Los Banos girls dominant in rivalry

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comJanuary 25, 2013 

As in the first year of the rivalry, the varsity girls basketball clash between Los Banos and Pacheco was a bit anticlimactic in a 58-25 Los Banos win Tuesday at LBHS.

The Tigers jumped out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead and didn't look back.

"We looked forward to it more because it was the cross town rivalry, but coming into it, we didn't come all cocky, we came ready to play," Los Banos forward Savannah Peña said. "We practiced yesterday like it was a regular practice, we didn't take it easy. We wanted to win."

Peña scored all of her eight points in the second half, as did teammate Alexis Barcellos with her 14 points -- including four 3-pointers. Jacquelin Arretche added 13 for the Tigers.

"We're trying to get people open for shots, trying to work on taking care of the basketball, because turnovers seem to plague us a little bit more than we would like it to," Los Banos coach Danny Crosby said. "We're trying to take care of the basketball and run some plays so that we're in an offense that's a little bit more balanced."

Pacheco's Danae Lopez showed a bright spot with some early accuracy with her mid-range jump shot, and finished with 6 points, tying Samantha Rodriguez for the Pacheco lead.

"We should be improving. That's definitely the direction we want to go," Pacheco coach Michael Perkins said. "We're kind of not paying attention to the scoreboard. The scoreboard will take care of itself. For us it's about doing things the right way in terms of work ethic and focus, and letting the game come to us a little bit."

Both coaches felt that the lackluster atmosphere of the game will pick up as Pacheco's level of play rises. As it was, the game was nowhere near the intensity of the boys game the next night.

"I think right now it's still at a stage where things aren't as competitive as it would take to become a rivalry game," Perkins said. "I think in the first half we played intense enough that a few breaks go our way, then maybe we start getting some of the emotion of a rivalry game."

"It's not at that point yet," LB coach Danny Crosby said. "They're just not there yet. I think maybe next year's group will probably be a little bit more excited about it."

The game marked the varsity debut of Pacheco's freshman center Emily Ocampo, who began the season playing freshman ball before moving to the sophomore team to help bolster numbers, then to varsity to help the inside game. Ocampo, already the tallest player on the team, earned her first varsity basket late in the game.

"We told her that potentially the move to varsity was in the works, but obviously we'd be working on fundamental stuff more than anything," Perkins said. "For her, this is a growth year. We're not concerned with her individual performance on the court, we want to continue to develop and see that growth from her."

Los Banos is also looking to the future, but a little closer. After going 3-3 in their first run through WAC play, the Tigers need every win for a potential playoff berth.

"We just need to change our identity a little bit and be a little more aggressive" Crosby said. "Other than that, we won't change our plays around or anything. We'll just try to be more aggressive with the things we do because we didn't do a good job of running our plays in the first half, so hopefully the second half will be a little better.

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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