NORMANGEE — The Lady Bulldogs lost to the Normangee Lady Panthers on the road in their first district game of the season on Friday, 58-32.
The Lady Bulldogs scored first, but that would be their only lead of the night. North Zulch kept the game close until the fourth quarter. The girls defended the paint effectively using their strength, but struggled with contesting the perimeter shots.
“I was proud of the team’s execution of the game plan,” said head coach Kimberly Branch. “Heading into the fourth quarter, we were positioned to win, but Normangee got hot and was hitting from the outside. We just couldn’t overcome it.”
The Lady Panthers only had a 5-point lead over the Lady Bulldogs at the start of the fourth quarter. The Normangee girls started making shots, especially 3-pointers, in the fourth quarter, and the lady bulldogs were unable to defend the perimeter.
The North Zulch girls also gave up a lot of fouls during the fourth quarter in an attempt to slow the game, but the Normangee Lady Panthers made six of nine free throws.
Branch was proud of her girls, saying, “The girls impressed me with their effort. They just fell short.”
The girls never gave up on the game, and continued to give full effort throughout the loss.
Sally Osth was the leading scorer for the Lady Bulldogs with 9 points.
The Lady Bulldogs next game is at Burton on Jan. 12, and their next home game is Jan. 19 against Snook. Both teams are district rivals.