Bulldog Meb Hollingshead (1) scores on a steal. Hollingshead led the Dawgs with 14 points.
Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School boys basketball team began last week blowing out Somerset-Sky Pointe, 58-22, behind 14 points from Mebs Hollingshead and 12 points from senior Jayden Perkins, Perkins scored the first five points of the game to give the Dawgs an early 10-7 advantage.

The Bulldogs defense took over the first half from there holding the Eagles to 0 points as they went on a 34-0 run for the balance of the first period and other then one second of the second. The Dawgs went into the locker room with a 44-8 lead.

As soon as the Bulldogs went up by 30 points, the mercy rule went into effect, a running clock the rest of the game. Reserves Alejandro Macias and Riley Waite added 6 points during the win. The Bulldog’s second team played most of the second half with the final score 58-22.

“This was our best game of the year,” said Bulldog coach Mark Barnum. “The kids hustled the whole game, passing well and looked for the open man. It was great to see all my players getting an opportunity to play plus 10 on the scoreboard.”

The Bulldogs traveled to Chaparral on Friday evening to face the Cowboys in a 3A matchup. The Dawgs fell behind early 24-7 after one period and 38-13 at the break. “We couldn’t handle their experience and athleticism,” Barnum. said “They pressed us early and played a man to man press which gave us problems. We could not get anything going. At one point in the third period we were down by 35 points (56-25) and by rule the clock ran continuously. The boys played well against their subs and cut the final score to 60-40.”

Will Barnum led the Dawgs with 10 points.

The Bulldogs finished the week against former coach Sean FitzSimons and his Lincoln County Lynx on Saturday, Jan.13. The Dawgs beat the Lynx in two earlier matchups but three in a season is hard to do. FitzSimons must have gotten info on the Chaparral game and came out with a man press. The ploy worked as the Lynx led 31-20 at the break and 40-29 at the three quarter mark.

“The kids battled back after trailing by 15 points but we couldn’t finish and lost 49-46,” Mark Barnum said. “We still have not put four good quarters together.”

Riley Waite led the Dawgs with 12 points followed by Koden Tietjen and Will Barnum with seven. The Bulldogs 3A Sunrise League record fell to 1-5 and 4-16 overall.

The Bulldogs break in their new $8 million dollar gym on Thursday, Jan.18, against Del Sol High School. The Dragons are 4-1 in 3A Sunrise play and 10-10 overall. They are led by Keith Selden with 15.9 points per game and shoots over 33 percent from beyond the arc.