The Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldogs got a lesson in basketball fundamentals Saturday evening by a disciplined Panguitch squad losing big 56-21. The Dawgs earlier in the day easily defeated the Flyers of Dixie High School 44-31 to reach the championship match.
The Bulldogs jumped on the Flyers early 11-4 behind 9 points from guard Emma Barnum. Brianna Todd added five points in the second quarter to give the Dawgs a 25-11 lead at the break. Bulldog Bernice Fiso dominated the second half for the Dawgs scoring 11 points plus four block shots and double digit rebounds leading the Dawgs to the 44-31 win. Barnum and Fiso had 13 points each to lead the Dawg offense. Spencer Green pitched in nine points and Todd added seven for the Dawgs. Barnum was named the game’s most valuable player. The win set up the championship match against Panguitch later that evening. The Lady Wildcats had won their two previous match-ups blowing out opponents by 30 plus points per game.
The Lady Dawgs actually led 4-2 minutes into the game before the Wildcats went on a tear to take a 17-7 lead after one period. Panguitch ran out to a 17-4 game changer to take a 34-11 lead at the half. As it was in all their other wins, the Wildcats got most of their points in the paint on pinpoint passing and ball control. The Cats ran off nine quick points to take a 45-11 lead early in the third period. The Period ended with the Dawgs on the short bend of a 42-13 score. Reserves for both teams finished up the game. Brianna Todd led the Dawgs with eight points. Fiso was named to the all-tourney team along-side three Wildcats and one player from Mojave High School. The Lady Dawgs ended 2015 with a 4-5 overall record and 2-0 in Sunrise League play. The Dawgs will host Lincoln County in a non-league match-up Jan.2 to begin 2016 play.