Borst encouraged despite win-loss record: Lady Thunderbirds lose their final five games on road to close out 2016-17
BULLHEAD CITY — First-year Lady T-birds head basketball coach Dustin Borst could not measure progress by wins and losses; nonetheless, he noted some of the positives after his club concludeded its season.
“We improved against every section team the second time around and even beat Mingus,” Borst said. “We made adjustments in every game we played down the stretch, and the girls really took pride in locking down their best players and not letting those girls beat us like they did in the first game.”
LEE WILLIAMS 38, MOHAVE 26
KINGMAN — Junior Selena Ramirez and senior Dominique Moore each scored six points for the Lady T-birds during their 38-26 loss to the Lady Volunteers at Lee Williams High School on Jan. 31.
Junior Mardi Duarte and seniors Megan Brown and Johnna Cox each chipped in four points during the Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Grand Canyon Region girls basketball game.
The T-birds shot 23 percent from the field and 6 percent from 3-point range.
Mohave led 15-11 after one quarter, trailed 23-19 at halftime and 28-21 after three periods.
LAKE HAVASU 37, MOHAVE 19
LAKE HAVASU CITY — Moore tallied five points and senior Trinity James added four points for the T-birds during their 37-19 loss against the Lady Knights at Lake Havasu High School on Feb. 1.
Senior Masisen Brown chipped in three points for Mohave.
Mohave led 7-6 after one quarter, trailed 18-14 at halftime and 37-19 after three periods.
The T-birds shot 21 percent from the field during their AIA nondivision contest against the rival Knights.
PRESCOTT 45, MOHAVE 29
PRESCOTT — Ramirez tallied 10 points, while shooting 4 for 8 from the field, for the T-birds during their 45-29 loss to the Lady Badgers at Prescott High School on Feb. 3.
Cox scored five points, Duarte, Brown and junior Bridget MacDonald each chipped in three points during their AIA 4A Grand Canyon Region contest.
The Badgers led 10-8 after one period, 21-14 at halftime and 33-26 after three quarters.
FLAGSTAFF 50, MOHAVE 44
FLAGSTAFF — Ramirez scored 14 points and MacDonald chipped in nine during Mohave’s 50-44 loss to the Lady Eagles at Flagstaff High School on Feb. 4.
Eagles sophomore Hailey Armus led all scorers with 16 points, and freshman Emma Doskicz chipped in 12 for Flagstaff.
Mohave sophomore Dae’zha Goodloe and Masisen Brown each added seven points for the T-birds during the AIA 4A Grand Canyon Region game.
No. 4-ranked Flagstaff led 17-8 after one quarter, 31-21 at halftime and 42-24 after three periods.
No. 29-ranked Mohave went 9 of 24 from the charity stripe, while Havasu went 7 for 15.
“For the Flagstaff game on Saturday they only played their starters for the first quarter, then sat them for the rest of the game since we were playing them again on Monday in the section tournament,” Borst said. “But they are a very deep team and those players were still solid all around.
“We played them tight all afternoon and came up just short at the end.”
FLAGSTAFF 68, MOHAVE 23
FLAGSTAFF — Ramirez and James each scored four points for Mohave during its 68-23 defeat in the first round of the AIA 4A Grand Canyon Region Tournament at Flagstaff High School on Feb. 6.
Eagles junior Mikaila Kayaani-lee scored 11 points, and Flagstaff junior Monique Ware and senior Mikala Begoody contributed nine points apiece.
WINS-LOSSES: The T-birds finished with a record of 2-16 overall, 1-12 in conference and 1-11 in region this season.
BORST’S PERSPECTIVE: “We had the No. 1 strength of schedule among all 4A teams, so even though our overall record doesn’t show our improvement, I think we improved tremendously over the course of the year,” Borst said. “And the juniors and sophomores are ready to get going with the Gym Rats and really improve this spring and summer.”
The Bullhead City Gym Rats are a year round travel basketball team coached by former Arizona State University Sun Devil Molly Tuter.
Statistics, team records and team ranking are courtesy of maxpreps.com and aiaonline.org.