Bulldog forward Brianna Todd sets up a Bulldog play during the Dawgs' loss to Moapa Valley Friday in the Pirates Den. Todd led all game scorers with 15 points. Photo by Lou Martin

Bulldog forward Brianna Todd sets up a Bulldog play during the Dawgs’ loss to Moapa Valley Friday in the Pirates Den. Todd led all game scorers with 15 points. Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldog basketball team led early Friday night at Moapa Valley High School before going into a funk and losing 39-35. The Dawgs behind the shooting of Brianna Todd led 8-2 before the Pirates spread the floor confusing the Dawgs tight zone defense. The ploy opened up the three-ball for the Pirates hitting two for an 11-10 advantage after one period of play. Todd had eight points to lead the Dawgs. The Bulldogs managed only five points in the second period due to poor shooting to fall behind the Pirates 22-15. The Pirates hit two more three’s in the period.

The Dawgs behind eight points from Todd cut the Pirates lead to 29-26 late in the third period before the Pirates finished with two more three’s to take a 34-31 lead after three periods. The fourth period was an offensive nightmare for the Lady Bulldogs as they had zero points with only 17 seconds remaining in the game. Despite the lack of offense, the Dawgs still had opportunities to sneak back into the game. The Dawgs went 4-4 from the line while the Pirates missed eight possible free throws down the stretch. The Pirates only basket of the period was a three-ball. Todd led all scorers with 18 points. The Bulldogs league record fell to 7-3 one game up on the Pirates and Sunrise Mountain. The Dawgs travel to Sunrise Tuesday before hosting Chaparral, Desert Pines and Boulder City to end the season. The Dawgs need a minimum of two wins to clinch a playoff spot in Division 1-A playoffs.