Lady Bulldogs split at Thorndale

Posted 12/31/19

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team split four matchups during a tournament in Thorndale following the holiday break with victories over Moulton and Central Texas Christian School (CTCS) and losses to Rogers and Little River Academy.

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Lady Bulldogs split at Thorndale

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team split four matchups during a tournament in Thorndale following the holiday break with victories over Moulton and Central Texas Christian School (CTCS) and losses to Rogers and Little River Academy.

“Any time you are playing after five or six days off, you have to worry about what your conditioning will be like,” said head coach Michael Stenseth.

The Lady Bulldogs began the action in Thorndale with a 51-34 loss to Rogers, a highly-touted 3A program.

“Catching (Rogers) as a first round opponent was a tough matchup for us,” said Stenseth. “I thought we competed really well and we did the best we could with our size.”

Katie Douga led the team with 11 points in the loss and was followed by Lakin Madden with seven and Katelyn Crocker with six. Crocker also converted on a pair of three-point field goals. North Zulch never scored more than 10 points in a single quarter of the loss.

The Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a 44-38 victory over Moulten, a perennial 1A powerhouse. After just 14 points in the second and third quarters, they broke out with 16 in the fourth to come away with the win.

“Getting a win over (Moulten) was very good,” said Stenseth. “That was a back-and-forth game. They started to pull away late in the second quarter, but we just kept battling. Every time they jumped into the press we would handle it whether it was a live or dead ball. We were able to hang on and defeat a quality opponent.”

Madden, who was battling an injury, led the Lady Bulldogs with 21 points in the win, including three three-pointers. She was followed by Samantha Moore with 10 and Crocker and Douga with six apiece.

The team then dropped their third matchup of the tournament Saturday with a 51-42 loss to Little River Academy.

“(Little River) had multiple girls with size, even their point guard was 5’8,” said Stenseth. “That was a matchup problem because it was very difficult to get inside the paint against them.”

North Zulch managed just three two-point field goals in the loss. Madden kept them in the game with six three-pointers and 22 points to lead the team. She was followed by Crocker with nine and Douga with eight.

They concluded the action in Thorndale with a 62-42 victory over CTCS.

“We played down to their level, which was disappointing because in the previous three games, we played up to the competition,” said Stenseth. “That is what you want to see happen as you get closer to district play.”

The Lady Bulldogs still managed to earn a 20-point victory thanks in large part to 23 points from Moore. Despite exiting in the second quarter with an injury, Madden recorded 18 points in the win. All told, North Zulch converted on nine three-point attempts.

The team will now compete in two standalone contests against Dime Box and Caldwell before beginning district play on Jan. 10.

“We need to be able to break the press,” said Stenseth. “Three of our district opponents are teams that like to press. We broke the press pretty easily (against Moulten). But when a team presses you, it is not just about getting past it, you also need to score. We want to clean that up and eliminate turnovers.”

The Lady Bulldogs will host Dime Box at NZHS on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Their district opener will come Jan. 10 in Somerville.

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