PHOENIX — Bradshaw Mountain’s girls basketball team couldn’t have had a much tougher task than preparing for defending state semifinalist Shadow Mountain in the first round of the 4A state tournament this week.
Although the Grand Canyon region runner-up Bears had one of their better seasons in recent memory in 2018-19, they could not hang with the Matadors on Wednesday, Feb. 13, suffering a 66-28 loss.
Bradshaw Mountain finished its campaign with an 11-8 record in power-point games and a 9-3 mark in region.
“I am so proud of these girls, and they literally played hard to the very end,” Bradshaw Mountain coach Rick Haltom said. “This season was one of the most enjoyable seasons coaching I’ve had in 15 years.”
The 16th-seeded Bears, who beat Dysart, 40-30, in the play-in round Feb. 7 to qualify for state, trailed No.1 seed Shadow Mountain by 10 points at halftime before the Matadors kicked it into a higher gear in the second half.
Wednesday marked the second time in three years that the Bears have lost to Shadow Mountain in the first round of the state tournament (2017). Delanie Clark led Bradshaw Mountain with eight points and Rylee Bundrick added seven points.
Shadow Mountain will play host to No. 8 Buckeye, which beat No. 9 Thunderbird, 56-42, in Wednesday’s first round, in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Phoenix.
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