Upon my arrival at Chapparal, I got excited by the full parking lot, the people pouring into the school, the line to buy tickets. I thought, "this is going to be a good game", then I realized that I was in line for the school play. A few minutes later, I was stretched out enjoying the peace and quiet of the gym, with only 3 minutes to game time, I still had hopes that this would be an exciting game.
The first quarter
looked promising enough, the Lady Firebirds full court pressure was good,
but not unbreakable. The Cholla Chargers were able to get to the
basket, grab some rebounds, and play a little defense. They managed to stay
with the Lady Firebirds, only down by 2 at the end of the 1st quarter,
thanks to Iris Gracia's 6 points and Shivhan Nettles rebounding.
2nd quarter was an entirely different ball game. Chapparal turned up
the defense, giving up only 3 points, while managing to score 15, thanks in
part to their bench players, notably, Jessie DePaolo with 5 points.
started to fall asleep sometime during this 2nd quarter, right through the
halftime show and into the 3rd quarter. I woke up when Cholla's Tasha
Greenfield woke up. She's grabbing rebounds, pushing the ball up the
court, driving to the hole, getting to the free throw line. That in
turn woke up Nettles, who woke up everyone else on the team.
Unfortunately, for the Chargers, it was a little too late. By this
time, the Lady Firebirds were up by more than 20 points, thanks largely to
Jackie Layton-11 points, 5 steals, and had backed off their press
(it's the right thing to do).
The Chargers actually out scored the
Lady Firebirds 11 to 8 in the 4th quarter. Cholla never lost their
spirit or their fight, even being down 51-26 with 3:42 left in the
game. Greenfield fouled out with 48 seconds left in the game while
going for a steal. She left the game with 13 points and 8
rebounds. This marks the end of the season for the Cholla Chargers. As
for the Chapparal Lady Firebirds? Well, they get to play Cactus on
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