BARSTOW - Tom Brady to Randy Moss.

Tony Romo to Terrell Owens.

Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne.

The Barstow girls basketball has it's own deep threat tandem - Alyssa Maldonado to Nisha Barrett.

The duo helped propel Barstow to a 54-41 victory against Burroughs, moving the Aztecs to 2-0 in the Desert Sky League.

Needing a boost in the second half, the Aztecs (11-4) turned to playing long ball against the Burroughs press. Barstow began to put the game out of reach with a 9-4 run when it took to the air midway through the fourth quarter.

Barstow tried the play twice in the first half with limited success, but exploited the Burroughs tight press numerous times in the fourth quarter.

When Maldonado went to inbound the ball, she surveyed the field and found Barrett open at midcourt. Barrett caught the pass, sped past the remaining Burros and put in an easy layup.
The passes continued to work to perfection. Sophomore guard Stefanie Dado said she was surprised the Burros left the play open so many times, but wasn't complaining about it.

"I thought they would change something, but it's to our advantage that they didn't," Dado said.

Delton said he came up with the play after watching film of Burros playing last season. It also doesn't hurt to have Maldonado, an all-league softball player, inbounding the ball.

"I saw that they played really tight on the wing player and I don't think there's a wing player ... I haven't seen one yet that can keep up with Nisha," Delton said. "If they are going to play that tight on her we are just going to throw the ball down the court and let her go get it and finish."

Barrett, who led the Aztecs with 22 points, and Maldonado have even worked out signals to give each other when they want to go for the long bombs. Maldonado finished with 10 points.
Barstow began the game on an 8-0 run but cooled off during the rest of the first half. The Aztecs controlled the tempo and rebounds but couldn't find a way to put in layups from right around the basket.

"We've been struggling with our layups, but we're working on them," Dado said. "We're doing better, way better than we were in the beginning."

While the offense wasn't always on track, the Aztecs defense held off the Burros for almost the entire game. Barstow came out of the first half with a five-point lead and then limited Burroughs to four points in the third quarter.

BARSTOW (54)
Barrett 22, Maldonado 10, Green 4, Gilbert 8, Dado 3, Roesch 3, Warren 2, Hardrick 2.
BURROUGHS (41)
Reyes 12, Boske 7, Packer 6, Park 6, Veit 2, Sernett 2, Firme 2, Campbell 2, Lopresti 2.

Barstow 15 8 14 17 - 54
Burroughs 6 12 4 18 - 41

3-point field goals - Barstow 1 (Roesch 1), Burroughs 5 (Reyes 3, Park 1, Boske 1).


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