Strong defense by Dogs stymies Freedom shooters

Martinez Tribune

A lot can change in a week. In Alhambra’s loss to John Swett, nothing fell for them. On Tuesday night, it was the opponent who couldn’t convert if the rim was the size of a beach ball.

The Lady Bulldogs basketball teams’ 51-26 win against Freedom on Dec. 6 was as comprehensive as a win can get.

Three Bulldogs had double-digit point totals, they out rebounded their opponent, and they held them to single digit scoring outputs in all four quarters.

At one point the Falcons hadn’t converted a single field goal for over eight minutes of game play. Alhambra took that opportunity to go on a 15-0 run that propelled them to a 28-13 halftime lead.

All of that took place without leading scorer Saelym Schmidt in the game. The senior collected her second foul only three minutes into the first quarter, and was forced to sit most of the half. Freshman standout Kaylee Pond filled in with eight points in the first half alone to make the second quarter a breeze.

Shooting was at a premium last week, but on Tuesday night Alhambra was unfazed. As the game progressed the Bulldogs didn’t settle for as many contested jumpers. Abby Brown collected the bulk of her eight assists on the night by dishing off the cutting players in the paint, while Kiera Rios helped out by collecting nine rebounds in little court time.

In the fourth quarter the Bulldogs only allowed a single field goal to cap off a night where they held Freedom to a paltry 23 percent shooting from the field. Despite the 25-point win, coach Jason Bautista’s side still left plenty of points on the floor. The Bulldogs shot a poor 40 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore Briana Waters, who converted five of her six shots from the charity stripe, was the only exception.

With the tough Antioch tournament coming this weekend (Dec. 8-10) this early run of form could have a lot of say on where the Bulldogs are in late February when North Coast Section play arrives.

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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