The Virgin Valley High boys basketball team overcame a slow start rolling over Moapa Valley, 69-30, in the Dawg House on Monday in front of the largest crowd of the season. The Dawgs led 11-4 after one quarter of play before rattling off 22 points to the Pirates one to take a 33-5 lead at halftime. The Pirates could not handle the Dawgs intensity and full court press making numerous turnovers.
“I told the kids we need to come out and put them away early,” said Bulldog coach Sean FitzSimons. “They had no answer for our swarming full court press and zone defense.”
Bulldog Zach Barnum scored 10 points in the first half followed by Andrew Memmott with eight points.
The second half was a duplicate of the first as the Dawgs maintained their intensity and pinpoint passing to increase their lead to 53-19 after three periods. The Dawgs found the range hitting three shots behind the arc. Despite playing all reserves in the last period, the Dawgs did not let down as they finished off the Pirates 69-30.
Memmott led the Dawgs with 15 points followed by Barnum with 14 points. Reserve Hogan Fowles came off the bench to add 13 points. Ten Bulldogs scored during the blowout.
“I think we played our best all-around game of the year,” FitzSimons said.
The Dawgs traveled to Sunrise Mountain Wednesday and return home to play Chaparral Friday night in an important Sunrise League game. The Cowboys are tied with the Dawgs with 3-0 records with 2-0 powerhouse Desert Pines coming to town on Jan.15.
Dawgs defeat Lincoln County
Virgin Valley High forward Andrew Memmott had the hot hand Saturday evening, Jan. 2 in the Dawg House, scoring a game-high 22 points to lead the boys basketball team to a 78-36 blowout of Lincoln County.
The Dawgs jumped out to a 21-10 first-period lead after one period of play behind seven points from Marcus Saunders. Zach Barnum added four points to the Dawgs lead. Memmott hit four three’s in the second period to give the Dawgs a 47-24 advantage after one half of play. Memmott had 16 points at the break. The Lynx had no answer to the Bulldogs full court press.
The Bulldogs began the second half with six free throws before Memmott hit his fifth three of the game to give the Dawgs a 58-28 lead midway through the period. The Dawgs finished the quarter with a 65-31 advantage.
Bulldog reserves played the last two minutes of the third and the complete fourth period as the Dawgs won easily 78-36. Big Reid Jensen had seven points in the fourth to lead the Dawgs. Saunders finished with 11 points followed by Jensen and point guard Jarrett Tietjen with nine points each.