REGION — A good start to the week ended with a tough loss for the Benson girls basketball team.
The Bobcats defeated Morenci 44-34 Tuesday on their home court. Emily Darwin led the Bobcats in scoring with 14 points. Shaylin Taylor chipped in with nine points in the win. Benson carried their momentum from Tuesday’s game into their road game at San Miguel on Thursday. The Bobcats dominated the Vipers and returned to town with a 64-7 win in tow.
However, their string of success was halted Friday night at Pima High School. A technical foul and a tale of two halves are how it went Friday night as the No. 10 ranked Pima Roughriders took down No. 17 Benson Bobcats for the second time this season by a score of 46-25.
“In the second half we turned things around by getting some rebounds and run our plays right so we did good,” said, Pima’s Saydee Allred.
Pima started the party off right on offense when Aubrie Sherwood hit a three-point shot on their first possession, which then led to a Benson turnover that later turned into a 9-2 scoring drive for Pima early in the first period.
The Bobcat’s struggled early on offense and couldn’t take advantage of second-chance opportunities that they desperately needed.
Halfway through the quarter, Bobcats Emily Darwin took over control scoring five of the Bobcats’ six first-quarter points which gave her team momentum as they went into the second quarter down 11-6. Darwin finished the game with 14 points.
With both teams battling it out early in the second period, it was Benson who had the upper hand, shutting Pima’s offense down and forcing them to score only four second-quarter points. The Bobcats found a little momentum late in the quarter when they forced a Roughrider turnover that led to a Darwin fast break which tied the game at 15 apiece going into halftime.
Benson took their first lead of the game early in the second half scoring off a fast break and putting the pressure on the Roughriders. Both teams exchanged back and forth baskets in the third quarter, but the momentum quickly turned when Benson got a technical foul late in the period.
Pima took advantage of the technical foul as well as hitting a three-point shot at the buzzer, giving them a 27-21 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Bobcats self destructed in fourth, turning over the ball and not being able to hit open shots. The Roughriders’ Aubrie Sherwood scored five of her 24 points late in the fourth quarter and shut the Bobcats’ offense down which led to a Bobcats’ hard-fought loss.
Benson played Bisbee, who lost their first game of the season on Friday to Thatcher, on Tuesday, after the San Pedro News-Sun went to print.
Herald/Review reporter Alexis Ramanjulu contributed to this story