This Lady Bulldogs opened district with two tough losses to Boerne and Wimberly.
Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs fell to the state ranked Boerne 22-68.
The Lady Bulldogs offense executed against Boerne’s pressure early and stood their ground on the defensive end, only giving up three three-pointers in the whole game. But the Lady Bulldogs were outrebounded by Boerne inside, allowing them to score on many possessions, even if it was a second chance opportunity.
In their second game of district play and district home opener, the Bandera Lady Bulldogs suffered a crushing defeat against Wimberley on Friday, January 8.
Both the Texans and Bulldogs came out of the gate slow during the first quarter with Bandera scoring just six points in answer to Wimberley’s nine.
Liz McNeil made a crucial basket at the five-minute mark to open scoring for the Bulldogs. Estella Calderon’s steal and fast break set the Bulldogs up for a score.
Early on, the Lady Texans showed exceptional rebounding skills, which marked their play through the whole game. Samantha Kennedy showed great heads-up play in the first quarter under the goal.
During the second quarter, the Bulldogs upped their game by showing great defensive play. Calderon’s hustle and energy shined through the half, with the Lady Bulldogs trailing by three points going into half time.
Summer Haby came out in the third quarter with some excellent ball handling.
Even though the Lady Bulldogs kept up a tight defense, they could not overcome Wimberley’s strength in rebounding and ability to score.
By the end of the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs had decreased Wimberley’s led to just two points.
The Lady Bulldogs spread their points between several players with Maddie Leal, Summer Haby and Estella Calderon contributing.
Calderon put in a three from downtown to keep the Bulldogs within striking distance.
During the fourth quarter the Lady Bulldogs kept the pressure up on Wimberley but could not keep up with Wimberley’s scoring off rebounds.
At the five-minute mark in the fourth, Bandera trailed by four points. As the last minutes ticked off the clock, the distance between the Bulldogs and Texans increased, with the Texans winning 49 to Bandera’s 33.
The Lady Bulldogs traveled to play Davenport on Tuesday, January 12. Results of that game were not available by the Bulletin’s deadline.
They return home to play the Canyon Lake Lady Hawks on Thursday, January 14th.
“We will continue to work going into next week’s games versus Davenport and Canyon Lake. I know in my heart and in my head that these Lady Bulldogs are some of the hardest working athletes I have ever watched and coached,” said head coach Kierstyn Sells.
“They will continue to give it everything they have, and I will continue to give them everything I have,” said Sells. “They have been the ‘comeback kids’ on more than one occasion this season, and I do not have any doubt that they will continue to fight and come back stronger each week”