On Monday, Nov. 25, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Buffalo for the first game of the season.
The game went back and forth early with the Lady Bulldogs struggling to hit from the outside. They were able to keep their early lead by hitting the offensive glass gaining many second chances throughout the first half. This allowed the Lady Bulldogs to take an early one point advantage into the locker room.
In the second half, the Lady Bulldogs were able to find their range from the outside hitting four three’s in the 3rd quarter and pushing their lead out to nine.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs continued to shoot the ball well from the outside and finished the game with a 15 point lead with the final score being 57-42.
Leading the Lady bulldogs in scoring was Alexa Schaaf – 26, Kameron Schaaf – 12 and Kinli Simmons – nine. The leading the team in rebounds and steals was Alexa Schaaf with 10 rebounds and four steals. Kinli Simmons led the team with four assists.
On Tuesday, Nov. 26, the girls were back on the road, this time traveling to Sherwood High school. The girls started out with great defensive pressure in the first quarter leading to many transition baskets to gain an early 25-3 lead. In the second quarter, Lady Bulldogs got into some foul trouble and allowed Sherwood to get back in the game from the free throw line. The Lady Bulldogs were outscored in the second 18-16, but took a 20 point lead in to half time.
The second half mirrored the first with the Lady Bulldogs forcing turnovers and scoring in transition, but they were able to keep Sherwood off the line and held them to seven second half points. The Lady Bulldogs ran away with the game with a final score of 67-28.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Alexa Schaaf – 20, Kameron Schaaf – 12 and Rachel Bush – 10. Alexa Schaaf led the team in rebounding with 11. Madison Mays finished with seven steals and five assists.
Coach Beau Swopes said, “We’ve started the season out pretty well, but we really haven’t shot the ball from the field as well as we should have. We’ve done a good job of crashing the boards and forcing turnovers early in the season. We still have a lot of room for improvement.”