Lady Bulldogs drop tight contest

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BRYAN — The Lady Bulldogs suffered a tough loss to the Brazos Christian School Eagles with a fourth quarter collapse.

North Zulch maintained a sizable lead throughout the game except for the last two minutes of play.

The Lady Bulldogs started the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead, but with 12 seconds left in the game the girls were fighting to hold a 1-point lead. They were unable to get a stop, and lost to the Eagles, 49-48.

“We tightened up. We weren’t patient offensively, and [The Eagles] found a rhythm offensively,” said the Lady Bulldogs head coach Kimberly Branch when asked about the fourth quarter.

Another issue in the fourth quarter was that North Zulch gave up 11 free throw attempts, and the Eagles capitalized by making 7 of the shots.

Branch also said, “we missed free throws late in the fourth.”

The North Zulch girls started strong. Their offense spread the Brazos Christian’s defense open with excellent passing. The girls controlled the rim with collecting rebounds on both ends of the court.

The Ladies started the second quarter sloppy. They were having trouble with over throwing passes, and losing the rebound battles. The Lady Bulldogs settled back into the game plan, and went into the half with a 10-point lead.

The North Zulch girls came out the locker room after halftime playing with focus and looked to take over for the win, but collapsed in the final 8 minutes of play. Brazos Christian chipped away at North Zulch’s lead, and eventually took the lead with two minutes left in the game.

With the clock winding down to 12 seconds, the lady bulldogs regained a 1-point lead. They needed one defensive stop, but could not get one.

The Eagles made the game winning shot and left North Zulch with 3 seconds on the clock. The Lady Bulldogs tried to make a play, but were unable to score.

The leading scorer was Sally Osth with 11 points.

The next Lady Bulldog’s home game is Dec. 22 at 5 p.m.

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