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2/11/2013 10:04:00 AM
Winning streak at 29 and counting
Bradshaw Mountain girls hoopsters claim sectional title; await state
The Bradshaw Mountain girls basketball team pose Saturday night with their sectional tournament championship trophy. With 29 straight wins, a tournament title, a first-round bye at state, and home court advantage, they are on fire.
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The Bradshaw Mountain girls basketball team pose Saturday night with their sectional tournament championship trophy. With 29 straight wins, a tournament title, a first-round bye at state, and home court advantage, they are on fire.
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Prescott Valley Tribune

With every passing week this winter, the 2012-13 Bradshaw Mountain High girls' basketball squad has continued to show that it indeed may be a team of destiny.

On Saturday at Greenway High in Phoenix, the Bears offered further proof that they should be the favorite to win the Division 2 state championship later this month as the No. 1 seed.

Div. 2 No. 1-ranked BMHS blasted No. 3 Thunderbird, 42-20, to capture the Bears program's first-ever Div. 2, Section 2 championship.

In the process, Bradshaw won its 29th straight game, improving its record to 29-1. BMHS has not lost since its season opener Nov. 23 against Catalina Foothills.

"From the beginning (of the season), it's always been the same," Bradshaw coach Efren Badilla said of his team's driven, impassioned approach. "Today these girls were so determined from the start to come out and play an aggressive game from the beginning, and that's exactly what took place. They never gave up."

The Bears earned a first-round bye into the Div. 2 state tournament that starts Wednesday. They won't play until 7 p.m. Friday when they host a second-round game.

On Saturday, the Bears snapped Thunderbird's 10-game winning streak. The Chiefs hadn't lost since Jan. 11 in a 44-41 setback to Liberty at home. T-bird avenged that loss in the sectional semifinals on Thursday, edging Liberty to advance to the title game.

Bradshaw reached the sectional championship after defeating Flagstaff High in a sectional semifinal Thursday at Prescott High. Despite losing Dacie Clark, a crucial Bears player, to a minor ankle injury in that semifinal tilt, BMHS plugged along this weekend without her in the lineup.

Clark's expected to return to the team later this week, Badilla said, but backup Miranda Angulo filled in admirably for her on Saturday.

Versus Thunderbird, Kylie Morris led the Bears offensively with a team-high 18 points. Kirsten Smith and Angie Banks followed with 9 points apiece. Ashlie Dowdy chipped in with 5 points.

On this night, however, it was Bradshaw's zone defense that shined brightest, limiting the Chiefs to just 12 points through three quarters.

The Bears led 11-4 after the first quarter, 20-8 at halftime and 32-12 at the end of the third period before polishing off the game by outscoring T-bird 10-8 in the final eight minutes.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) will release the Div. 2 state tournament pairings for girls' basketball. Twenty-four teams receive berths into the playoffs.

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