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hornets stung in semis

February 28, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

EL CAJON — In the Calipatria High girls basketball team's CIF San Diego Section Division IV semi-final loss to Coronado High here Wednesday, there were two pairs of numbers that stood out.

The first pair of numbers was the final score, 53-31, and the second was 10-for-53, as in what Calipatria shot from the field.

"You can't shoot like that in the final four. We went 11-for-15 from the free-throw line, but you just can't go 10-for-53 from the field," said Hornet coach Les Boop.


While the loss may have been a disappointment for the sixth-seeded Hornets, Boop said it wasn't as disappointing as one might think.

"None of our girls came out of the locker room after the game hanging their heads. There were no negatives from this game. They played hard, but we have a young team," said Boop. "We're going to be losing two seniors, but we're going to have four returning starters playing next year.

"So I think tonight that's what did it to us. We're completely young and I think nerves may have hit these players," Boop said. "But this was just a good learning experience for them."

Despite their youth, the Hornets found themselves only three points down at the end of one period and again with 5 minutes, 36 seconds to play in the second.

But with 4:45 remaining in the half, Coronado's Vanessa Stahley hit a jumper that sparked a 13-3 run that gave the Islanders a 26-13 lead at the half.

After the lopsided second quarter, Calipatria battled with the Islanders in the final two frames but was outscored 27-18. It wasn't until the fourth that the Hornets scored more than eight points in a quarter as they hit 10.

Calipatria kicked off the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run that cut the deficit to 13 points, but after Lilia Humble's field goal with 5:17 to play, the Hornets were held scoreless. The Islanders finished on a 9-0. Leading the way was Stahley, who finished with a game-high 16 points, and Kara Solem, who finished 12 points.

Leading the Hornets was Humble, who had 10 points.

"I'm kind of disappointed because coming into this the way we've been playing, I honestly thought we could win it," said Humble. "I think we could've done a lot better, but we're still a young team. But I think next year we'll be great. Next year, hopefully, we'll go further."

The Hornets finish with a 14-10 record.

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