On Thursday, Feb. 20, the Bulldogs traveled over to Mackinaw City to play their last game in their regular season. The girls play in Harbor Springs against Harbor for their first round in district on Feb 26. In the mean time, the Bulldogs took home the win and played one of their best games together as a team. The final score of the game was 48-38 Inland Lakes.
Starting the first quarter the girls were determined to start the game off right and not flat like their past games. Inland Lakes started firing up shots right from the gates. The girls shot the ball 48 times during the game and worked on passing the ball in the first half to tire out their opponents for the second half. The girls put up 13 points while only letting the comets add 5 points to the board. Coach Pat Clancy thought the girls needed to change things up so he started Kelsey Van Daele and sat Precious Delos Santos to see how the girls would react and work as a team. At the end of the first quarter the girls take the lead 13-5.
Beginning the second quarter the girls did not let up, but neither does the comets as they try to catch up. The Bulldogs did a better job rebounding as a team on the defensive side of the court and not letting Mackinaw City put back up their shots that they missed. The girls had a total of 20 rebounds and leading the team was Sydney DePauw with 4 while four other players had 3 each. The Bulldogs added 10 points to the scoreboard while the comets added 6. Inland Lakes started the game in their one-three-one zone defense and Mackinaw City struggled a bit to get past it and set up their plays. Ending the first half bulldogs still in the lead 23-11.
Entering the second half of the game the next line of players were able to get minutes in and even contribute to the win. Everyone on the team besides two players had scored while playing Mackinaw City. The top scorers of the night were Mara Clancy with 14 points while Precious Delos Santos and Tyra Fletcher had 10 points a piece. The Bulldogs later converted to a two-three zone defense and also used different plays that they didn’t use in the first half. The girls added 16 points to the board this quarter while letting the comets gain 8 points. Finishing the third quarter Bulldogs in the lead 39-19.
Finishing up the game the Bulldogs struggled in the fourth quarter and gave up 19 points to the comets and that closed up the 20 point gap that Inland Lakes had on Mackinaw City. The Bulldogs were able to put up 9 points and managed to stay in the lead, but coach Clancy had put his starters in to start the quarter and than with in a few minutes he pulled them out and had the second line of girls go in. The girls really focused on not rushing the ball and staying calm with it as well. In the end Bulldogs took home the win 48-38.