Wildcats knock off Vikes

February 16, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — Brawley Union High's girls basketball team had everything going against it Tuesday when it took on Holtville High.

On Friday, Brawley lost its second starting player for the season to injury. On Monday, the Wildcats learned they would be without their backup center because of grades.

To make matters worse, Holtville was one of the hottest teams in the Valley.

Still, Brawley overcame those obstacles and knocked off the Vikings 62-44.

"Coming into this I really thought that Holtville was the hottest team around," Wildcats coach Mike Pacheco said. "From start to end I thought that they were the most complete team.

"And we were missing some players and were basically playing with six players," he continued. "With all that, I thought our kids played really well in a big game like this. When you have things like that going against you, the good teams have to adjust to them."


It was the adjustments that Pacheco had his players make that helped lead Brawley to victory.

"We had scouted them and knew that they pressed most of the teams that played, so that's what we were ready for. But they came out with a 2-3 (defense) and forced us to adjust to that," said Pacheco. "So they gave us that, which allowed us to hit some shots from the outside."

Brawley hit seven three-pointers, including three each from Lucia Garcia and Whitney Williams.

Still, it was Reggie Horta who carried the team. Horta accounted for more than 45 percent of the team's points, scoring 28.

"We really needed this win. It was a big win for us," said Horta. "I think with how we played in our win against Calexico (on Friday), that just carried over to this game. But it wasn't just me. Everybody on the team helped out in this."

Williams finished with 12 points and Garcia had nine.

After taking a 10-point lead into the second period, Holtville got back into the game. Down 24-12 with less than four minutes to play in the half, the Vikings put together a 12-3 run, led by six points from Mykell Johnston, to pull within three at the break.

Holtville continued its surge in the third quarter as it outscored Brawley 9-5 to take its first lead at 33-32 with just over a minute to play in the frame.

But a three by Williams and a jumper by Horta gave the Wildcats the lead heading into the fourth stanza.

The Wildcats pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the visitors 25-12.

"They just shot the lights out and were making their shots," said Holtville coach Jim Sturgeon. "(Horta's) a really good player. She had a great game tonight."

Leading the Vikings were Johnston, who scored 13 points, and Claudia Lopez, who had 10.

Both teams host games Friday with Holtville (5-2 league) taking on Imperial at 5 p.m. and Brawley (5-2 league) playing Central at 7.

Southwest 43, Palo Verde 32

BLYTHE — Erica Antunez scored 27 points Tuesday to lead Southwest High's girls basketball team to a 43-32 win over host Palo Verde High.

Antunez also had eight rebounds, seven steals and three assists. Tasha Ernest had eight boards for Southwest.

Southwest (13-11 overall, 5-2 IVL) next plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Calexico.

Calipatria 33, Calexico 29

CALEXICO — Maria Velarde scored 12 points and pulled down 16 rebounds Tuesday as Calipatria High's girls basketball team edged host Calexico 33-29.

Rachel Zajdel and Natasha Jackson both added eight for Calipatria.

Lizeth Lopez led Calexico with 13 points and Kimberly Carrillo added 10.

Calexico (11-10 overall, 2-4 IVL) hosts Southwest at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Calipatria (13-7 overall, 4-3 DL) plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Palo Verde High.

Central 36, Imperial 30

IMPERIAL — Janiece Manuel had 14 points and 15 rebounds Tuesday to power Central Union High's girls basketball team to a 36-30 win over host Imperial High.

Manuel also had three blocks.

Angelica Asaeli had seven points, 16 boards and three steals for Central and Stephanie Schuler added 11 points.

Alexa Olstowski led Imperial with 12 points and five rebounds, and Rhea Deal had eight points and seven rebounds for the Tigers.

Central (8-11 overall, 4-3 IVL) plays at Brawley at 7 p.m. Friday. Imperial (2-5 DL) plays at 5 p.m. Friday at Holtville High.

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