Lady Bulldogs shine in home tourney

Posted 12/10/19

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team went 6-1 over the last week, including a 5-1 record during home tournament from Thursday through Saturday. Their overall record in the young season was 8-3 entering Tuesday’s matchup against Milano.

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Lady Bulldogs shine in home tourney

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team went 6-1 over the last week, including a 5-1 record during home tournament from Thursday through Saturday. Their overall record in the young season was 8-3 entering Tuesday’s matchup against Milano.

North Zulch finished in a three-way tie for first place with Shepherd and Fayetteville and were ranked third at their home tournament as a result of tiebreakers.

They picked up wins over Fayetteville, Caldwell, New Waverly, Brazos Christian and Richards at NZHS before falling to Shepherd in their final matchup on Saturday to force the three-way stalemate.

Before the tournament, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Mart by a score of 79-44 on Dec. 3.

“We can be such a hot and cold team,” said head coach Michael Stenseth. “We played really well against (Mart) and negated their 6’3 player, created a lot of havoc and took out their point guard. We also shot the ball real well.”

Four North Zulch players recorded at least 15 points in the win. Kate Crocker led the way with 19 and was followed by Lakin Maddin with 17 and Samantha Moore and Katie Douga with 15 apiece. Each of the four players hit three shots from beyond the three-point line in the win.

They would sustain this momentum to open tournament play Thursday with a 55-32 victory over Fayetteville. The Lady Bulldogs used an explosive, 21-point second quarter and allowed just eight combined points in the first and final quarters.

Douga led the team in scoring with 12 points and was followed by Crocker with 11 and Grace Green with seven.

In Thursday’s second matchup, North Zulch fought back with 20 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Caldwell 54-51.

“We were really flat and could not get any luck, nothing would fall,” said Stenseth. “We just hung around and finally made a run late in the game to catch them and win.”

Moore and Maddin led the way in scoring in the win against Caldwell with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Maddin recorded three three-pointers and Moore added another pair of her own.

“It is a great boost to learn how to win ball games like that when you do not play very well,” said Stenseth. “But the flip side of that is sometimes you think you are going to win whether you play very well or not.”

On Friday, North Zulch began play with a 55-41 victory over New Waverly, who won the tournament last season. Moore connected on four three-point shots to lead the way with 21 points. She was followed by Crocker with 16.

In Friday’s final matchup, the Lady Bulldogs got up 23-4 over Brazos Christian after the first quarter of play. They would record just 28 points the rest of the way, but the team used the final three quarters to practice improving some of their weak points.

Maddin and Douga led the way in scoring with 17 and 16 points against Brazos Christian, respectively.

North Zulch then held Richards to just 19 points in a 44-point victory in their first of two games to conclude the tournament on Saturday. Crocker led the team with 16 points and was followed by Maddin with 14 and Douga with 12.

The Lady Bulldogs dropped their final matchup of the weekend in overtime against Shepherd on Saturday by a score of 57-52. They were outscored 10-5 in the extra period.

“We came out about as lethargic as you could in that game,” said Stenseth. “We were in foul trouble throughout. In the second quarter, we rallied and got close to taking the lead. We fell behind by five in the fourth but were able to tie it before the game ended.”

Maddin led the team with 18 points despite fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Moore was able to hit a three-pointer to begin overtime, but the Lady Bulldogs could not sustain momentum throughout.

North Zulch took on Milano at home on Tuesday and will compete in another tournament at Snook over the weekend.

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