Putting the puzzles together: Shootout helps coaches, players prepare for bulk of regular season

December 3, 2018

MOHAVE VALLEY — Lady Dust Devils girls head basketball coach Josh Noonan said his River Valley High School squad played well during the first two games of the River Valley Shootout on Friday.

“I don’t know whether the girls were tired or was there a lack of motivation,” said Noonan about his Dust Devils’ performance against the Needles High School Lady Mustangs during their third game Friday. “It was a pretty bad loss; we were pretty upset about it.”

Other than that, it has been a good tournament thus far, Noonan said. It has been a pretty good turnout.

River Valley guard Bruke Zozaya (hamstring) did not play on Friday.

The Dust Devils defeated the Laughlin High School Lady Cougars in the first game and the Mohave Accelerated Learning Center Lady Patriots in the second game.

Mohave High School head coach Herb Williams said senior Lady T-birds center Natalie Willmore played very well during the first day of the Shootout.

The T-birds beat the Chino High School Lady Cougars 52-38 during their first game Friday.

“We’ve been telling her all year that when you step your game up, it makes us better,” said Williams about Willmore.

Williams said Chino Valley has a good team, and his T-birds spent most of the game running their offense.

“We slowly pulled away and did a good job to win,” said Williams about Mohave’s win over the Cougars.

Mohave topped the Kingman Academy Lady Tigers 40-35 during Friday’s second game.

“We didn’t play well offensively and defensively,” said the Mohave first-year girls head basketball coach. “We did well enough to win, but really struggled. ...”

The T-birds trailed most of Friday’s third game, which was againt the Lady Bullogs, Williams said. The game ended in a 45-45 tie, as Mohave guard Kylee Heath hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in the game.

Mohave lost 44-22 to the Lee Williams Lady Volunters during Saturday’s first game.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Brantford, from Ontario, Canda, Lady Warriors earned the tournament title by defeating the Needles Lady Mustangs 54-21 in the finals Saturday.

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