Lady Bulldogs down Dime Box

Posted 1/7/20

Lakin Madden led the North Zulch Lady Bulldogs with 35 points and five three-pointers in the team’s 61-27 non-league victory over Dime Box at NZHS Friday. The team traveled to Caldwell Tuesday for their last final before opening district play.

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Lady Bulldogs down Dime Box

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Lakin Madden led the North Zulch Lady Bulldogs with 35 points and five three-pointers in the team’s 61-27 non-league victory over Dime Box at NZHS Friday. The team traveled to Caldwell Tuesday for their last final before opening district play.

“We worked on our half court trap in the first quarter and it was very effective,” said head coach Michael Stenseth on the Dime Box matchup. “(Madden) just got on a roll. She shot the ball well from the three-point line and converted all of her free throws. I hope she can have quite a few more of those games before the season is over.”

Madden scored 22 points in the second half alone with three three-pointers coming in the third quarter. She was followed by Katie Douga with eight points and Cheyenne Wallin and Dannicka Diserens with five apiece.

The Lady Bulldogs led by 11 at the half but failed to build a substantial advantage after the second quarter.

“I wanted to work on situational basketball and offensive and defensive half court sets, but we just were not executing,” said Stenseth. “We came out in a full court press in the third and they had no answer for that. Our energy level then went up.”

All told, North Zulch scored 42 points in the second half of play (26 of which came in the third quarter alone) to win the game by 34.

On Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs wrapped up non-district play with a matchup against Caldwell, who they narrowly defeated in the NZHS holiday tournament earlier in the season.

They will then begin their 10-game district slate, beginning with Somerville on Friday. Entering the matchup against Caldwell, their non-league record sat at 14-11.

“The playoffs start Friday,” said Stenseth. “Every game must be treated like a playoff situation. You have to go out there and put yourself in the best position at the end of the season based on how you handle these 10 games.”

The Lady Bulldogs will begin district play with back-to-back road matchups against Somerville and district-favorite Snook. They will play each team twice along with Normangee, Burton and Iola.

“These teams can beat each other on any given night in any given gym,” said Stenseth. “It is going to be a battle every night of who has prepared themselves best to be in these situations.”

The first road matchup in Somerville will tip off at 6:15 p.m. Friday.

“(Somerville) has a couple of pieces that will make them a difficult matchup,” said Stenseth. “They have a couple of girls in the open court that will be very difficult to handle because of their size advantage.”

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