The Boling Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night at home picked up a hard-fought win over larger classification Needville Lady Jay 62-50.
Behind their press, the Lady Bulldogs forced several turnovers early and jumped out to a 21-10 first quarter lead. Everyone was involved with six different Lady Bulldogs scoring, and four getting four or more points.
While Boling had the double-digit lead, Needville came roaring back with their own 21-point quarter. Needville took advantage of Boling's mistakes, and they clung to a four-point edge going into the half.
Needville just wouldn't go away and cut the score to 47-45 in the fourth quarter. Junior point guard Zacoryia Montalvo got a layup to give them a little bit of breathing room.
"I think our team thrives on pressure," Lady Bulldog Assistant Coach Kristie Jones said. "It has happened multiple times in the season so far. The pressure of the game makes them battle all the way to the end."
Boling missed seven free throw attempts in the fourth, including five in a row. However, the Lady Bulldogs defense picked up and held Needville to seven points in the quarter.
With Boling leading 53-47, Needville came up with a steal on an inbounds play. Senior guard Logan Simpson saved Boling and stole the ball right back and handed it to senior post Lexie Nelson for the layin.
The Lady Bulldogs forced a Needville travel on the next possession. Boling after a few passes around the three-point line, Montalvo saw a hole in the defense and drove in for a layup to put them up back up by 10 points with just over a minute left to play.
Nelson and Montalvo combined to score 36 of Boling's 62 points.
The Lady Bulldogs will be on the road taking part in the Schulenburg Tournament. Boling will have one more non-district game before district kicks off on Dec. 17 when they play East Bernard on the road.
BHS vs Louise
Behind a strong offensive and defensive performance Tuesday night, the Louise Hornets went on the road and beat the Boling Bulldogs, 58-33.
Boling’s defense wasn’t able to stop penetration in the paint and Louise hit threes as the rolled to a 20-point plus win.
Hornets sophomore point guard Rogeric Schooler scored eight points in the first quarter and Louise took a 17-7 lead. Schooler made his way into the paint against Boling.
It didn’t get easier for the Bulldogs getting only four points from Ruben Becerra in the second quarter.
All game long Louise played Boling’s passing lanes, coming up with steals, leading to fast breaks on offense.
Leading 34-13 in the third quarter, Louise’s defense stole three straight passes. Schooler went coast-to-coast for a layup. Schooler again grabbed another pass, this time making the outlet to Robert Montez for a layup. Montez nailed a three on the following possession and in a matter of moments jumped out to a 28-point lead.
Boling’s Blake Savage answered Louise’s run with five straight points and the Bulldogs scored 13 points in the third quarter. But Louise stayed hot and scored 22 points
Nothing came easy for the Bulldogs, when they drove into the paint, Louise collapsed and forced bad shots or turnovers.
BHS suited up seven players. Becerra lead Boling with 10 points and Blayze Becerra added in eight more.