Lady Bulldogs fall in tournament

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NORTH ZULCH — The Lady Bulldog’s basketball team suffered a tough loss at the North Zulch Holiday Classic, but the team has a bright future.

The Girls lost 28-76 to the Leon Cougars this weekend in bracket play.

The Lady Bulldogs won two games and lost two in the round robin potion of the tournament. They won both games on Thursday against the Alpha Omega Academy Lions and the Richards High School Panthers 53-20 and 76-23, respectively.

Both loses came on Friday against Onalaska’s Wildcats, 28-61, and St. Joseph High School’s Eagles, 30-35.

The girls had a tough task on Saturday in bracket play against the Leon Cougars, because the Lady Bulldogs were missing three starting seniors. Two students had to take their SATs, and one had an FFA commitment.

The team was missing their starting point guard, Emma Baker. At one point, the team had four freshmen and one sophomore on the court.

“We have a bunch of feisty freshman, but freshman make freshmen mistakes,” said girls’ basketball coach Kimberly Branch.

The Lady Bulldogs were not following the offensive scheme early in the game. Branch called a time out to calm the girls, and reminded them about the game plan. The girls settled in to the plan, but they had created an insurmountable deficit.

The girls battled on the court, and played a physical brand of basketball. They would attack the rim, and did not fear drawing a foul. The Lady Bulldogs used a full-court press in an effort to gain some ground on the scoreboard, but could not catch the Cougars.

Madison Murphy was the leading scorer against the Cougars with 6 points.

“The future is bright for the North Zulch Lady Bulldogs’ basketball team,” Branch said. “We’re going to focus on the season and build for the future.”

The young ladies never gave up on their team. They continued to fight for every point.

Branch said she can correct “freshman mistakes,” if the team continues create that determination.

The Lady Bulldogs are 2-4 on the season.

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