The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team picked up a win over Milano before falling to Somerville at home to begin their district slate.
“We got back to the aggressive style of play we used at the beginning of the year against Milano,” said North Zulch women’s basketball Coach Michael Stenseth. “We have been shorthanded and have adjusted our play since, but they were much bigger than us.”
That aggressive play style allowed the Lady Bulldogs to jump out to a 34-19 lead over Milano at the break. While they got a little sloppy down the stretch to make things interesting, the Eagles never quite got close enough in the second half. The win gave North Zulch a much needed victory before district play.
Katelyn Crocker led the way in scoring for the Bulldogs in Milano with 17 points and was followed by Megan Massey with 13. Kaitlyn Douga added 11 points of her own and the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a 53-42 victory on the road.
Their district opener was scheduled to be played at NZHS on Friday evening, but it was canceled due to a lack of officials. Instead, they ended up playing the game at three o’clock on Saturday.
Outsized once more, the Lady Bulldogs got off to a hot start but missed shots down the stretch. Somerville was able to build a 27-22 lead by the conclusion of the first half and never looked back.
North Zulch got within three points in the second half, but mental lapses allowed the Yeguas to build their lead back up and spread it out the rest of the way. Douga led the way with 13 points for the Lady Bulldogs and Crocker followed up with nine of her own.
Heading into the rest of district play, Coach Stenseth is happy with the way the team is practicing and believes they will have opportunities to keep getting better as the season progresses despite three key injuries to his roster.
“The biggest equalizer to a lack of height is being fast and aggressive,” said Steneth. “But we really do not have the depth for that anymore. When you are down three players, you lose your depth and it becomes difficult to compensate.”
North Zulch looked to bounce back in district on Tuesday when they hosted Snook at NZHS. They will now travel to Normangee on Friday at 6:30.