Young Tigers get wins in girls games

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

The Los Banos sophomore and freshman girls basketball teams made it a sweep over Pacheco in the two schools' first meeting this year, with the sophomore team winning 42-11 and the freshmen winning 36-22.

The sophomore team jumped out to a big lead, allowing no points in the first quarter on its way to 17-0 lead. The Tigers' stifling defense, coupled with the distribution of point guard Keiloni Smith sparked LB to its large lead.

The Tigers then scored 10 total points in the second and third quarters before sealing the game with a 15-1 fourth quarter.

Smith led all scoring with 13 points, 8 of that in the second half. Lauren Arbura added 8 points, Julia Waldron scored 7 and Norma Morfin added 6. Pacheco point guard Yadira Castillo led the Panthers with 6 points.

The Tigers' defense made the difference, with Smith and Arbura setting up the offense by forcing turnovers near half court. Meanwhile, LB's Morfin, Miriam Guzman and Evelyn Johnson dominated the paint.

"Keiloni's a freshman, so I'm relying on her to be our point guard, and she's eager to learn," Los Banos coach Peter Costello said. "Lauren, same thing. Lauren's returning from last year, and she knows her role. That's the nice thing about it. She gives me all she can -- same with Julia and Norma."

The win helped both LB teams bounce back from losses to Livingston on Jan. 17 (37-24 for the freshmen and 59-49 for the sophomores).

Pacheco dropped to 0-6 in Western Athletic Conference play with the loss, while Los Banos has a 3-3 record through the first half of league play.

"My girls played well. They executed when they needed to," Costello said. "They're in a learning mode all year, and they're learning to trust each other.

"They're getting better every game, and that's what we're looking for."

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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