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Bulldogs Win WWAC Basketball Conference Title

By Jake Newby
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The Bulldogs’ dream season continued on Tuesday night, as their intense backcourt pressure and inside- out offense was far too much for the host Chargers to handle.

Robichaud (17-1) ran out to a quick 24-7 lead, parlaying that into an eventual 70-26 win over Crestwood (8-10).

The win marks the Bulldogs’ 15th straight. They have not lost since Dec. 13.

Eastern Michigan commit Chavon Tiggs had her way in the paint as she typically does, dropping a game-high 23 points on the Chargers. Sophomore guard Kamaria McDaniel had the jump shot working and she added 21 for Robichaud in the rout.

Bulldogs coach Jason Wilkins said his team’s offense, led by Tiggs and McDaniel, is getting to where he wants it to be at this time of year, with districts only weeks away.

“Chavon and Kamaria are really buying into our system, they know it’s harder for teams to just focus on one of them,” he said. “If McDaniel is passing the ball and Tiggs is taking care of who’s guarding her, and vice versa, it just makes us more dangerous.”

The Chargers competed without their top player in senior guard Alicia Carmona on Tuesday, but still managed to play at their pace in the early going.

“Our plan was to slow the game down and play in a zone defense, ‘cause we couldn’t hang with them in man,” Chargers coach Bill Bright said. “We wanted to slow the game down, make them work the ball and take time off the clock. It worked for a little while but they started speeding up the game.”

To quicken the game’s pace Robichaud began to deploy persistent backcourt pressure. It worked to perfection for coach Wilkins and the Bulldogs were able to force nine turnovers in the first half. The Bulldogs’ lead ballooned to an advantage of over 20 points by halftime.

Robichaud coasted to the big win after the half.

Wilkins said that with districts starting on Mar. 1, his defense and rebounding needs to continue to improve.

“I want us to rebound more and close out on our man a lot better,” Wilkins said. “We had a sluggish couple games last week, giving up too many points, and we’ve spent practice doing nothing but defending lately. We’re going to continue that these next couple weeks.”

Robichaud will look to win their 18th game of the year when they lock up with Annapolis on Monday, Feb. 23 in the season finale.

Mariam Nasser did her best to keep Crestwood competitive with a team-high eight points in the game. Her Chargers will take on Garden City at home on Friday before closing out the regular season against Taylor Kennedy (also at home) on Feb. 25.

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