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The 2014-2015 club league champs wrecked the Rangers with solid defense and teamwork.
By J. Del Valle
The Victoria College Pirates — the Texas Collegiate Club Sports League champions — destroyed the Rangers Nov. 30 in Candler Physical Education Center, 77-49.
The game started off sluggish for the Rangers with a score of 12-1 in the first five minutes of the game. With missed passes and traveling violations, the Rangers had caused the Pirates to benefit from their early mistakes.
The Pirates’ Casey Jackson led the team with 24 points; she executed the floor with solid defense and efficient jump shots.
The energy of the Rangers started to kick in; their rebounds and defense became sturdy with swift passes to the rim that produced nothing but net baskets. The Rangers put up 13 points on the board, but were still trailing behind the Pirates with 4:25 left in the first quarter, 30-20.
Nursing freshman Sheanna Carnes controlled the second quarter with slick cross-overs and driving the ball to the paint with successful lay-ups; she sank 7 points for the night. The Rangers remained behind at halftime, 45-31.
The Pirates’ full court defense was solid when the Rangers brought in the ball for possession, resulting in steals for fast breaks lay-ups; the Pirates put up 16 points during the third quarter, 61-42.
Kinesiology sophomore Cheyenne Baxa dominated the paint with strong rebounding on defense to quick passes on offensive; she led the Rangers with 18 points.
The Rangers’ defense stepped up a notch in the third quarter when they caused a shot clock violation for the Pirates.
Business administration freshman Daniella Aguirre was aggressive on defense for all four quarters, which had her in foul trouble with 6 minutes and 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter; the referee called her fifth foul when she blocked Casey Jackson from driving the ball to the rim for a layup.
The Pirates had overall ball control, ball movement and defense that closed out a huge-margin win on the road with the final score 77-49.
The Rangers’ next game is against the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals at 6 p.m. Feb 1. at Candler Physical Education Center.