Ogden • Heading into its game with Weber, the Bonneville girls’ basketball team knew it would have a good chance to win if it could do one thing — contain Warrior guard Erin Reichle.
After limiting Reichle to less than half her season average in points, the Lakers checked that task off the list and walked away with a blowout, 53-30 win Wednesday at Weber.
“We killed it on defense,” said Emilee Volk, who dominated the game with 19 points. “We stepped it up and played as a team. I’m proud of the team defense.”
Reichle came into the game averaging 26 points, but the Lakers’ determination to stop her was clear from the beginning. The senior hit a 3-pointer in the opening minutes, but didn’t score again until the fourth quarter and finished with a team-high 10 points.
“We have some really good on-ball defense,” Volk said. “We tried to key in on her and try to slow her down, and that happened. Obviously, practice helped a lot.”
But it wasn’t just Reichle the Lakers were able to slow. Using a swarming defense that gave up few easy looks, Bonneville held the Warriors to just two points and no field goals in the second and third quarters, allowing the Lakers to open a 31-point lead.
Meanwhile, a handful of 3s from Volk and Cortney Porter, who finished with 16, sparked the Lakers’ offense. Along with their success from the perimeter, the Lakers were able to capitalize on mismatches in the post for several easy layups.
Lakers coach Mike Russell acknowledged that his team, which hadn’t played since last Tuesday, benefitted from the extra time to prepare for Reichle and the Warriors (4-1). Still, Russell and Volk agreed this is the sharpest the Lakers (3-0) have been at this point in the season in recent years.
“Last year, we had a really good team, but this year we’re a few steps ahead at this point,” Volk said. “We’re dedicated, and we want to do better. We want to win.”