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IVC explodes in second half

January 31, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

The Imperial Valley College women's basketball team looked to get back on track in its Pacific Coast Conference matchup with Grossmont at IVC on Wednesday.

After a half, it seemed as if Friday's lowest-scoring performance of the year, at Palomar, had carried over as the Arabs played fairly sloppy ball despite holding a lead.

After halftime, though, IVC pulled everything together in a 73-43 thumping of Grossmont.

"I think we just outlasted them. We did come out a little sluggish and were sloppy at first, but we made some adjustments," said Arab coach Jill Tucker. "Defensively we were giving them different looks and we created turnovers and took advantage of that."

Leading IVC defensively was center Jello Moore with seven steals. She had 20 points and 17 rebounds.

After the half, Moore helped spark the Arab offense, scoring nine points during a 5-minute stretch.

"In the first half we were just missing everything and weren't taking the ball up strong," Moore said. "Everyone was rushing everything and not settling down.


"In the second half, though, we came out and played our game," she said. "But I really think that we should've beat them by at least 40."

Sandra Ramos chipped in 17 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists for IVC, Jenny Burgos added nine points, four rebounds and three steals and Marta CedeƱo added nine points, three steals and two rebounds for the Arabs.

Despite turnovers and missed shots, IVC still held a 23-11 lead with 7:55 seconds left in the first half before the Griffins went on a 6-0 run in a two-minute span to pull within six points.

IVC answered with its own scoring binge, closing the half by outscoring the visitors 8-0.

"We got close, but we just couldn't capitalize on their turnovers," said Grossmont coach Cheryl Campbell. "We would force a turnover, but then miss a shot. Or we'd force a turnover, but follow it with a turnover of our own.

"But IVC did a good job of getting back," Campbell continued. "They're really well-coached and just a good well-rounded team."

While the Arabs won by 30, Tucker thinks they still need to work on some things.

"We still need to get all five players on the floor in sync," said Tucker. "If there's any one thing we need to work on, it's just getting the players to play in sequence."

The No.-22 ranked junior college team in California Arabs (17-6 overall, 4-1 PCC) will have a day to work on that before they return to PCC action at Southwestern College in Chula Vista at 7 p.m. Friday.

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