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The Lady Vikings players gather around their coaches on the bench during a time-out.

Slow second half sinks Lady Vikings

BARSTOW • With just five games left in the regular season, every trip out on the court is an important one for the Lady Vikings these days. In the heat of a battle for postseason position, each win is crucial.

On Wednesday, Chaffey College came to town. The Lady Panthers came in with one more loss than Barstow, but the league records were even by the end of the night, as Chaffey took an 87-66 win, at Barstow Community College.

There was a slow start for both teams, but the Lady Panthers took the first lead before Barstow caught up. Midway through the second, Chaffey began to pull away, and the deficit kept growing for the Vikings.

“We turned the ball over too much,” said BCC head coach Tim Woods. “We must have turned the ball over 35 times tonight. You can’t win when you do that.”

Thanks to the hot hand of Mary Windom, the Lady Panthers started out on top. Windom is fifth in the Foothill Conference in scoring, and netted 12 points in the first half.

A few minutes in, Barstow began sinking its shots and caught up. Point guard BreAnna Fraser picked up 10 points in the first 20 minutes, as did Bobbie Miles, and midway through the half, the Lady Vikings tied it up. The home team led by one at halftime, 35-34.

In the second, the Lady Panthers kept up the full-court press. The turnovers started mounting up for BCC, and once Chaffey pulled ahead again, it stayed in the lead.

“We kept throwing the ball to the other team,” said coach Woods. “We knew they were going to press, but we handled it better in the first half.”

Twenty points was the game high, reached by both Windom and Angelica Guardado. Ebony Black-Smith paced the Lady Vikings with 18 points. Fraser had 16 points, while Miles had 15. Fraser was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line, and Black-Smith was 4-for-4; as a team, BCC did well from the charity stripe, going 16-for-19.

Barstow is still in the thick of the fight for playoffs, and just needs to tack on as many more wins as possible.

“We didn’t do what we needed to, that’s the bottom line. We have to play for 40 minutes, not 20 or 25,” said Woods. “All we can do is learn from it and regroup for next Wednesday.”

The Lady Vikings will be at Rio Hondo on Wednesday, and home next Saturday against Victor Valley.

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