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Barstow's Vasa Alefaio is guarded by Silverado's Mikalia Nash in Friday night's game.

Lady Aztecs can't clip Hawks

BARSTOW • The Lady Hawks’ record indicated they were going to be a tough team to beat. And they showed it on the court.


The Silverado girls basketball team arrived in Barstow on Friday undefeated in Desert Sky League play. They left the same way, taking a 67-19 win from the Lady Aztecs at Barstow High School.


Aztecs coach Anthony Nolen was well aware of what the Hawks can do, and did his best to make sure his squad was ready.


“When you know you’re facing a tough team, you have to be prepared for four quarters, not just a few minutes,” he said. “We talked about it and went through different drills in practice, but the way we practiced was not the way we played.”


The Hawks came out pressing, and never let up. The Aztecs dealt well with the pressure at times, but it also was the cause of rushed shots that didn’t land, and passes that were intercepted.


“We had more turnovers than points,” said coach Nolen. “You can’t win that way.”


The visitors employed the full-court press, and though it rattled the Aztecs at times, they were able to get the ball downcourt. Once on offense, if boxed out, however, the perimeter passing was also tightly guarded. The Hawks also had the height advantage, and though Barstow scrapped for every rebound, it was Silverado that grabbed most of the boards.


“We knew the press was coming. Breaking the press wasn’t the problem, it was what we did after that,” said Nolen.


The Hawks started slow, with the score tied at 4-4 three minutes in. Once they got into a rhythm, though, they were hard to stop. Silverado led, 15-4, at the end of the first, and took a 35-12 edge into halftime.


Barstow’s Vasa Alefaio got her team’s first two buckets, and finished with six points, as did Kayla Thesis. Alefaio was also able to wrestle away nine rebounds. Jaclyn Haller and Ebony Black-Smith each had 12 points for the Hawks.


The loss leaves the Lady Aztecs at 8-8, 2-4, with Silverado improving to 12-7, 7-0.


“There are things we practiced that we simply didn’t do tonight. We failed to achieve our goals,” said Nolen. “We hustled to the end, that’s the bright spot. Now we have to be prepared for the next one. We have to pull it together and be ready.”


Friday’s match was the first of a five-game homestand. The Lady Aztecs next take on Granite Hills on Wednesday, and face Burroughs next Friday, both at 5:45 p.m.


The Aztec boys also lost to Silverado on Friday, 73-45. No further details were available at press time.


Aztecs edged by Hawks
VICTORVILLE • The Barstow boys soccer team lost a squeaker to Silverado, 2-1, on Friday.


The Aztecs controlled the game in the first half. At 10 minutes in, Richard Ebel passed to Edgar Jimenez, who headed the ball in net to get Barstow on the board. The visitors held onto that lead until the 70-minute mark, when the Hawks tied it up. Seven minutes later, Silverado connected again, and preserved the lead for the remaining time.


The Aztecs (4-9-1) will be at Granite Hills on Wednesday.


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