2/21/2014 2:10:00 PM State run ends in 1st round for Bradshaw girls basketball
Dacie Clark and the Bears, left, led much of the way in their state tournament opener Wednesday night at home but couldn’t put away Peoria.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Prescott Valley Tribune
The Bradshaw Mountain High girls' basketball team's fourth consecutive appearance in the Division 2 state tournament ended shortly after it began Wednesday night in Prescott Valley.
Facing No. 18 seed Peoria, the No. 15 Lady Bears were knocked out in the first round for the first time since 2011, narrowly losing to the Panthers, 46-44.
Kylie Morris paced the hosts with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ashlie Dowdy pitched in with 10 points, while Dacie Clark had 9.
BMHS led 20-16 at halftime and stayed ahead, 36-31, with less than a minute to play in the third quarter. But the Panthers would rally back, tying it at 38-38 going into the fourth.
Bradshaw struggled offensively in the final quarter against Peoria, whose defense limited the Lady Bears to 6 total points.
After the Panthers grabbed a 40-38 lead in the fourth, they never trailed again. BMHS tied it at 44-44 with a minute and 45 seconds left in regulation. However, Peoria sealed the victory with 20 seconds to go by converting its free throws down the stretch.
The Lady Bears finished the 2013-14 season with a 13-6 record in power-point games.
"Not the way we wanted to end it," first-year Bradshaw coach Deana Hendrix said afterward of the season. "But they played hard, and I'm proud of our team."
It's been quite a run for Lady Bears' basketball these past few years.
In 2012, the Lady Bears advanced all the way to the D-2 quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed before succumbing to Phoenix Thunderbird.
Last winter, Bradshaw pieced together a phenomenal 30-game winning streak and carried the No. 1 seed into state. BMHS ultimately lost by one point in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Scottsdale Saguaro.
With Bradshaw's most current season in the books, Peoria (17-4) moves on to battle No. 2 seed Sierra Linda in the second round at 7 p.m. Friday in Tolleson. Both Peoria and Sierra Linda are familiar foes, as the teams hail from D-2, Section 3.