by Coach Beau Swopes
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Lady Bulldogs hosted the Lady Eagles of Fair Grove. The Lady Bulldogs came out with a lot of energy and forced Fair Grove into some early turnovers and were able to finish on the offensive end. The first half went back and forth, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to keep their lead going into the half up 38-30.
In the third quarter, the two teams traded baskets as both teams finished with 13 points in the quarter. In the 4th quarter the Lady Bulldogs struggled with some turnovers and the Lady Eagles made some big shots to pull themselves right back into the game. With 9.8 seconds left the Lady Bulldogs led by one, but Fair Grove had the ball driving to the basket. As the shot went up, multiple girls got their hands on before the Lady Bulldogs pushed it out of bounds with 1.3 left on the clock. The Lady Eagles had one last chance when they shot from the outside, but it fell short and the Lady Bulldogs escaped with a home win.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Alexa Schaaf 17, Kameron Schaaf 12, and Kaili Simmons 10.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Lady Bulldogs welcomed the Lady Mustangs of Eldon.
The Lady Bulldogs started off the game well, but began to struggle defensively mid way through the first quarter which allowed the Lady Mustangs to take an early lead. In the second quarter, it was just the opposite the Lady Bulldogs struggled early but took advantage in the last few minutes of the second quarter drawing with in two points going into the half down 35-37.
Coming out of the half the Lady Bulldogs shot well from the outside, but continued to struggle stopping the Lady Mustangs, as the Lady Bulldogs were only able to cut the lead by one point going into the fourth down 55-56. In the fourth the Lady Bulldogs were able to take the lead twice, but with 10 seconds left the Lady Mustangs were able to take a two point lead. The Lady Bulldogs struggled to execute at the end and were unable to get a shot off falling to the Lady Mustangs 76-78.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Kaili Simmons 23, Alexa Schaaf 22, Rachel Bush 14 and Kameron Schaaf 10.
“Even though, we went one and one this week, we were able to learn a lot about our team. We found out some things we need to work on and some things we’re getting better at. I was extremely happy with the way we fought on Tuesday against a team that beat us by 20 a week earlier. On Saturday, we just didn’t play defensively the way we are capable of. We are going to have to play better as we get closer to the end of the season.”
CALM UNDER PRESSURE – Bulldog Alexa Schaaf drives for the basket against the Eldon Lady Mustangs. She was the second high scorer for the Lady Bulldogs with 22.
HIGH SCORER – Bulldog Kaili Simmons showed her ability to mix it up under the basket and come away with two points. She led the Lady Bulldogs with 23 points.