Wolverines can’t adjust to pressure

BHS boys downed by Piedra Vista

These Panthers were more than the Wolverines could handle.

The Bayfield High School boys basketball team struggled to break Piedra Vista’s pressure defense Thursday night in Farmington, N.M., falling 65-39 and leaving the Wolverines searching for their first win of the season heading into the holiday break.

“They beat us up,” BHS head coach Bill Hesford said.

“We had a hard time adjust to the pressure,” Hesford said of the Panthers’ three-quarters court press. “We let it get to us and played on our heels.”

Tyler Kerr led the Wolverines with 11 points and three rebounds, while Geoff Pope scored nine and had five rebounds.

Preston Hardy scored seven and had seven off the boards, and in his first game of the season, John Fisher scored seven points to go with 11 rebounds.

“We struggled against the pressure,” Hesford said. “We turned the ball over, didn’t get our offense going.

“They gave us a fit.”

The Bayfield boys (0-5) have a long break before their home opener against Montezuma-Cortez at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8.

“We just need to turn up the intensity in practice and keep moving forward,” Hesford said.