Rangers stomp Cowgirls in first win

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Steamrolled English sophomore Tiera Sellers takes the ball from SWTJC guard Julie Rae Lira during the third quarter of regulation play Oct. 26 in Gym 1 of Candler. Sellers finished the game with 12 points and five steals as the Rangers defeated SWTJC 93-42.  Photo by Brandon A. Edwards

Steamrolled: English sophomore Tiera Sellers takes the ball from SWTJC guard Julie Rae Lira during the third quarter of regulation play Oct. 26 in Gym 1 of Candler. Sellers finished the game with 12 points and five steals as the Rangers defeated SWTJC 93-42. Photo by Brandon A. Edwards

By J. Del Valle

 

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The Rangers wrangled Southwest Texas Junior College’s Cowgirls by maintaining momentum, communication and ball control in their first victory at home Wednesday.

This college’s women’s basketball team defeated the Cowgirls 93-42 and kept up their energy throughout the game in Candler Physical Education Center.

The team had great communication and ball control the first half of the game.

Kinesiology major Cheyenna Baxa had 8 points in the first quarter, putting up 29 points on the scoreboard for the entire game.

At the end of the first half, the Rangers dominated the game with 43-19.

Psychology major Amy Garza aggressively reclaimed the ball on both ends of the court.

The Rangers kept Southwest Texas on its toes with their inbound ball control. The Cowgirls countered by pressing on defense from the half-court mark to prevent the Rangers from passing the ball.

The tactic succeeded once in the first half, resulting in a 10-second backcourt violation.

SWTJC’s poor hand coordination created major turnovers for the Rangers. Baxa capitalized with a quick sprint for a 2-point layup to the basket.

Already leading by a huge margin, nothing was stopping the Rangers from surpassing the Cowgirls for the rest of the second half. Nursing major Sheanna Carnes sank two 3-pointers with a total of 15 points for the Rangers.

The Rangers beat the Cowgirls by 51 points.

Coach Haley Capestany declined to comment on the game. The players told The Ranger they could not be interviewed without her approval.

The women’s basketball team plays again at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Palo Alto College.

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