Wins were hard to come by for the Boling Bulldogs early in the season. However, District 24-3A victories matter most and on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at home, the Bulldogs defeated the Danbury Panthers, 38-32.
The Bulldogs played good defense early and made free throws throughout, which helped them down the Panthers to even their district record at 1-1.
While Boling only made two shots in the first quarter, its free throw shooting helped grab a 9-6 lead. Overall, the Bulldogs shot more than 50 percent from the free-throw line, nailing 17 free shots.
Defensively, the Bulldogs’ defense took over in the second quarter allowing one made field goal to Danbury. The offense got two treys and 12 points to go into the locker room ahead, 21-8.
Danbury came back in the second half with two double-digit scoring quarters, but the Bulldogs kept scoring and pulled out the win.
Trenton Jones led Boling in scoring with 12 points and Blayze Becerra added another nine.
"The boys’ effort and sense of urgency pulled them through offensively and defensively," Bulldogs Coach Caleb Berry said. "We will look to build on that the rest of the way."
The Bulldogs had an open date on Friday night and will be back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 14 when they go on the road to play the Palacios Sharks.
Girls down Lady Panthers
The Boling Lady Bulldogs picked up their second district win of the season at home after beating the Danbury Lady Panthers, 41-34.
The Lady Bulldogs played strong defense in the middle quarters to help them get past Danbury.
Boling posts Lexi Nelson and Madison Malone came up big early, scoring nine of the team’s 13 points in the first quarter. Danbury followed them closely with its own 12-point quarter.
The defense in the next 16 minutes of play held the Lady Panthers to just two made field goals. While Boling held Danbury at bay, the Lady Bulldogs offense kept picking up points and at the end of the third quarter when they lead 33-18.
Danbury tried to make a comeback, outscoring Boling in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to push past the lead it built heading into the quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs had three players in with double-digit points, Zacoryia Montalvo and Nelson had a team-high 12 points each and Molane added 10 more.
Boling had an open date on Friday night and will be back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 14 when it goes on the road to play the Palacios Sharkettes.