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Badger Women Pick Up Season Opening Win

23 November 2016  
Prescott Badgers junior Abby Chartier dribbles the ball in the first quarter against the Washington High School Rams on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 in Prescott, Arizona Photo by: Torrence Dunham

Prescott Badgers Women's Basketball Open Season with Victory

The Prescott Badgers women’s basketball team opened the season with a victory on Tuesday night beating the Washington High School Rams 41-29 at Prescott High School.

“That’s definitely huge to come out strong tonight and get the nerves out of the way, and the butterflies out of the way, and get that first win under their belt,” said Prescott Badgers head coach Bobbi Yoder following the victory. “That’s definitely big for their confidence and moving forward.”

Prescott and Washington were close to start the game with the first quarter ending in a tie. However, the Badgers would settle in and turn on the jets in the second and third quarter outscoring their opponent 27-12 to take a commanding lead. The game would tighten up in the fourth quarter as the Badger lead shrunk to single digits with time winding down but the Badgers were able to hold on late to secure the victory.

The team was lead in scoring by juniors Molly Courtright with eleven points and Brittany Resendez who added ten points to go along with a team-high five rebounds. The Badgers were thieves on the court stealing the ball seventeen times.

“A lot of things went wrong and a lot of things went well,” said junior Theresa Gutierrez who scored five points to go along with four steals in the victory. “I think it’s pretty good for our first game.”

Following a ten-point Rams first quarter, Yoder switched up the game plan. The new scheme worked for the Badgers as the team allowed seven points or less per quarter throughout the rest of the contest.

“Their defensive performance overall was pretty good,” Yoder said. “There is room for improvement and we will definitely get after that tomorrow (Wednesday) in practice.”

The team may be young, but the players hold a significant height advantage over their competition allowing the team to have a greater opportunity for points in the paint. Yoder thought the Badger score differential could have been greater if the team had executed their advantage; a point Yoder is looking to work on.

“I feel like the score shouldn’t have been as close as it was and a lot of that is just being able to finish in the paint,” Yoder said. “We’re going to have the size advantage against a lot of teams this season and we got to find a way to get it done.”

The Badgers (1-0, 0-0) hit the road south to Goodyear for the Scorpion Shootout at Desert Edge High School on Friday and Saturday before returning home next Tuesday, November 29th, against Apache Junction (0-2, 0-0). Tip-off on Tuesday is 7pm in the “dome” at Prescott High School.

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