Lady Bulldogs bounce back from tough losses with win in finale of Hondo Classic
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
The Lady Bulldogs took part in the 33rd annual Hondo Classic basketball tournament this past weekend, and faced lots of tough competition that will help the team improve moving forward in the season. Bandera picked up one win in the finale of the tournament after dropping the first four, but did show bright spots in each game.
"The tougher competition definitely helps us see where we need to improve and what we need to work on going into district next month," senior Taylor Schultz said.
In the opening matchup against the Uvalde Coyotes, the Lady Bulldogs struggled to slow down the high octane offense of the Coyotes that was led by two hot shooters. The Lady Bulldogs opened up the game in a shooting slump and ended up just 20% from the field. Bandera ended up dropping the game 58-34, and were led by senior Cassie Henk with 9 points and four rebounds, freshman Alex Bauml with 9 points, and senior Shae Hopf with 5 points.
Game two was much of the same story for the Lady Bulldogs, as the shooting woes continued against the Somerset Bulldogs. Despite shooting a dismal 13% from the field, Bandera was able to score 41 points and keep the game close for the majority of the contest before falling 61-41. Although the game didn't turn out in favor of the Lady Bulldogs, sophomores Katie Beuachamp and Kaylee Hornung provided bright spots in the rebounding department, picking up 12 and seven rebounds respectively. Bandera was led in scoring by Beauchamp and Hopf who each scored seven, Hornung and senior Casey Olsen with six, and Henk with five.
In the third matchup of the weekend, the Lady Bulldogs shooting percentage was much improved against the Hondo Owls. However, turnovers became the issue as the Lady Bulldogs turned the ball over 32 times on the night. The game ended with the Lady Bulldogs falling by a score of 56-21. Henk led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with nine points and Bauml added seven, and without so many turnovers the game had the potential to be much closer in the end.
The Lady Bulldogs got a rematch against the Medina Valley Panthers in the fourth game of the three day tournament, and again struggled to match the physicality the Panthers brought to the game. Although Medina Valley came out on top, the ladies showed signs of increased intensity on defense and a much more aggressive approach on offense that gives the team something to build off of moving forward. Bauml and Henk were again the leading scorers with 10 and nine points respectively.
The shooting woes from earlier in the tournament were all but forgotten when the Lady Bulldogs came out in the finale and shot 47% from the field against Hondo's second entered team at the tournament. Hornung exploded in the contest going 8/16 from the field on her way to a 21 point performance. Henk added 10, junior Shay McMullan had seven, Bauml and Hopf had seven, Schultz had 6 points and five assists, and Beauchamp had 6 rebounds in an overall team victory for the Lady Bulldogs.
"The win was very important for our confidence moving forward because each win helps build our confidence and team chemistry," Hornung said.
Bandera have another busy week of basketball this week, as they will be heading to Canyon Lake to take place in the CL Tournament on Thursday and Saturday. The ladies will take on Blanco today at 1:30 and Gonzales at 4:30. On Saturday the Lady Bulldogs take on Mason at 8:30 am and Burnet at 11:30.
"We have to trust that everyone will do their job on the court," Bauml said. "If we cut down on our turnovers and shoot ball better, this weekend's tournament will turn out in our favor."