Bulldog Alexis Boatright hits one of her six three-balls from downtown to lead the Lady Dawgs to easy win over Valley High School. Boatright ended the night with 28 points.
Photo by Lou Martin

Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldogs easily defeated Valley High School Tuesday night in the opening game of the 3A Southern Division basketball playoffs. The Vikings had no answer for Bulldog power forward Alexis Boatright who had six three-balls in her game leading 28 points. Boatright was the offensive and defensive stalwart for the Dawgs as she was all over the court for rebounds and steals. The Bulldogs got a huge emotional boost from Nathalie Lagamayo who started the game despite being hampered by a brace from her calf to her thigh. Lagamayo played sparingly but contributed five points in support of the Dawgs offense. The Bulldogs led from start to finish, taking a 34-11 into the locker room after one half of play. Boatright had 16 points to lead the Dawgs. The second half began with sloppy play from both teams as the Bulldogs played their whole team. The score after three periods found the Dawgs up 40-18. Boatright scored 12 points in the final period to insure the 57-28 win. The Lady Dawgs travel to Pahrump Valley on Thursday night to play the Trojans who crushed Sunrise Mountain 57-31 in their opening playoff game. Pahrump won the Sunset Division with a 12-0 record and are 29-2 overall. The Trojans feature a balanced attack le by Toni Cross-Smith who had 24 points in the win over the Miners. The winner of this game will move on to face the winner of the other semi-final game between Moapa Valley and Boulder City which will be played on Saturday. Those teams will represent Southern Nevada in the Nevada State Tournament.