By GERARDO RECINOS
The day before the Lady Bulldog basketball takes on their next opponent, they will hit 50 calendar days since the last time they lost a basketball contest. To this day it’s still the only one they’ve lost all season.
But on the 44th day of that unprecedented streak, they won their 14th game in a row, beating the Berean Christian Eagles by a staggering 75-28 score on Jan. 13.
That mark was only two points shy of besting their previous high-point mark of 77 against West-Tracy on Dec. 10, 2016.
Alhambra came out and scored early and often. Watching them play was like watching a moving blur. In the first quarter they played aggressive pressing defense and got five steals that immediately turned into points. And no one player excels in that high-intensity system like freshman Kaylee Pond.
Pond can frequently be seen running in all directions, closing passing lanes, and overall being a nuisance to opponents. She had six steals on the night to go with 11 points and six assists.
So before long, the Bulldogs were up 24-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Clearly the two teams were not evenly matched, but it was still impressive to see the high energy on display by the Bulldogs.
And they didn’t let up in the second quarter of play.
After a quick basket from Berean sparked a 21-2 run by the Bulldogs, which was kicked off by a three-pointer by Karissa Wiebalk. The senior hit three in the match up, and lead the way for Alhambra’s scorers with 21 points.
Right behind her was the other girl who put together a 10-point quarter, sophomore Bry Waters. The guard has benefited most from the fast-break transition offense and scored 20 on the night.
There was a small let up in the second half. The Bulldogs had already built up a large lead, so the pressing stopped. But the intensity never wavered. The Eagles had their best scoring quarter in the third, but still allowed the Bulldogs to drop another 20-point outburst.
That was thanks in part to a solid quarter from Saelym Schmidt, who had 14 points on the night, and a great rebounding effort from Wiebalk, who had 11 on the night, and Rios, who had 10 to pitch in off the bench.
Content to cruise the rest of the way, the Bulldogs didn’t score as much in the final quarter of play, but did manage to limit Berean to only seven points, four of those came in the final minute of play.
The win puts the Bulldog girls at 16-1 overall, and 1-0 in Diablo Athletic League play. Their next test will be against Concord High on Friday night. The Lady Minutemen boast a 7-6 record, and beat Ygnacio Valley 83-35 in their league opener on Jan. 13.