GIRLS BASKETBALL: No. 6 Scorpions sting Havasu
The Lake Havasu girls basketball team had a tough time with one of the top teams in 4A, falling to Goodyear Desert Edge 55-21 on Tuesday at Lake Havasu High School.
The Knights struggled to break the aggressive full-court pressure defense of the Scorpions in the first quarter. Desert Edge used its athletic starting lineup to trap the Havasu ballhandlers in the backcourt, forcing 14 turnovers in the opening quarter.
Havasu was able to break through the press on a handful of occasions, but couldn’t find its finishing touch. The girls got on the board with 2:00 left in the first quarter, Maria Mack hitting the first of two free throws to cut the Scorpions lead to 17-1.
Havasu got its first field goal with 5:51 to play in the second quarter, when Matisun Skirvin drove the length of the floor and hit a leaning floater in traffic to make the score 21-4.
While the Desert Edge press worked to disrupt the Havasu offense, it also got the Scorpions into foul trouble, and the Knights took advantage in the second quarter, going on a 7-4 run in the first five minutes of the frame, capped by a bucket from guard Kilee Greene.
But, the Scorpions found their form before halftime, with Jalaya Stephenson scoring five straight points to end the Knights’ run and help Desert Edge close the half with a 30-9 lead.
The Scorpions continued to expand their lead in the second half, leading 47-15 after three quarters before a nearly even final quarter with a running clock.
Skirvin had a team-high 10 points to lead the Knights.
Haley Montano had 14 points and Karina Montano 12 points for Desert Edge.