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Burros beat Lady Aztecs
First-place Burroughs still undefeated
BARSTOW • The Lady Aztecs had their work cut out for them on Tuesday.
The Barstow girls basketball team has been doing well so far this season, but faced a daunting challenge in its latest game. The Lady Burros came to town, bringing their undefeated Desert Sky League record with them.
The Lady Aztecs got off to a good start and hung with their opponent through the first 16 minutes. However, a lack of offense in the third quarter did them in, as Burroughs won, 51-34, at Barstow High School.
Getting past that third quarter has proven difficult more than once this year. It’s a matter head coach Jerry Enriquez knows his team will have to address.
“In the first half we did really good, we played them tough,” said the coach. “That third was our Achilles’ heel. It’s been a problem all season.”
Barstow stayed within five points through the first half. Maxine Cooks scored six points in the first quarter to get her team on track, with four of her teammates stepping up to sink field goals in the second, including a trey from Jasmine Green. Burroughs spread its offense around, with seven players picking up points in the first half. The Lady Burros were ahead, 25-20, at halftime.
Then came the third quarter.
“We tend to have a letdown in the third; I don’t know why,” said coach Enriquez. “We played good man-to-man defense at the end, we’ve been working on that, and the bench came in and did great when they had the opportunity. But that third has been killing us.”
Burroughs opened the third on a 16-2 run, and by quarter’s end ended up outscoring Barstow by a 19-8 margin.
Cooks led the Lady Aztecs with 10 points, while Marion Mims had eight. Burroughs (11-1, 6-0) had two players hit double figures, Chantia Jennings with 11 points and Aubrey Hayes with 10.
Up next for the Lady Aztecs (9-6, 2-4) is a home game against Victor Valley on Thursday.
“If we play like we did in the first half tonight, we have a shot against Victor Valley,” said Enriquez. “They beat us pretty bad on the road last time (a Dec. 17 61-33 loss), but I think it will be a whole different game down here.”