Things started off a little rough, but quickly changed as the Prescott Lady Badgers, behind a 14 point, 12 rebounds, 3 steal performance by Mary Hald, beat Marcos de Niza Lady Padres 38-23, in the Badger Dome last night.
Marcos de Niza opened up a 5-0 lead behind baskets by behind Melahni Washington. After that the next quarter and a half belonged to the Lady Badgers. Prescott went on a 22-0 run behind, with Mary Hald accounting for 10 of those points. Abby Chartier tossed in six and Hollie Dalton added four to help out with the run. Washington finally scored for the Lady Padres to end the run with under a minute to play in the half.
Things seemed in control as Prescott led 26-7 at the half, but Marcos de Niza was not about to quit. Melahni Washington came out firing like she did in the opening minutes, this time adding nine more to her game high of 18. The Lady Padres cut the Lady Badger lead to nine, at 30-21, near the end of the third quarter. Prescott got back to playing tougher defense, and that made the difference, as the Lady Badgers pulled away to win by 15.
Alisha Le Blanc scored 10 points, while Abby Chartier finished with 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals to go along with her 6 points.
Prescott coach Bobbi Yoder said, "The girls came out focused and ready to play tonight in an attempt to get us back on track this season. we had a few defensive miscues in the third quarter but we made the adjustments and finished the game out strong. Abby Chartier was able to find the open girls tonight. Mary Hald and Alsiha LeBlanc stepped up for us big tonight, and found away to finish in the paint. It was a good team effort all the way around."
Marcos de Niza drops to (6-12) while the Lady Badgers improve (8-13). Prescott will travel to Cottonwood to face Mingus Union, on Tuesday at 5:30pm.
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The Prescott Badgers traveled to Tempe to take on the Marcos de Niza Padres last night. It was not the result the locals were hoping to come back home with.
The Badgers opened up rwith a two point lead going into the second quarter, but the lid on the basket proved fatal, as the Badgers were chasing the Padres the rest of the night. Trailing 26-19 at the half, Prescott made multiple attempts to catch Marcos de Niza. The Badgers did outrebound the Padres 24-22, but also had more turnovers 14, to the Padres 9.
"We struggled shooting the ball and had an extremely poor second quarter that we were never fully able to recover from," said Prescott coach Adam Neely. "We continuously cut it to five points, but were never able to get any closer."
Prescott was led by Kody Jones with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Charles Hicks and Cameron Parsons tossed in 10 each. Korey Schwartz came of the bench to score 9 points and pull down 6 rebounds.
The Badgers (8-9), will be on the road again Tuesday, when they take on the Mingus Union Marauders in Grand Canyon Region action. Tip is at 7pm.