Santa Rosa beats up on Lyford

SANTA ROSA — The Lyford Bulldogs tried to hang around against 32-3A rival Santa Rosa, but it didn’t last long.

Leading by only five after a quarter, the Warriors shook off a slow start and opened the second quarter on a 15-0 run, and never looked back as they cruised by the Bulldogs 77-41 Tuesday night in Santa Rosa.

Like Lyford, Santa Rosa came out sluggish to start the game, but its defense helped change the tempo and held Lyford without a field goal in the second quarter.

“I think we came out a little lackadaisical, but I just told my team to pick it up and start doing things right,” said Warriors’ head coach Johnny Cipriano. “We were able to speed the game up, cause turnovers and get some layups — that always helps you get some rhythm.”

The change in tempo helped junior guard Leo Lara get into the game to the tune of 17 second-quarter points, including a trio of three-point shots. He finished the game with 20 points to lead all scorers.

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