Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs get home, away wins

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 19, 2012

Eustace Lady Bulldog basketball

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace Lady Bulldog Chelsea Oldham (15, in white) looks to steal the ball from a visiting Palmer Lady Bulldog. Eustace defeated Palmer, 40-23, Tuesday.

By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs hosted the Palmer Lady Bulldogs Tuesday, as the boys’ team traveled to Blooming Grove. Both teams ended the evening with wins.
In Eustace, a breakout second half gave the Lady ’Dogs a 40-23 win over Palmer.
The first half was tight, with a 7-6 Eustace lead after the first period, and a 15-12 Eustace lead at halftime.
The third period set the tone for the remainder of the game, as the Lady Bulldog defense shut Palmer down, allowing them just three points.
Meanwhile, the Eustace offense took control by scoring 15 points.
Eustace added 10 points to their score in the fourth period, while Palmer scored just eight.
“I thought that we did a great job defensively,” Eustace head coach Dalinda Cassell said. “We moved the ball much better in the second half, and that opened up our offense for us.”
Kacie Richards led the Eustace offense with nine points, while Casey Bramblitt followed with eight points.
Taylor Peebles scored six points and Grace Holcombe added five.
“I was very pleased with our play and effort. I thought that we played as a team, and if we continue to do that, we will be hard to stop,” Cassell commented.
“We have a new motto on defense, and that is ‘perfect defense.’ This is our mentality, and I saw that the night we played Palmer. We are playing with a lot of intensity and heart and I appreciate the effort I get from the team.”
The Lady Bulldogs hosted the Malakoff Lady Tigers Tuesday, and will travel to Kemp to face the Lady Yellowjackets Friday.
While the girls dispatched Palmer, the Bulldog boys’ team gained a valuable road win by defeating the hosting Blooming Grove Lions, 44-42, in overtime after Eustace’s John Bradburn sank two free throws to tie the game with no time remaining on the clock.
Blooming Grove took a small, 8-6, early lead, and by halftime the score was 21-18.
A strong third period put Eustace on top, 32-29, after they outscored the Lions 14-8.
The Lions, however, came back, edging to a slim, late lead.
In overtime, the Bulldog defense allowed Blooming Grove just two points, while the Eustace offense scored four points to take the lead and the game.
Bradburn also hit a 15-foot jumper with six seconds left in overtime to lift the Bulldogs to victory.
Overall, Bradburn scored 13 points in the game, while Steven Stine led the Bulldog offense with 14 points. Kyle Wood scored 11 points.
The Bulldogs hosted the Malakoff Tigers Tuesday, and will visit the Kemp Yellowjackets Friday.