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Lady Dogs rout Broncos in eighth straight win

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Many things happened in the month of December, but one important thing hasn’t happened: the Bulldog girls basketball team hasn’t lost.

Not only have they not lost, they haven’t been close to losing.

During their eight-game win streak, the Bulldog girls basketball team has won by an average margin of 34.625 points per game.

Their 64-22 demolishing of Northgate on Dec. 22 was the latest 30-point victory, of which they have five this month.

Sophomore Bry Waters led the charge early on, scoring eight of her total 12 points on the night in the first quarter. Waters has been a huge part of the Bulldogs jumping out to early leads as they create turnovers early on.

Up 16-7 at the first quarter, the Lady Dogs didn’t let up. They defended in a full court defense, and forced Northgate into many mistakes. The Bulldogs created 24 turnovers on the night.

Not only that, but they beat an undersized Northgate team on the glass so easily that a lot of the chances they converted were after a first effort. The Broncos shot 32 percent from the field on the night.

Alhambra was rolling. They ended the half with a 31-13 lead, and with one of the Broncos’ key rebounders in foul trouble.

To make matters worse, Alhambra went on an impossible 17-0 run that extended nearly the whole third quarter. The Lady Bulldogs were at their stingiest as they looked to put the game away. Only a bank shot by Hannah Valladolid kept Northgate from being shutout from the field for the quarter.

Meanwhile, a five-point effort from Kiera Rios led the Bulldog run, and allowed them to get into running clock territory before the fourth quarter started.

Alhambra allowed four points in the fourth quarter, which put the Northgate mark at only nine for the entire second half. That mark was nearly eclipsed by sophomore Abby Brown on her own. The guard dropped eight second half points, opting to score rather than provide like she usually does.

With three scorers in double figures (Rios, Saelym Schmidt and Waters) the Bulldogs were comfortably able to run out the clock on their 10th victory of the season, and eight in a row.

As it stands the Bulldog girls stand near the top of Division III with the 13th nationally ranked Bishop O’Dowd Dragons at the top. Former DFAL foes Campolindo also stand near the top of the heap with Alhambra.

The West Coast Jamboree, which started on Dec. 28, will figure into how the teams enter their respective league play.

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