Point guard Nathalie Lagamayo has been a steadying influence for the bulldogs to start the 2018-2019 basketball season.
Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldog Basketball team began 2019 on a sour note, but the experience gained is invaluable. The Bulldogs won one of four games in the recently completed Gator Classic in Las Vegas. Leading the way for the Dawgs in the tournament were, point guard, Nathalie Lagamayo and forward, Alexis Boatright. The pair led the Bulldogs in all five games for the Dawgs. The Bulldogs dropped two games on the opening day of the tourney to Spanish Springs and Durango by scores of 54-28 and 44-38 respectively. The Bulldogs started slow against the Cougars trailing 36-9 at the half and could not recover. Lagamayo had 9 points and Boatright added 10 in the loss. The Bulldogs managed to stay with the Trail Blazers in the afternoon game before losing 44-38. Boatright and Lagamayo finished with 11 points each. The Bulldogs began play Thursday morning against Rancho and again had a bad start falling 38-27 to the Rams. Boatright led the Dawgs with 14 points followed by Lagamayo with seven. The Bulldogs finished Fridays afternoon play with a 34-28 win over Valley. The Bulldogs trailed at the half but gained the victory behind 14 points from Lagamayo and 10 off the hands of Boatright. The Bulldogs finished play Saturday morning losing to Silverado 53-49 in a hard fought game. The Dawgs led 31-20 at the half and 38-35 at the three quarter mark but could not hold the lead. Boatright led the Dawgs with 16 points followed by Lagamayo with 15 points. The tournament showed the Bulldogs have two strong scorers but need help from the rest of the squad if they hope to compete as 3A Sunrise League begins play. The Bulldogs face archrival Moapa Valley, at Moapa, on Friday January 11.