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Lady Bulldogs split four games in Canyon Lake Tournament

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

The Lady Bulldogs varsity basketball team traveled to Canyon Lake for a two day tournament last Thursday-Saturday, winning the first two games against Gonzales and Blanco before losing to Mason and Burnet. The Ladies improved to 6-9 on the season during the tournament.
"We played hard in the tournament but fell short of our expectations on the second day," senior Shae Hopf said. "However, we learned a lot and are ready to move forward into district next month."
The Lady Bulldogs opened up the tournament on Thursday against Blanco, and entered the game with a two game winning streak. Despite the momentum entering the game, the ladies struggled to take care of the ball against the intensity that Blanco brought on defense. The Lady Bulldogs turned the ball over 30 times but still managed to pull out a 52-45 over the Panthers. Hopf led the ladies with 16 points, and was followed by sophomore Kaylee Hornung with nine, junior Kate Martin with eight, and freshman Alex Bauml with five.
"Although we didn't play our best game, it felt good to come out with a hard fought win," Bauml said. "We were able to overcome our turnovers and the win gave us momentum going into our game against Gonzales."
Later on Thursday the Lady Bulldogs faced off against Gonzales, and ended up with a 43-32 victory over the Apaches. The ladies did a much better job taking care of the ball offensively, and ran their plays better to help minimize mistakes. Defensively, senior Taylor Schultz shut down the Apache point guard to help slow down the Gonzales attack. Senior Cassie Henk was the offensive leader for the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points, while Hornung added 12 points, Hopf had seven, and Schultz had six.
"We didn't turn the ball over as much against Gonzales and we gave ourselves a better chance to win," Schultz said. "Our defensive intensity was also there, and we did a good job of shutting down their better players."
The early morning game on Saturday against Mason did not treat the Lady Bulldogs well, and the ladies came out without the energy and intensity needed to come up with a victory. Mason blew out Bandera 47-15, and the Lady Bulldogs had only four scorers on the board for the game. Hopf was the leader again with six points, Hornung followed with four, senior Josie Burnes had three, and Beauchamp had 2.
The Lady Bulldogs came out in the finale of the round-robin tournament later Saturday afternoon against the Burnet Bulldogs looking to bounce back after the earlier loss, but were unable to slow down the high powered offense that Burnet brought. The Lady Bulldogs managed to increase their own offensive output from earlier in the day, but got off to another slow start and eventually dropped the game by a score of 58-33. Beauchamp led the way for the ladies with eight points, followed by Hopf and Bauml with seven each.
"Playing against Burnet helped us realize some of our weaknesses," Beauchamp said. "It definitely helped us learn what we need to work on moving forward."
Despite going 2-2 in the tournament, the Lady Bulldogs have already surpassed last season's win total of five games. The ladies have certainly shown improvement over the season thus far and it looks as though the team will continue to get better behind the guidance of head coach David Farber into the district season that begins next month. The Ladies will take on Pleasanton tomorrow night in Pleasanton, and will have two more non-district games before the district season begins on Jan. 3 against the Wimberley Texans.

Pictured: Senior guard Josie Burnes scored 3 against Mason.