SONORA After watching as ugly a first quarter as any coach has ever suffered through against Alameda on Thursday, recently returned Bullfrogs' head coach Mike Lewis might have wished his two-year retirement had been a permanent vacation.
There was not much Lewis could do but sit back and watch as Bret Harte (1-1) committed 21 first-quarter turnovers and fell behind 19-0 with 4:35 to play in the first half en route to a 62-51 loss to the Hornets in the opening round of the 29th annual Sonora Kiwanis Girls' Basketball Tournament at Sonora High School.
"It's good that we play somebody like that," Lewis said. "We're pretty young, so it gives our kids a chance to find out what it's like to play a team that plays full-court press and as hard as they do."
As badly as the first half of the first quarter went for Bret Harte, the defending two-time champions of the Kiwanis Tournament managed to outscore Alameda 51-43 over the final 29:35 of the 32-minute game.
"I thought there were a lot of stretches where we played really well, especially on defense" Lewis said. "We just have to get a little tougher on the boards."
The Bullfrogs got as close as eight points when they Marianne Madsen's 3-pointer cut Alameda's lead to 23-15 with 5:09 left in the first half, but the Hornets were able to extend their lead back to double-digits with an 11-2 run.
Tawnie Lee led eight Bret Harte scorers with 11 points while Megan Shires and Marianne Madsen added 10 points apiece. Lee (7), Alyssa Cheney (6), Kathleen Avrit (5) and Tiana Johnson (5) paced the Bullfrogs in rebounding.
Meghan Pipkin, Lucia Galindo and Kayleigh Calandri led Alameda (2-1) with 16, 15 and 12 points, respectively. Christina Perricone led all rebounders with 13 boards.
Although both teams struggled to find a rhythm against a whistle-prone officiating crew as they combined for 90 turnovers, it was the Hornets who held a 35-19 edge in points off turnovers.