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The Lady Vikings' Estrella Mitchell (40) takes the ball to the basket in Saturday's game at Barstow Community College. Also in on the action are BCC's Ikia Daniels (3), and Ebony Black-Smith (11).

Record-setting Lady Vikings

big win for BCC women

BARSTOW • There was a very successful afternoon of basketball at Barstow Community College on Saturday. Not only did the home teams win, but there was a new school record set.

Both the men’s and women’s hoops squads were victorious against College of the Desert. The women opened the afternoon of play and beat the Lady Roadrunners, 74-55.

The Lady Vikings held a slight lead throughout the contest. Barstow had the better record, four games over .500 to three games under for Desert, but the vistors proved hard to shake. Though it was the first time this season the two teams have been on the court together, they both played in two tournaments last month, so are familiar with each other.

“They’re a better team than their record,” said Lady Vikings head coach Tim Woods. “They’re scrappy and we knew that. I knew it would be interesting today because each team knows the other so well.”

Though the Lady Vikings were in the lead for virtually the entire game, they couldn’t shake their opponent until the last couple of minutes. Every time they’d go on a run and build up a double-digit edge, Desert would answer with a run of its own.

The Barstow starters did a good job offensively in the first half, led by Ebony Black-Smith. Black-Smith has been dominating the league this year, leading the Foothill Conference in scoring with an average of 19 points per game. She netted 13 points in the first half, along with grabbing several rebounds, and was just getting started. In the last 20 minutes, she tacked on 19 more points, for a total of 32. She had scored 29 previously this season, but the 32 points not only was a personal best, it also set a new single-game BCC women’s scoring record.

As for Black-Smith herself, she was just thinking of helping her team. Barstow suffered a rough loss to San Bernardino in its previous match, and getting back on track was a priority on Saturday.

“I was looking to bounce back from our last game,” said the Lady Vikings freshman. “It didn’t feel different, it just felt like a regular game. All I knew was we needed a win.”

Along with leading the league in scoring, Black-Smith is also fourth in rebounding, with an average of 7.9 per game. She took down 14 boards against Desert, for the double-double.

“I’ve been telling her to up her rebounds,” said Woods. “She had 16 at San Bernardino and 14 today, so she’s listening.”

Black-Smith also had four steals and three assists. Megan Miles had 15 points and six rebounds, BreAnna Fraser 10 points and six assists, and Tichina Savoy nine points, seven rebounds, four steals and an assist. As a team, Barstow has been averaging 22 turnovers per game, and cut that to 17 on Saturday.

Desert’s (9-13, 0-4) Juanita Cervantes trails Black-Smith and is second in the Foothill in scoring. She averages 17.6 points per game, and scored 14 against the Lady Vikings.

The win leave Barstow with records of 14-9, 3-1, and tied for second place in the league. San Bernardino nipped Chaffey, 71-68, on Saturday, to stay perfect in the Foothill. Rio Hondo won as well, and, like Barstow, has one league loss. Chaffey is 2-2, and is coming to town on Wednesday.

“We’re right in the mix, and this is a game we really need,” said coach Woods.

“We’ll have to come out like we did today and execute,” said Black-Smith. “They’re fighters, so it should be a battle.”

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