BCHS girls basketball team holding winning streak as they prepare for senior night game

Jessica Watts

ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School girls basketball team is coming off of a three-game winning streak after picking up a pair of wins last week against Flagstaff and Westview High School. The Lady Jags beat the Eagles 54 to 51 on Thursday, and beat the Knights 39 to 31 on Friday.

Thursday night, the Lady Jags game out strong against the Eagles going up 14 to 9 at the end of the first quarter. The Eagles came within four at halftime due to some miscommunication and turnovers from the Lady Jags.

“We went out and were a little overly aggressive in the first, which caused us to get a little fatigued because we used a short bench tonight,” said Ryan Pletnick, Boulder Creek’s Head Coach.

According to junior Mallory Vivola, the team wasn’t communicating enough, but they picked it up and got things together.

The Eagles tied it up early in the third quarter, but the Lady Jags took off after a three-pointer by sophomore Sydney Palma. That was all the Lady Jags needed, as they would lead the rest of the game. Pletnick says it was the girls’ tenacity that helped them bounce back so quickly.

“We have had one of the toughest schedules I think I have ever seen,” Pletnick said. “At the beginning of the year, it was one of those where we had a bunch of close games and right now I think it’s the time that they are keeping their heads when dealing with adversity.”  

Vivola says that the team’s adrenaline and drive to win is what pushed them to extend their winning streak to three games.

 “Every game we have left on the schedule is going to be tight,” Pletnick said. “At the beginning of the year, we were on the opposite end of this, and now I think this the right time to learn from it and move on from the mistakes we made.”

The Lady Jags’ last home game and senior night will be on Thursday, Feb. 4, against Millennium High School.