Girls lose 53-27, Boys lose 58-54
It was a tough night to be a Bulldog and not the Homecoming they had hoped.
Central Activities Conference rival Slater came to town for Sturgeon Homecoming and left with two wins.
The Bulldog boys team team started slow against the Wildcats but tied them several times in the first, before falling behind. The first quarter ended 17-9, Slater.
The Wildcats went into the locker room at halftime up 32-15 and kept their lead, and the distance through the third, finishing the third quarter up 43-27.
The the Bulldogs rediscovered their baseline drives and three point shots and pulled to within six in the last three minutes of the fourth. The climbed almost all the way out of the hole, but finished only four points behind, notching their third loss of the season 58-54.
“Sturgeon’s a really good club, this is a tough place to play,” said Dillon Yung, Slater boys head coach. “Jacob Brooks, Logan Flaspohler, Jake Snider, we knew we had to keep an eye on them. They pick up your game quick and shoot really well.”
Yung said the difference between the two teams was that Slater is more physical due to its football program and quicker.
“We can spread Sturgeon out, where as they are mainly a ‘get it inside and hand it to Brooks,’ team.”
It seemed that way until the fourth when Brooks, Flaspohler and Snider rediscovered their three-point shots and made it a game. In the last two minutes the Wildcats were probably saved by their free-throw shooting.
Slater is now 9-1 and Sturgeon, 7-3.
The gap was wider on the girls side.
The Lady Bulldogs led in the first quarter, but after changing their defense the Lady Wildcats tied the game 9-9 by the end of the first quarter.
That is when, said Dan Kruse, Lady Bulldog head coach, Slater changed its defense.
“They went from a Zone to Man,” he said. “We had studied the film of their Zone and had a good plan and carried it out… But our offense against their Man defense never clicked.”
By halftime, Slater had inched ahead, 21-18 and when the came out of the locker room they tightened the defense even more. The Lady Bulldogs only scored two in the third and finished the quarter down, 38-20.
The game ended with Slater winning 53-27.
Alayna Hall led Sturgeon with nine points, followed by Cade McMorris with six and Erin Mills with five.
“Alayna’s varsity experience showed tonight,” Cruse said. “And Erin’s senior leadership was important making sure everybody was in the right place. We just couldn’t shoot against their defense.”
He said the Lady Bulldogs have five games in the next week to get tuned up for the Sturgeon Tournament, January 27 through February 1.
For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.