The Boling Lady Bulldogs knew this season was going to be different. Losing two key players in the district MVP and a 20-point scorer through graduation, they needed to fill their voids in order to have a chance at making it back to the playoffs.
"We still have more progress (to make), but (we've) gotten better from the first game until now," junior Zacoryia Montalvo said.
"We know our strengths and weaknesses and we know how to work together," senior Lexie Nelson said.
As the season has gone on and the more they've practiced together, the Lady Bulldogs have been able to build more trust and chemistry with each other.
To start the year, without last year's talent, Boling faced a lot of doubt that they'd be able to compete inside the tough District 24-3A.
"We were really underestimated and I think we've done a lot better than expected," senior Logan Simpson said. "(We've) proved people wrong."
While Hitchcock and Palacios are seemingly on another level this year, with eight district wins each. Boling came within inches to beating East Bernard twice which would have given BHS third place. Instead, the Lady Bulldogs lost both games by a total of four points, virtually locking them into the fourth and final playoff spot with three games remaining.
Coming off a home loss Tuesday, Jan. 28 to Hitchcock 101-56, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Danbury, Thursday, Jan. 30. Next week Boling has two final games to improve and ready itself for the playoffs.
"(We need to) stay consistent," Lady Bulldogs Coach Jonathan Gibson said. "We have quarters were we score 15 or 17, then we come out and score four or five. We just need to maintain consistency. If we're down, keep it reasonable. If we're up, try and keep the lead. I tell them all the time don't get overly excited when we're up and don't get down when we are down, it's a game of runs."
With two wins out of their final three games, the Lady Bulldogs can finish with a .500 record in district.