Lady Bucs Finish 2nd in Nikiski Tournament

The VHS girls varsity team traveled to Nikiski for a tournament this past weekend.  Last Thursday the Lady Bucs competed in their first game, their opponent the Kodiak Bears. Valdez won easily by a score of 53-30 to advance in the tournament. They were led to victory by junior Bobbi Mott who scored 32 points on 12-18 shooting, tallied 14 rebounds, grabbed 3 steals and got 4 blocks.

On Friday, the Lady Bucs played the Service Panthers. Valdez outscored the Panthers in each quarter and stepped up defensively recording 18 steals for the game as a team. Mott led the team in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and 14 rebounds. On the defensive side, the Lady Bucs looked to senior Tori Franciosi who tallied 6 steals for the game and also scored 14 points.

In the championship game the Lady Bucs competed against the hometown Nikiski Bulldogs. The Bulldogs  defense caused numerous problems for the Lady Bucs throughout the game. At the end of the first quarter, Nikiski led 21-6. In the 2nd quarter Valdez diminished the deficit and finished the half only down by 8. In the next two quarters the Bulldogs kept up their defensive pressure forcing turnovers and contesting shots that allowed to them to win 47-30. The Lady Bucs placed 2nd in the tournament. Mott once again led Valdez in scoring with 15 points, but wasn’t enough in the final game with the Lady Bucs shooting 7-31 for the game and gaving up 18 turnovers. The next game for the Lady Bucs will be next week as they travel to Seward for another weekend of tournament basketball.

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