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The Lady Aztecs' Maxine Cooks holds off Granite Hills' Marcaya Bailous in Thursday's game at Barstow High School.

Barstow crushes Granite

BARSTOW • The Barstow defense was just too much for the Lady Cougars to handle.

Some stifling defensive play by the Lady Aztecs had Granite Hills back on its heels all night, as the Barstow girls basketball team notched a handy, 60-18, victory in Desert Sky League action Thursday night.

The home team came out pressing, and the Lady Cougars were never able to adjust. The press forced Granite into some forced passes and other quick decisions that wound up going the Aztecs’ way.

“We played great defense, probably the best we’ve played all year,” said Barstow coach Jerry Enriquez. “On the offensive side, it’s the best diagonal passing we’ve done. I’m so proud of the girls.”

Granite was rattled from the start and couldn’t beat the press in the first quarter, winding up scoreless after eight minutes. The Lady Aztecs, however, got quick starts from Kamrien Proctor and Marion Mims, who each had two field goals, and Jasmine Green, who netted five points, and Barstow was up, 15-0.

It wasn’t until the 5:16 mark of the second when the Lady Cougars got on the board, with Kristen Patnett hitting a pair of free throws. The visitors regrouped a bit, coming back to make it a 30-10 game at halftime.

The break represented a crucial point for Barstow.

“We’ve had the lead before, then let the other team back in,” said Enriquez. “This time we played with intensity the whole game.”

The Lady Aztecs had their highest offensive output in the third quarter, scoring 18 points. Proctor and Mims again had hot hands, scoring six points each, while Maxine Cooks collected four points.

With the big lead, coaches Enriquez and Derrick Delton were able to empty their bench, giving everyone an opportunity to get in on the action. Alissa Parks scored six points off the bench, and Elisha Garrett had four, while Cheree Tucker, Harley Carter and Devanyce Tucker also got some floor time.

“Everyone played tonight,” said Enriquez. “Everyone played and everyone contributed.”
Mims was the game high-scorer with 15 points, while Proctor had 13 and Green, 11. Patnett’s seven points paced the Lady Cougars (1-8, 0-3).

The one weakness was from the line, where the Aztecs went 7-for-22.

“We’ve been working on it, but we’re still pretty weak on free throws,” said coach Enriquez. “We’ll have to be ready on Tuesday, that’s a big game.”

The Lady Aztecs (9-5, 2-3) will face a challenge in their next home game, as on Tuesday, they welcome Burroughs to town. The Lady Burros are currently sitting atop the DSL, and are a perfect 4-0 in the league.

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