VICTORVILLE • The Silverado girls basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in the Desert Sky League with a 53-28 blowout win over defending league champion Barstow on Friday night.


The Aztecs (8-5, 3-1 DSL) led 5-2 three minutes into the game after a free throw and a pair of outside shots by Nicole Matthews, but it was all Hawks the rest of the half.


After Ebony Black-Smith put Silverado (10-5, 3-0 DSL) ahead 6-5, Barstow never led again. The Hawks closed the half on a 30-2 run, including 22-2 in the second quarter.


"The first thing I thought was there was too much Candice (Agee)," Barstow coach Joel Washington said. "If we'd have played the first half like we did in the second half it would have been closer down the stretch. We have a young group but they've proven that when they take the time to execute they get the job done. Our job is that we have to be more patient on offense."


The second half was played on even terms as each team scored 21 points.
"I thought we could have played a little better," Silverado coach Tyrone Brown said. "Barstow played hard from the time they started the game until its conclusion and their coach kept coaching.


"What I want our girls to learn is the double team action employed against us. Candice (Agee) got a lot of that tonight and that gives her a chance to be able to fight through that and learn how to beat the situation. This should help the rest of the squad to learn that they've got to contribute by making some outside shots as well as getting inside and drawing fouls. Overall we hustled and did the things we needed to do to be successful tonight."


Three Hawks scored in double figures led by Jazmine Meyers' 15. Agee and Black-Smith had 14 points apiece. Meyers also led the team with 12 rebounds and four steals. Agee had 10 boards, four steals and blocked eight shots. Taylor Cartwright led the Hawks with five steals.
Marissa Dado scored 10 points and had four steals for Barstow. Megan Peacock pulled down eight rebounds, while Kaitlyn Parks had seven and Matthews added six.

BARSTOW (28)
Dado 10, Matthews 7, Parks 7, Theis 2, Peacock 2.
SILVERADO (53)
Meyers 15, Agee 14, Black-Smith 14, Lewis 8, Cartwright 2.

Barstow    5    2    12    9    —    28
Silverado    10    22    12    9    —    53

3-point field goals — Barstow none; Silverado none.