Lady Honkers collar Bulldogs

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The first time the Tulelake Lady Honkers and the Butte Valley Lady Bulldogs met, it took over time to decide the game in Tulelake’s favor, 60-57. On Friday night in Dorris, it appeared that the squads might be headed for another nail-biter. After Butte Valley took an early lead, Tulelake came back to tie the contest, 12-12, at the end of the first quarter. The game remained close going into the intermission, with the Lady Honkers holding a 25-20 lead.

The second half, however, was just about all Lady Honkers. Amanda Madden opened up the third quarter scoring with a freebie, making it 26-20, starting a 10-2 Tulelake run. Cierra Gribble made it 28-20 with two from the charity stripe. Then, Sabrina Gribble dropped in a 3-ball from somewhere around Macdoel, upping the Lady Honker advantage to 31-20. Butte Valley’s Anna Austin interrupted the run, with a hoop at the 4:08 mark, 31-22. Madee Boyd answered with back-to-back buckets, to complete the run, and give Tulelake a 35-22 lead. Tulelake would open up a 14-point gap by the start of the fourth quarter, 41-27.

Consecutive 3-pointers to open the final frame by Lady Bulldogs Paige Porterfield and Ruby Gonzalez, brought Butte Valley back within eight points, 41-33, with 7:09 left to play. That didn’t even phase the Lady Honkers who responded by out scoring the Lady Bulldogs, 23-5, the rest of the way for a convincing 64-38 win.

Boyd led the Lady Honkers with 15 points. Cierra Gribble put up 12, and Maria Chavolla added 11 points.

Butte Valley was led by Gonzalez with 12 points, including three 3-balls. Lydia Hill had 9 points. Haley Reynolds and Paige Porterfield each added five points.

Tulelake sits at the top of the Evergreen League at 6-0, and hosts Happy Camp (3-3) on Tuesday.

Butte Valley (3-3) goes to Dunsmuir (1-5) on Tuesday.

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