The Bandera Lady Bulldogs played hard but dropped two games last week, including a 70-65 double overtime loss to Wimberley on Jan. 21
The Lady Bulldogs were at home against Wimberley and came out in the first quarter ready to play, going up 20-9.
Breanna Stimmell led the scoring in the first with 9 points, followed by Kristin Salas with 4 points, Chelsey Graves and Madison Leal with 3 points and Anna Guajardo with 1 point.
Late in the second quarter, Stimmell went down with a knee injury, requiring several Lady Bulldogs to step into new roles instantly and keep playing.
After the half, the Lady Bulldogs came out more determined to pull off the win. Hannah Edwards led the team on the defensive end with exceptional hustle that made Wimberley have to think about bringing the ball down the court each time.
Salas, meanwhile, stepped into the role of point guard and took control of the Lady Bulldog offense.
The second half turned into a free-throw-fest for the Lady Bulldogs.
In the third quarter, Graves, Leal and Salas made 5 out of 11 free throws. Along with the free throws, Edwards had a steal and layup while Guajardo and Leal also scored 2 points in the quarter.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs were up 47-43. In the fourth quarter the Lady Bulldogs were led by Salas, who constantly went to the basket and drew fouls, 12 in the final quarter alone. She led the scoring with 9 in that quarter.
Avery Ouellette scored 2 points late in the fourth to keep the Lady Bulldogs ahead by 3 points. Wimberley inbounded the ball with six second left, however, and made its only 3-pointer of the night to tie the game 59- 59 as the buzzer went off.
In the first overtime period, the Lady Bulldogs fought tooth and nail, executing time after time on both ends of the floor, even though we had multiple people foul out.
Every member of the Lady Bulldogs team stepped up and fought the whole time. Bandera was led in scoring in overtime by Liz MacNeil with 3 points, Ouellette with 2 and Salas with 1 point.
The first overtime period ended in a 65-65 tie. The Lady Bulldogs continued to fight in the second overtime but failed to score, and Wimberley claimed the 70- 65 win.
On Friday, Jan. 24, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Fredericksburg for the last district game of the first round of competition.
Bandera competed early with Fredericksburg and showed signs of fight even though multiple Lady Bulldogs were playing new roles in the game.
Salas handled the ball well, never coming off the floor, and led the Lady Bulldogs on the offensive end with 9 points. Leal had to work doubly hard on the defensive end to contain the height that Fredericksburg brought to the game. Leal had 4 points.
Guajardo continued to bring passion and energy to the Lady Bulldogs and worked the whole game to make her presence known on both ends. She scored 4 points. Summer Haby stepped up in her new role and performed on both offense and defense, finishing with 6 points.
Katie Dibrell scored on a quick catch-and-shoot after getting open right outside the point for her only 2 points, and even though she wasn’t feeling 100%, Graves put in maximum effort all over the floor. Graves had 6 points, and Tatum Trevino had a late score after an offensive rebound.
Their efforts were not enough, however, as Fredericksburg prevailed 80-33.
The Lady Bulldogs had another game on Tuesday, Jan. 28, against Boerne, the results of which were not available by the time the paper went to press, and will return home on Friday, Jan. 31 to take on Llano in a Middle School Night game.
Kierstyn Dumont is Bandera High School’s Girls Varsity Basketball coach.