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IVC knocks off Palomar 59-54

February 17, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

All season the Imperial Valley College women's basketball team's coaching staff has been waiting for shooting guard Jenny Burgos to step to the forefront and have a breakout game.

Throughout the year she has put together consistent numbers averaging six points per contest, but she hadn't had that one big game — until Friday.

In a crucial Pacific Coast Conference battle against defending PCC champion Palomar College, Burgos lead IVC to a 59-54 conference victory.

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After averaging a half dozen points per game, Burgos dropped 14 on Palomar, including 10 of the Arabs' last 16 points to seal the game.

"It was close. Then our coaches told us that one of us had to step up and do something. So I just took that challenge," said Burgos, a sophomore from Calexico. "This is a tough team. They're the defending champs and they're one of the toughest teams we've played. We needed this win and we really couldn't afford to lose this."

With the win, IVC improves to 6-2 in the PCC and remains in second place behind San Diego Mesa, which handed the Arabs both conference losses.

Along with her 14 points (two three-pointers), Burgos finished with two rebounds, two assists and a steal.

"Jenny Burgos stepped up big time for us tonight. She just stayed calm and hit some big shots for us," said IVC coach Jill Tucker. "We've really been waiting for something like this from her. It's not really a surprise because in practice, she's always hitting her shots and I'd say that she is probably our best one-on-one player.

"In games, she's always passing up open shots. With Sandra (Ramos) out there, it seems like Jenny passes to her because if she didn't, that'd be taking a shot away from Sandra. But we tell her that she needs to take those shots when she has them," said Tucker.

In the first half, passing to Ramos worked for Burgos and the rest of the Arabs. Of the 13 points she finished with in the game, Ramos hit 11 in the first, including two treys — one that extended the Arabs' lead to five points and another with four seconds remaining in the half to give IVC a 31-22 lead.

Ramos cooled down in the second as she contributed only two more points. She finished the game with 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal.

But as Ramos started to cool off, Burgos and Jello Moore began to heat up.

Of IVC's 28 second-half points, Burgos and Moore accounted for 23, including the final 16. For the game, Moore finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals.

Said Comet coach Sherry Titus: "We came into this game with taking second place in conference. If we would've won this, we had a chance to finish second in conference, but we couldn't do it. In the first half of this game, we didn't perform well at all. But then we started playing much better in the second."

The loss drops Palomar to third place in the PCC with a 5-3 record. The Comets' Cynthia Sorrell led all scorers with 16 points.

For IVC, Marquita Travis finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a steal and LaToya Jackson had 10 assists and four rebounds.

Added Tucker: "This was a big relief getting this win. I'd say other than Mesa, Palomar was our biggest threat. So we were really relieved getting this. Now, it's just a matter of finishing up the season and looking to the post season. Right now, everything we're doing is just practice for the playoffs."

The Arabs (20-7 overall) will next play at Grossmont College at 5 p.m. Wednesday and will wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday as they host Southwestern.

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