As of Friday, Jan. 8, playing a basketball game will have to wait a little longer for the Boling Lady Bulldogs.
The team was supposed to start district play the night before with a road game against Brazos. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, that game was rescheduled. The next chance the Lady Bulldogs have to restart district play will come Tuesday, Jan. 12 when they will play the Van Vleck Lady Leopards at home.
The girls have not played a game since last year – Dec. 29. It came in a blowout win over Hempstead. Despite nearly two weeks without playing a game, the Lady Bulldogs have been able to get in work.
Unlike its district neighbor on FM 1301 – Wharton ISD, the Boling ISD has allowed extra-curricular practices to occur.
"We were able to get a couple of practices in over the break after those games as well as just a couple of open gym shoot arounds. This week we have been able to resume practice as normal," coach Jonathan Gibson said. "We have continued to work our system and practice plan as usual."
The Lady Bulldogs are 2-2 in district with games against Brazos and Van Vleck remaining before they close the first round. If they can grab two wins it will give them a chance at a top seed when the second round begins.
"It's very important to finish (the first part of) district strong to use that momentum going into the East Bernard game," Gibson said.
December to forget
Boling lost to Hitchcock 72-58 in an away game on Monday, Dec. 28. The Lady Bulldogs made the turnaround 24 hours later and beat Hempstead 64-23 at home the following day.
The difference for Boling in the two games came down to finding a third scorer.
Despite Hitchcock being a top-20 team in the state, with another scorer, Boling would have had a chance at an upset. Against Hitchcock, the Lady Bulldogs only had two scorers in double-figures. Both freshman guard Savannah Savage and sophomore post Madison Malone had 18 points each.
At home, Boling got offense from three players, senior point guard Zacoryia Montalvo and Savage scored 15 points each and freshman guard Kenna Gibson added in 14.
Boling had been state-ranked during the pre-district, but it lost three consecutive games.
Luckily for the Lady Bulldogs, they got a big game from Savage and beat the Danbury Lady Panthers 35-26 in a December game.