Bill Thompson had a great view of the scoreboard from his seat in Basic’s gymnasium Saturday, and he didn’t like what he saw.
But Durango’s girls basketball coach entered his team in the Lady Wolves Holiday Tournament hoping his players would gain valuable experience, and they definitely were achieving that objective.
Lakeside (Calif.) ran the game like a clinic, jumping to a 13-0 lead and roaring to a 65-27 victory over the Trailblazers in the gold bracket championship game.
“Today we learned how much better we have to get to compete against the really good teams,” Thompson said. “Lakeside is a really good team.”
Durango reached the title game by beating Basic with a dramatic overtime rally Friday, a fact Thompson said contributed to the lopsided loss.
“We were just happy to be here after that win yesterday,” he said, “instead of ready to win it.”
Lakeside’s Maia Crawley made the most of her team’s 14-6 first-quarter rebounding edge, scoring 10 of her team-high 17 points while the Lancers took a 23-3 lead. Durango’s Jazmin Chavez scored four quick points in the second quarter, which merely delayed Lakeside from grabbing a 38-12 halftime lead.
The Lancers then scored the first 11 points of the second half.
Despite the lopsided outcome, Thompson said his players made effective adjustments.
“I thought we improved throughout the game,” said Thompson, whose team outrebounded the Lancers in each of the last three periods. “I just don’t think we were ready for a team that good.”
Chavez finished with 12 points and five rebounds to lead Durango, which hurt its cause with 29 turnovers. Aylin Ponce and Vonie Thomas had six points apiece.
The Lancers, who smothered the Trailblazers with full-court pressure for most of the game, got 14 points and nine rebounds by Victoria Sosa, and 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine steals by Kianna Williams.