Girls basketball grinding away
Pueblo West High School varsity girls basketball team likes to waste no time when they’re on the court.
Their last two games against Brighton and Pueblo East, the Cyclones were in hot pursuit from stepping foot on the court.
“We had a quick start against both Brighton and Pueblo East,” said head coach Gil Lucero.
“We led 17-3 at the end of the first quarter against Brighton and we jumped out to a 21-10 lead after the first period against Pueblo East.
“We emphasized playing at a fast tempo during the game against Brighton because we know that is how our league plays and we wanted to prepare for the game against Pueblo East.
“The girls did a really good job of starting fast and finishing strong in the game against Brighton.”
Although the girls started out in hot pursuit against Pueblo East in the first quarter, Lucero felt like they slowed things down a little after the second quarter and that hurt the team’s momentum.
“We slowed things down, and we never really regained our momentum but we shot free-throws well down the stretch. Our coaches always preach big games are won or lost at the free-throw line and that is how we ended the game against Pueblo East.”
The Cyclones achieved victory in both games, beating Brighton 60-39 and Pueblo East 55-53.
“Our post players Gina Carochi, Julia Moore and Jalissa Peterson played very well against Brighton,” Lucero said.
“Brighton is a much taller team than we are, however those three girls kept their post players off the boards and held them to 9 points. In addition our guards distributed the ball and shot well.”
Haley Simental finished with 21 and Brandi Herrera and Makenzie Franklin scored 7 apiece and Gina Carochi finished with 10 points against Brighton.
In the game against Pueblo East, Haley Simental carried the scoring load once again with 25 points while Shyanne DeVille had her best game scoring 9 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Bri Rodriguez also scored 9 points during the game against Pueblo East.
The Cyclones latest game against Central was yet another triumph that the team could add to their very respective resume.
“Our plan for the game against Central was to go out and put pressure on their guards and they did a great job of that which lead to steals and easy transition baskets. I was also very happy that we were able to get everyone some varsity minutes and everyone ended up scoring.”
The Cyclones scored 32 field goals with Haley Simental and Shannon Sanchez each scoring two 3 pointers while other player Bailee Jameson had one 3 pointer.
Scoring leaders of the game against Central were Haley Simental- 14, Julia Moore- 12 (career high) and Bailee Jameson-11.
“Our goals for the remaining games is to start fast, be and stay consistent, control the tempo and of course finish strong,” said Lucero.