Lady Bulldogs lose 63-9
Sturgeon boys win 55-34
Sturgeon High Schools’ Bulldog gym was the scene of a basketball rollercoaster Saturday afternoon.
Basketballs dribbled on the hardwood of the SHS gym sounded like war-drums. Sometimes the pounded for Sturgeon, sometimes they did not.
From the Lady Bulldogs’ struggles to the boys’ much needed win, fans of the blue and white saw a little bit of everything when the Community R-VI Trojans came to town to make up a snow-cancelled basketball game.
The Lady Trojans squad included the entire team that took third in the Class I state tournament last year and is ranked first this year.
Lady Bulldogs Head Coach Dan Cruse did not care.
“We knew it would be an uphill battle,” he said afterward. “They
are a good team, maybe the best in the state… I wanted the girls to go in there and be physical and aggressive. The refs, to their credit, let us play.”
The Lady Bulldogs drove, the Lady Bulldogs shot, but the ball did not sink for them.
The first quarter ended 27-4 with community in the lead.
The Lady Trojans stayed on top.
At halftime Sturgeon was behind 42-6 and still behind, 53-9 at the end of the third.
The 18-1 Lady Trojans slowed the pace and finished the game with 10 more points to make it a 63-9 win
Alayna Hall led Sturgeon with three points, followed by Jalissa Woods and Shelby Bailey with two each.
Delaney Bowers led Community with a game-high 17 points.
That was the down-side of the Bulldog basketball rollercoaster.
The boys took Bulldog revenge in their game.
Their 55-34 win gives them a 13-8 record and was an important salve to Friday night’s 49-47 last-second loss to Glasgow, said Bulldog Head Coach Michael Smith.
Sturgeon took the lead early with a top-of-the-key three-pointer by Jake Snider.
Jacob Brook followed it up with a double-rebound dunk to make it 5-0 Sturgeon in the first minute.
The Bulldogs were up 10 before Community go on the board, but when they did, their defense built a wall and the first quarter finished with the game tied 10-10.
“We wanted to keep Snider and Brooks under control, we knew we had to do that to have a chance said Community Head Coach Matt Thomas. “We did somewhat late in the first and early in the second, but Snider slipped away from us.”
Just, the Bulldogs broke the tie, with the help of a buzzer-beating mid-c0urt three by Snider, and went into halftime ahead 24-18.
Sturgeon sophomore Blake Darwent came in in the second half and reignited the Bulldogs’ rockets.
“Blake was just what we needed,” Smith said afterward. “He saved the game for us with his energy, effort and attitude. His scoring too.”
With Darwent and Snider threading the needle of the Trojans’ defense and Brooks being a factor under the basket the Bulldogs took the third quarter 38-22 and finished Community off in the fourth, 55-34.
Snider led Sturgeon, and the game, with 20 points, followed by Darwent with 14 and Brooks with 10.
Caden Escimilla led Community with 13.
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.