The Virgin Valley High School Bulldogs boy basketball team began the 2015-2016 season with a loss at Faith Lutheran and ended the season Wednesday night, Feb 17 losing to the Crusaders 56-38 in the first round of the 1-A Southern Division playoffs. It was the fourth first round loss in a row for the Bulldogs against 1-A Sunset League teams.
The Bulldogs jumped out to early 16-10 lead after one period of play against a man-to-man Crusader defense. The Crusaders adjusted and went to a tight zone which shut down the suddenly cold shooting Bulldogs. The zone gave up only five points in the period while the Crusaders put up 18 points to take a 28-21 lead going into the break.
The Bulldogs managed to put eight points on the board in the third period but the Crusaders increased their lead to 39-29 after three periods. “We played good defense throughout the game,” said Bulldog coach Sean FitzSimons. The Bulldogs were still in reach of the Crusaders but their offense went into a funk and managed only nine points down the stretch as the Crusaders won easily 56-38. “Couldn’t buy a basket in the fourth period,” added FitzSimons. “We needed five guys to step up, only two did.”
The Bulldogs normally a good three point shooting team managed only 4-19 from downtown for a 21 percent shooting average. Leading the way for the Dawgs were Andrew Memmott with 13 points and Zack Barnum with 11 points. The Dawgs finished the season with a 13-11 record overall and 9-5 in league play.