Pacheco girls struggle in WAC opener

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comJanuary 3, 2013 

The Pacheco girls basketball team was overmatched in its Western Athletic Conference opener, a 47-11 loss to Central Catholic.

The loss was a low point for coach Michael Perkins, who said it was the team's worst loss of the season.

"We saw a few things we didn't like, we saw some things we liked," Perkins said. "We had a couple of girls that are doing things really well on the court, and unfortunately we didn't have everybody else step up and meet that level. We talked about running and sprinting back on defense, and the girls, they didn't believe that teams actually do that.

"They saw a team that did it tonight, and it was evident."

The only bragging rights for Pacheco was an early 4-0 lead after jump shots by Isabel Quintero and Geor-cion Hymes, but the game fell apart quickly after that. CC's Margaret Gallo and Brigid Crowley each scored a game-high 11 points. Hymes led Pacheco with 6.

"I know it's only the first few minutes of the game," Perkins said, "but we go out there and play hard and look like we belong on the floor with a team like that, and then we kind of regressed after that point and things did not go well."

The key issue -- among many -- was turnovers, with the Panthers handing over the ball about 40 times. Whether the Raiders pressured full-court or fell back to a half-court defense, their defense caused turnovers. CC's Annalicia Luis and Jenavieve Kisst pilfered the ball 6 and 3 times, respectively, but Pacheco guard Samantha Rodriguez got three of them back. Most of Pacheco's damage was self-inflicted, though.

"I think we made them look a lot better than they are, and we made ourselves look a lot worse than we can be," Perkins said. "They are a good team, they do some really good stuff, but we handed a lot of stuff to them. We gave them the ball a ton on turnovers. I guess we had 40 turnovers at least. You play any sort of team with skill level, you turn it over 40 times, you're going to lose."

How the Panthers bounce back as league play continues (Pacheco's next game is Tuesday at Ceres) will say a lot about the team's resolve.

"I don't take solace in the fact that we played only one really bad game," Perkins said. "I'd prefer not to play any bad games, of course. It's one of those things where if we learn from it, we're fine."

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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