Big Pineâ€™s Sheyanne Wilder (r) hit for 43 points in Tuesdayâ€™s win over Mammoth. Photo by Deb Murphy
Lady Warriors overwhelm
The Big Pine Lady Warriors clobbered the Mammoth Huskies on home court Tuesday night, skating to a decisive 52-25 win.
Junior Sheyanne Wilder led the scoring with 43 points, nearly twice the total Husky effort. The Warriorsâ€™ defense was aggressive; Wilder shared big rebound numbers with Kaity Barlow at 20 and 15 respectively.
Freshman Kaylee Simpson and sophomore Joyce Stoddard, in their first basketball game, were â€śpesky,â€ť said assistant coach Bob Church. Simpson was in the Huskiesâ€™ faces all night, playing an aggressive brand of ball that bodes well for the Warriors this season.
With Big Pineâ€™s dominance under the boards, Mammoth was forced to go to the outside, but even those shots faded as the game clock ticked down.
Not a bad night for a team that, 24 hours before the game, wasnâ€™t sure it could field five players. Stoddard stepped up as the fifth player Monday â€“ the first practice for the Warriors as a 5-player team.
Wilder struck first; Mammoth tied the game 2-2; Alicia Peterson put Big Pine ahead 4-2 and the Warriors never looked back.
With two freshmen, it took the Warrior defense through the first quarter to clamp down on the Huskies. But, once they did, it was a tough night for Mammoth.
The first quarter ended 17-10. The Huskiesâ€™ 3-point queen narrowed the score, 17-13, to open the second quarter. The Warriorsâ€™ defense, led by Kaity Barlow, quickly squashed the Huskiesâ€™ hopes, holding Mammoth scoreless through the balance of the half. Barlow, Simpson and Stoddard were in overdrive.
Big Pine extended its lead, going into the third quarter with a 27-13 lead.
By the second half, the Huskies were spent. Despite the absence of a Big Pine bench, the Warriors were energized, snagging rebounds, corralling what was left of the Mammoth offense and forcing turnovers.
Peterson pulled down a rebound, flew down court and hit for two, after adding two nothing-but-net foul shots. The balance of the Warriorsâ€™ 14-point third quarter was Wilder. When the Huskies ganged up to keep her out from under the boards, she hit from the outside.
Peterson started the final quarter with 2. The Warriors started to show some fatigue, but still racked up 11 points to the Huskiesâ€™ 5 in the last eight minutes of play.
The Warriors head to Coleville for the Antelope Valley Lions Club Tournament this Friday, then travel to Mammoth for a rematch Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Sheyanne Wilder: 43 pts., 20 rebounds, 6 steals
Alicia Peterson: 9 pts., 10 assists, 3 steals
Kaity Barlow: 15 rebounds
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The Big Pine Warriors played their brand of aggressive, scrappy basketball, but it wasnâ€™t enough to hold off the Mammoth Huskies Tuesday night.
The Warriors fell 19-38 in the opening game of the season. Thatâ€™s the bad news.
The good news: The team has three returning starters from last yearâ€™s bare minimum, six-man Hi-Lo League championship team. The veterans, Micah Bacoch, Bailey Chirrick and Parker Bear, are joined by junior David Barlowâ€™s speed and aggression, freshmen Austin Jones and Jacob Bacoch, who proved themselves on Big Pineâ€™s football team, plus junior Howard Duckey and sophomore Ray Clark.
Despite the nearly 20-point loss, the Big Pine defense did a good job holding the Huskiesâ€™ offense to single digits through the first quarter.
Mammoth took an early 0-5 lead, then got shut down by the Warriorsâ€™ defense through nearly six minutes of play.
Chirrick put Big Pine on the scoreboard from the foul line and Jacob Bacoch had the last word of the quarter with a 2-pointer, going into the second eight minutes of play at 3-9.
The Huskiesâ€™ offense took their time, wearing out the Warriorsâ€™ defense passing around the parameter and waiting for their shots.
Big Pineâ€™s defense was picking off rebounds and executing steals, but rushed its shots on offense.
Barlow made his presence known near the end of the half with a 3-pointer, narrowing the score 7-15.
Mammoth came into the third quarter on fire, scoring 12 unanswered points before Micah Bacoch hit for 2 and Barlow added 2 free throws.
With a 20-point deficit going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors out-scored the Huskies 8-7. Bear caught fire on offense and Barlow hit his second 3-pointer of the game.
Following the Antelope Valley Lions Club Tournament this weekend, the Warriors will have another shot at the Huskies on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Jacob Bacoch: 3 pts., 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Bailey Chirrick: 1 pt., 2 assists, 1 block, 10 rebounds, 3 steals
Micah Bacoch: 4 pts., 1 assist, 1 block, 14 rebounds, 6 steals
Parker Bear: 5 pts., 1 block, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
David Barlow: 7 pts., 8 rebounds, 1 steal