Lady ’Devs finish undefeated: River Valley routs Chino Valley 55-26
MOHAVE VALLEY — The Lady Dust Devils completed their regular season unbeaten by steamrolling the Lady Cougars 55-26 at River Valley High School on Senior Night on Thursday.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association 3A West Region victory against Chino Valley High School improved the Dust Devils’ record to 18-0 overall, 10-0 in conference and 10-0 in region, according to aiaonline.org. River Valley also is ranked No. 6 in power points, and the Dust Devils will get either a first-round bye or home game when the AIA Basketball Girls 3A State Championship begins next week.
“We were champions, we played as champions,” Dust Devils head coach Larry Moore said. “We played great defense.”
Dust Devils 6-foot-5 senior center Krista Jackman, who signed a letter of intent to play basketball for UNLV next fall, led all scorers with 19 points.
River Valley 5-11 senior power forward Kaity King added 15 points.
King was excited about her offensive production following the Senior Night festivities and Moore said: “We fed her really good.”
This game was never close. River Valley led 22-0 after one quarter, 37-7 at halftime and 50-17 after three periods.
“I feel they’re great personalities, they’re good players and everything,” said Moore about his three seniors. “We’ll be ready.
“We’ve got some work to do. It’s the first time that any River Valley team in basketball went undefeated for the season, and we’re glad that happened.”
Between now and the playoffs, Moore said, “we’re going to work out butts off.”
King, who skipped her junior season on the hardword, said: “I missed it a lot, and I really regretted it a lot not playing.”
“We all needed everyone to step up and we needed another post, and (King) came in and helped us,” Jackman said. Finishing undefeated “is one of the greatest feelings in the world and I’m really proud of my team.”