Bulldog girls lose close one to Sumner-Fred
By Michael Newton
The MFL MarMac Bulldog girls basketball team got out to an early lead against the visiting Sumner-Fredericksburg Cougars Jan. 24, but it wasn’t enough, as they fell 44-41.
To start the game, the Bulldogs quickly took a 4-0 lead, with the Cougars pouncing back to tie the game at 4. The Bulldogs jumped out a 9-6 lead and continued to lead in the first quarter, which ended 15-10 in favor of the Bulldogs. Of those 15 points, 13 came from Haley Vogt.
The Bulldogs were up by 10 at one point in the second quarter, but the Cougars stalked closer, going into halftime only behind six at 22-16.
The Bulldogs scored first in the third quarter with a Lexi Dettbarn three, which put the Bulldogs up nine. However, the Cougars would not go away, and went on an 8-0 run to get within one point of the lead. The Bulldogs had out-scored the Cougars 8-6 at this point to lead 33-30 at the end of three.
Madelyn Vogt extended the lead to five early in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars got back within one after Maya Marshall’s basket made it 35-34. The Cougars then took the lead at 36-35, but Haley Vogt gave it back to the Bulldogs at 37-35. Hannah Pagel then gave the Cougars back the lead and Maddie Ackley stretched it to 40-37. The Bulldogs tied the score with a Jillian Habericter basket and a Madelyn Vogt free throw. Vogt gave the Bulldogs their last points with a free throw and a 41-40 lead. Cougar Maya Marshall sank two free throws to make the final margin of victory 44-41 in favor of Sumner-Fred.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 6-3 in conference play and 9-4 overall. Sumner-Fred moved to 10-0 in the conference and 13-1 overall.
Haley Vogt led MFL MarMac with 19 points. The Cougars were led by Jessica Eekhoff’s 12 points and Marshall’s 10.
The Bulldog girls have only two games the week of January 27, playing at Cresco in Crestwood on Tuesday, Jan. 28, and then at home on Friday, Jan. 31 versus Central. Friday night’s game is Cancer Awareness Night, so fans are asked to wear the color of the cancer for which they wish to bring awareness. On Monday, Feb. 3, the girls will make up the game at Clayton Ridge, then travel to Ed-Co on Tuesday, Feb. 4.