Bulldogs lose, 79-60 against Yellowjackets in regionals

By Sam Conner

The Blue Ridge Yellowjackets won the Regional Championship with a 79-60 win over the Winslow Bulldogs in Winslow last Friday. This was the third meeting between the two teams with each having won a previous meeting. The win improved Blue Ridge’s record to 28-4 and dropped Winslow’s to a still excellent 23-6. Both teams should get good seeding in the 3A Conference State Championship Tournament.

Winslow got to the championship game with a 58-39 win over the Show Low Cougars in Winslow on Thursday. Blue Ridge won its last game 69-56 over Snowflake in Pinetop on Feb. 6.

In the championship game, Blue Ridge led 21-16 at the end of the first period. The Bulldogs came back in the second period and had a 40-37 lead at the intermission. Blue Ridge got hot in the third quarter and had built a 59-52 lead by the end of the period. Mason Berges led Blue Ridge and all scorers with 27 points. Darrien Burnette and Ryan Halls each with 15 points and Corey Endfield with 13 points were in double figures for the Yellowjackets. Winslow was led by Junior Villanueva with 17 points. Zach Wagner was also in double figures for the Bulldogs and Dakota Spencer scored nine points.