valley College women's basketball team lost its Pacific Coast Conference opener 86-85 in overtime here Friday.

LaToya Jackson added 22 points for the Arabs.

IVC will host Cuyamaca at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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