Tough second-half defense boosted the Cuesta College women’s basketball team to a 73-60 win over Victor Valley at the Grossmont Holiday Tournament on Tuesday.
A day after losing to Santa Ana, Cuesta allowed Victor Valley just 18 points in the second half to overcome a 4-point halftime deficit.
Cuesta coach Ron Barba attributed the second-half swing to his players making adjustments.
“Fortunately, we were able to adjust and contain their scorers. That was the difference,” Barba said.
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Particularly, Barba singled out freshman guard Angella Llaverias: “I thought she played great defense. She shut them down in the second half. That switch really kind of changed the game around, I thought.”
Freshman center Audrey Baeza provided a spark off the bench for Cuesta, notching nine points and seven rebounds.
“She ignited the group. She was able to make a big difference,” Barba said.
Barba said the team’s success Tuesday was due in large part to its high shooting percentage — something the team has been inconsistent about this season.
“We knocked down shots tonight,” Barba said. “That’s just been this team. It’s been Jekyll And Hyde. It’s a growing-up process. We’re playing good teams.”
Cuesta plays Citrus at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.