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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Knights silence Dust Devils

January 8, 2019

The Lake Havasu girls basketball team showed the improvement it’s made over the break, pulling away from River Valley in the second half to win 46-36, earning its second win of the season outside of tournament play.

Havasu junior Matisun Skirvin had 20 points in her first game back from inury, guiding an offense that was consistently out in transition against the Dust Devils (2-6).

The Knights (2-6) took a while to get going, scoring just once in the first four minutes of play to fall behind 9-2.

Kilee Greene broke the drought, hitting a long two, then getting the transition offense moving by breaking loose for a layup on the fast break to cut the River Valley lead to 10-6.

The Knights cut the lead to one point by the close of the first quarter and took their first lead two minutes into the second. Skirvin hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Havasu ahead for good.

Havasu led 23-20 at half and held River Valley to three points in the first four minutes of the third quarter to take a nine point lead.

The Dust Devils closed the third quarter on a 6-1 run, but Havasu answered with a 6-1 run to start the fourth, retaking its eight point lead. Six quick points from Skirvin stretched the Knights lead to 13 with 2:03 to play.

Havasu held River Valley to just five field goals in the second half and benifited from the Devils’ rough showing at the free-throw line. River Valley shot just 11-of-37 (29.7 percent) from the charity stripe in the game.

“We didn’t play very smart, we had a lot of turnovers, but we did finish the game,” Havasu coach Karen Rockwell said. “We got the job done and we got the win.”

The Knights play again tonight at Yuma Gila Ridge (7-1). It’s the first game out of the holiday break for the Blue Hawks, who have won five straight and are ranked No. 12 in 4A.

“Starting with a win, that’s good,” Rockwell said. “We’ve got a tough road ahead of us, but we’ve got nothing to lose.”

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