On Friday night, the girls varsity basketball team went head-to-head against the Mancelona Lady Ironmen. Going into the game, the team did not want to underestimate Mancelona, but they also knew that they had more of a chance this year because Mancelona no longer had their post player who was around six feet tall and grabbed every single rebound. Without her, the lady dawgs were a lot more confident going into the first quarter.
As tip-off had begun and the game had officially started, the Bulldogs came out in a laid-back yet aggressive, two-three zone. The shot selection was strong, but the defense was stronger, leading the game in the first quarter with a 9-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the team knew they could score more points in one quarter then just nine, so they shot for double digits. They came out and got 10 points in the second, but let Mancelona score 9. Going into halftime, the Bulldogs were up 19-9.
Going into the second half of the game, the girls did not want the opposing team to creep their way back into the game. They set a steady pace and wanted to keep increasing their lead. Senior guard, Lexi Brendly led the team with ten points and junior big, Tyra Fletcher led the team with seven rebounds. Working together at both ends of the court resulted in the Lady Bulldogs with a 31-13.
As the fourth quarter started, the girls were a lot more laid back and ran through their offense with the bench players on the court. Mancelona got a few more shots up this quarter but not enough to put them back in the game. The Lady Dawgs needed this win to start the rhythm and set the tone for the rest of the season.
They ended up winning 39-25 and taking their second win of the season.