Good and bad things happened Thursday night in the Dawg House to Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldog basketball team. The good news first, the Dawgs defeated Chaparral High School easily 53-33 insuring a second place finish and hosting a playoff game but lost four year starter and team leader Nathalie Lagamayo in the first minute and a half of the game. Lagamayo scored four quick points on two steals to give the Dawgs a 6-0 lead early before running into the stands on a loose ball injuring her knee. Her injury makes her questionable for Tuesday night’s game against Valley High School. That injury is compounded with the possible loss of freshman Brooklin Montoya who is in concussion protocol. The Bulldogs led 16-6 after one period and didn’t look back as the dominated the smaller Cowboy squad. The Dawgs increased their lead to 30-15 at the break. Bulldog coach Chimane Creer used her whole squad the rest of the second half as they finished off the Cowboys 55-33. Alexis Boatright led all scorers with 15 points followed by Riley Price and Areli Ponce with 8 points. The win gave the Dawgs a 9-3 3A Sunrise League record good enough for second place behind Moapa Valley. Tuesday’s opponent Valley High School finished 3A Sunset League play with a 7-5 record good enough for third place in league. The Valley squad features four players who have shared high game scorers throughout the season. The Bulldogs will have to be at their defensive bests to win this matchup.
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