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Swett hangs on in tight contest against Bulldogs

Alhambra freshman Kaylee Pond had 14 points in the Bulldogs’ 58-53 loss to the John Swett-Crockett Warriors on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The loss was the Bulldogs’ first of the season. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra freshman Kaylee Pond had 14 points in the Bulldogs’ 58-53 loss to the John Swett-Crockett Warriors on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The loss was the Bulldogs’ first of the season. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Some nights everything you touch turns to gold, and some nights you can’t buy a basket.

In their 58-53 loss to John Swett, Alhambra’s girls couldn’t buy a basket.

The Lady Bulldog basketball took their first loss of the season against John Swett on Wednesday evening in a battle of unbeaten teams. Both the Warriors and the Bulldogs were short an injured player, and it showed for both teams.

For three quarters the two teams battled through a defensive contest brought on more by their turnovers on offense, but nevertheless a low-scoring affair. Then in the fourth quarter the two teams tired, and scoring came in bunches.

For much of the contest Alhambra hung with the Swett Warriors, but could not piece together a run at the right time. It wasn’t for lack of effort though. The Bulldogs came within a single possession of the lead six different times in the second half.

Senior Saelym Schmidt led the way for the Bulldogs with 24 points on the night, with a 14-point effort from freshman Kaylee Pond, and a 10-point night from diminutive sophomore Bri Waters.

But again the Bulldogs couldn’t get ahead. In the paint especially the Warriors had their way, really highlighting how much the Bulldogs miss center Karissa Wiebalk, who has been out of action since February when she tore her ACL in a game at Dougherty Valley.

Schmidt and the 5-foot-8 freshman Pond filled in well to make up for the senior Wiebalk.

Entering the fourth quarter there was still a shot for the Bulldogs despite a cold shooting night. But what started bad got worse.

Alhambra went nearly four minutes without converting a field goal. But the Warriors couldn’t full make them pay just yet.

Again the Bulldogs pulled it within a single possession when Abby Brown’s slick pass found the running Schmidt in motion. But Swett’s freshman guard Veronica McGee scored five important points, including a crucial and one to build the lead to 10, the largest margin of the night.

Swett knocked down their free throws when it mattered, converting seven of 10 shots from the charity stripe with less than two minutes to go to, and dooming Alhambra to its first loss this season.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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