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Bulldogs win big over Terra Linda; extend winning streak to six

Alhambra sophomore guard Briana Waters has her eyes on the basket in the Bulldogs’ 71-26 win over Terra Linda on Dec. 14, 2016. Waters had 15 points in the first quarter, and 21 on the night. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra sophomore guard Briana Waters has her eyes on the basket in the Bulldogs’ 71-26 win over Terra Linda on Dec. 14, 2016. Waters had 15 points in the first quarter, and 21 on the night. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

It hasn’t happened in quite some time, and there’s no doubt that any of the girls on the court have experienced it yet in a Bulldog shirt.

But everything is coming up gold at the moment for the Lady Bulldog basketball team. Currently the proud owners of a six-game winning streak, the Lady Dogs are probably feeling pretty good about themselves after their Dec. 14 win.

Even against a team who wasn’t on par with them like Terra Linda, the 71-28 win still was a thing to see.

For one nearly all the points scored in the match came in the opening 10 minutes.

Thirty-three points is now the record to beat when it comes to highest scoring quarters for Alhambra this season, and most of those points came from the hands of the opportunistic guard, Briana Waters. The diminutive sophomore made a straight line to the basket every time there was an opportunity for a fast break. She scored 15 in the first quarter alone, so that even when she was withdrawn from the game, she still finished with 21 points total.

Waters was just one of the players who came to play for Alhambra on Wednesday night. Nearly every Bulldog who got minutes on the court scored.

A telling sign was how the team reacted after going up so big. The game started with many fast break points scored off of turnovers by the visiting Trojans. So that a 27-0 run to start the game basically ended it.

Terra Linda didn’t hit a field goal until there was 1:45 on the clock in the first quarter.

So after a 33-2 quarter, the Bulldogs let their foot off the gas, but they still wanted to execute their game plan.

“It’s not about winning, it’s how we win,” coach Jason Bautista could be heard telling them team in the huddle.

The coach never let up his expectations for his players, and exerted them on defense until the final buzzer. But for that moment in the second quarter when it looked like the Trojans might never score again, the Bulldogs looked like they didn’t want to let them.

Tenacious is the best work to describe it, but the Trojans converted a few buckets. Due to shear desire they made it through the half by only being outscored 17-10.

In the third quarter they came out with even more heart. It helped that the Bulldogs had let off the press they usually defend in, but shots were finding the rim for Terra Linda.

A 12-point third quarter was not quite enough to avoid the frustrating trigger of the running clock rule, but it might have made the drive back to San Rafael at least more bearable.

With the win the Bulldog girls improve to 7-1, with two games next week against De Anza and Northgate being their final bit of action before the three-day West Coast Jamboree starting on Dec. 28.

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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