BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Phoenix Goldwater sweeps Havasu
Both the Lake Havasu and Phoenix Barry Goldwater girls basketball teams entered Saturday’s game looking for their first Desert West regional win.
In the end, it was the Bulldogs (3-9 overall, 1-4 Desert West) who left the Dungeon no longer winless with a 48-16 rout over Lake Havasu (2-9 overall, 0-3 Desert West).
“We just need to get over this shooting wall,” Lake Havasu coach Wade Novy said about what his team needs to do moving forward.
“It’s not a blame or anything. It’s just getting our shots to fall and being confident. It is a mental game. When you make a shot, you get excited and the basket seems bigger and bigger.”
That confidence Novy was talking about shined through for a brief period at the beginning of the second quarter.
After the Knights were outscored 16-1 in the first quarter, Lake Havasu went on an 8-3 scoring run to open the second that lasted until the final minute of the half.
The Knights held the Bulldogs to only five points in the second quarter. It was the only quarter where Lake Havasu scored more points than Goldwater.
“Sometimes if we are up we have a tendency to come out and not attack the other squad,” Goldwater coach Vanessa Lemmon said about her team’s brief skid. “We saw a glimpse of that again today. Lake Havasu came out in that quarter and they wanted to win. So the big thing for us is to keep the composure. We look to start every half like it is 0-0, so we can get that maximum effort, and that is what changed it for us.”
Once the Bulldogs made some midcourt adjustments going into the second half, the run the Knights put together was not enough.
Goldwater started double teaming Lake Havasu ball handlers and the pressure forced rough passes and turnovers. The Bulldogs ended the third quarter with a 10-2 scoring run to go up by 20 and seal the deal.
McKenah Kovach led Lake Havasu offensively with five points and Dellaney Hook added four.
On Tuesday Desert Edge — ranked ninth in the 5A conference — comes to town at 5:30 p.m. to face Lake Havasu.
A short turnaround time for Lake Havasu to make the adjustments that Novy said he wants to see happen.
“We need to come out for the whole game like we did in the second quarter,” Novy said. “And not spot a team 10 points before we decide we are going to get going. We challenged the girls at halftime to be the aggressor, not watching somebody go for the rebound and going and owning the ball. That is where we will start at practice.”
Barry Goldwater 69, Lake Havasu 54
Lake Havasu couldn’t keep pace late, dropping its third straight game in a Desert West conference loss at Phoenix Barry Goldwater.
The Knights (15-7 overall, 0-3 Desert West) were able to run with the Bulldogs (5-6, 3-1) early, trailing 35-27 at halftime despite missing 16 shots in the opening two quarters, but another cold shooting night doomed any hope of a comeback.
“We competed, we were in the game for most of it,” Knights coach Ted Darnell said.
Abraham Rodriguez and Noah Boyd each had eight points for the Knights in the loss.
Goldwater’s Mason Crawford hit five 3-pointers in the game on the way to 21 points.
“They’ve got one kid whose been killing us,” Darnell said.
“We gave up some 3s and just couldn’t answer.”
It is the third straight loss for Lake Havasu after a three-week winter break, having won four straight entering the holidays.
“That’s what’s good about film,” Darnell said. “You can watch some film and make some adjustments, get them next time.
“Our offensive output just isn’t what it has been at the beginning of the season. Overall, they just shot the ball better than we did today. If you’re going to give up 3s, you have to make a couple on the other end yourself.
“This is league, these are the Phoenix schools, they’re always a little tougher.”
The Knights are back in the Phoenix metro area twice next week, playing at Goodyear Desert Edge on Tuesday and Avondale Agua Fria on Friday. Lake Havasu closes its season playing four of five games at home.