Badgers fall to top-ranked Eagles 48-27

Prep Girls Basketball

Prescott's Theresa Gutierrez drives towards the lane as the Badgers take on Mohave on Jan. 9, 2018, in Prescott. Gutierrez had 11 points in a 48-27 loss to Flagstaff on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, File)

Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Prescott's Theresa Gutierrez drives towards the lane as the Badgers take on Mohave on Jan. 9, 2018, in Prescott. Gutierrez had 11 points in a 48-27 loss to Flagstaff on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, File)

Theresa Gutierrez scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds, but the Prescott girls’ basketball team struggled on the road with top-ranked Flagstaff in a 48-27 loss Friday night.

The loss snaps a season-high three-game winning streak for the Badgers, which drop to 0-2 against the rival Eagles this season after losing 57-25 on Dec. 11 in Prescott.

Flagstaff (21-1, 10-0 Grand Canyon) has won five straight games, suffering their only loss of the season to Las Vegas-based Spring Valley (78-42) at the sixth annual Gator Winter Classic on Dec. 30.

The No. 1 Eagles made it to the 4A state Final Four last season, losing to Cactus Shadows 58-39.

Other standouts for No. 22 Prescott (9-11, 2-5 Grand Canyon) include Alisa Leblanc, who had six points and five rebounds. Mary Hald and Abby Chartier each grabbed eight rebounds.

UP NEXT

Prescott has five games remaining on the regular season schedule, three of which come at home beginning Tuesday, Jan. 23, against Coconino. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

The Badgers have Lee Williams (Jan. 26), at Bradshaw Mountain (Jan. 30) and Mohave (Feb. 2) before wrapping up the 2017-18 campaign against cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain at home on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier, the Prescott Valley Tribune and the Chino Valley Review. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.