CRESTLINE — A lot has happened in the world of sports in the last 693 days. One thing that hadn’t happened in that span of time was a win for the Crestline Lady Bulldogs basketball team.
Well, all of that changed on Thursday night when the Lady ‘Dogs played host to fellow Mid-Buckeye Conference competitors, the Mansfield Christian Lady Flames. Crestline played their hearts out for all 32 minutes of the contest and came away with their first victory in almost two calender years by a final score of 49-34.
The Lady Bulldogs are now 1-10 on the season and hold a conference record of 1-4.
“We were extremely well prepared for this game and I believe that gave the girls a ton of confidence that they could win tonight,” said first-year head coach Aaron Bluey in an email.
It was clear that Crestline was determined to gain the “W” from the start of the game. Although the Lady Flames put up a fight in the first quarter, the Bulldogs refused to surrender. At the start of the second period, the score was knotted up at 11 points apiece. Crestline made sure that it would not stay that way any longer and outscored Mansfield Christian 11-2 in the quarter to take a 22-13 lead into the locker room at the half. A fired up Lady Bulldogs team emerged from the intermission to put up 13 points in the third to the Flames’ eight points, giving them the 35-21 advantage heading into the final quarter. Mansfield Christian did their best to try and claw their way out of the 14-point deficit but came up short as Crestline took the fourth, 14-13 en route to the 15-point, much needed victory.
The leading scorer for Crestline on the night was Lauryn Tadda, with 22 points on nine field goals and 4/6 shooting from the free-throw line. Alandra Tesso poured in three-three pointers and went 2/2 from the line for her 11 points in the victory. Dennesa Baker had eight points to go along with five of the teams’ 15 rebounds. Brianna Briggs had four points, Sarah Toy chipped in a three-pointer and Lydia Tadda hit a free-throw to round out the remainder of the scoring for the ‘Dogs.
Coach Bluey also had this to say of his teams’ gritty performance.
“Our kids are not quitters. There have been a lot of ups and down this year but our girls kept working hard and believing in themselves.”
Crestline looks to keep the winning alive as they travel to Danville on Tuesday Jan. 10 to meet up with MBC foe, the Danville Lady Blue Devils. The Lady Bulldogs will then be back at it again on Thursday Jan. 12, at home, against another conference rival, the Loudonville Lady Redbirds.
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