Janitza Vega

Nogales Lady Apache player Janitza Vega (10) puts the defensive pressure on Serina Christman of Buena High School as she dribbles the ball during a Division II basketball game Friday night in Sierra Vista. “We need to work on playing our game, getting the ball where we want it to be and knowing where we want it to be,” Buena coach Craig Hopper said.

Jackie Romero scored 18 points and Jessica Gradillas added 10 as the Nogales High School girls basketball team defeated Buena 62-28 on Friday in Sierra Vista.

The win evened the Lady Apaches’ regular season record at 4-4.

Jai-Lynn Anderson’s 16 points, Ronesha Fields’ 11 and Serina Christman’s third-quarter free-throw accounted for all of the home team’s scoring.

Nogales took the lead quickly in the first quarter 19-8, but led by Anderson’s steady knock-downs of elbow jumpers, Buena managed to keep the deficit under 20 until just before the half.

As the second half began, Anderson stole a pass and went the distance for a lay-up that cut it to 41-21, but Anderson picked up her fourth foul moments later and the Colts didn’t score another field goal for five minutes, as they were outscored by Nogales 23-3 over the next 11 minutes.

The inexperienced Colts fell to 0-6 on the season.

“Out of the 35 girls we had come out for basketball, 19 were freshmen,” first-year Buena coach Craig Hopper said. “We’re trying to build their confidence and also build their basketball IQ.”

The Nogales girls are set to play in the Flowing Wells holiday tournament starting Dec. 29. Their next regular-season home game is Jan. 6 vs. Rincon.

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