Bulldog girls falter against Ed-Co’s long-range attack
By Michael Newton
The Ed-Co Viking girls started the Dec. 10 game against the Bulldogs quick, hitting four three-point baskets in the first quarter, on their way to a 67-55 victory. When the Bulldogs had the ball, they were as cold as the outside temperature, falling behind 16-7 after the first quarter. Five more Ed-Co threes in the second quarter put the Bulldogs on the ropes, as Ed-Co’s bombers, Kari Fitzpatrick and Haley Bergan, kept the pressure on with help from Katie Busch. Bulldog Erin Kinley had the most success, scoring eight points in the first half. Briana Berger added four points, but it was not enough, as the Bulldogs trailed 40-21 at the half. Fitzpatrick had 16 points at the half and dominated on the rebound side as well.
The Bulldogs woke up in the second half, but could not score enough to overcome the Vikings. The three-point attack continued, as the Vikings finished the game with 15 three pointers.
The Bulldogs had only four three pointers, however, they scored more baskets inside the stripe. Although the Bulldogs mounted a fourth quarter comeback, they lost 67-55.
The Bulldogs’ leading scorer was Erin Kinley with 16 points. Lexi Dettbarn added nine points on three three-point shots and Jillian Haberichter came off the bench for eight points.
Fitzpatrick had 27 points and 18 rebounds. Of those points, 12 were from threes. Bergan had five threes en route to a 17-point effort.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Ed-Co went to 1-3 overall, but 1-0 in the conference. This week, the Bulldog girls’ schedule is the same as the boys, except they will travel to Cresco on Thursday, Dec. 19, to play Crestwood.