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2015-01-22

Lady Bulldogs bounce back with win over Lytle

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

Following two tough losses against the Fredericksburg Billies and the Devine Arabians to open up the 2015 District 29-4A season, the Lady Bulldogs bounced back last Friday night with an important win over the Lytle Pirates, 42-40 at the buzzer.
In what turned out to be the ladies' highest scoring game in district play, the Lady Bulldogs showed the ability to pull out a close game in the final minutes. Despite playing the majority of the game without their leading scorer and 2014 First Team All-District selection Alex Bauml, the ladies had several other players step up to fill the hole offensively.
"Without Alex, the team as a whole had to find a way to make up for the points that she usually accounts for," senior guard Kate Martin said. "As a team we had to be unselfish, patient, and really look for the open shots and easy layups."
The patience certainly paid off for the Lady Bulldogs, as the team had seven different players contribute to the strong offensive night. Junior Katie Beauchamp led the way with 10 points, while senior Jeneive Casarez had seven, junior Kaylee Hornung scored six, junior Andrea Felice had five, sophomores Kaitlyn Rodriguez and McKenzie Owens each had five, and Martin scored four in the win.
Defensively, the ladies allowed the fewest amount of points thus far in the district season. The Lady Bulldogs were led on the defensive end of the court by Rodriguez, who again showed her tenacity as a perimeter defender.
"Playing tough defensively gives us the best chance to win every night," Rodriguez said. "If we are able to slow down opposing offenses, we have a better chance of setting up our offense and controlling the pace of the game."
The win over Lytle was especially important for the Lady Bulldogs, as it pushed the team into fourth place early in the race for the playoffs. The ladies also had a key matchup with Hondo on Tuesday Jan. 20, that will be important in determining the four playoff teams.
Tomorrow night, Friday Jan. 23, the Lady Bulldogs will return home to take on the district leading Boerne Greyhounds in the final game of the first round of district play. With a win over either Boerne or Hondo, the ladies will enter the second half of district in position to make the playoffs for the first time in several years.
"It's extremely motivating," Hornung said. "We've worked hard this season and we're ready to prove it."