Published: 12:00 pm, Wed. Dec. 2nd, 2015Updated: 1:58 pm
The Lady Bulldog basketball team posted its first win of the 2015-16 season Tuesday at Bulldog Pit in decisive fashion, besting the Lady Desert Warriors of Santa Teresa by a final of 60-32.
The Artesia girls came out strong offensively in just their second game of the year, taking a 16-5 lead over Santa T. in the first quarter and holding a 29-8 advantage at the half.
Alissa Wagner got the ball rolling for the Lady ‘Dogs with back-to-back buckets, and Artesia quickly jumped out to an 11-2 edge on baskets by Paityn Houghtaling and Stacia Martinez, and a Laci Taylor three-pointer.
The Lady Bulldogs’ defense held the Warriors to just five points in the opening eight minutes and continued to keep up the pressure in the second, forcing 12 first-half turnovers and keeping Santa Teresa under double digits.
Martinez, meanwhile, added two more baskets to her total in the second, and Gracie Tesillo delivered a trio of layups late in the half.
The Lady Warriors came out aggressive in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady ‘Dogs 10-2 early in the period – with help from consecutive treys by Jennifer Salazar and Jacqueline Rivera – and 14-10 overall. But a three and a layup by Tesillo and a basket apiece from Gracie Puentes and Wagner helped Artesia keep Santa T.’s deficit near the 20-point mark going into the fourth, 39-22.
There, the Lady Bulldogs compensated for the brief slowdown and then some, racking up 21 points to the Warriors’ 10, including six from Tesillo, five from Puentes, and longballs by Taylor, Houghtaling and Alexa Riggs.
Tesillo took high-point honors on the night with 19, followed by Martinez and Puentes with nine each and Houghtaling, Taylor and Wagner all with six.
The Lady ‘Dogs were seven of 19 from the free-throw line and led on the boards by Houghtaling with 12 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs will now have another week off before taking their first road trip of the year to Moriarty Dec. 8 for a 5:30 p.m. game against the Lady Pintos. The Artesia girls will then join the Bulldogs Dec. 10-12 in hosting the City of Champions Classic.