Lady Bull­dogs pre­pared for district tour­na­ment

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Tony Burns Sports Ed­i­tor

Strong stopped a two-game skid Thurs­day with a 70-56 win over McGehee in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale. The Lady Bull­dogs hope that’s enough mo­men­tum to get them go­ing in this week’s district tour­na­ment.

Strong takes on Der­mott Wednes­day at 5:30 p.m. The tour­na­ment will be held at Emer­son.

The in­jury bug bit Strong hard this sea­son and the Lady Bull­dogs have strug­gled to an 8-10 record. Coach Ja­son Porter be­lieves his team is ready to play its best bas­ket­ball.

“We fi­nally have ev­ery­one one-hun­dred per­cent healthy,” he said. “Played McGhee Thurs­day night and had the best game of the year. Dy­nasty (Davis) is al­most back in shape and is look­ing good. Chrischunda Williams, my six­foot post, had a big game against McGehee, scor­ing 22 points. Holly Baker and Day­lan Howard have re­ally came on in the last few games to so­lid­ify the in­side and out­side.”

Davis has had an in­jury-plagued ju­nior cam­paign. Porter said the guard is av­er­ag­ing 26.8 points per game.

The Lady Bull­dogs must beat Der­mott to ad­vance to the re­gional tour­na­ment. On the sea­son, Strong lost to the Lady Rams 51-50 on Jan. 8 but won at Der­mott 56-47 10 days later.

“They are big and fast. The key will be hav­ing some­one other than Dy­nasty step up,” Porter said. “I have a feel­ing they will put two girls on her. We saw that some last year so we will have some sets ready for that. Mak­ing free throws will be a huge key as well. Der­mott is ag­gres­sive but they tend to foul a lot.”

Ter­rance Arm­stard/News-Times

Stand­ing tall: Strong's Chrischunda Williams leads the Lady Bull­dogs in ac­tion against Smack­over this sea­son. Strong opens play in the district tour­na­ment Wednes­day at 5:30 p.m. against Der­mott. The tour­na­ment will be held in Emer­son.

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