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Lady Lions turn the tables on Bridgeport girls; Bulldogs earn 10th straight win over Morrill

BRIDGEPORT, Neb. - The Bridgeport Bulldogs hosted the Morrill Lions Thursday night at the 'Dawg Pound' for Parent’s Night. Both members of the Western Trails Conference, each team has a lot of familiarity with one another as they typically meet at least once each year.

In the first game of the evening, the Lady Lions (16-5, 2-0 D1-12) would be looking for a little revenge as Bridgeport (15-6, 6-0 C2-12) won last week's WTC Semifinal game 56-41, handing them their first loss in the 2018 portion of their schedule. The win also ended a five-game losing streak for the Lady Bulldogs against Morrill.

With it being Parent’s Night, and the final home game of the year, Bridgeport’s three seniors Emily Baxter, Katelyn Nein and Brittney Newkirk would be suiting up for the final time in front of the home crowd and wanting to end their careers with a home victory.

In the first quarter, both teams seemed evenly matched as the Lady Lions knocked down a trio of three point shots while Bridgeport did most of their damage inside the arc as the score was tied at 17 heading to the second. Once again, a tight quarter ensued between the two with Morrill able to hold a one-point advantage heading into the locker room at halftime, 31-30.

The third quarter was a different story, however, as the Lady Lions, behind freshman Ilycia Guerue’s 10 points, stormed in front 46-39 heading to the fourth. It was a lead that the home team was unable to overcome as Morrill went on to avenge the earlier loss, 64-53.

Junior Brittany Nelson scored 24 to lead the Lady Bulldogs, and all scorers, on her way to player of the game, while Guerue joined her in the twenties with 22 of her own.

The Lady Lions also had two other freshmen in double digits in Libbie Schaefer, 16, and Jayden Kanno, 12. Junior Peyton Gibson had eight points and the lone senior on the roster, Stefani Tarin, had two. Off the bench, another pair of freshmen added to the scoring column with Madison Mendoza totaling three and Jaden Steiner hitting one of two free throw attempts.

For Bridgeport, Newkirk was the only other player to reach the double digit scoring mark finishing with 12. Baxter and K. Nein combined for 10 points, six and four, respectively. Junior Karissa Benavides had four in the game while fellow junior Grace Dobrinski and freshman Sydney Nein scored four each.

For the boys, Thursday night's meeting would be the first of the season between the two with the series recently going the way of Bridgeport (14-7, 8-0 C2-12) as they entered having won the last nine games against the Lions (8-10, 0-3 D1-12).

In the opening eight minutes, a balanced offensive attack highlighted by six different players scoring allowed the Bulldogs to build a 15-4 lead. Morrill slowly climbed back into it though in the second quarter knocking down three shots from the outside to trail by only six at halftime, 21-15.

In the third quarter, however, Bridgeport came out strong putting up 21 points behind five three-point shots, highlighted by a buzzer beating shot at the end of the period from freshman Cole Faessler, to increase the lead back to double digits. The Lions couldn't find another comeback as they fell in their fourth straight game, 58-36.

On Parent’s Night, Bulldog senior Eric Stevens earned player of the game finishing with 22 points while sophomore Tanner Whetham led the way for Morrill with 11.

Junior D’marco Ayala finished behind Whetham for the Lions with eight points off the bench while junior Keaton Robb added seven of his own. Senior Colton Lane also provided production from the sideline with five points, junior Jerry Tarin had three, and sophomore Rowdy Lind drained a pair of free throws in the second quarter for his lone points.

Outside of Stevens for Bridgeport, no one else reached the double digit scoring plateau, but it was an overall balanced night with junior Drake DeMasters scoring seven while going five-of-six from the foul line, three players had six points each, Faessler, junior Kaleb Lussetto and the other senior on the roster Kyle Kildow. Junior Logan Nichols totaled five points, freshman Luis Garza had four, and sophomore David Argamosa finished with two.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to be back in action this evening on the road in Gordon against the Gordon-Rushville Mustangs. Morrill will host the Mustangs themselves in their next outing back at home on Saturday.

 

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