On Jan. 27 the El Dorado Springs Lady Bulldogs entered the first round of the Clinton Tournament as the number one seed.
Their first round opponent was the Knob Noster Lady Panthers. The Lady Bulldogs were able to dismantle the Lady Panthers very quickly as they jumped out to a 30 point lead before half time. They continued their dominance throughout the second half and finished with a first round victory 61-14. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Alexa Schaaf with 20 and Kameron Schaaf with 10.
In the semi finals of the Clinton Tournament the Lady Bulldogs took on the Yellow Jackets of Lebanon. The game was back and forth in the first quarter with neither team holding more than a five-point lead. In the second quarter Lady Bulldogs went on the attack out scoring Lebanon by ten to take a first half lead of 13 into the locker room. The Lady Bulldogs came out in the third and continued push their lead out, but in the fourth quarter the Lady Jackets were able to cut into the lead, but time ran out as the Lady Bulldogs earned a spot in the championship game with 62-53 victory.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Alexa Schaaf 23 and Madison Mays 15.
Due to the weather, the Championship game between Lady Bulldogs and the Clinton Lady Cardinals was postponed to Saturday, Feb. 8.
On Monday, Feb 3, the Lady Bulldogs played host to Climax Springs. The Lady Bulldogs continued their good play as they took an early lead and pushed the lead through out the game. Plenty of Lady Bulldogs filled the scoring column with everyone seeing a lot of minutes.
The Lady Bulldogs captured their 16th win of the season with 72-14 victory. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Rachel Bush 14, Alexa Schaaf 11, Kameron Schaaf and Madison Mays with nine and Taylor Witt with 8.
On Friday, Feb. 7, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Nevada to play the Lady Tigers. The Lady Bulldogs struggled to get started as Nevada scored 15 points before the Lady Bulldogs could score. In the second quarter the Lady Bulldogs picked up their defensive intensity and held the Lady Tigers to five points, but were still behind 16-25. In the third quarter the Lady Bulldogs struggled with foul trouble, but closed to within three points multiple times, but Nevada was able to push their lead back seven at the beginning of the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs were finally able to get their offensive rhythm scoring 24 points in the quarter and holding Nevada to 15 and finishing with a 55-53 victory.
Scoring for the Lady Bulldogs was Kinli Simmons and Kameron Schaaf 14, Alexa Schaaf 12 and Madison Mays 10.
The next day, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Clinton finish out the Clinton tournament. Once again, the Lady Bulldogs struggled to get started allowing Clinton to take an early three point lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter the Lady Bulldogs were able to hold Clinton to just seven points while scoring 15 to take a 4 point lead into the half. In the second half the Lady Bulldogs continued to play well out scoring Clinton by 11 and taking the Clinton Championship game 65-40.
Scoring for the Lady Bulldogs was Alexa Schaaf 17, Kameron Schaaf 15, Madison Mays 12, Kinli Simmons six, Rachel Bush five, Taylor Witt 5, Becky Jennings two and Cameron McPeak two. Earning All Tournament honors was Alexa Schaaf and Kameron Schaaf.
Coach Beau Swopes said, “The girls have been playing very well. We’ve had some tough games and got into some foul trouble, but our bench has really stepped up and shouldered the load when they needed to. Every girl on the team has been vital in our success as a team.”