Ar-We-Va and Boyer Valley both opened Class 1A girls’ regional basketball action on Saturday with victories.
At Westside, Ar-We-Va jumped out to a 19-4 lead over Oakland Riverside and advanced with a 53-35 triumph over the visiting Bulldogs.
At Dunlap, the BV girls outscored Whiting 37-2 in the second half en route to a 69-14 pounding of the
Ar-We-Va wasted little time in setting the tone for Saturday’s contest, as the Rockets raced to a 15-point first-quarter lead and never looked back.
In winning for the third straight game, Ar-We-Va improved to 14-7 overall going into tonight’s (Tuesday) regional quarterfinal game against West Harrison at Westside at 7 p.m.
Ar-We-Va defeated WH twice during the regular season in Rolling Valley Conference action.
Dan Kock’s Rockets led Riverside 31-5 at halftime and 45-26 after three quarters of competition.
Jadeyn Smith paced Ar-We-Va with 16 points to go with six rebounds.
Emilee Danner added 15 points and six boards.
Leslie Luft chipped in with 12 points and two boards. Emily Hinners also had five points and five boards for the Rockets. Bridget Cameron finished with four points and three boards for the hosts.
"We started strong taking a quick 15-point lead, but slowed in the second quarter, as Danner and Sara Schurke both went out with injuries.
Danner sprained her right ankle and played sparingly in the second half, while Schurke sat out the entire second half with a shoulder or rib injury, according to Kock.
"Smith and Luft picked up the slack, playing aggressive and taking care of the ball. All of the girls did a good job filling in roles they were accustomed to," Kock added.
Boyer Valley 69
Saturday’s 55-point win moved Larry Neilsen’s BV squad to 8-14 overall, as the Lady Bulldogs picked up their second consecutive victory.
BV led 27-12 with two minutes left in the second quarter and then went on a 40-0 run for a 67-12 lead with three minutes left in the game.
In all, BV outscored Whiting 42-2 from the two-minute mark of the second quarter to the end of the contest.
Both Whiting points in the second half came via the free throw line.
Katelyn Neilsen led the BV girls with 19 points, adding nine assists, four steals and three boards.
Chelsey Fundermann followed with 17 points, nine boards and two steals.
Marie Hanigan chipped in with eight points, eight boards, six assists and four steals. Katy Puck had six points, eight boards and two steals.
BV is scheduled to take on 12th-ranked Westwood, Sloan in a regional quarterfinal game tonight (Tuesday) at Sloan at 7 p.m.