Los Banos girls lose as turnovers doom chances

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comJanuary 10, 2013 

The Los Banos girls basketball team went cold in a 55-22 loss to Patterson Tuesday at Los Banos High School.

After losing to the other Tigers 45-27 in a tournament game in Chowchilla in early December, Los Banos fell apart in Tuesday's game, committing 24 fouls (20 of which sent Patterson players to the free-throw line).

The loss put LB in a tough spot at 0-2 in Western Athletic Conference play. Los Banos, with a 5-9 overall record, would need 15 wins to secure an automatic berth in the playoffs. That means winning out.

"We need at least 15 wins to get in," Los Banos coach Danny Crosby said. "If we went 10-2, maybe even 9-3 in league, we might get a low seed. We basically need to win out to really have a shot.

"[Patterson's] a decent team, but we lost by 18 to them the first time, this time by 30. That's not a good performance."

Going cold from the field is one thing, but maybe the biggest concern for Crosby is the high number of turnovers.

"We just need to cut the turnovers. We're averaging in the high 20s," Crosby said. "We're losing games by 6 or 8 points, but having 30 turnovers, and that's costing us basketball games."

Senior guard Alexis Barcellos led Los Banos with 11 points, most from three 3-pointers. Patterson guard Shealyn Craven countered with a trio of 3s, and finished with a game-high 23 points.

Nearly every aspect of the game had Crosby frustrated, and the coach earned his second technical and was ejected late in the fourth quarter. Assistants Saul Mejia and Lorinda Sanchez took over for the last few minutes. The ejection also meant Crosby missed Thursday's game against the other WAC leader, Central Catholic, on Thursday (results were unavailable at press time).

In the meantime, Crosby said he wants to work on toughness -- both in preventing turnovers and also while fighting for rebounds.

"I've got two volleyball players out there, all you do is jump, but our leading rebounder is Alexis Barcellos, a 5-6 guard," Crosby said. "I talked the girls about being more physical. The sports they play other than basketball are not contact sports -- volleyball is not physical, tennis is not physical. The only one that's really being physical is Alyssa Luna, who plays water polo, which is a more physical sport."

The Tigers opened league play Thursday with a 48-40 road loss to Central Valley.

Sophomores win late

LB's sophomore team survived against Patterson in a 43-39 win, hitting three of fourth free throws down the stretch.

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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