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Lady Bulldogs start 2021 with a win

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Bandera girls basketball team Coach Kierstyn Sells and her ball-bouncing players did a rare thing recently: they lost one game in one year and won a game in another year, in just three days.

The Bandera girls team closed out 2020 in Uvalde on Tuesday, Dec. 29. The team looked to bounce back after a five-day break for the Christmas holiday.

The Lady Bulldogs started the game matching Uvalde’s score for score in the first quarter, 8-8, but then Bandera struggled to score in the second quarter, going into halftime down 19-10.

In the second half, the Lady Bulldogs played great defense and held Uvalde to single digits in both quarters but could not get enough of their own shots to go in on the other end.

Ultimately, the Lady Bulldogs fell to Uvalde 34-26

Madison Leal finished the game with nine points, Summer Haby with seven.

Breanna Stimmell scored four points, and Katie Dibrell and Liza MacNeil each scored three points.

To open 2021 play, the Bandera girls team took on Pleasanton on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The originally scheduled game versus Kennedy was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Lady Bulldogs started out hot, executing on the offensive end almost perfectly.

The patience shown by Bandera on the offensive end allowed for them to take great open shots that started falling early.

Along with exceptional offense, the Lady Bulldogs played defense and rebounded well, preventing second chances, Coach Sells explained.

“This allowed the Lady Bulldogs to hold Pleasanton to only 13 points in the first half,” she said. “The Lady Bulldogs scored nine points in the first quarter and 23 points in the second quarter, a season high for the Lady Bulldogs.

“At halftime, the Lady Bulldogs were up 32-13,” she continued. “After halftime, the Lady Bulldogs came out a little flat and committed too many turnovers, giving Pleasanton a little life.

“Although Pleasanton outscored the Lady Bulldogs in the second half, it was not enough to outdo the tremendous scoring of The Lady Bulldogs in the second quarter.

“In the fourth quarter the Lady Bulldogs got back under control and played defense well enough to close out the game with the win, 44-37,” the coach said.”

Breanna Stimmell finished the game with 10 points, Samantha Kennedy score seven points and Madison Leal finished with six points.

Summer Haby scored five points, while Estella Calderon, Hannah Edwards and Elizabeth MacNeil each scored four points. Izabell Kennedy scored two points.

The Lady Bulldogs started district play on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Boerne. Results of that game were not available by the time the Bulletin went to press.

They will host Wimberley on Friday, Jan. 8.