On Feb 13. Johannesburg-Lewiston traveled over to Inland Lakes to play their second matchup of the season. The girls played with heart and fought through the entire game and in result they won 41-22.
The Bulldogs played a good first quarter, with taking the lead and never letting it go the girls had a very successful night. The team played very well in their one-three-one zone defense and working out the kinks they had from the prior game. Joburg was only able to put 5 points on the board while the Bulldogs added 9 points. The Lady Bulldogs had 13 steals throughout the night, Mara Clancy led the team with 6 steals. Ending the first quarter the Bulldogs are in the lead 9-5.
“We came out ready to play against Joburg,” Sydney DePauw said. “We knew it was going to be a fight the whole game and it was important that we set the tone in the first half.”
Starting the second quarter the girls stick to the same plays and the same defense. They continued to shut down Joburg when it came to playing defense and only let them add four points to the board while the girls added six points. Inland Lakes did a much better job of controlling the ball and not turning over the ball as much. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 21 times within the night, Sydney had 6, Mara Clancy, Lexi Brendly and Kelsey Van Daele had 4 as well. Ending the first half bulldogs take the lead 15-9.
Beginning the second half the girls are ready to pull away even more. The Bulldogs continue to work more on spacing and not rushing the ball into the paint. The girls scored their highest during the third quarter with 14 points while only letting the Cardinals score 7 points. The top scorers of the night were Mara with 19 points while next in line was Kelsey and Hailey Shank with 6 a piece. Keeping the pressure up the girls still in the lead 29-16.
“I think the second half we really came together as a team and had great ball movement on offense and our defense was unstoppable,” Anna Beardsley said.
Entering the last quarter of the game the girls still don’t give up and continue to push the ball up and down the court. Towards the end of the night, Joburg sets up in a full court press and puts pressure on the ball. Failing to trap the bulldogs they fall back into a two-three zone defense. As the minutes go by Joburg gets antsy on defense and plays all over the Bulldogs, maybe a little to close until Lexi Brendly elbows a Joburg player in the face. As the refs call a timeout and talk about what they saw, they called it a jump ball because both players were being a little too aggressive towards each other. As the game came to an end the girls played very well as a team and won the game with a score of 41-22.
The Lady Bulldogs’ next game is Feb 15. in Forest Area. The game starts a half an hour earlier due to the long trip, so the junior varsity will start at 5:30.