Playing in their second game in the Cactus Jam the Wiregrass Ranch girls basketball squad had a better effort but the result was the same. The Bulls fell to Redmond (Wash.) 57-49 Tuesday.
The combined girls and boys high school and Division-II men's basketball tournament is held on the campus of Rio Salado Community College in Tempe, Ariz.
"I think we finally got over our jetlag," Wiregrass Ranch coach Greg Finkel joked.
Finkel noted the game was a back-and-forth contest with Redmond holding the last run of the evening. Late in the fourth quarter, the Bulls cut Redmond's lead to four points when Kelly McCaffrey scored on a layup. Wiregrass Ranch would come no closer.
The Bulls (9-3) stopped Redmond on the ensuing possession and looked to narrow the gap to two points but missed a layup. Redmond rebounded and controlled the remaining minutes of the game.
"At that point it turned into a free throw shooting contest," Finkel said.
"It was a much better effort than [Monday]," Finkel added. "It was a great game, very up and down. They made runs. We made runs."
Wiregrass Ranch was also hindered by missing the services of starting forward Regan Knapik who didn't make the trip to Arizona. She will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University on a softball scholarship and was attending a university sponsored softball seminar this week.
Wiregrass girls continue woes in the desert