BARSTOW - The games don't have to be close for the not-so-friendly aspects of the Victor Valley vs. Barstow rivalry to come out.

The Barstow High School girls basketball team earned a 58-39 win Thursday, but may have suffered its biggest loss of the season.

Nisha Barrett, the Aztec's leading scorer and rebounder, left the game with an ankle sprain with 7:31 to play in the fourth quarter after getting sandwiched by two Victor Valley players on her way to the basket.

Play became physical between the two teams as Barstow (12-6; 3-1 Desert Sky League) worked up a 20-point lead in the second half. Victor Valley (3-10; 0-3 DSL) finished the game with 24 fouls while the Aztecs had 15.

Barstow coach Derrick Delton claimed the Victor Valley players were going after his team once the game got out of hand.

"It's unfortunate that the other team felt that they were going to take matters into their own hands," Delton said. "I felt that they were intentionally going after our girls.

"I know (Victor Valley coach Darla) Crawford. She's a classy lady and I think her girls just got out of control tonight because I know that's not the type of basketball she teaches to her Victor Valley team."

The Jackrabbit players began talking about going after the Aztecs during foul shots, Barstow senior guard Amber Roesch said.

"The other team was trying so hard to get one of our players injured and we all know which one that was - and that was Nisha," Roesch said. "We had to keep it together.
"They would like to say, `We got to get them. We got to injure them.' "

Barrett, who finished with a game-high 19 points, went to the ground and clutched her legs. She stayed on there for several minutes while the Barstow crowd chanted, "Let's go Nisha" before being helped off to the Barstow bench. Delton was unsure how much time Barrett will miss if any, but said the team will have to prepare to play without her.

Barstow was up 47-24 went Barrett went out, and Delton planned to keep her in the game atleast a little longer.

"They were still pressing us and after our collapse against Sultana, I felt we needed to score a few more baskets. I didn't know they'd be headhunting for her. If I had hindsight now, she would have definitely been out of the game."

Shaylynn McMillen was assessed with a technical foul just before the third quarter ended when she began swinging her elbows after grabbing a rebound.

Barstow seemed to pick up where it left off from in Tuesday's loss to Sultana at the beginning of the game.

Victor Valley went up 7-1 and Barstow was forced to take two timeouts early to regroup. The Aztecs eventually found their stride, pressuring the Jackrabbits into turnovers. Barstow outscored the Jackrabbits 31-7 the rest of the half.

"We couldn't get into (our press) because we hadn't scored yet," Delton said. "As soon as we made our first basket it allowed us to get into our pressure defense."

Delton said he was never worried about his team's response to Tuesday's loss because the Aztecs had a solid practice and talking about playing with heart.

Stefanie Dado helped lead the team in Barrett's absence, scoring 16 points. Cherrell Green also added seven points.

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