Lady Bulldogs drop a pair

Posted 2/4/20

The North Zulch women’s basketball team dropped a pair of matchups to top-ranked district foes Somerville and Snook at NZHS to fall to 3-4 in district play. The team had a chance to clinch third in district with a victory in Normangee Tuesday.

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Lady Bulldogs drop a pair

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The North Zulch women’s basketball team dropped a pair of matchups to top-ranked district foes Somerville and Snook at NZHS to fall to 3-4 in district play. The team had a chance to clinch third in district with a victory in Normangee Tuesday.

“We have to rebound and recover,” said head coach Michael Stenseth on the final stretch of district play. “We have beaten these teams before, now we have to turn around and do it again. That will allow us to build some momentum as we head into the playoffs.”

The Lady Bulldogs lost to Somerville for the second time of the season Jan. 28 by a score of 49-34. They managed just one point in the opening quarter and seven total in the first half in the loss.

“(Somerville) is just so much bigger than we are at every position,” said Stenseth. “We were getting looks but were either altering the shot to avoid getting fouled or getting the shot blocked. We just could not make a shot.”

The Lady Bulldogs managed to fight their way back into the game with improved shooting in the fourth quarter, hitting four three-pointers. They got within eight with two-and-a-half minutes remaining, but were shut out the rest of the way.

Lakin Madden led North Zulch in scoring against Somerville with 15 points, including four threes. She was followed by Samantha Moore with eight and Katie Douga with six.

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a strong start Friday against Snook, building a 16-13 lead into the first quarter break. Snook was without two of their top players to open the game, but exploded for 27 points in the second quarter once they were back at full strength.

“It was like a punch in the gut,” said Stenseth. “It completely flipped. We could not get good looks or rebounds and we turned the ball over.”

They did not score more than nine points in any of the remaining quarters and scored just 10 total points in the entire second half. Madden led the team again with 17 points and was followed by Moore with six and Douga and Katelyn Crocker with five apiece.

The Lady Bulldogs attempted to knock off Normangee for the second time this season Tuesday on the road. A win would mean a guaranteed third-place finish for North Zulch in district play.

They would still be eligible for a third-place tie in district with a loss in Normangee Tuesday.

The Lady Bulldogs will wrap up their regular season with a matchup honoring their seniors at NZHS against Burton Friday and a road game in Iola Tuesday.

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