Tuesday night’s matchup brought the Bulldogs from Eastside to the home floor of the Dibrell Wildcats. There are two things you can always count on when you play the Wildcats. You can always expect a fast-paced environment and a relentless defense, and that is exactly what the Lady Bulldogs got with the Lady Wildcats taking care of business against the Lady Bulldogs 35-12.
The Lady Wildcats defense started the game at full speed holding the Lady Bulldogs to just two points put up by Shelby Smart in the first quarter. But with a potent offense, the Lady Wildcats pulled off an early 10-point run with Kylie Young putting up four and JuJu Pyburn also adding four points. Rhealee Johnson scored two.
The second quarter was pretty much a mirror image of the first. The Lady Wildcats defense proved to be extremely tough in holding the Lady Bulldogs to just two more points by Clara Brackley while adding 17 more points behind their run-and-gun style of play from Young and Johnson.
The third brought out a little better showing from the Lady Bulldog offense as Kristen Turner dropped in four points, while Shelby Smart added two. The defense backed off slightly in the third and the second string for the Lady Wildcats added five points from Johnson and Sadie Simmons to extend the lead.
Heading into the fourth quarter the pace had slowed considerably. Karlee Cantrell and Sarenity Nichols finished up the Lady Wildcat scoring with three points combined. Clara Brackley finished off her scoring with two in the fourth.
In the boys contest, the game started out with a quick pace as well, playing into the styles of both teams. Eastside emerged with a hard-fought win over Dibrell, 38-34.
The Wildcats edged out the Bulldogs in the first quarter scoring with Ashburn and Jones dropping in three points each and Sadlin adding two points. The Bulldogs had two points each from Cruz Reyes, Christian Rogers, and Alec Hobbs.
The second quarter held much of the same -- back and forth, quick pace with both teams losing the handle creating unwanted turnovers. Scoring was held to a minimum from both sides in the second with the Bulldogs outscoring Dibrell by a single point to close the first half.
Coming out of the half, the Bulldogs put their foot on the gas the entire quarter. Cruz Reyes, Dylan Partain, and Aiden Cummings dropping a total of 18 points on the Wildcats.
Heading into the fourth quarter both teams had a pretty good perspective of what the other had in mind, and the score was a reflection of that.
Each team dropped in 10 points, but the damage was done by Eastside in the decisive third quarter.