A year ago the Holtville High girls basketball team didn't do as well as it had hoped.
This year things are a little different. The core of the team is back and has jumped to a 3-0 start in the combined Imperial Valley League and Desert Mountain League.
A big reason for the team's early league success has been senior forward Cindy Lopez.
In three games last week, the 17-year-old senior finished with double-figure rebounds and in two of those games, the two wins, she finished in double figures in points. She scored eight points but pulled down 15 rebounds in the team's two-point loss.
On Jan. 8 she totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds as Holtville got past Palo Verde and followed that with a 12-point, 11-rebound, five-steal performance against Imperial. Her exploits against Imperial were only overshadowed by her twin sister, Claudia, who nearly finished the game with a triple-double, falling two steals shy.