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Peoria pounds Havasu girls

December 22, 2018

The Lake Havasu girls basketball team put up a fight in its first 4A West Valley regional matchup of the season against Peoria, but the Knights couldn’t catch the Panthers in 51-27 loss on Thursday.

“The girls never gave up,” Lake Havasu coach Karen Rockwell said. “The girls ended up getting tired. When we get tired we start not thinking straight. We let a girl shoot a three wide open. The girls still have a lot to learn but they are sponges and they are learning. But overall I felt like they played hard and together as a team.”

Havasu entered the second quarter down by three after keeping Peoria at bay for the majority of the first quarter.

The Panthers, however, went on a 9-2 run to pull away from the Knights to enter the second half with an 11 point lead. Peoria really pulled away in the third by only allowing Havasu to score four points.

In the fourth, though, the Knights made a push of their by going on a 9-3 run. But by the time Havasu started to find a groove, it was too late in the game to make up any ground lost.

“I thought we played a great game because everyone stuck together and worked hard,” freshman Maria Mack said. “I think after halftime, we got a little tired, had a couple of players out and started to slow down. We needed to keep pushing and I think at the end we started to push again.”

Mack led the Knights offensively with 10 points. Sierra Bekkedahl and Saydra Pappenfus both added six points.

The loss puts Havasu at 2-14 overall and 0-1 in West Valley regional play. The Knights will enjoy a two-week holiday break before returning on Jan. 7 to host River Valley.

Havasu beat River Valley 37-32 for its first win of the season. That was before Yazmeen Washington and Matisun Skirvin went down with injuries, however, but the Dust Devils are 1-7 overall in their last eight games.

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