Lady Bulldogs battle in Snook

Posted 12/17/19

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team defeated Milano on Dec. 10 before dropping five contests at a highly competitive tournament in Snook over the weekend. The team’s record was 9-7 entering Tuesday’s matchup against Cayuga.

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Lady Bulldogs battle in Snook

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team defeated Milano on Dec. 10 before dropping five contests at a highly competitive tournament in Snook over the weekend. The team’s record was 9-7 entering Tuesday’s matchup against Cayuga.

The losses at Snook came to College Station JV, Schulenburg (3A), Rockdale (3A), Elgin (5A) and Anderson (3A).

“The theory is when you play tougher teams and better competition, it allows you to find things that you need to work on, see them and address them,” said head coach Michael Stenseth. “When playing big games in district, you need to be able to grind it out when things are not going well.”

According to Stenseth, Schulenburg was the only team that was clearly superior to the Lady Bulldogs.

They opened tournament play with a 53-51 loss to College Station JV. Lakin Madden led the team in scoring with 14 points and was followed by Katelyn Crocker and Katie Douga with 12 apiece. Sam Moore also added nine in the loss.

The team also remained neck-and-neck with Anderson until the final quarter. The Lady Bulldogs managed just five points in the final eight minutes of play and lost 51-41.

Madden led the team in scoring against Anderson with 17 points and was followed by Crocker with 12.

The Bulldogs allowed 20 points in the opening quarter against Schulenburg in their third matchup and were never able to get back into the game. Douga led the team in scoring with 16 points.

The closest contest of the weekend came in a one-point loss to Rockdale, in which the Lady Bulldogs were without the services of Douga for the majority of the game due to a minor injury. The team was also without Cheyenne Wallin for the entire tournament.

“We let a pretty good lead get away,” said Stenseth on the Rockdale loss. “We were in that one right down to the buzzer.”

North Zulch was outscored 17-4 in the fourth quarter to drop the contest 39-38. Madden led the team in scoring with 16 points and was followed by Crocker with 10.

The Lady Bulldogs managed just three points in the fourth quarter in their final game of the weekend against Elgin to fall 54-32. Madden posted 17 points to lead the team in scoring once again while Moore followed with 10.

North Zulch has one more tournament scheduled in their non-district slate.

“They are spending a lot of time together and it brings in some team building and trust,” said Stenseth. “Anytime you are playing and competing with different kids making plays and stepping up, it can be good for team bonding.”

Before the tournament, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Milano 45-39 on Dec. 10.

“We started out really sluggish and got down,” said Stenseth. “We operated our basic defensive principals after the first quarter and pretty much locked them down. The final score was closer than the game was, as we were up by 18 at one point.”

North Zulch held Milano to just nine total points in the second and third quarters combined. Douga led the team in scoring with 13 points and was followed by Crocker with 12.

The Lady Bulldogs hosted Cayuga Tuesday and will travel to Brazos Christian on Friday.

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