BARSTOW • The Barstow Community College women's basketball team wrapped up its home schedule on Wednesday night. The Lady Vikings hosted Victor Valley and lost to the Lady Rams, 85-50.
Barstow has been eliminated from playoff contention, so even a win would have left no possibility of qualifying. The Lady Rams have also had a tough season, and are suffering from a numbers deficiency, arriving with just six players. They made the best of what they had, though, with all six scoring in double figures, including one double-double.
Both teams were in double digits in turnovers, but the Vikings had eight more, which certainly didn't help their cause.
"We made too many miscues. You can't expect to win with all those turnovers," said Barstow head coach Tim Woods. "I give them credit; they played well, they made their shots."
The Rams got off to a 7-0 start and never trailed. All six players were consistent on offense, and helped build points with perimeter shooting, mostly courtesy of Mary Galindo, who sank five treys.
If the Vikings were waiting for the Rams to tire, it never happened. They took a 21-point lead into the halftime break, and built on that in the last 20 minutes.
The Vikings made one last run. Noella Evans and Ashley Segarra knocked down 3-pointers with about 11 minutes left in the game, and after denying Valley on a couple of possessions, the home team pared the deficit down to 13 points. The Vikings could get no closer, however, and within a couple of minutes the Rams had pulled away again.
It was at that point that coach Woods could see the proverbial handwriting on the wall.
"When the lead got back up to 20, I could see it in their faces," he said of his players. "Their heads went down, and that was it."
Ashley Watkins led the Lady Vikings with 14 points and four steals. Karissa Hayter had nine points, five steals and four rebounds, and Shawnequa Norwood nine points.
Galindo was the game high-scorer with 19 points, while DeAna Zamudio and Lisa Pele had 14 points apiece. Claudia Meneses, who leads the league in rebounding, picked up the double-double, with 15 points, 11 boards.
Barstow currently sports an 11-16 record. The team has had its highs and lows this year. Coach Woods had a roster half-filled with freshmen, and it took a portion of the season getting everyone on the same page.
"For the first-year players, there's so much to grasp. It was mid-season before everyone was on with the game plan," he said. "Only two of the sophomores had any real playing time last year. Overall I was just trying to get the group to understand the game at this level."
Barstow has one game left, at Rio Hondo on Saturday. Woods is hoping to end the season on a high note.
"It's been frustrating, but we've stayed positive. And we're not going to quit; we'll have practice tomorrow and go at it," said Woods. "Hopefully we'll learn from tonight and go down there Saturday and get a win.
"This is a great group of ladies. The record isn't where we want it to be, but that's not because we've had problems. I've had no issues with these players, it's a great group."