EL DORADO — Five minutes not scoring a basket is a long time as the Union Mine High girls basketball team found out Friday against Bret Harte at the first game of the Union Mine Challenge.
The Lady Diamondbacks’ second-quarter scoring drought that produced just four points was the difference as the Bullfrogs leapt to the 38-31 win at the Snake Pit.
Union Mine actually led 6-5 after the first quarter and behind solid man-to-man defense in the second, forced six Bret Harte turnovers. But after D’back forward Alex Smith hit a basket with 5:22 left in the quarter to tie the game at 10-all, the hosts were blanked the rest of the way to trail 17-10 at the half.
“We held that team to 17 points, and that is a great defensive effort,” Union Mine head coach Chris Del Rio said. “This was a great game for us before we go into (Sierra Valley Conference) play. We are going to play teams as good or better as Bret Harte.”
The D’backs scored 21 points in the final 16 minutes of the game, including 15 in the fourth quarter but failed to overtake the Bullfrogs.
“I think we got to the point where we felt we had absolutely nothing to lose,” Del Rio said. “I think we started our pressure defense just a little too late. Our shots were falling for us tonight.”
D’back Madison Aliff gave her team a lift in scoring, leading with eight points. Guards Sanannah Scott and Smith had five points each; forward Yvonne Taylor and guard Deyanira Ventura scored four each; guard Sonya Watson had three and forward Brianna Lara, two points. Bret Harte was led by guard Jessie Evans, who had 14 points including three, three-pointers. Bekka Gross had nine of the Bullfrogs’ 34 rebounds.
Union Mine had 25 rebounds, including 15 on defense. Smith had seven rebounds and Watson four. Ventura had five of the D’backs’ 16 steals, mostly from mid-court and Watson had four.
EL DORADO — The Lady D’backs bounced back with Saturday’s 40-point win to improve to 10-1. Kimee Mueller led all scorers with 11 points; Scott buried 9; Aliff had 8; Taylor, 7; Watson, 5; Kinsey Del Rio, Lara, Tolbert and Ventura four each; and Smith, three points.
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