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ST. IGNATIUS – It was rivalry weekend for the Mission Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs basketball teams as they squared off with their nonconference rivals for Mission Valley bragging rights on Friday and Saturday evening with the girls winning both of their games and the boys bringing home one win and one loss. 

For a weekend recap, the Mission squads were on the road on Friday in Ronan where the Chiefs overpowered the Bulldogs in the second half for a 60-40 win, but the Lady Bulldogs rolled past the Maidens 58-41. At home on Saturday, the Bulldogs won an 80-76 overtime nail-biter against the Arlee Warriors, while the Lady Bulldogs made sure there would be no nail-biting Arlee comeback by defeating the Scarlets 64-23.

During Friday’s game, the Bulldogs seemed to struggle to find an offensive rhythm despite trailing the Chiefs by only three points at the end of the opening quarter, 17-14. Ronan extended their lead at the end of the second quarter 30-23 before heading into the final period of action with a 43-30 advantage. A Chief 17-10 fourth-quarter gave Ronan the 60-40 win.

For the Chiefs, Girma Detwiler scored a game-high 16 points pacing three other double-digit Ronan shooters. Leonard Burke had 15 points, Payton Cates had 14 points, and Zarec Couture put in 11 points. Bulldog Jedi Christy led Mission with 11 points on the night.

On Saturday, it was four quarters of fast-paced action as both the Bulldogs and Warriors raced up and down the court trading points, but it was the Bulldogs who snagged the win in overtime on a 11-7 scoring run to take the 80-76 victory.

“It was a good win for us,” said Bulldog head coach Stuart Grant. “We bounced back the way we should have after a loss to Ronan.” 

Bulldog Zoran LaFrombois was off the chain erupting for a game-high 27 points followed by Christy for 13 points and Layne Spidel with 12 points. For the Warriors, Cody Tanner poured in 26 points, while Levi Fullerton had 16 points and Tapit Haynes added 12 points.

The Maidens held a slim lead 12-8 in the first quarter of Friday’s night’s game, but the Lady Bulldogs went on a 19-5 scoring run in the second quarter and a 13-8 point run in the third quarter to pull away from the Maidens for a 58-41 road victory.

Azia Umphrey scored a Lady Bulldog team-high 13 points followed by Sydney Brander who added 10 points. Jaylea Lunceford paced the Maidens with 13 points.

Opening a 17-6 first-quarter lead against the Scarlets, an energetic and very determined Lady Bulldog squad kept the pedal to the metal both offensively and defensively to take a 64-23 win on Saturday evening over Arlee. The Lady Bulldogs pressured and disrupted Arlee’s offense limiting the Scarlets’ scoring opportunities.

“I feel our defense working together. The girl’s ability to stay patient in the face of full-court pressure and ball awareness was key in both games,” said Lady Bulldog’s coach Jen Brander. 

For the Lady Bulldogs, Sydney Brander scored a game-high 22 points followed by Umphrey who had 16 points. Peyton Lammerding was the top shooter for the Scarlets with 12 points.

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