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Wildcats claw Eagles 41-19

January 25, 2002|By TIM YANNI

Special to this newspaper

The Brawley Union High girls basketball team played strong defense and outscored Southwest High 12-3 in the third quarter en route to a 41-19 victory over the Eagles in El Centro on Thursday.

"I was pleased with the intensity that we came out with today," said Brawley coach Mike Pacheco.

"I was pleased with the defense, especially against Southwest," he said, adding was impressed his team held the Eagles to 19 points.

The game opened with a slow first quarter that gave Brawley an advantage midway through when Eagle standout Gloria Beltran had to come out with a sprained ankle. She did not return.

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Brawley's Reggie Horta, who finished with 19 points to lead the Wildcats, had four first-quarter points. Ebony Lofton and Amy Williams both added scores to account for the remainder of Brawley's first-quarter points.

The Eagles, who did not score a field goal until the 6:30 mark of the second quarter, got four first-quarter points from Denice Rios free throws to stay alive.

The Wildcats scored 12 unanswered points to open the second half. Horta ignited the five-minute barrage with a bucket.

Brawley put the game out of reach with a 6-2 run in the first four minutes of the period.

"I thought Reggie (Horta) came out with fire in her eyes," said Pacheco. He added that the victory was due to Brawley's ability to develop momentum and he hopes the momentum will carry over to its next contest.

Southwest coach Ruben Valenzuela said his team's futility came in part from the loss of Beltran and her teammates playing out of position.

"That's not always easy," Valenzuela said. "I do believe Brawley's defense gave us some fits and we did not adjust well.

"Brawley is always a tough opponent and they are very well-coached with Mike Pacheco," Valenzuela added.

Valenzuela said he is anxious to see better competition against the Wildcats in the teams' next meeting, but the Eagles will remain focused on their next opportunity.

"Our next opponent is Holtville and hopefully we'll be back to full strength," Valenzuela said. "We will play better than we did tonight."

The Eagles (2-2 IVL) will host Holtville at 7 p.m. Tuesday, while Brawley (2-2) will play at Imperial at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Calipatria 53, Julian 35

CALIPATRIA — Lillia Humble scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds Thursday to lead Calipatria to a 53-35 win over Julian.

Sophia Perez contributed 15 points and five steals for the Hornets, Griselda Aceves hit nine, Maria Velarde sank six points and had eight boards, and Natasha Jackson added five points.

Calipatria (11-6 overall) hosts Imperial at 6 tonight.

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