Lady ’Stangs clinch No. 1 Seed with 58-46 win over Calvary Chapel
NEEDLES — Number One NIAA 2A South League seed for the playoffs is what the Needles High School Lady ’Stangs achieved with their home win against the Calvary Chapel Lady Lions on Feb. 7.
The 58-46 win gave the Lady ’Stangs a perfect league record of 14-0 and an overall record of 27-5 to end their regular season.
It took a little while for the Lady ’Stangs to find their offensive groove as they quickly were down 19-9 in the first quarter. The Lady Lions were making it difficult for the Lady ’Stangs to hit their shots inside the paint and from the perimeter.
“They went on a tremendous run on us and we were making a couple of costly turnovers with our passing,” said Lady ’Stangs head coach Manuel Calderon. “We took a timeout and told them that we needed to cut the lead before heading into halftime.”
The Lady ’Stangs kept fighting and slowly but surely they started to find their offensive drive. They headed into halftime down 24-26.
Calderon stated that they made a couple of adjustments at halftime which started to open the lanes and the shots for the team.
“At halftime, we talked to them about setting a little bit more high screens and getting to the paint,” said Calderon. “The second half that we played must have been one of the best second halves we have played all year.”
Valentina Limon really found her shooting in the second half as she made a couple of clutch three-pointers. Limon led the Lady ’Stangs in scoring with 19 points, Jordyn Breaux added 12 points and Marie Mills had 11 points to round out the top three scorers.
“Jordyn Breaux had a great second half by being quick and attacking the basket,” said Calderon. “Valentina Limon’s perimeter shots started falling in the second half which was huge for us because she made some critical shots.”
As the third quarter came to a close the Lady ’Stangs took a 40-33 lead and they were able to maintain that lead to close out the game.
“We talked about this game all week and we know how much it meant to us and the significance of the game to us,” said Calderon. “It’s really good being that number one seed because we have a good chance of being the number one seed from the south going into the state tournament. We know that we still have to play very good basketball and not have any letdowns mentally.”
The No. 1 Seed Lady ’Stangs, 14-0, face the No. 4 Seed Lady Cougars, 7-7, at 6:20 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at Del Sol High School, 3100 E. Patrick Lane, Las Vegas.