The Hastings Tiger invaded Alliance for a Saturday evening tussle with the Bulldogs. The Tigers would come out rolling and cruise to a 56-33 win. The Tigers would own a 19-0 lead before the Lady Bulldogs even managed to get a shot off. Turnovers were again the early downfall for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs would then settle in and play perhaps their best basketball of season even though they are still shorthanded from injuries and illness. The Tigers would lead at half 40-18. The Bulldogs showed their heart and improved their defensive intensity in the second half, only allowing the Tigers 16 points the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs entered the night wanting to limit turnovers, improve free throw shooting percentage and increasing defensive intensity. After having 38 turnovers against Columbus the Bulldogs did improve to only 26 against Hastings. Unfortunately, this number included 12 on the first 12 trips to dig the hole. The Lady Bulldogs were 5 of 20 from the foul line against Columbus. This also improved as the Dogs were 11 of 18 against the Tigers for 61% which was their best effort of the season. The defensive effort was also an improvement, especially if we could throw out the first 5 minutes of the game.
Even with the loss, the Bulldogs showed the improvement we are striving for. Angie Davis again led the offense with 13 points. Jordan Hopp again led the rebounding department with 8 boards and contributed a season high 5 blocks. The Bulldogs will next be in action Friday night at home against the Mitchell Tigers followed by a Saturday trip to Sidney to take on the Red Raiders.
Alliance 07 11 04 11=33
Hastings 23 17 12 04=56
Weber 2, Davis 13, Schnell 3, Mazanec 2, Hopp 4, Tritle 2, Wood 2, Steggall 2, Burke 3