Capitan teams sweep Corona

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Corona's Jim Racher (13) is surrounded by Capitan's Domingo Montes, back and Tanner Lowrance, Jan. 4, during the first round of the Smokey Bear Tournament.

CAPITAN – Both the Capitan boys and girls basketball teams earned resounding victories over Corona in the opening round of their own Smokey Bear Tournament, Feb. 4.

Capitan’s girls started with a resounding 52-8 victory, while the boys finished the evening with a 73-31 victory.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Corna’s Katie Martin (22) looks to the bucket after getting past Capitan’s Dakota Hazen, Jan. 4, during the first round of the Smokey Bear Tournament.

The girls game actually started off somewhat competitive, with the Cardinals (2-9) staying close through a low-scoring first quarter. Faith Riley’s three-pointer made it a 6-3 game with 4:09 left in the first period, and it was just an 11-4 Tiger lead at the close of the first quarter.

By halftime, however, four points was still all Corona had at the break. By that point, the Tigers (3-2) were ahead 32-4 and in solid control.

“We’re having to start from the basics. That’s something that was skipped over,” said Corona coach Denise Martin. “We having to learn to make better passes and move forward. It’s like they’re working more to keep the basketball.”

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Destanie Magnonie, right, takes on the defense of Corona’s Faith Riley, Jan. 4, at Capitan.

Capitan forged their insurmountable lead with a stifling defense that caused numerous turnovers and buckets at the other end.

But Capitan coach Sean Wootten said his team’s sloppiness at the very beginning was cause for concern.

“We just practiced a couple of days during the Christmas break, but we did work on our transition a bit,” Wootten said. “It was sloppy and we didn’t do things correctly at first. But they did do a good job of getting back into the game.”

Destanie Magnonie scored 12 points to lead the Tigers, while only three of Corona’s six players – Allison Martin, Alissa Mulnix and Riley – had points at all for the Cardinals.

“When they were making their passes, when they were running the press break like they should, I think we were doing OK,” said coach Martin. “But yeah, the numbers kill us.”

Tiger boys in control

Capitan’s boys (2-3) had the lead from the very beginning and never let up, taking a 39-18 lead at the break and holding the Cardinals (5-7) to single digits in all but the second quarter.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Julian Garcia, right, takes off toward the basket as Corona’s Cabel Cox defends, Jan. 4, at Capitan.

“Our attitude’s fine, it’s just the same problem as last year. We’re having a hard time showing up at games,” said Corona coach Randy Autrey.

Jesus Villa did his best for Corona with 12 points, while the Tigers got 17 points from Tanner Lowrance and 11 points from Domingo Montes.

“We knew coming out that we were going to look a little rusty,” said Capitan coach Justin Foust. “But overall, at least our minds were where we needed to be.”

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