The Boling Lady Bulldogs got strong scoring performances from freshman guard Savannah Savage and sophomore post Madison Malone in the team’s first round Class 3A bi-district game.
With 31 points between the two, Boling won its bi-district matchup, 54-33, against the Onalaska Lady Wildcats at Navasota High School, Thursday, Feb. 11.
The Lady Bulldogs offense struggled early with Onalaska taking a slim 9-7 lead into the second quarter.
“Beginning of the game started off even but we were able to get some turnovers and held them to only two points in the second quarter,” Boling coach Jonathan Gibson said.
Defensively Boling came on strong holding the Lady Wildcats to two points during the next eight minutes. Savage connected on a three and scored seven of Boling’s 16 points as they took back the lead and went into the half leading by 12 points.
“We knew we could have an advantage inside with our posts on the boards and we knew defensively who we had to shut down defensively, and Kenna Gibson and Karli Joyce were assigned that duty,” Gibson said.
Onalaska got back on track in the third scoring eight points, but Boling’s offense stayed aggressive. Malone and freshman guard Kenna Gibson added in 10 of the Lady Bulldogs’ 17 points in the third quarter, moving the game from close to a blowout.
“We played the most cohesive game of the year as a whole. From start to finish we executed our game plan,” coach Gibson said. “The third quarter was our biggest focus. We knew we had to come out and outplay them in the third.”
The win returns the Lady Bulldogs to the second round of the playoffs for the fourth time in the last decade.
Boling in the second round will meet the seventh-best team in the state in the Woodville Lady Eagles.