Wolverines answer their first test with aplomb

Ross answers the varsity riddle with a double-double

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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald Bayfield’s Kirby Brown and Bloomfield’s Kallan Pablo battled for the basketball in a rough-and-tumble season opener Friday night. The Wolverines, who led from the start, won 45-31.

BAYFIELD – The Wolverines took the basketball court with a new season’s worth of questions Friday night.

They left the court with the right answers to the first test of the year and a start-to-finish 45-31 victory over visiting Bloomfield.

The Bayfield High School girls basketball team (1-0) started quickly when Haley Clarke hit a driving baseline jumper to open the nonconference game.

From there, the Wolverines didn’t look back. They didn’t even blink in exploding to a 22-point lead and the eventual victory.

“It was very important to start well ... to play well as a team,” said junior Jaida Ross, who answered the question of who would lead the new Wolverines in scoring and rebounding.

“We were really nervous before the game, especially the juniors,” said Ross, who recorded a double-double in her first varsity start with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“But once we got in the rhythm, we were fine,” said Ross, also a standout soccer player for the Wolverines. She’s the daughter of Gene and Jamie Carlson.

“We saw what we wanted to see from Jaida,” Bayfield head coach Ronnie Posey said.

“We knew she could do it. We just didn’t know if she could do it in a varsity game,” Posey said.

With Ross, Clarke, Destini McGehey and Kirby Brown dominating the rebounding, the Bayfield girls stormed to 28-14 halftime lead, extending it to 21 points entering the fourth quarter.

“The thing that pleased me most was the defensive discipline and the patience on offense,” Posey said.

The Wolverines limited Bloomfield to only four field goals in a foul-fest of a first half.

Meanwhile on offense, the patient Wolverines worked the ball around the perimeter of the Bloomfield zone defense and then attacked inside.

More often than not, the BHS offense forced the Bobcats to foul, which they did with regularity.

Bloomfield had the Wolverines in the one-and-one foul shot bonus with 2 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in the opening period.

By halftime, the BHS girls had taken 20 foul shots, converting 11.

And Bloomfield’s leading scorer, Hali Bekes, was saddled with three fouls.

“We had a few rushed shots,” Posey said. “But for the most part, we were deliberate with our offense. We waited for the shots we wanted.”

Nine different Wolverines scored in Friday’s season opener, led by Ross’ 10 points.

Andrea Lahoz, who hit two 3-pointers, added nine points.

Micaela Knickerbocker, on a variety of jumpers and driving layups, scored eight.

Carrie Yost added five.

Bekes and Mariah Lee led Bloomfield (0-1) with six points each.

The Bobcats, who had scored only 17 points through three quarters, finished strong with a 14-point fourth quarter.

“For a first-game effort, I was really, really pleased,” Posey said.

“There’s no end to the things we can work on, but that’s a matter of time and games.”

The next game for the Bayfield girls will be Thursday at Piedra Vista in Farmington.

dstrode@durangoherald.com

Destini McGehey of the Wolverines hit a baseline jumper in the first half of Bayfield’s victory over visiting Bloomfield on Friday night, and Bayfield High School went on to win its regular-season opener 45-31. Enlarge photo

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Destini McGehey of the Wolverines hit a baseline jumper in the first half of Bayfield’s victory over visiting Bloomfield on Friday night, and Bayfield High School went on to win its regular-season opener 45-31.

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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald Bloomfield’s Shealyn White and Kallan Pablo surrounded Bayfield’s Carrie Yost in a game marked by defense Friday night. Yost, one of nine Wolverines to score, finished with five points.

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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald Haley Clarke moved the ball around the perimeter against the zone defense of Bloomfield and senior Hali Bekes. Bekes led the Bobcats with six points.

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