The Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldog basketball team clinched second place in 1-A Sunrise League play Thursday night, Feb. 11 defeating the Eagles from Boulder City 52-45. The win assured a home game for the Dawgs Tuesday Feb. 16 against Sunset League third place finisher Western High School.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead 5-2 on two three-point balls before leading 14-9 after one period behind two three-balls by Briana Todd. The Bulldogs managed only nine points in the second period holding on to a 23-21 lead. Eagle’s two way star Megan Morton showed her prowess with 14 points in the half to keep Boulder City close. Morton, the tallest Eagle on the floor working from the point guard position, allowed Bulldog center Bernice Fiso to dominate the defensive boards. “We needed to shut down Morton, doubling her at times,” said Bulldog coach Chimane Creer.
The Eagles behind Morton tied the Dawgs at 26-26 before Todd brought a huge roar from the Bulldog faithful with two more threes moving the Dawgs out to a 32-26 advantage. Fiso finished the Bulldog scoring with three points and a 35-29 lead after three periods of play. Morton had 17 points to this point in the game. Todd had 14 points to lead the Dawgs.
The Dawgs increased their lead to 39-30 early in the fourth before the Eagles stormed back to trail by two 43-41. The Eagles called time with 2:31 remaining in the game. A big rebound and put back by Fiso gave the Dawgs a boost down the stretch.
The Dawgs kept their composure late in the game despite going 7-13 from the line to finish the game. Bulldog guard Spencer Green had seven points in the fourth including five free throws. It was a big win for the Dawgs as they can have home cooking to begin the playoffs.
“We struggled early,” said coach Creer.” We tried to take advantage of Morton at point guard by getting the ball to Fiso low in the point.” Fiso had 11 points and a slew of rebounds. Todd led the Dawgs with 17 points followed by Green with 15.
Western comes into the Dawg House with a 10-4 Sunset League record against the Dawgs 11-3. The Warriors are led by Destiny Gonzales and Caprice Pierce. The duo had 29 of the Warriors 39 points in their final league game defeating Mojave 39-23. “Western plays a tight zone but I expect them to press. We will look at new film we received today,” said coach Creer.