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Bullpup girls take title in Arizona tourney

Senior Lakin Gardner leads Bullpup girls in undefeated run in Chandler Prep New Year’s Classic


TOURNEY CHAMPS! The Bullpup girls capped a three-day undefeated run in the top division of the Chandler Prep New Year’s Classic with a 51-41 win over Holbrook High School on Jan. 4.

Senior Lakin Gardner, who led the Pups with 18 points and 7 rebounds in the game was named tournament MVP. Senior Demi Howlett was also named to the all-tourney team.


The three-day tournament in Phoenix’s East Valley featured 86 teams in 5 divisions. In the first round of play, the Pups dominated Red Mountain High School 59-27. Lakin Gardner led all scorers with 15 points. In quarterfinal play on Jan. 3, the Pups rolled past Winslow High, 59-35, to advance to the semifinal round.


The semifinal game proved a tight one, but the Bullpups prevailed 44-42 over Window Rock, led by the scoring efforts of Leah Carney (13 pts.) and Lakin Gardner (11 pts.)


A handful of Prep alumni joined parents and fans for a social gathering and for the Friday game where they were able to connect and cheer the Bullpups on to victory.