Lady Bulldogs struggle in return from break

Karolina Padilla puts up a shot as she goes to the basket in the Lady Bulldogs game with Tanque Verde, Friday, in the DHS gym. Douglas lost the game, 39-29.

The Douglas Lady Bulldogs, coming off an impressive showing at the Copper Cities Tournament in Globe, returned to regular season action last week winning just one of three games.

Douglas began the week losing to Empire 63-44 at Empire on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Nereyda Trevino led Douglas in scoring with 16 points, Clarissa Jaramillo followed with 13.

On Thursday, Jan. 9, the Lady Bulldogs hosted Amphi in the Gila Region opener and came away with a 47-35 win.

Douglas led Amphi 23-15 at the half but was outscored 17-5 in the third as the Panthers took a 32-28 lead into the fourth.

In the fourth quarter, Douglas got its offensive rhythm back outscoring Amphi 19-3.

Trevino led Douglas in scoring this game with 15 points, Cariela Miramontes followed with 14 and Jaramillo chipped in 11.

On Friday, Jan. 10 the Lady Bulldogs hosted Tanque Verde in a make-up game that was postponed earlier in the season. Douglas lost that game, 39-29.

Douglas led early on but then trailed 19-14 at the half. In the second half Tanque Verde outscored the Lady Bulldogs 20-15.

Jaramillo led Douglas in scoring with 15 points. Trevino followed with six.

“We played well against Tanque Verde who is now the number five ranked team in the 3A Division,” Douglas’ coach Clint Hill said after the loss. They destroyed us at the free throw line going 18-21 we were 1-4. In fact, they do not even put rebounders in the lanes when they shoot one and one or two, that is the first time I have seen that ever. I guess you don’t need to when you shoot like that. But I am pleased in my girls never giving up.”

The Lady Bulldogs, 5-4 overall, 2-1 in conference and 1-0 in region, has two tough region games this week taking on Rio Rico Tuesday in Rico Rico before hosting Walden Grove Thursday in the DHS gym.

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