CHAMPION TEAM MEMBERS – Front row (from left) Tevi Gurley, Morgan Mitchell, Kyndal Swopes, Hannah Klaiber and Kenley Widener; back: Coach Beau Swopes, Alyssa Irvin, Macie Mays, Wriley Taylor, Reese Schaaf, Chloe Middleton, JaeLynn Bundt and Coach Alexa Mays.
The Lady Bulldogs came into the Stockton Tournament as the number 1 seed, facing conference opponent the Lady Wildcats of Warsaw. The Lady Bulldogs played well in the first half, even though they dealt with foul trouble. As the second quarter started, the Lady Bulldogs would have to send multiple starters to the bench due to foul trouble, but they were able to get a spark from freshman Hannah Klaiber, who came in and knocked down 4 threes in the quarter. The Lady Bulldogs continued to play good defense throughout the second half and took a first round victory over the Lady Wildcats 58-25. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Reese Schaaf 18, Macie Mays 16 and Hannah Klaiber 12.
In the semi final round the Number 1 seed Lady Bulldogs would face another conference opponent in the Lady Bisons of Buffalo. The Lady Bulldogs started out rough as the Lady Bison jumped out to an early first quarter lead 9-6. In the second quarter, the Lady Bulldogs were able to find their rhythm as they took a 4 point lead in the half.
In the third quarter the Lady Bulldogs would struggle again as they weren’t able to create any separation from the Lady Bison. The fourth quarter, would see the both teams struggle to score until late in the quarter when Buffalo had to put the Lady Bulldogs on the line. Reese Schaaf was able to connect on multiple free throws and the Lady Bulldogs were able to finally pull away 51-37. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Reese Schaaf 23, Macie Mays 14, and Chloe Middleton 9.
The championship game of the Stockton Tournament, saw the Lady Bulldogs go up against the Lady Cardinals of Miller. The first quarter was highly contested as both teams held multiple leads. The Lady Bulldogs were able to take a 14-13 lead into the second quarter. The second quarter, would be a test for the young Lady Bulldogs as they were unable to score and the Lady Cardinals regained the lead and pushed it out to 6 going into the half up 20-14. The third quarter, would be much like the first as both teams would go on stretches of not being able to score, but a buzzer beater by Miller would give them an 8 point lead going into the 4th 31-23. In the 4th quarter, the Lady Bulldogs tightened up the defense and continued to pressure the Lady Cardinals in transition to narrow the gap. The Lady Bulldogs closed the lead to 1 with a mid range jumper by Macie Mays. The Lady Cardinals would push the lead to 3 by making two free throws. On the next possession Tevi Gurley connected from the 3 to tie the game at 38 a piece. Miller came down on offense with less than 40 seconds left, they attacked from the wing and the Lady Bulldogs were able to get a piece of the shot and secure the rebound with 30 seconds left. The Lady Bulldogs held for what they hoped was the last possession. As the clock dwindled down, Reese Schaaf attacked the lane maneuvering through multiple defenders to put up a last second shot that was good with .08 seconds left. Miller threw a long pass and the shot was deflected and the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Cardinals 40-38. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring was Macie Mays 18, Tevi Gurley 11, and Reese Schaaf 9.