On Dec. 3, the Bandera High Lady Bulldogs took on a talented Devine team at home after a layoff of more than a week.
In the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs stayed close to Devine, trailing 16-9, but struggled to score in the second quarter and was behind 33 -11 at the half.
In the second half, Bandera came out with improved defense, limiting Devine to only 7 points. But the Lady Bulldogs still struggled to score themselves and ended the third quarter trailing 40-16.
The Lady Bulldogs tried to make a late run in the final period as Krisin Salas, Breanna Stimmell, Anna Guajardo and Liz MacNeil made several drives to the basket that ended with them shooting free throws. MacNeil led the way on the free-throw line where she made all of her shots.
But the Lady Bulldogs fell 53-24.
On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Hondo to compete in a three-day tournament.
On Day 1, the Lady Bulldogs played Jefferson High School in a hard-fought game that saw Bandera mount a comeback in the fourth quarter only to fall a little short.
The Lady Bulldogs were down 24 -13 at the half but made adjustments and came out fighting in the second half. Salas led the way on the offensive end scoring 8 points. Summer Haby also put in hard work on the offensive end and got to the free-throw line twice on drives to the basket. Haby was three-for-four at the line in the third quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs caused several turnovers and deflections on the defensive end, allowing them to narrow the deficit to 34 - 28 at the end of the third.
Continuing to apply pressure and work on both ends, the Lady Bulldogs pulled within 3 points of Jefferson several times. Scoring in the final quarter was led by Stimmell with 10 points. Guajardo, MacNeil and Salas each earned trips to the free throw line going five out of six during the final period.
Although the Lady Bulldogs outscored Jefferson 18-15 in the fourth, the first half deficit was too much to overcome. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Jefferson 49 – 46.
The second game of the tournament was versus a very skilled Medina Valley High School basketball team.
Medina Valley came out scoring fast and often in the first half. The Bandera Lady Bulldogs had to make some major halftime adjustments to try and close in on the 36 - 14 lead MV had created.
The Lady Bulldogs worked better as a team on defense and kept Medina Valley under 30 for the second half. But the Lady Bulldogs also struggled to put points on the board on the other end of the floor. Despite those struggles, Guajardo scored in every quarter and led the Lady Bulldogs scoring with 12.
The Lady Bulldogs lost to Medina Valley 62 – 26.
In the second day of the tournament on Friday, Dec. 6, the Lady Bulldogs traveled back to compete against Uvalde High School.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out fast, playing exceptional defense that caused multiple turnovers and limited Uvalde to 4 points in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Lady Bulldogs kept putting pressure on Uvalde and started making shots on the other end of the floor as well. Chelsey Graves had the hot hand and scored 8 in the second quarter to lead the team. The Lady Bulldogs went into halftime with a lead 18-17.
After the half, the Lady Bulldogs came out and made shots quickly and often, scoring 30 points in the final two periods.
Graves continued to lead the scoring with 7 in the second half and finished the game shooting 100 percent from the field.
Katie Dibrell had some great assists at the end of the game, and Kate Guajardo hit a free throw late to score her first varsity point. Stimmell and Salas each had a 3-pointer to put Uvalde away for good, as Bandera won 48 – 34.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, the third day of the tournament, the Lady Bulldogs played against Burbank High School, and came out hitting several good shots from the field. Stimmell had 6 in the first, Madison Leal had 4, and Salas hit a free throw to give the Lady Bulldogs a 1-point lead after the first quarter.
Salas and Stimmell continued to hit shots but so did Burbank in the second quarter. Burbank went into halftime with a 27-23 lead.
But the Lady Bulldogs continued to fight, led by Stimmell and Salas on the offensive end. Although Bandera put up a fight the whole game, it had one too many missed shots in the paint and got rebounded, allowing Burbank to pull away and win 56 – 48.
Kierstyn Dumont is Bander High School’s Girls’ Varsity Basketball coach.