Lady Bulldogs top Amphi, fall to Rio Rico

Douglas’ Karolina Padilla puts up a shot as Rio Rico’s Zenya Nido attempts to block it in the second half of the Lady Bulldogs game Jan. 30.

With the regular season winding down, it appears as if the Lady Bulldogs basketball team is going to miss out on making the playoffs.

Douglas beat Amphi last week, 44-40, in Tucson and then lost to Rio Rico, 51-45, in Douglas on Thursday, Jan. 30.

In the win over Amphi, Douglas led, 13-5, at the end of the first quarter and, 21-13, at the half. The Lady Bulldogs fought hard in the second half to maintain their lead, coming away with a four point win.

Nereyda Teran led Douglas in scoring with 11 points. Paola Paredes and Clarissa Jaramillo followed with eight each, and Karolina Padilla and Cariela Miramontes had six each.

In the loss to Rio Rico, the Lady Bulldogs had their hands full containing Rio Rico’s Luisayde Chavez, who scorched Douglas for 26 of her teams 51 points.

Prior to the start of the game, there was a tribute for NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the other seven people who were killed in the tragic helicopter accident in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, in addition to Gali Aguirre, a 2009 DHS graduate, who passed away Jan. 28 of unknown causes. He is survived by his sister Sheyla Villa, who played for DHS for four years and currently is a volunteer assistant coach for the Lady Bulldogs.

Douglas led, 12-9, at the end of the first quarter, but was outscored, 14-7, in the second as the Hawks led, 23-19, at the half.

The Lady Bulldogs were outscored, 18-12, in the third, trailing, 41-31, going into the fourth quarter.

Trevino led Douglas in scoring with 16 points, while Jaramillo and Padilla each chipped in eight.

“We played very well, even though we were not victorious,” Douglas’ coach Clint Hill said. “The girls never gave up. I am very proud of their effort.”

The coach added it was a “very emotional” night.

Douglas, 7-8 overall, 4-5 in conference, 3-4 in region, finds itself ranked 33rd in the latest 4A state basketball rankings. The top 24 make it to state. Two games are on tap this week with Douglas being on the road Tuesday at Walden Grove before hosting Pueblo on Thursday Feb. 6 on what will be senior night for Douglas’ departing seniors.

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