The lady Bulldogs opened their 2019 campaign with a resounding victory.
By Chris Slone
Bowman County began their season with a 42-27 home victory over Flasher.
Ellie Stafford led the Bulldogs with 14 points and nine rebounds.
“She has worked very hard in the weight room over the summer and this school year and become much stronger in the post,” Jaden Schoch, Bulldogs head coach, said. “She is also working on her weaknesses offensively, which is going to turn her into a multi-threat on offense for us. She is one of the best rebounders in the state – she takes pride in securing rebounds for our team.”
Bowman County (1-0) was also aided by Abby Smyle, who scored 12 points and secured nine boards.
“She played great on defense and aggressively attacked the rim all night,” Schoch said. “She had a very quick first step, which we saw her develop over the summer, so as a coaching staff, we were very pleased to see this come to a reality in the first game of the year.”
The Bulldogs stormed out of the gates early, taking a 21-9 lead after the first quarter. Bowman County led 25-13 at halftime.
“As a team, I thought the girls worked extremely hard on defense. We forced Flasher into 37 turnovers and turned that into 23 points on our end,” Schoch said. “The girls had a great first quarter. The ball moved on offense and the girls really attacked the rim. Conditioning became a factor in the second half; the girls ran out of legs. That will work itself out as the season moves forward, and I am very confident we are going to put up some points this year.
“We did not shoot the ball very well, but I attribute that to some conditioning and not waiting for the best shot for the team. We became a little selfish with the ball, but these girls just want to be the best they can be, and with first game jitters I can understand that. We feel that this year we are a very well-balanced team with every player starting to understand their role.”