Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldog basketball team had no answer for Moapa Valley High School’s Laney Cornwall Friday night in the Dawg House. Cornwall dismantled the Dawgs with 36 points in a 59-43 win for the Pirates. The Bulldogs managed to stay with the Pirates for three periods but Cornwall and Bulldog turnovers finally put the Dawgs down in the fourth and final period. The Bulldogs led the Pirates 12-8 after one period of play behind a three ball from Nathalie Lagamayo with no time left on the clock. Cornwall outscored the Dawgs in the second period leading the Pirates to a 25-19 advantage at the break. Cornwall almost matched the Bulldogs score with 18 points. Lagamayo had five points for the Dawgs. Fifteen Bulldog turnovers in the first half gave the Pirates numerous fast break points.

The Lady Dogs rallied in the third period with a stout defense and Alexis Boatright’s six points to take a 36-35 lead after three quarters of play. Taylor Barnum added five points as the Dawgs took the lead despite hitting only 4-11 from the free throw line. The Pirates went on a tear behind Cornwall’s shooting to outscore the Dawgs 20-1 to take a 55-36 lead. Lagamayo hit a long three late but the Pirates prevailed to win easily 59-43. The loss dropped the Lady Dawgs to 7-2 in 3A Sunrise League play while the Pirates continued to lead with a 9-0 record. Lagamayo led the Dawgs with 10 points followed by Barnum and Savannah Price with nine and Boatright with 8 points. The Dawgs have three league games remaining, all at home, before playoff time begins. The Dawgs host Boulder City on Tuesday Jan. 30 and Sky Pointe on Feb.1.