BRAWLEY – The 2nd seeded Brawley Union High School girls’ basketball squad was home Tuesday night taking on 15th seeded Coronado in a CIF Division II opening round playoff matchup. The result was a 55-24 victory for the Wildcats who were dominant from opening tip-off to final buzzer.
The ‘Cats came out strong in the first quarter and kept the Islanders scoreless until the last minute of the first quarter. Brawley was up 17-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Coronado team tried to get back into the game, but they were still behind 29-9 at the half. They seemed tired and struggled to make rebounds and easy lay-ups.
In the first quarter, Mia Adams and Alexis Ascencio provided the early spark offensively leading the Wildcats to a 17-3 lead. In the second and third quarters, Meriah Overton’s three point shooting and ball handling, as well as Paloma Medina’s ability to finish strong offensively, helped steer Brawley to a comfortable 46-16 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
With the game already decided, the Wildcats and Coronado High traded baskets back and forth in the the final quarter bringing the game to its final of 55-24.
Paloma Medina finished the night the leading scorer for the Wildcats with eleven points. Meriah Overton and Mia Adams added ten points each and as a whole the Wildcat team defense was solid throughout. Sarah Beauchamp was the lead scorer for the Lady Islanders with 10 points.
“It was a good game, the kids played very hard,” said head coach Mike Pacheco on the victory over Coronado.
With the win, the Wildcats now move on to the next round of the CIF division II playoffs on Friday, taking on a tough University City Girls squad, a team the Wildcats dropped in a tournament final earlier in the year.
They will be at home and University City moved on after defeating Southwest. The game starts at 7:00 P.M next Friday.
“Today they played hard. Our shooting wasn’t as consistent as it has been, hopefully on Friday it is, because we are going to have to shoot better from the outside,” said Pacheco looking toward the home match-up against University City.
Brawley is playing in Division 2 where they are the number two seed. Ramona High School is number one.
Article contribution by Judy Grant