Lady Bulldogs fall short on the road

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team dropped their first two matchups of the second half of district play this week with road losses at Somerville and Snook.

The two losses put North Zulch at 1-6 in district play with three games remaining on the schedule.

The Lady Bulldogs remained within shouting distance throughout the first half against a tough Somerville team, but could not find an offensive rhythm and fell behind as the game went on.

“I think the game was closer than the score indicated,” said North Zulch Coach Michael Stenseth. “We were a three-pointer or two away from making it interesting before they were able to pull away.”

The Lady Bulldogs did convert on eight three-pointers, but were 0-for-4 from long range in the opening quarter. Without much of an inside presence, North Zulch was unable to get to the foul line against an aggressive Somerville squad.

Kaitlyn Douga led the way for the Lady Bulldogs in scoring and hit three three-pointers in the 64-40 loss. Lakin Maddin recorded nine points and also hit three three-point shots.

North Zulch could not find much offense at all in Friday’s 60-15 loss at Snook. They managed just four points in the second half and could not keep up with the Bluejays on the road.

“(Snook) is a ridiculously good team,” said Stenseth. “They are very athletic, aggressive on the press and they do not take bad shots. We tried to protect the paint early and they hit three three-pointers in the first quarter.”

Stenseth used the opportunity to get some younger players in the game as the action progressed in Snook. Maddin would go on to lead the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with five points and was followed by Douga and Katelyn Crocker with three apiece.

North Zulch returned to the court against Normangee on Tuesday and will travel to Burton on Friday. The team will celebrate senior night next Tuesday at NZHS against Iola in the regular season finale.

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