by Beau Sopes
The Lady Bulldogs started out the new year, traveling to Baptist Bible College to take part in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame shootout facing the Lady Mustangs of McDonald County. The first half saw both teams trade baskets as they were trying to knock off the rust from Christmas Break. At the end of the first half the Lady Bulldogs had a 4 point lead 26-22. In the third quarter both teams continued the trend as the Lady Bulldogs were able to take a 5 point lead into the 4th quarter. In the fourth quarter the Lady Bulldogs tightened up the defense, holding the Lady Mustangs to just 4 points while scoring 16 of their own. Allowing the Lady Bulldogs to take the win 56-39. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was: Reese Schaaf 22, Macie Mays 16 and Tevi Gurley 8.
The Lady Bulldogs were at home on Monday, January 6th playing a rescheduled game from before Christmas against Conference opponent the Warsaw Lady Wildcats. The Lady Bulldogs started out slow in the first quarter offensively, but exploded in the second quarter out scoring the Lady Wildcats 25-6 to take a 35-11 lead into the half. The second half would see the Lady Bulldogs in foul trouble but they were able to keep their lead to finish the game with a 62-33 victory. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was: Reese Schaaf 21, Tevi Gurley 16 and Chloe Middleton 13.
Tuesday night, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Fair Grove to take on the Lady Eagles. The Lady Bulldogs took an early advantage in the first quarter, but in the second quarter the Lady Eagles heated up from the outside to take a first half lead into half 29-24. In the third quarter the Lady Bulldogs would fight back picking up the defensive pressure and finishing on the offensive end to take a 45-41 lead into the fourth quarter. The Lady Bulldogs would hold a slim lead into the final minutes and the Lady Eagle would once again shoot well from the outside, but as the buzzer sounded and the Lady Eagles final shot missed, the Lady Bulldogs took the victory 61-59. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was: Reese Schaaf 29, Macie Mays 15, and Chloe Middleton 9.
The Lady Bulldogs were on the road again for the fourth and final game of the week against Conference opponent the Lady Bears of Butler. The Lady Bulldogs got down early in the first half, but were able to fight back to take a 24-21 lead into half time. In the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs pushed the lead out to eight points. The fourth quarter, saw the Lady Bears pick up the pressure and the Lady Bulldogs lost the lead in final minutes. The Lady Bulldogs would fight back forcing a turnover late to tie the game and defensively getting a huge stop with seconds remaining. As the clock dwindled down Reese Schaaf attacked the basket drawing a foul with 3 second remaining in a tie ball game. Schaaf hit both free throws and the Lady Bears were unable to take a good shot as the buzzer sounded. The Lady Bulldogs picked up the win 50-48. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was: Reese Schaaf 25 and Macie Mays 17.