It’s been four years since Nikki Arquette roamed the hard woods as a true ball handler for the Lady Bulldogs. That all changed Tuesday night in the Dawg House as freshman Natalie Lagamayo made her Bulldog debut. It took Lagamayo better than a half to show her skills but when she did the Dawgs pulled away from the pesky Rancho High School Rams 46-37. Senior Brianna Todd led all scorers with 18 points including the last 13 points for the Dawgs. Lagamayo chipped in 8 points in limited action but fed Todd for three straight three pointers down the stretch.
Todd hit a three point shot to begin the season keeping the Dawgs close 8-7 to the small but aggressive Rams. The Rams had two three’s to end the first period. Senior Emma Barnum and Lagamayo scored four points each in the second period to give the Dawgs a 19-14 advantage at the break. The Bulldogs defense came awake in the period as they pulled away from the Rams.
The third period was Bernice Fiso’s as she dominated the boards and scored five points to keep the Dawgs up 28-20. The tempo increased dramatically in the fourth and final period as the teams found heir comfort zone. The Rams outscored the Lady Dawgs 19-18 but could not overcome Lagamayo’s passing to Todd for 13 points. Lagamayo added four points in the period as the Dawgs won comfortably 46-37. “Our ball handling helped free up other players,” Bulldog coach Chimane Creer. “It helped us go in and out at times opening the game up. For a first game of the season we did some things well and others not. Todd found her groove which sealed the win.”