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.
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.