Lady Bulldogs rebound in Hempstead

Posted 11/26/19

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team rebounded from a 49-45 loss on Homecoming to Aggieland Saturday with a 51-49 victory in Hempstead Monday to start their season with a record of 3-2.

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Lady Bulldogs rebound in Hempstead

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team rebounded from a 49-45 loss on Homecoming to Aggieland Saturday with a 51-49 victory in Hempstead Monday to start their season with a record of 3-2.

“(Aggieland) was a serious upgrade and we knew that, we played them last year,” said head coach Michael Stenseth. “I knew it would be a challenge for us. We got off to a good start with some pretty good shooting and they came back and hit us with a few things that were a surprise.”

The first half at NZHS was a back-and-forth affair before Aggieland built an eight-point lead in the opening minutes of the third quarter.

“We clawed back into the game and every time we got it to three, something else would happen to give them another spurt,” said Stenseth. “We could just never get over the hump.”

Katelyn Crocker led the way in scoring for the Lady Bulldogs in Saturday’s loss with 12 points. She was followed by Katie Douga and Lakin Maddin with 11 apiece.

North Zulch bounced back on Monday with a two-point victory on the road over Hempstead. They overcame a poor performance from the free throw line and a 12-point deficit late in the third quarter to seize the win.

The Lady Bulldogs led the game by seven points in the early minutes of the fourth after an offensive surge.

“Our offense started to look a lot more efficient,” said Stenseth. “We are still trying to learn how to close out a game and how to finish. We missed four-out-five free-throws at the end of the game that could have really sealed it, but it was a good win.”

The Lady Bulldogs have been shorthanded in their last two matchups as Grace Green recovers from an illness. They have a number of other players who are overcoming past injuries from last year.

North Zulch will not return to the court until Dec. 3 when they host Mart. They will also host a tournament at NZHS Dec. 5-7.

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