Lady Bulldogs split a pair

Posted 12/24/19

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team dropped a home contest to Cayuga by a score of 33-30 Dec. 17 before rebounding with a convincing, 57-25 road victory over Brazos Christian Friday.

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

E-mail
Password
Log in

Lady Bulldogs split a pair

Posted

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team dropped a home contest to Cayuga by a score of 33-30 Dec. 17 before rebounding with a convincing, 57-25 road victory over Brazos Christian Friday.

“It was as if there was a lid on the basket,” said head coach Michael Stenseth on the low-scoring home loss to Cayuga. “Nothing would go. I have not really seen one like that in a long time. In the first two and a half quarters, we just could not score anything.”

The Lady Bulldogs managed just nine points in the entire first half in the loss. They were able to cut the deficit to three points down the stretch, but went six straight possessions without converting a basket. This included two missed free throws.

On the flip side, the North Zulch defense forced 37 Cayuga turnovers on the night.

“We ran a half court trap against them,” Stenseth said. “We turned them over a lot, we just could not convert anything. It did not matter what we were doing offensively, we were getting good looks.”

Lakin Madden was responsible for most of the offensive production in the loss with 17 points, including seven in the third quarter and three three-point shots. Katie Douga and Madison Murphy followed with four points apiece.

The Lady Bulldogs bounced back in a big way Friday with a 32-point road victory over Brazos Christian in their final matchup before the break. The North Zulch defense held Brazos to just five total points in the second half.

“We ran another half court press and it bothered them,” Stenseth said. “We got into lockdown mode in our 3-2 matchup.”

North Zulch also broke out of a scoring slump by posting over 50 points in the win. They were led by Douga, who exploded with 27 points.

“(Douga) was in beast mode,” Steseth said. “We have felt like she could be doing that for a good part of the season and it was good to see it happen for her.”

Douga’s scoring outburst including 11 points in the second quarter. She was followed in overall scoring by Madden with 15 points and Katelyn Crocker with nine.

The Lady Bulldogs will enjoy five days off for the holiday season before resuming their non-district schedule with a tournament at Thorndale Dec. 27-28.

“It feels like we are mentally tired, so this break comes at a perfect time,” Stenseth said.

North Zulch will battle Rogers and Moulton on Friday for their first two games at Thorndale. Their district matchup will begin Jan. 10 at Somerville.

“With the caliber of competition we have played, it has been much better than what we had on the schedule last year,” Stenseth said. “I would have liked to win some of these closer ones because we have lost six games that were decided by just one or two possessions. We need to be able to close those out, especially when we get into situations like that in district play.”

Comments