ST. DAVID — The perfect season was ruined Tuesday night as the St. David High School girls basketball team lost their first game of the 2019-2020 campaign in Pima.
The Roughriders defeated the Tigers 55-43 on their home court. St. David had a strong start and led the 2A team for most of the first half, but three made free throws by Pima late in the second quarter caused the two teams to go into the break tied 24-24.
Both teams exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter and entered the final frame knotted 38-38. Pima outscored St. David 17-5 in the last eight minutes to push past St. David and snapped their 16-game winning streak. Kyra Richardson had 10 points in the loss while Jaylin Richardson added eight for the Tigers.
In St. David’s last game of the 16-game winning streak was Jan. 31 against Benson. The Tigers defeated the Bobcats 58-35 to complete the sweep, 4-0, of their familiar foe.
Benson was led in scoring by Emily Darwin with 12 points, Shaylin Taylor with eight, Chloe Martin with six, Celina Wilharm with five and Jennifer Barker with four points. St. David out scored Benson in three of the four quarters last Friday on their home court.
“From the start of the game we couldn’t get things going on the offensive end, but played pretty good defense and put forth a lot of effort,” Bobcats head coach Robert Bristow wrote in a statement to the News-Sun.
Benson had a good week leading into Friday’s loss as they crushed Willcox 53-8 on Jan. 28 and defeated Desert Christian 48-31 on Jan. 30.
Both St. David and Benson played Tuesday but the results were unavailable at press time. St. David will start the 1A South Region tournament on Friday while Benson concludes their regular season on Thursday at Morenci.