Traci Parks’ season debut for Mojave’s girls basketball team didn’t come until the day after the Rattlers lost to Arbor View on Jan 19.
The 5-foot-10-inch sophomore had no problem introducing herself to the Aggies on Monday.
Parks grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Rattlers spoil Arbor View’s senior day and probably keep the Aggies from qualifying for their first postseason with a 50-37 win.
Mojave (13-7, 9-5 Northwest League) moved past the Aggies (13-13, 9-6) for the final Northwest spot and left Arbor View needing a win at Palo Verde tonight and a ton of help to get into the playoffs.
“One way or another, this was probably an elimination game,” Mojave coach Rochuel Grayson said. “We got the job done.”
Parks wasn’t eligible to play until the Aggies’ Jan. 20 game against Cimarron and made an immediate impact, scoring 21 points in her first game.
She took only six shots Monday but dominated the glass.
Parks rebounded more missed Arbor View shots (nine) than the entire Aggies team had offensive rebounds (eight). Arbor View had only seven second-chance points.
“She’s been a huge impact on the team,” Grayson said. “She’s a big force for us rebounding. With her and Clarissa (Cannon), we’ve got control of the boards.”
Cannon added eight rebounds for Mojave, which did its best to try to neutralize Arbor View’s post tandem of Jena Valenzuela and Erika Lang, who combined for 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Still, Arbor View held a 33-32 lead with six minutes left before the Rattlers closed the game on an 18-4 run, including scoring the game’s final eight points.
Arbor View made just 3 of 13 shots and had eight turnovers in the final quarter.
Jazzmine Robinson had 17 points for Mojave, and teammate Jazmin Pedraza scored 10.
“Our guards came out and played an excellent game,” Grayson said. “They just came through for us in the clutch.”
Valenzuela’s 13 points paced the Aggies.
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