TOMBSTONE — The Benson High School girls basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak Friday night with a 52-20 win over visiting Tombstone High School.
It took time for either team to find their offensive rhythm but ultimately it was Benson who struck first. Emily Darwin got the Bobcats started with a 3-pointer. They jumped to a 5-0 lead which prompted a timeout by Tombstone. The Bobcats press defense wreaked havoc for the Yellow Jackets as they forced multiple steals and turnovers leading to easy points and kept Tombstone from scoring.
Benson boosted their lead to 18-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Bobcats out rebounded the Yellow Jackets, allowing them multiple chances on the offensive side of the court.
Tombstone scored their first bucket of the game two minutes into the second half, making the score 22-2. The Yellow Jackets couldn’t muster much momentum or many points, and trailed 26-8 at halftime.
Tombstone added 12 points to their score in the second half while Benson knocked down 26 points in the final 16 minutes. Darwin and Shaylin Taylor led Benson offensively. Darwin had 21 and Taylor added 15 in the win. Shantay Malone, Haley Flores and Kiersten Schilling led the Yellow Jackets with four points each.
Friday’s win came after a pair of losses as the Bobcats loss to Bisbee 53-35 on Jan. 21 and to Pima on Jan. 17.
Benson was back on the court on Tuesday when they traveled to Willcox. Results from the game were not available by press time. They return to their home court Thursday when they host Desert Christian. The Bobcats will have to win most of their remaining five games to stay in the playoff picture.