Lady Bulldogs split pair to start year

Posted 11/19/19

After an injury riddled campaign last season, the North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team has split their first two games of the new year with a loss to Onalaska and a victory over Centerville.

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Lady Bulldogs split pair to start year

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After an injury riddled campaign last season, the North Zulch Lady Bulldogs basketball team has split their first two games of the new year with a loss to Onalaska and a victory over Centerville.

Despite trailing throughout the game against Onalaska, the Lady Bulldogs were able to cut it to two points in the waning seconds. A free throw put them down by three before a last-second shot attempt to tie it bounced out of the cylinder.

They were able to rebound Monday with a 20-point win over Centerville to even their record.

Coach Michael Stenseth, who has earned over 600 wins at the high school level and is in his second season at North Zulch, knows that multiple injuries prevented the team from reaching their full potential last year.

“It is really hard to gage what we did last year because we started out so well then had so many injuries the rest of the way,” said Stenseth. “There were times I would be missing three or four starters, so it was really hard to have any continuity to see how we could have improved over the course of the year.”

Because of this, Stenseth is approaching this as if it were his first season with the Lady Bulldogs in a number of ways.

“I have to be very careful to reteach everything,” said Stenseth. “A lot of these kids are actually learning the stuff we did last year for the first time. I am approaching it like I am brand new, starting from scratch on the teaching and implication of the offensive and defensive schemes that we want to run.”

North Zulch will seek to establish more of an inside presence this season as to not rely too much on the three-point shot. Junior Grace Green, who did not play as a sophomore, is expected to offer production from the post along with Madison Murphy, who missed the majority of the year with a knee injury.

The Lady Bulldogs will also return Katie Douga, Samantha Moore, Katelyn Crocker, Lakin Maddin, Cheyenne Wallin and Dannicka Diserens.

“I think we have good guard play and three-point capabilities, but if our post game does not develop, teams will not have to double team us down there,” said Stenseth. “And that means they will be on the outside causing my three-point shooters a lot of grief.”

The Lady Bulldogs will battle a competitive district once again with teams like Snook, Normangee, Somerville, Iola and Burton. North Zulch finished fifth in district play last year.

“I think we are in the mix to be in that second place spot,” said Stenseth. “But we definitely have to improve in some areas.”

North Zulch took on Mumford on Tuesday and are scheduled to battle Aggieland at NZHS for homecoming on Saturday.

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