Lady Bulldogs lose district opener

Posted 1/14/20

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team dropped their district opener Friday at Somerville by a score of 62-37 after defeating Caldwell 41-28 Jan. 7 to conclude their non-league slate. The team attempted to bounce back in district Tuesday with another road matchup at Snook.
“(Somerville) was 18-2 on the season entering the game and just really good,” said head coach Michael Stenseth. “We knew that after last year and what they would have coming back. We knew they would have four or five weapons that could post double digits.”

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Lady Bulldogs lose district opener

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team dropped their district opener Friday at Somerville by a score of 62-37 after defeating Caldwell 41-28 Jan. 7 to conclude their non-league slate. The team attempted to bounce back in district Tuesday with another road matchup at Snook.
“(Somerville) was 18-2 on the season entering the game and just really good,” said head coach Michael Stenseth. “We knew that after last year and what they would have coming back. We knew they would have four or five weapons that could post double digits.”

Somerville focused on keeping the ball out of the hands of Samantha Moore after she showcased a big performance in the team’s victory over Caldwell on Jan. 7.

“I guess they thought our offense would not run with the ball out of (Moore’s) hands, and they were right,” said Stenseth. “We tried to run a weave, but they did a great job of jumping it on every screen. We were just not able to run our offense.”

The Lady Bulldogs managed just 13 points in the entire first half while Somerville built an insurmountable lead early. Katie Douga led the way in scoring with 11 points and was followed by Lakin Madden with 10 and Madison Murphy with seven.

“They are bigger than us at every position,” said Stenseth. “But I thought we could hold our own and keep it interesting until the final foul count, which could have been a factor because they only play five or six. But that never happened.”

Before the matchup at Somerville, the Lady Bulldogs concluded their non-district slate with a mark of 13-11 with a 13-point win over Caldwell on the road. Moore led the team with 21 points in the low-scoring affair and was followed by Madden with 14.

The team remained on the road for their second district contest Tuesday against Snook.

“We have a bad draw to start out playing the two teams that are favored to play for the district title,” said Stenseth. “My lesson to the team throughout the week was that we want to play the best we can against (Somerville and Snook) to prepare us for the rest of district.”

After Snook, the Lady Bulldogs will return to NZHS Friday to host their first district matchup of the season against Normangee at 6:15 p.m.

“In some ways, this is a ten-round fight,” said Stenseth. “You cannot get knocked out in the first or second round. You need to find some success down the stretch.”

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