Los Banos High’s girls basketball team continued its fast start to the season with Tuesday’s 52-34 home victory.
After trailing 11-9 early on, the Tigers took control, going on a 13-point run. Audrey Belew’s free throw with 2:59 remaining in the half was Turlock’s only point of the second quarter.
“We had a slow start. So we kind of picked our intensity up defensively and offensively,” Los Banos coach Danny Crosby said. “Defensively, we wanted to put a little bit more pressure and be more aggressive. Our rotation started to work a little better in the press, we just had a slow start and kind of picked it up in the second quarter.”
After the break, the Tigers poured it on, with guard Jacquelin Arretche leading the way, scoring 17 of her 23 points in the third quarter. Arretche was cold from long range in the first half, but drained a pair of 3-pointers in the second half. Nicole Marchese, who opened the game with a 3-pointer when the Turlock defense left her open, finished with 11 points.
“I feel good about the win,” Crosby said. “Turlock’s a good team. We don’t underestimate anyone, we just have to be able to go out and do what we do, play some good defense, try to minimize our turnovers and some of the things they do.”
Los Banos (4-1) backed off a little too much for Crosby’s comfort in the fourth quarter, scoring just 2 points, but the Tigers held a comfortable lead by that time after compiling 25 in the third.
“We were a little sloppy in the fourth quarter, but we had a comfortable enough lead to get that way,” Crosby said. “But I think if we’re not, you know, doing pressure defense, the girls drop back into more of a relaxing type defense, which I think hurts us a little bit.
“(If they’re not at 100 percent), they’re at like 35, 40. But, for the most part, we try to get everybody in, some of the players that need a little bit more repetition out there. With that being said, it kind of opens us up to a slower type game.”
Los Banos, already missing guard Keiloni Smith with a lingering knee injury, lost guard Elena Erreca to an ankle sprain early on. The guard-heavy Tigers were able to compensate, with junior guard Taylor Staton getting the start and filling in with tenacious defense.
Los Banos opened the Chowchilla tournament against Dos Palos on Thursday (results were unavailable at press time). Chowchilla was Los Banos’ only loss so far, 41-38 to open the Los Banos/Pacheco Tournament last weekend.
The Tigers JV squad dropped its game against Turlock 28-26 after a last attempt to tie the game went stray.