There was plenty of girls basketball action at Prescott High School on Saturday. The host team, the Prescott Lady Badgers broke through with an early morning win, but could not build on that momentum in their final game of the tournament. The Tucson Badgers took home the championship with a hard fought battle in a 60-55 win over the Apollo Hawks. The game was tied at 27 at halftime before the Badgers pulled away in the final minutes. Salpointe Catholic won the third place game by dominating Kellis 62-22, and Valley Lutheran won the consolation game beating Mountain Ridge 48-31.
Prescott Lady Badgers - Game 3
The early wake up call of 8am seemed to suit the Prescott Lady Badgers just fine as they outscored the Mohave Thunderbirds in each of the four quarters to win 56-31. Three Lady Badgers ended in double figures. Hollie Dalton led Prescott with 14 points, followed by Kira Reily 11, and Kendall Crockett 10.
The Lady Badgers took a 28-16 lead into halftime, and built on that in the third quarter. Seven different Prescott players scored, with Dalton scoring 5 of the 15 points, to lead 43-22 to start the final quarter.
There were a total of 38 fouls called in the game that sent the teams to the free throw line for a combined 47 shots. Prescott made 54%, while Mohave made just 43%. The lopsided game gave coach Bobbi Yoder an opportunity to play her entire bench.
Prescott Lady Badgers - Game 4
Kira Reily and Hollie Dalton each scored 16 points, but it wasn't enough, as the Lee Williams Volunteers beat the Lady Badgers 48-42 in the final game for each team in the tournament. The game was even steven after the first eight minutes. The second quarter stayed close throughout with no lead greater than three points. The Volunteers led 17-15 at the half.
Once again the teams played evenly in the third quarter. Kira Reily and Hollie Dalton combined for 9 points, with Reily working hard in the paint for rebounds, and getting in position for better shot opportunities. Trailing 28-26 to start the fourth, the Lady Badgers saw Lee Williams take advantage of some fast break baskets. Add to that untimely Prescott turnovers, which put the host team down by 40-37 with 2:06 to play. A questionable technical foul on Prescott for knocking the ball out of bounds on an inbounds play, put Volunteers' Hayle Davis at the line, who sank both free throws to make it 42-37. Davis was perfect at the line, making all six free throws in the final minutes, to secure the win. Lee Williams shot an impressive 85% from the line, outscoring the Lady Badgers 16-11 from the charity stripe.
Prescott will see these Volunteers very soon, as the Lady Badgers will travel to Kingman, to face Lee Williams in Grand Canyon Region action, on Thursday, at 3:30pm.