FAIRFIELD — The Armijo High girls basketball team matched its season high in scoring by the first half against Bethel, but still found itself losing 57-23 at E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium, Friday.
“We got better. Today was a good thing,” Indians coach Lawrence Trigg said. “This was night and day from our previous two games.”
Night and day it was, as the Indians (0-3) scored eight in the first quarter, compared to the season-high of 12 for an entire game.
Armijo had the lead once, early in the first quarter as senior Jada Williams, hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, putting the Indians up 3-2.
After that basket, the Jaguars never looked back, going up at the half, 21-12, limiting Armijo to only four points in the second quarter.
It only took the Indians 50 seconds to get their first basket of the second quarter, a layup by Passion Ware, but they didn’t score again for six minutes, as Noemi Manzo hit a pull-up jumper with 20 second left.
Not being able to score was not the only issue in the first half for Armijo, as they had 11 turnovers.
“Turnovers are killing us right now,” Trigg said. “We have to get a little better with the basketball.”
The Indians totaled 25 turnovers for the game.
It was the third quarter where Bethel pulled away, with Ajanee Rankins leading the way with 12 of her 14 points. She scored 10 unanswered points for the Jaguars, a streak snapped by a free throw by Destiny Blueford.
Trigg, who was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 1 second left in the third quarter for arguing a call, said he was short a few players due to injury and sickness.
“When you’re only playing with eight players, the tiredness kicks in,” the coach said.
Armijo’s leading scorer was Williams with 12. Junior Passion Ware was next with eight.
The Indians will look to improve in their next game as they travel to the Del Oro Tournament, playing Del Oro High on Dec. 19.