After 31 minutes and 58 seconds of intense play, a free throw by Bulldog reserve Savannah Price gave the Dawgs a hard fought 65-64 victory over the Cowboys from Chaparral High School Thursday night in the Dawg House. The Cowboys behind star guard Marcia Hawkins came in with an 11-0 record in Sunrise League play. Hawkins did not disappoint her teammates with 36 points to lead all scorers. Bulldogs Briana Todd and Spencer Green teamed for 40 points to match the Cowboy star.
The Dawgs started quickly to take a 12-6 advantage before the Cowboys literally ran off 12 straight points all on layups to take an 18-12 lead after one period. Hawkins began the second period with a layup giving the Cowboys there biggest lead of the game 20-12. The Bulldog defense stiffened the rest of the period holding the Cowboys to seven points while putting up 18 points to take a 30-27 lead at the break. Todd found the range with 10 points to lead the Dawgs. Both teams made numerous turnovers in race horse basketball. The Dawgs had 14 at the break. “We worked on our defense the past two weeks,” said Bulldog coach Chimane Creer. “I felt we could pressure the ball handler and take care of the middle.”
Todd and Green hit three balls to begin the second half to give the Dawgs a 36-29 lead. The Dawgs stretched their lead to 43-33 before Hawkins hit eight straight for the Cowboys cutting the lead to 45-41 after three periods. Green hit two quick baskets and free throw to keep the Dawgs on top 50-45. A thirty second timeout by the Dawgs brought reserve Price into the game. Price hit two baskets underneath, Todd followed with five points and Green added four to give the Dawgs a 61-51 advantage with 3:13 remaining in the game to the delight of the Bulldog faithful. The Cowboys came out of the timeout scoring nine points to cut the Dawgs lead to 63-60. Hawkins hit a free throw to make the score 63-61. The Dawgs were forced into turnover number 29 giving the Cowboys a chance to tie the game with seconds remaining. The Cowboys did not disappoint hitting a three ball to take the lead 64-63. Bernice Fiso made a huge rebound for the Dawgs and was fouled on the put-back. Fiso made the back end to tie the game 64-64. The Cowboys missed a shot giving the Dawgs the ball with 13 seconds remaining. Price didn’t disappoint hitting the second of two free throws to give the Dawgs the win. “It was a team win,” added Creer. “The kids played ball and played defense. They are a one-dimension team behind Hawkins.” The win gave the Dawgs a 9-3 record going into Monday’s game with Desert Pines. The Jaguars are tied for second with the Lady Bulldogs for second behind the Cowboys. The Dawgs end the regular season hosting Boulder City on Thursday Feb. 11. A sweep by the Dawgs would give them a home playoff game.