Badgers win, remain hopeful of state playoff nod in Wednesday’s bracket reveal
Prep Girls Basketball
BULLHEAD CITY — The No. 26 Prescott girls basketball team came into Tuesday night’s regular season finale against Mohave needing a win to stay alive for a postseason berth.
Behind Kira Reily’s 14 points and 14 rebounds, her 13th double-double in 21 games, the Badgers got the win they were looking for, 40-31.
The Badgers came out ready to play Tuesday, jumping all over the Thunderbirds in the first half, taking a solid 21-10 lead into halftime. However, the Thunderbirds were able to make a run in the fourth quarter to make the game interesting, but the trio of Reily, Hollie Dalton and Kendall Crockett were too much to overcome.
Dalton finished the game with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Crockett pitched in eight points and three rebounds to accompany Reily’s big night.
The win on the night moves the Badgers overall regular season record to 10-16, which was good enough for a fifth place finish, above both Mingus and Mohave in the Grand Canyon Region. The Badgers ended with a 5-7 region record overall and the all-important 7-11 4A conference record.
As the standings currently sit, the Badgers will be on the outside looking into the playoffs when the teams are officially announced Wednesday sometime in the early morning. The Badgers sit at No. 26, which is two spots away from a play-in berth, which sees only the top-24 teams advance to postseason basketball.
However, there may be hope for the Badgers.
Prescott needed some help to advance and in addition to their region win, both teams ahead of the Badgers lost Tuesday night.
No. 24 Moon Valley took on No. 32 St. Mary’s at home and lost 36-33 while No. 25 Youngker took on No. 9 Buckeye Union where they lost in decisive fashion 96-34.
However, even with getting the help the Badgers could’ve hoped for heading into Wednesday’s play-in bracket reveal, it appears the Badgers are a long shot to make the tournament.
Chris Whitcomb is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @AZChris32. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.