How sweep it is.
Dove Creek beat both its major rivals Dolores and Mancos last Friday and Saturday in girls basketball action.
The Lady Bulldogs welcomed streaking Dolores to Dove Creek High School on Friday night.
Behind three players in double figures, Dove Creek (8-4, 3-3 2A/1A San Juan Basin League) halted the Lady Bears five-game winning streak. The Lady Bulldogs won 50-42, as Kali Fisher, Shelbie Knuckles and Madison Young scored 14, 13 and 11 points, respectively. But defense was the main key.
We worked pretty hard this week in practice. We were pretty much looking to stop the outside shooting of Dolores, Dove Creek coach Jim Buffington said. We saw them play and they can light up the scoreboard, if they get hot on those 3s. Defensively, we put a lot of effort into stopping their outside game. The girls were real intense in their defensive effort. They played a pretty complete game I thought.
Dove Creek easily kept its winning streak alive with its fifth-straight victory at Mancos on Saturday afternoon, taking a 44-21 route. Zoey Young led a balanced scoring attack with 10 points. She also made four steals and had a block on defense.
Offensively, we were pretty sluggish, Buffington said. We talked in our pregame that after a big win, theres always that chance of a letdown. Defensively, you cant have a letdown. Thats the big reason we won at Mancos. We never let them score more than seven points in a quarter. We just never let them get into a rhythm.
The Lady Bulldogs continue league play Friday in Nucla at 5:30 p.m. Dove Creek will then play five of its final six games of the regular season at home.
Were starting to hit our stride a little bit, Buffington said. More and more people are gaining confidence, and performing at a higher level. Were doing a lot of the little things much better now. When you do the little things, like take care of the ball, get some rebounds, play good defense and stuff like that, youre performance is going to be upgraded.