BAYFIELD - The game plan was simple and straightforward: Start fast and finish fast.
The Wolverines, to the delight of the lively home crowd, followed the plan like a road map, racing to a 77-48 victory
over the Dolores High School girls basketball team Friday night.
Bayfield scored 20 points in the first quarter and 27 more in the second - on pace to score 90-plus for the game.
The Wolverines settled for 77 points as they improved to 5-2 to start the year.
We wanted to have a game where we really get pumped up," Bayfield senior Laurel McCormick said. After the last
two games, when we didn't feel like we were pumped up enough, we wanted to come out strong," said McCormick, among a
plethora of Wolverines who scored Friday night.
All of the Wolverines who played, in fact, totaled points in the nonconference victory.
They came out fired up (Friday night)," Bayfield head coach Stephanie Dennison said, crediting the team's focus.
I was pleased with the intensity," she said. We've been having sluggish starts in the first half, so it was nice to
come out full speed."
The track meet started for the Wolverines when Breetta Moe scored two quick baskets and added a steal off the BHS
press to open the game.
Myra Dean added a baseline jumper, and Kayla McCormick drilled another jumper for BHS.
A fast-break layup by Kayla McCormick and then a block by Candace Shaw sent the home crowd into a frenzy.
A free-throw line jumper by Jacey Sirios and a basket by Shaw put the Wolverines up 20-13 at the end of the first.
They outscored the Bears 27-11 in the second quarter to take a commanding 47-24 halftime lead, propelled by nine
points each from Dean and Sirios and seven from Shaw.
Dolores launched a third-quarter comeback behind junior Cortney Brunner. She scored eight consecutive points for the
Bears before she was limited by fouls. She eventually fouled out with one minute to play in the third quarter.
Brunner finished with 10 points for Dolores, 1-2.
The Bears were led in scoring by freshman Cydney McHenry with 12 points. Cheyenne MCCoy added eight for Dolores.
Bayfield's Sirios led all scorers with 18 points.
Dean finished with 12 points.
Laurel McCormick and Moe scored 10 points each. Shaw added nine with an equal number of rebounds.
This was a nice win before the break," Dennison said. Five and two is a nice start. I like the fact that we're
playing as a team."
The game was the final one before the holiday break for the BHS girls.
Dolores will host Telluride today in the Bears' final game before Christmas.