by Michael Patrick
Lady Dogs defeat Lady Oilers
On Thursday night, the Lady Dogs finally got to host the Lady Oilers of West Hardin after having to reschedule the game on Tuesday due to weather. This game was of the utmost importance to the Lady Dogs, because if they lost, their play-off hopes would be over. If they won, their season would continue to have meaning.
The Lady Dogs knew the pressure was on them to perform well as Coach Sluga reminded them this was the most important game of the season up to this point. Colmesneil came out with fire in their eyes as they pressured West Hardin into several turnovers early in the game.
When the first quarter ended, the Lady Dogs were up 11-7. Colmesneil knew they had to continue to keep the pressure up as West Hardin would not just give up. The Lady Dogs turned their defense up a few notches as they held West Hardin scoreless in the second quarter and extended their lead to 19-7.
At the beginning of the second half, the Lady Dogs tried to force things looking for the knockout punch. West Hardin held their ground though and Colmesneil was only able to extend their lead by one to 23-10. During the fourth quarter, the Lady Dogs started clicking again and extended their lead to 20 and took away any hope West Hardin had of stealing another victory. The Lady Dogs did what they do best when their backs are against the wall; they fought and won 34-22. "I couldn't be prouder of the way the girls came out and played tonight. They stepped up to the challenge and now we just need to keep trucking toward our goal of making the play-offs," Coach Sluga said.
The Lady Dogs were led by Taylor Barker and Krista Harris who both finished with 10 points, Madison Newcomb chipped in four, Haleigh Belt had four, Treasure Jackson had four, andMerrick Graham had two.
Bulldogs sweep season series against West Hardin
The Bulldogs started the second round of district the same way they began the district season, with a win over West Hardin. The beginning of the game had both teams going toe to toe and trading baskets for most of the first quarter. But, then Colmesneil made a defensive adjustment and started pressuring the Oilers and were able to end the first quarter with a 17-10 advantage. During the second quarter, both teams had trouble scoring, but the Bulldogs extended their lead going into the half 24-13.
The third quarter was a free throw-athon for the Bulldogs as West Hardin attempted to be more aggressive defensively. The Bulldogs shot 14 free-throws during the third and a total of 26 in the second half. This approach did not work for the Oilers as the Bulldogs continued to extend their lead in the third to 41-25. During the fourth quarter, the floor just completely fell out from under West Hardin from the tough Bulldog defense as the Dogs continued to pull away and won the game 60-33. "We did a good job of attacking the basket and getting to the line against West Hardin. We moved the ball well and played scrappy defense," Coach Stephens said.
The Bulldogs were led by Matt Bailey with 22 points, Cole Lowery had 15, Tyler Walker had 14, Taylor Walker had four, Hayden Langston had one, and Dylan Falcon had four points.
Junior High Lady Dogs win High Island Tournament
The Lady Dogs traveled to High Island Saturday to play in the High Island Invitational Round Robin Tournament. The Lady Dogs defeated Premier Academy 40-6 in their first game. Nature Jackson had 15 points, Mckayla Marshall had six, Gabby Reynolds had three, Lainey Spradlin had four, Rylee Smith had six, Leah White had two, and Jordan Givens had four points.
In their second game they defeated High Island 31-15 to win the championship. Jackson had 13 points, Marshall had two, Reynolds had four, Lainey had six, Smith had four, and Grace Eddins had two points.
Powerlifting has successful opening meet
On Saturday, the Bulldogs and Lady Dogs competed in their first meet of the season, the Colmesneil Invitational Powerlifting Meet. The Bulldogs and Lady Dogs both placed second overall in the team scores for the meet. Placing for the Bulldogs were Cole Johnson first place, Mason Carmelo first place, Kaleb Lindsey third place, Dalton Davis third place, Cody Walsh first place, Dustin McKee fourth place, Tristan Rigsby fifth place, and Seth Cashat fifth place.
Placing for the Lady Dogs were Bayleigh Thedford second place, Megan Rackley second place, Merrick Graham second place, Magen Allen first place, Kim Knighten first place, and Krista Harris second place.