The Stover Lady Bulldogs finished their regular season with a conference win over Lincoln 59-37 Friday, Feb. 19 in the Stover Dome.
“We were rusty from not playing for a week due to the arctic blast,” said Coach Ernie Haag. “We only managed one full practice. The weather isn’t something we can control.”
Despite the lost practice and playing time, the Lady Bulldogs led 15-11 after the first quarter and 29-17 at the half.
“We got going late in the first half and had a really strong third quarter,” said Haag. “This is something we must improve upon. We need to start well and maintain the whole game.”
Stover made 12/14 free throws, and kept up their ball movement in the second half which made all the difference. “We started making the extra pass and that really got us going,” said Haag. “We also did a better job rebounding the ball, however, our help defense was very poor, and we needed to pick people in the transition better.”
With the win, Stover ended their regular season 14-7. Stover lost five games by five points or less, really showing their competitive spirit throughout the season. “Both of our blowout losses were against state-ranked teams who are each having a huge year,” said Haag.
“Considering what’s going on in the world, we were fortunate to get to play 21 games in the regular season. We lost one game to COVID-19 shutdowns, and four to the weather.”
Stover travels to Iberia Monday, Feb. 22 to play in the first round of districts. “We are in one of the very few districts in the state where all the teams have winning records,” said Haag. “It is a tough draw. We are capable of going to Iberia and playing well. We will have to see what happens.”
This marked the final home game for the four Lady Bulldog seniors.
“I am so happy they ended their home careers with a win in the dome,” said Haag. “They were all part of the first win in the history of the dome three years ago. For them to end their regular season home careers with a win is great for them.”
Leading in scoring for the Lady Bulldogs was Amyjah Belt with 22 points. Julia Marriott tipped in 16 points, followed by Katelynn Jackson with 13 points. Madison Mosher and Abby Dittmer each chipped in three points, followed by Resee Brown with two points.