Lady Bulldogs split district matchups

Posted 1/21/20

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs fell to 0-2 in district play after a 51-38 loss at Snook on Jan. 14 before bouncing back at home Friday with a 49-42 victory over Normangee. The Lady Bulldogs tried to even up their district record with a matchup in Burton Tuesday.

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Lady Bulldogs split district matchups

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs fell to 0-2 in district play after a 51-38 loss at Snook on Jan. 14 before bouncing back at home Friday with a 49-42 victory over Normangee. The Lady Bulldogs tried to even up their district record with a matchup in Burton Tuesday.

“Against (Snook), we were in the game after a really bad start in the first quarter,” said head coach Michael Stenseth. “We just could not make a shot and had several turnovers. Then we came back with a 17-11 second quarter, so we were right back in the game and felt good. We could just never get over the hump.”

The Lady Bulldogs were outscored 11-2 in the opening quarter at Snook and could never get back into the game. Lakin Madden led the team with 18 points, including five three-pointers, and was followed by Samantha Moore with 13. Madden and Katie Douga were the only members of the team to record a three-pointer.

“When we have the outside shot going down, it open things up for us and puts pressure on the other team,” said Stenseth. “(Madden) was able to hit five threes and that was a big contribution, but you cannot count on that. We needed a little bit more help from a couple more players.”

The team returned home to NZHS for the first time in district play and picked up a seven-point victory over Normangee. Despite trailing at the half, the Lady Bulldogs fought to retake the lead in the third quarter and outscored Normangee by six in the final eight minutes. All told, they allowed just 19 second half points.

Madden hit a pair of threes and led the team in scoring again with 14 points. She was followed by Moore with 13 and Douga and Madison Murphy with eight apiece.

The victory came in response to back-to-back road losses to the district’s two most highly-touted teams, Somerville and Snook.

“The main thought against (Somerville and Snook) was to get better in spite of some of the difficulties we were facing,” said Stenseth. “The concept was to focus on our game, do what we could do, control what we could control and get better.”

The Lady Bulldogs were back on the road Tuesday to take on Burton. They will then return to NZHS for three straight home games against Iola, Somerville and Snook.

“Every game is like a playoff game now,” said Stenseth. “As long as we can win, we control our own destiny. If we do what we are capable of doing, we will have a chance to be successful and advance.”

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