Despite a growing number of injuries, the North Zulch Lady Bulldogs picked up wins over Brazos Christian and Calvert this week to improve their record to 15-4 to start the season.
Two members of the Lady Bulldogs have been sidelined for the remainder of the year with knee injuries, which has forced Coach Michael Stenseth to adjust his approach. This week, freshman Lakin Maddin also went down with a knee. The amount of time she will miss is unclear, but the Bulldogs were without her services this week.
"I always tell the girls how important it is to deal with adversity, and we have had a lot of it,” said Stenseth. “I know what these players are capable of because I still rotated all of them in when we were at full strength.”
North Zulch has also proven they can thrive in any tempo. They have slowed things down with less rotating after the injuries, but can still play a fast-paced style if they need to.
Last Tuesday marked the third time North Zulch matched up with Brazos Christian this season. After a couple of convincing wins, Brazos fought hard in a low-scoring affair that was close throughout. The Lady Bulldogs were able to prevail by a score of 34-31.
North Zulch was sloppy in the first half with 16 team turnovers, but were able to bounce back and grind it out in the end. Kaitlyn Douga and Megan Massey led the way with 11 points apiece in the victory. Brazos made a push with 13 points in the final quarter, their highest total by far, but could not even things up.
The win over Calvert was a different story. North Zulch exploded for 41 points in the second half to cruise to an easy 67-25 win on Friday night. Douga led the way for the Lady Bulldogs with 30 points to lead the team in scoring by far.
Calvert was never able to score more than 11 points in a quarter and went down without a fight.
After a road matchup in Cayuga on Tuesday night, the Lady Bulldogs will be off until they participate in the Aggieland Invitational, which runs from Dec. 27 to the 29th.