Needles posts 43-14 win over Laughlin in River Valley tourney

December 8, 2018

Needles — The second game of the season-opening River Valley High School basketball tournament for the Lady ’Stangs pitted them against their NIAA 2A South League rival the Laughlin High School Lady Cougars.

The Lady ’Stangs would end up winning that game 43-14.

The Needles’ girls came out with a 2-3 zone defense which the Lady Cougars couldn’t penetrate.

“We don’t run a conventional 2-3 zone defense it’s more like a 2-3 zone matchup defense,” said Manuel Calderon, Lady ’Stangs head coach. “We have been successful with it the last couple of years but we have some new girls that are trying to learn the defense. It’s going to take a little bit but once we get it I expect that defense to work very well for us.”

The Lady ’Stangs forced the Lady Cougars into some bad positions which resulted in missed shots for the Lady Cougars.

“Our energy level has to stay up no matter who we are facing and I felt that this game we were a little sluggish,” said Manuel Calderon Lady ’Stangs head coach. “We have a couple of girls who aren’t hitting their shots yet, so it’ll be nice once they get going.”

On offense, the Lady ’Stangs were running the floor and had a couple of easy fast break points.

Leading the scoring for the Lady ’Stangs was senior Paige Murch with 14 points. Jordyn Breaux scored nine; Riley Breaux scored eight.

“We are trying to get the girls to move fluidly with and without the ball,” said Calderon. “We are keeping it kind of basic with this tournament and we are really trying to build team chemistry.”

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