(Boyle Heights)-—The Roosevelt Lady Rough Riders easily took the win from their outclassed opponents, the Huntington Park Lady Spartans on a rare Saturday-played game. This was due to the recent L.A. teachers strike that re-arranged certain team/school schedules. Nonetheless, it was still a game that counted in the standings, and Roosevelt’s Head Coach, Daisy Acosta, in her third year at the helm, knew that this was a much-needed victory in order to enhance their upcoming playoff seeding in the Division II post-season tournament.
Brief Game Summary: 1st Half: From the opening tip, the Lady Riders took control and managed to put up plenty of shots, play good defense, and put up 20 points in the first quarter while the Lady Spartans struggled mightily in establishing any kind of offense, or for that matter a sound defense. They added 17 more in the second stanza. Keep in mind that the Huntington Park Girls varsity competes in Division IV. By half time, the Riders had a very comfortable 23 point lead. Halftime Score: Roosevelt 37 Huntington Park 14
2nd Half: This half was very much a mirror image of the first, as the Lady Riders scored lots of points on Huntington Park turnovers and lack of a challenging or adequate defense. This afforded Coach Acosta the opportunity to empty her bench and grant lots of valuable playing time to her reserves. At one point in the final four minutes of the game, the officials invoked the mandatory “mercy rule” for the clock to run. Final Score: Roosevelt 69 Huntington Park 33
Moving Forward: With their third consecutive win, the Lady Riders moved their Eastern League record to (6-2) and its overall record to (16-8). Roosevelt will play several more League games this week, including the “East L. A. Hoops Classic” —Girls Varsity, on Friday, 2/1/19, when they take on their longtime archrivals, the Garfield Lady Bulldogs on their home court. Tip-off is slated for 4 pm.
Roosevelt Game Stat Line: *Double Figure Scorers: Kimberly Mancillas/15 pts. & Valeria Alvarez/12 pts. *3 Point Field Goals: Arlyn Romero (2); Pearl Acosta (1); Valeria Alvarez (1); & Kimberly Mancillas (1).