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Holtville forward points to maturity for team's success

January 22, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

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.


"I think last week, all around, I did OK. I mean, it wasn't just me. The whole team played pretty good in those games," said Lopez, who plays power forward. "Even though we did play pretty good, I still think that we can do a little better."

While Lopez thinks there is room for improvement, the bottom line is in league play, the Vikings are winning. She attributes the team's success primarily to maturity.

"Last year we basically had the same team. We pretty much have everyone back. But I think the main difference is that we're all a little more grown up and just more mature," she said. "People don't think that makes a difference, but it really does."

Lopez thinks the team could make a run at a league title.

"At first, when we were going to play the bigger schools, we were kind of intimidated by them, but now we're not," said Lopez. "I think we have the team, and the maturity, to do pretty good against them this year."

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