Lady Bulldogs eliminated

Posted 2/25/20

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs were eliminated from the postseason with a 60-46 loss to Thorndale in the Bi-District round at Rudder High School in Bryan Feb. 18.

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Lady Bulldogs eliminated

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs were eliminated from the postseason with a 60-46 loss to Thorndale in the Bi-District round at Rudder High School in Bryan Feb. 18.

“We had a really good start, we turned them over a couple times, but were unable to convert,” said head coach Michael Stenseth on the loss. “As a team, we have had some very positive moments and some disappointing moments. We failed to win some of those close games back in December that could have made us feel like we could win a couple playoff games.”

The Lady Bulldogs fell behind during the second quarter after a back-and-forth start to the matchup against Thorndale. They were able to cut the deficit to eight entering the fourth quarter after a resurgence from their perimeter shooting, but could not sustain it through the end.

The Lady Bulldogs turned the ball over during their first fourth quarter possession, which led to an easy basket for Thorndale and a double-digit deficit.

“We did not turn it over a whole lot,” said Stenseth. “We made some bad decisions trying to attack offensively when there were two or three people in the lane. That has been a problem off and on throughout the year.”

Katelyn Crocker led North Zulch in scoring with 13 points and was followed by Katie Douga with 11 and Samantha Moore with 10. As a team, the Lady Bulldogs hit just three shots from three-point range.

“In a playoff game, that is enough,” said Stenseth on the amount of successful threes. “That is what happens when you play a district champion. (Thorndale) had a lot of confidence and had been there before.”

Crocker also helped keep North Zulch alive through her defense of one of Thorndale’s top point guards.

“That gave us a chance,” said Stenseth. “That was a game plan we used in three previous games, locking (Crocker) on a certain player.”

Stenseth is confident in the direction of the program and believes their non-district slate helped prepare them for the postseason and beyond.

“I feel good about who we played this year and it put us in a position where we could be successful,” said Stenseth. “I feel good about us going down to 1A (next season). We had two wins over 1A teams this year that are still playing. New Waverly, who we beat in December, won their 3A playoff game.”

Seniors Douga and Moore competed in their final career games for North Zulch against Thorndale.

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